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More is More is More: Today's Maximalist Interiors with Carl Dellatore

This is the third program in the Great Homes and Gardens lecture series.

Cover of the book More is More is MoreRooms of jewellike color and glorious pattern. Enchanting lacquered ceilings and geometric floors. Brilliantly massed collections of furniture, objects, and art. Although maximalism has always had a place in interior design—practiced by noted decorators such as Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, and Mario Buatta—today it is bigger than ever. Thanks to its contemporary practitioners, rooms rich with color, pattern, and everything else have exploded onto the design scene in recent years. In this lecture Carl Dellatore celebrates the best of this work with lush photographs and vivid inspiration and ideas.


This lecture will be presented in the theater in the Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center and will be livestreamed via Zoom. Visitors can submit questions for the speaker from any location.

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5:30-6:30 p.m. | Explore Hillwood
•    Enjoy Hillwood’s mansion, gardens, greenhouse, and Determined Women: Collectors, Artists, and Designers at Hillwood
•    Find the perfect memento from your visit at the museum shop
•    Receive a 10% discount in the museum store on regularly priced merchandise when you attend the lecture in-person! This offer extends only to those individuals attending in person on the day of the event and does not include online or telephone purchases.
•    Members will also receive an extra 10% off regularly priced merchandise when they attend in person on the day of the event. This offer does not extend to online or telephone purchases.
6-6:30 p.m. | Members-only wine and cheese reception. Join today!
6:30-7:30 p.m. | Lecture
7:30 p.m. | Book signing. More is More is More is available in the museum shop.


Carl Dellatore headshotWith more than three decades of experience in New York’s design industry, Carl Dellatore has established himself through his work in textile design, as a workroom owner, and as a leader in content development through his work in shelter publications—namely House & Garden, Martha Stewart Living, and House Beautiful.

Most recently, Carl has produced four books for Rizzoli New York, including the best-sellers Interior Design Master Class and Garden Design Master Class.

In On Style: Inspiration and Advice from the New Generation of Interior Design, Carl featured the work of 50 of the finest young designers working today, and his fourth book for the storied publishing house, More Is More Is More: Today’s Maximalist Interiors was released in October 2022.

A fifth book for Rizzoli New York, celebrating one hundred of the finest contemporary American rooms is in the works, on the calendar for publication in the fall of 2024.


Escape February’s dreariness and immerse yourself in the stories of extraordinary homes, lush gardens, and the people who brought them to life, in this four-part lecture series.

Visitors can attend and ask questions whether they choose to come in person or join the livestream from the comfort of home; questions will be taken from all locations.

Thursday, February 9: America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes through the Ages with John Tschirch
Wednesday, February 15: Black Flora: Profiles of Inspiring Black Flower Farmers + Florists with Teri Speight
Tuesday, February 21: More is More is More: Today’s Maximalist Interiors with Carl Dellatore
Thursday, March 2: The Elegant Life: Rooms That Welcome and Inspire with Alex Papachristidis

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Escape February's dreariness and immerse yourself in the stories of extraordinary homes, lush gardens, and the people who brought them to life, in this four-part lecture series.