Friday, March 14, 2008

Affordable Luxury in High Def on PBS

Moment of Luxury, public television's new weekly lifestyle series, conceived and hosted by award-winning international designer Bill Stubbs, makes the experience of "luxury" — excellence, comfort and exclusivity — accessible to Americans on any budget.

Filmed in high definition from locations in the U.S. and around the world, Stubbs offers viewers tips on how to bring good, yet affordable, living into their homes and daily lives through home design, food, culture and art.

One of Architectural Digest's top 100 designers, Stubbs shares his knowledge and philosophy in 13, half-hour episodes, presented nationally by WLIW New York. The series premieres on Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m. ET on public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

Moment of Luxury invites viewers to join Stubbs as he travels to exotic locales in search of design inspiration — from English palaces to Newport and Palm Beach mansions; from French flea markets to New York City showrooms; from Mexican haciendas to Incan ruins.

Along his journey, Stubbs visits with some of the world's top authorities on design including President and featured designer of Mark Hampton, LLC. Alexa Hampton,Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles, and Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Paige Rense.

In each episode, Stubbs explores a different city, gaining inspiration from the design, culture, history and food of each area. Then he demonstrates how to apply these inspirations at home to experience a transformative "moment of luxury."

"As an interior designer, I have created and experienced luxury all over the world," says Stubbs. "But luxury does not have to be a fabulous home or an expensive piece of jewelry…it can be an embroidered pillow or a simple cup of tea. With Moment of Luxury, I am thrilled to be able share with public television audiences the places, things and people who inspire me the most…and the tools to apply these secrets for luxurious living in their own lives." will offer travel and design tips as well as blogs, chats, video previews and original webisodes, featuring material not seen in the series and interviews with Stubbs.

Additionally, Moment of Luxury: Discovering the Beauty Around You (Gibbs Smith), a new book written by Bill Stubbs, will be published Fall 2008.