This Living Examiner stays abreast of publications devoted to home, interior design, architecture and DIY, including news of other home-related products and services for you, our Readers. Just recently we received a copy of a new publication entitled, Luxe. Interiors + design.
Although this particular issue of Luxe is regional Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, we thought the review would be something of interest nationally as well, and it is. Luxe is obviously devoted to high-end products and caters to clientele of higher socioeconomic capabilities because the advertisements are for luxury items. For someone aspiring to a career in design, we always suggests seeking out publications such as this to help to ‘train one’s eye’ for the top fashionable items and trends. Yes, when one knows about the best of the best, rooms can always be replicated with similar items of quality, yet lower pricing.
As far as the editorial content of Luxe, there is a section called Must-Haves devoted to home products trending, and, in this issue, there is weathered estate furniture by two Maine artisans, a piece on a San Francisco artist who has blossomed from rugs to scarf accessories, an interesting fixture setup from waterworks, and a German-made company, Eggersmann, who makes kitchen, wardrobe and closet furniture with a grigio (a color akin to gray) veneer and anthracite leather accents.
The features show a family home portrait in Chevy chase, an architect’s contemporary styled home in Potomac; a beautiful spread on color called “true colors” that demonstrates a European-style home with cobblestone driveway, slate roof and other rustic but Continental-style looks whose interior is enliven by white and blue, laid against cream and yellow furnishings. Not to be outdone by single residence properties, a featured peek into a now-modernized condo from what was originally an ornate neoclassic historic area in Washington—an Embassy Row townhouse—uses spare reproductions of more-updated but historic Regency furniture.
In the back of the book are vignettes from current, fashionable designers who share tips on their wardrobe style juxtaposed against their decorating objectives including some product choices. Nice piece in place of a more traditional interview.
The “copy” in Luxe is not overly pretentious but presents lightly written but interesting insight and commentary as to the lives of the homeowners, designers, and their objectives. Instead of a page by page shopping index in the back matter, there is a list of categories: (even auto dealerships,) doors & windows, architectural moldings, etc., and their subsequent vendors.
Luxe is available by subscription for 1-year (14 issues) for $24.95 and to subscribe online visit: luxesource.com or call 1-800-723-6052.
Digital editions access: http://www.luxesource.com/luxe-magazine