Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

While in Ojai to film Brooke and Steve Giannetti at Patina Farm, Susanna and I were fortunate enough to stay at the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. It was such a stunning spot that I had to share a little glimpse of our overnight visit.

The well acknowledged father of the glass industry, Edward Libbey, moved to Ojai, from Toledo (where in addition to Libbey Glass, he also founded the Toledo Museum of Art) in the 1920’s. He fell in love with the beauty of the valley and not only helped to develop downtown Ojai but hired legendary architect Wallace Neff to design a private country club and golf course, which became the core of the original Ojai Valley Inn Resort. …

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To Los Angeles and Back

To Los Angeles and Back

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles and back with Susanna Salk that left us, as she describes it, “elated and exhausted.” In addition to filming several exciting At Home with videos, including Brooke and Steve Giannetti‘s magical Patina Farm in Ojai,

we were also working on an exciting new project – a book collaboration. Dogs and Their Designers will be published by Rizzoli next fall (2017) with Susanna as author and me contributing principal photography. A celebratory ode to the stylish lives that top designers share with their beloved four legged family members, it will be a fun and entertaining volume for all those who love design and their pets.…

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LCDQ Windows for Legends Sneak Peek

LCDQ Windows for Legends Sneak Peek

If you’re following along on Instagram, you know that it’s been a busy few days in Los Angeles. In between our shoots, I managed to get a quick peek at a few of this year’s LCDQ Windows for Legends featuring this year’s theme One of a Kind. An instant favorite was designer Tammy Connors‘  Flora meets Fauna: A Study in Paper for Hollyhock.

Here Tammy marries inside and out with a lush scene incorporating Beth Scanlon’s beautiful Audubon bird boxes. I have been lusting after the William Yeoward amethyst hurricanes ever since I saw them at tabletop market.…

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Week of Best Intentions (and Inspiration)

Week of Best Intentions (and Inspiration)

This was a week of best intentions. While I had planned on sharing so many inspiring visits, life just got in the way. But here is a little peek at some of what I hope to post soon. Last week, Kentshire Gallery at Bergdorf’s hosted Hutton Wilkinson for a breakfast debut of his spectacular new Tony Duquette jewelry collection. It’s a good thing green is my color as it seems to be having a moment. Who’s going to tell my husband that this would be perfect for Mother’s Day? (it’s a perfect fit)

The Metropolitan Museum had two fabulous exhibits of antiquities open this week and last.…

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It’s the Little Things in New Preston

It’s the Little Things in New Preston

The town of New Preston, CT may be tiny but it looms large as a design destination. And this weekend, seven of the shops featured vignettes created by my video partner, author Susanna Salk to celebrate her new book, It’s the Little Things. As always, the town is hopping on the weekend with both locals and visitors from New York City and beyond. I was delighted to tag along as we visited each store along the way. The latest addition to the town shopping scene is Michael DePerno’s and Andrew Fry’s Plain Goods. With an eclectic mix of vintage goods, antiques, select fashion picks, and pantry items (Susanna swears by the honey), it has an old-fashioned general store feel with a modern chic curated eye.…

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala Tables Part II

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala Tables Part II

As I know everyone enjoys the originality of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala tables, today we’ll take a final look at a few more of these creations. Gala Leadership Committee member Lindsay Coral Harper celebrated the Ming Dynasty with a colorful tablecloth of Robert Allen Fabric with fun Samuel and Sons tassel trim.

The table featured accessories from her own Lamshop, menus from Ginna Dunlap and fabulous forsythia centerpiece (above) from Sebastian Li.

The Kapito Muller team represented Chintz in the 80s. On a tablecloth of Soane’s charming new Dianthus Chintz, a classic mix of wicker, rattan and blue and white updated the vintage theme with fresh appeal.…

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2016 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

2016 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

While last week was chock full of design happenings, I was thrilled to be able to at least sneak a peek at the glorious tables for the 2016 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala. Always a favorite event of the season, this year the gala honored long time board member Audrey Gruss for her leadership and generosity. In addition to, most importantly, raising a total of $1.15 million dollars for this worthy organization, the spectacular tables offer an abundance of inspiration for spring entertaining. Alex Papachristidis with David Monn created a scene for an Enchanted Chinoiserie Evening.

With a stunning hand painted tablecloth Alex designed with Gracie, porcelain flowers by Vladimir Collection (see our video visit to Vladimir’s studio), Blue Shou dinnerware from Mottahedeh, William Yeoward glassware, monogrammed napkins from Leontine linens, blue and white porcelain and accessories from John Rosselli and beautiful dinner menus and place cards from Glorie Austern at The Calligraphy Company ([email protected]),

it was a lush and layered example of timeless elegance.

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Laura Kirar

At Home with Susanna Salk and Laura Kirar

Laura Kirar is a designer who approaches her work with the heart of an artist. Known for her artistic approach to interiors and products for the home, she brings both innovation and an artisanal appreciation of craft to everything she touches. Laura melds her academic background of sculpture and interior architecture with inspiration from nature and her extensive travels to create designs with soulful and authentic results. Join Susanna and me as we visit Laura in her Brooklyn loft where work and life are seamlessly integrated.

Laura Kirar’s Brooklyn loft represents a dream. Having started her business at a desk in her living room, she often found herself working in her pajamas at four in the afternoon.…

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A Whirlwind Week of Design

A Whirlwind Week of Design

While spring is always bustling with events, this has been a particularly action packed week of design. I hope to be back to fill you in more fully on the stellar Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse. Since the auction is this Sunday, below find a peek at several more of the outstanding rooms, all filled with distinctive decorative items from the sale.

And to provide sustenance while you decide what to bid on, you can pop upstairs to the chic new Sant Ambroeus café, where the food and coffee is as delicious as the design.

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that Tuesday I was at 41 Madison for the tabletop show.…

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First Look at the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016

First Look at the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016

This week, At Home, the Sotheby’s Showhouse 2016 opened. Running through next Saturday, the third annual Designer Showhouse and Auction features twelve design firms who, using works from a variety of Sotheby’s departments, have created a diverse selection of chic and eclectic rooms. With a special focus on young collectors, these spaces show how timeless works of fine and decorative art not only have stylistic relevance but meaning in today’s interiors.

Starting at the connected foyer and gallery, designer and art advisor Richard Rabel‘s goal was to create a space that is “monastically simple and yet embraces a modern vision of the Baroque.” Richard’s years at Christie’s and global experience lend his spaces a worldly and polished sophistication.…

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