The Estate Brand

An estate brand is both an ideology and a physical manifestation of aesthetic, design and service. It represents the intended reputation or expectations of the home.

Wardrobe Storage // Preservation

How do you go about protecting your precious wardrobe and keeping items in pristine condition? Garde Robe has provides some tips of the trade

The Secret Language of Laundry

The modern laundry care label we see today is the evolution of an extensive classification and regulation system known as the ‘Textile and Wool Act’ put in place by the US Federal Trade Commission in 1939. Contrary to popular belief, these labels do not actually tell you the best way to clean an item of […]

The Benefits and Responsibilities of Loaning Art

There are several reasons collectors might loan a work of art to a cultural institution. They may wish to share a cherished pieced with the public who would otherwise not have an opportunity to view it. Museum exhibition can enhance the provenance and value of privately owned work. Likewise, a museum may provide scholarly details […]

The Estate ‘Green Room’

Traditionally, the green room is a quiet waiting place where an artist can gather their thoughts, rehearse a line or polish a few bars. It’s unknown where the name came from, but one story is that London’s Blackfriars Theatre (1599) included a room behind the scenes which happened to be painted green; here the actors […]

Cleaning a Rare Book Collection

The favorite place for the family to gather in the winter is the library; It’s cozy and warm. There’s an 8 ft Victorian fireplace, plush club chairs and a sense that the freezing world outside has calmed, just for a bit. The family takes meals there this time of year and lingers after dinner for […]

Slow Boat From China

The big event is a few months away.  Everything is planned.  Because you will use this space for entertaining throughout the year, rental isn’t cost effective.  So, you commit to buy the tables, chairs and custom linens.  You want the perfect chairs.  You find a reputable vendor with the frames and upholstery you want and […]