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Q. I've decided to upgrade my old light-switch plates. Any suggestions?

A. Scratch a designer and she’ll say, "Lutron." Lutron (lutron.com) is a company that makes lighting control equipment, such as dimmers. Dimmers need switch plates, hence Lutron makes them, in both metal and plastic. With the unusually large selection of sophisticated colors and elegant finishes, it’s easy to find plates that blend in with your … Read more

Viva La Cucina

Viva La Cucina Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be room for another Italian kitchen showroom at LuxeHome, Ernestomeda appears, scheduled to open its first U.S. outpost in June (with another opening in Los Angeles at the same time). What makes it different? "We offer a very wide range of styles, from transitional to … Read more

We Love Lucy

Lucy Rose Singh recently opened a showroom on the second floor of Crosell & Co. in Bucktown, where she offers—exclusively in the United States—fabrics, wallcoverings, and rugs.

Mozer Made

Jordan Mozer created a whole line of cast metal and cast resin accessories for the East Hotel in Hamburg, Germany.

Q. Are there any good alternatives to window-unit air conditioners?

Q. Are there any good alternatives to window-unit air conditioners? Central air doesn’t seem to be an option in our vintage building. A. One choice to consider is the Mitsubishi Mr. Slim (uniqueindoorcomfort.com), describes how it works: “There are three pieces to the air conditioner: an air handler (or blower), a condenser, and a remote … Read more