Quilting enthusiasts in New York City can visit "Botanical Inspirations," a show of 22 quilts by the Quilters Guild of Brooklyn. The exhibit is at the Windsor Terrace Library, and runs through February 7th (160 E. 5th St. at Ft. Hamilton Pkwy. Brooklyn, NY 11218). If you're not in the neighborhood, enjoy our slideshow with work by other quilters and appliqué designers.
The Lotus flower, or Nelumbo nucifera, has long been a revered plant in Asia, where it serves as a divine symbol for both Buddhists and Hindus. (The name "Padma," like the moniker for Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi, actually means "lotus.") Revered for its unsullied beauty rising out of the mud, lotus flowers are also popular for water gardens and can be grown from seed.
In 1946, the new owners of the famed Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, hired the legendary decorator Dorothy Draper to renovate the resort. Born into high society and married to FDR's personal physician, Draper was one of the first Americans to make a serious impact on décor. Her 1939 book Decorationg Is Fun! popularized her bold, colorful design directive and helped shape our idea of the interior designer's role.