Despite temperatures continuing to rise and fall drastically, spring has finally arrived. As I look forward to longer days and warmer weather, I think about summer entertaining. Leave it to the quintessential American designer, Ralph Lauren, to collaborate with famed English brand, Burleigh Pottery, to create a tabletop collection. Each piece is handmade in traditional fashion. I see endless possibilities for exceptional tables.
Brutalist architecture met very mixed reviews when it first appeared in the 1950’s and 60’s. “Aggressive.” “Austere.” “Handsome.” “Harsh.” While I admire the architecture and enjoy spending time, eating in and wandering through the Met Breuer, I don’t want to live in this type of structure. But I would like to live among its accessories. The Paul Evans ice bucket has been on my wish list for years. I found the lamp with the black shade on a recent trip through the 1st Dibs Gallery. While sourcing, I came across the lamp with the white shade from RH, which at a fraction of the price makes it all the more attractive.
Lamps that look like lollipops! I want one in every kid's room and in adult spaces too. These caught my eye on a recent trip to the Guggenheim museum. They are the perfect pop of color without sacrificing sophistication. Oh, and they make me smile.
I spent the last (freezing) day organizing hundreds of my design magazines. I always see something new when I reread them. Magazines have always been my guilty pleasure and I love taking time to read the pages while taking a break from a screen. Here are a few of my go-tos:
Travertine is my absolute favorite material. It’s old, yet modern and when you find the perfect shade, not too yellow and not too white, it can add texture and depth to any interior. Whether it’s a bookend on a shelf, a bowl or an entire wall sheathed in the stone, I love to incorporate it in my projects.
I love the simplicity of these forms. Normally I tend to hang photography, but these sculptures have me searching for empty wall space.
I had the great fortune to travel to Iceland this August. Luckier still, I stayed at the absolutely exquisite Deplar Farm Lodge. As winter quickly approaches, I’m drawn to the casual coziness of Scandinavian design. Muted colors, textural fabrics and snow capped mountains cover my current inspiration board.
I love entertaining at home. Tabletop decor is my hobby, my specialty and one of my favorite design elements. Nowhere else in home design does high/low work so well together. With a solid set of basics, items can be added or subtracted to completely transform the look. I always keep tons of inexpensive (and indestructible) glasses, as everyone should be able to switch from red to white or still to sparkling without rinsing. At my last dinner party we served incredible dirty martinis and I cannot believe I didn’t have a proper cocktail glass. Below are a few of my favorite basics that make up the foundation of my tabletop collection. The martini glasses, perfectly priced, are arriving tomorrow.
Paris Photo is my favorite art fair. Ever. In my favorite city. Ever. In the most beautiful venue (Grand Palais). Ever. I spent a few days in Paris, both at the show and re-exploring the city. Nothing inspires my work more than travel. Below are a few of my favorite photographs from this year’s show.
Clockwise from top. Delphine Burtin, Gallery Fifty One. Sebastian Wickeroth, Galerie Paris Beijing. Sebastian Wickeroth, Galerie Paris Beijing. Sebastian Wickeroth, Galerie Paris Beijing. Andreas Gefeller, ATLAS Gallery. Andreas Gefeller, ATLAS Gallery. Matthew Porter, Xippas Gallery. Anthony Hernandez, Galerie Thomas Zander. John Chiara, Rose Gallery. Caio Reisewitz, Galeria Joan Prats.
Rain, rain go away! I'm not one for rainy summer days. I would rather be outside all day long. However, the rain has me thinking of these impossibly chic umbrella stands. They are the perfect whimsical antidote to a rainy day. Fornasetti, you can do no wrong.
I'm working with a client in California right now, consulting on finishing touches before the family moves in to their new home. Bedside table lamps were on our list. I love sourcing vintage lighting (I have a post forthcoming on my vintage picks) but this client specifically asked for new lights to complement their decidedly modern decor. Glass feels new again after a long period of metals. A pop of color also adds interest against a neutral background.
I love to read. Usually fiction. But when I began to research for a new book, I read several reviews of The Feather Thief that promised this non-fiction was a "true crime adventure." The fact that it was related to fly fishing (another of my random hobbies), I was sold. What I never expected this book to be was a source of creative inspiration. And yet, reading about the locales of the captured birds, the colors of the feathers, and the love for the art of fly tying all have me excited to jump out of vacation mode and back into design. I highly recommend The Feather Thief.
Navy + White + Neutral + Texture = Classic Summer Perfection. I love entertaining, especially in the summer. Informal, casual meals serving delicious food and good wine with family and friends are hard to beat. These items are ideal for serving and the post-entertaining necessary nap.
I love designing a tabletop. I think it is the easiest way to transition home design from season to season. I first found these bright placemats at the NY Now trade show in February, the dead of winter. They are the perfect backdrop for a summer table. Caution: might cause diners to smile.
Ice blue is the perfect compliment to almost any color scheme. A barely-there color, yet one of my absolute favorites... plain or with a pattern. These fabrics are the top contenders for a pair of easy chairs in a client's family room.
Happy New Year! I love these neon light emojis in a kid's bedroom or playroom. They are a great reminder to not take everything too seriously. Wishing you all lots of smiles, kindness and winks in 2018.
This bar is proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The custom bronze cabinets have perfectly mitred corners. Notice the bronze inlay detailing on the marble. The wall at the back called for something more sophisticated than wallpaper or even stone, the Ghosted Branches custom bronze art work completes this bar perfectly.
I had more fun designing my new phone case than I did playing with my new iPhone X. I found The Daily Edited cases during a deep Instagram rabbit hole run. Then they popped up in the NY Times last week. The shadow text is the perfect block-y font. I just got mine in the mail and can't wait to add another to my collection... it was almost impossible to choose just one.
The Met has a fabulous retrospective of David Hockney through February. I've been twice in the last two weeks. These paintings are two of my favorites.
Sometimes only a gift of alcohol will do. Instead of a bottle of wine, make it personal by pairing a bottle of tequila with a handwritten (or typed) recipe for a spicy margarita. Should you serve this at home, make sure you double up, it's delicious!