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Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall White Bedroom Linens

Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” and co-owner of Shields & Company Interiors shares a fantastic bedroom in the heart of New York City done with chic white bedding. No matter what style or color scheme your room is you will always make a good impression with all white. A bed takes up a lot of expensive real estate so it must look good and be comfortable. The look can be achieved on any budget by shopping economically at Bed Bath & Beyond or at higher end custom shops like Casa Del Bianco where Daniel put together this beautiful all Italian linen bed ensemble with white sheets, white quilted coverlet and white duvet cover and pillow cases with an elegant blue stitched detailing.


One thing you can say about me is that I love to be interviewed and in front of a camera…especially when doing it on the fly!  I find I am at my best when winging it and just so stiff and miserable when I have practiced a speech or a presentation.  That’s just my personality, I suppose.

So, when Gary Buxbaum of Hailey Furniture Group invited me over to do a live stream interview about myself and my business I didn’t give it a second thought.  Actually, I didn’t even ask him what he was going to ask me.  Truth be told, my head is so full of interiors design stories and details I should really write a book entitled “Interior Design: The Good, The Bad / The Beautiful, The Ugly”!

Okay, only kidding…I think!

Today’s post is that very live stream video that was generated in July.  You will have an opportunity to see me in action and learn a lot about my new business at Shields & Company called “The Curated Manse.”

Daniel and I now generate for the Real Estate industry some rather exquisite interior design driven virtual renderings that will blow your sox off.    And, we are involved in providing model apartments, sales offices, luxury rentals and high end staging for new development marketing here in NYC as well as for high end real estate brokers selling those kazillion dollars apartments.

Hope you enjoy the opportunity to see me talk the talk of interior design!


Ciao, ciao ’til next time!

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A Few Favorite Things To Inspire Any Interior Design Project

Daniel VanHall, “The Design Escort”, and co-owner of Shields & Company Interiors shares some of his favorite inspirations:

Crystals on Chandeliers and tassels on pillows

Silk mohair sofas and bright gilded mirrors

Herringbone wood floors and wool Persian rugs

These are a few of my favorite things


Light colored limestone on fireplace mantels

Crisp white linens on four poster king beds

Chinoiserie wallpaper lavish with birds

These are few of my favorite things


Foyers with white and black polished marbles

Vintage antiques and vases with flowers  

Windows with lush drapery and views

These are few of my favorite things


When the space bites

When the décor stinks

When I’m feeling ill

I simply bring in all my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad!

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Shop Like A Professional With Insider Secrets

Daniel Vanhall, “The Design Escort”, and co-owner of Shields & Company Interiors shares a fabulous source for contemporary furnishings that is not known to the general public at large. The Dennis Miller Associates Showroom is a hot spot for designers who are “in the know” and looking for knockout pieces to wow their clients. Daniel is spreading the word to his followers in an effort to enlighten people who are assembling a home or just hungry for great design and a change of pace from the mundane big box retail stores. Fine furniture makers like Jiun Ho and Wendell Castle are just a couple of artisans available specifically at Dennis Miller that will make any interior sing whether it is designed by a pro or not!

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Paris is still the city to visit if you want to stay in a fabulously chic and sophisticated boutique hotel.  I use as a supreme example, the distinct Hotel Du Petit Moulin, located in the Marais District of Paris on Rue du Poitou.

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The Marais District, with a rich history  dating back to the 13th Century,  is where today one finds The Picasso Museum and the Opéra Bastille , as well as charming boutiques, cafes, restaurants and the latest fashion finds.  With all of this in mind, enter stage left the outrageously talented Christian Lacroix, who, as you now from previous blogs on Dezignlicious, has ventured into the wild and wonderful world of interior design.

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Lacroix is responsible for the titillating  update of the Hotel Du Petit Moulin.  It is full throttle Lacroix with bright colors,…THINK RED… mixed patterns and an array of exciting furnishings…and all with an upbeat French insouciante.

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I am totally and completely smitten by the ingenuity of Lacroix’s and his take on interior design. I definitely chalk  it all up to his place as a top fashion designer of  haute couture.  He is “dressing” the rooms much like he dressed his runway models…totally devoid of any inhibition and looking to create a haute couture of interiors that is both memorable and distinctive.  Yea for Lacroix…I love it!

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Interestingly enough, I have always been an admirer of his fashion sense but never saw myself wearing any of his clothing. I have also always enjoyed his inspirations in the furniture world, although in the past, most of his ideas pushed the envelope into beautiful but some what cartoon-like pieces that would be hard pressed to find comfortable accommodations in most homes.

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Well for this lady, Lacroix has finally found his interior design groove, so to speak.  Actually, his designs for Roche Bobois have always been super attractive to me.  There he has mixed the past with the present…always with a French orientation…and added his touch for colorful + exciting fabrics to reinvent the classic French bergere, chaise or fauteuil.

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Whatever your taste is in interior design and whether you prefer traditional or contemporary interiors you have got to admit that no one does it like Christian Lacroix.  AND wouldn’t you just like to spend at least one night in the Hotel Du Petit Moulin?

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Ciao, ciao ’til next time!