Lane Brooks

Lane Brooks
New York, New York, USA
December 01
Lane Brooks is a creative type who has written for House & Garden, Time Out New York, Details, and Food and Wine. He longs for a world where everything is beautiful and interesting.


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If You Seek Beauty You Will Find It 

After seeing the captivating new documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, and discussing it with friends, did I begin thinking how design is transformative, again.  

Of course, this particular film is about fashion design, so is The September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada, where tRead full post »

It was Vitruvuis, writing in ancient Rome around 30 BC, who set out the three elements of architecture as "commodity, firmness, and delight."  For me, what he said still holds true - and I've said it before.  The architect must sell what she/he creates, it must be engineeringly and architec… Read full post »

I’ve been aware of Keith Haring and his amazing art for sometime now.  Recently, I watched Christina Clausen’s fantastic documentary about the man and his art.  One forgets how monumental, what a movement and force his pop

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DECEMBER 31, 2010 12:29PM

2010 in Architecture: Best of . . .

What a year for architecture.  Really?  Not so much.  Thinking about the past year makes me think of the "public option" and I don't mean healthcare reform.  Much of what happened this year in architecture had to do with parks, libraries and such . . . not all.

Jacob Slevin,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2010 1:48PM

Street Art Saturdays

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 10:19PM

The Future of Design

Could we just stop and think for a second.  This is important.  NO, it isn't as important as who will run a country and make laws to govern, but one's home is an expression of you and your castle.  Good design is time consuming, difficult
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Culinarium 2010, a three-day kitchen and epicurean event hosted by the San Francisco Design Center, will celebrate the center of every home—the kitchen. The event will feature live cooking demos, complimentary design workshops, semina/Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 2:26PM

Street Art Saturdays +

Welcome to a new randomly occuring installment -- Street Art Saturdays.  Enjoy!  Another way to view and see art is on Gilt.  If you're not a member already this link will give a complimentary membership to a friend's curated show on I get nothing from gilt and am in now… Read full post »

I'm an optimist.  Really.  I like to think I'm an optimist based in reality - ya know, glass half full sort of person.
Art does many many things for me.  For one -- like poetry -- it connects me to other folks. . . a sort of, "oh, you… Read full post »


Raise your hand if you’re tired of the word and concept of “luxury”.

Over the past 8 years or so, could you not flip through a magazine, pass an urban or suburban street corner and see a barrage of advertisements for, “New Luxury Homes,” or, &ldq

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It may have been Stephen Drucker, editor in chief of Town & Country, and formerly editor in chief of House Beautiful, that said,

“Showhouses are built on fantasies”.

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JULY 17, 2010 11:12AM

The French Farm: Greenwich

I had the opportunity to visit an acquaintance recently – who may or may not remember me the next time we meet.  He’s the owner of a very special property in Greenwich and I’m grateful for his hospitality. He and his staff work tirelessly to keep landscape architecture, designRead full post »

What is it that you love?  What makes you smile from ear to ear?


Lisa Perry saw the Carl Fischer photograph of Andy Warhol drowning in a sea of soup, and must have immediately thought to herself, “this art would be a phenomenal dress”.  She smiled and bought theRead full post »

I recently heard that for the next 30 days or so Christopher Peacock Home, the fabulous cabinetry and design company, is having a promotion where consumers or the trade can submit floor plans of their potential kitchen (or other rooms) projects.  The company will complimentary 'ballpark' your jo… Read full post »

Architecture should make us alert to the conflicts that shape the modern city rather than conceal them.

With that in mind, I’d like to bring your attention to two mixed-use (please don't get me started on the well intended but dismal failure of the concrete towers of the past) developments wherRead full post »

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Do you use art in your home decoration?  Do you think about it?   How do you use art in your home decoration?
There was a fella named Grant Wood (1891-1942) -- in Iowa -- who's early training and interest was in decorative arts and the Arts & Craft… Read full post »


This post is a follow-up to my post when I announced the Designers of the Show House.

 The Kips Bay Decorator Show House is an annual fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club wherein big-name interior designers dress up a pricey ManhattanRead full post »

 I simply couldn't be more thrilled to blog about this and can't believe I missed it.  A new friend recently mentioned this development to me and I honestly had no knowledge of it.  As a train, architecture, design and news junkie it totally escaped me.  As IRead full post »
"Showhouses are built on fantasy, and the most amazing fantasies of all are seen each Spring at the Manhattan showhouse to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club."   -- House Beautiful
It's that wonderful time of year again! Time to get excited about the 2010 Read full post »
As you know, I love design and promote good design and talk about it whenever I can.  I'm actually involved in pulling this room together and feel comfortable posting about it and delivering the news.  So, here goes.  I find it thrilling ---- 
Some may callRead full post »
FEBRUARY 26, 2010 12:36PM

Design Trends: Wallpaper is Back!

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You may have heard rumblings.  You may have heard galloping or wind whirling about in late 2007 or early 2008, but for sure in 2009.  It wasn’t fashion.  It wasn’t entertainment and it CERTAINLY wasn’t politics.  What youRead full post »

 Several days ago I posted a very thorough (probably too thorough) blog about the "The Architecture of Politics at Ground Zero".  I got a few views but no comments.  That’s fine; however, I’m REALLY interested in what people think about the architecture, the process, the arRead full post »

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I wrote this blog because, frankly, I wasn’t exactly sure what was happening with the architecture at ground zero. So I purchased and just finished reading “UP FROM ZERO: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York” by Paul GoldbergerRead full post »

Diane Phillips of DK Designs writes, "The wave of online/virtual
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There was something abundantly more to Peggy Guggenheim and Holly Solomon than their eccentricities, proclivities, business sense and style. They knew that viewing and showing art in a comfortable place where folks could relax, lounge and thrash out what they were seeingRead full post »