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A Necessary Indulgence: Videos on Design & Decor

This post was so fun to put together, I may never get out of my pajamas! Today I’m sharing with you one of my secret loves (now not so secret): design videos. You know I’m obsessed with art books, decorating magazines, auction catalogs, online sites (Chairish, Pinterest, 1st Dibs, on & on…)….but sometimes you just want those pictures to come alive — and thanks to a few sources, you’ll find they can!


So if you’re at work in an uninspired office right now and wishing you were in a sun-dappled garden in Ojai….

Or you’re on vacation with the kids in a beautiful garden but wishing you had time for yourself to go furniture shopping on the Upper East Side with Alexa Hampton….

now you are just a click away from being there. I leaned on these videos liberally during the worst of my cancer treatment & it really did take my mind away. (I just don’t know why all the shelter magazines don’t do great videos? And for that matter, their websites are generally not great. Subscribers would LOVE to see more & have it presented in a clean, easy-to-navigate fashion — hint hint, Conde Nast & Hearst.)

But I digress! The real treasure trove is be found on Quintessence, run by Stacey Bewkes & Susanna Salk.

Their video series, which you can find on Youtube & subscribe to for updates (https://www.youtube.com/user/quintessenceblg) has amazing array of interviews with designers, architects, stylists in their home for great behind-the-scenes look. Below are some of my favorites. Note: the most recent one with Muriel Brandolini doesn’t typify their usual style — that one is all voiceover & doesn’t have the give and talk of conversation that you’ll see in most Quintessence videos.


Here’s an overview of Quintessence interviews, which emphasizes their apt tagline, “Giving Design A Voice”:

Visit Mark Sikes in his divine California house & garden!

Check out the really original & playful style of Sara Ruffin Costello in her manse in New Orleans…

As promised, a shopping trip with Alexa Hampton — stopping at John Rosselli, Liz O’Brien & Niall Smith…

Venture to Patina Farm for a tour both inside and out:

I also loved the ones with Charlotte Moss, Jill Kargman, Eddie Ross, Carolyne Roehme….which ones do you like the best???

If Europe and fashion are more your thing, check out stylist/photographer Garance Dore…

Last but not least, Studio McGee, a young design firm in Salt Lake City, has some great, user-friendly videos that showcase their clean, modern style AND provide really specific “how to”s as well.

I’m actually in midst of figuring out rugs and flooring for our house in New Hampshire, so this one was very handy for me…

As you can see, I’m a bit of a junkie in the design videos department. Do you know of any others to follow? Please share! THANKS!!


Cheers & happy procrastinating 🙂

  • Page Evans
    Posted at 17:56h, 11 July Reply

    Love this!!! Now I can join you as a video junkie!

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