design friday | new orleans cottage perfection


from the super slo-mo mimes of the french quarter to the streets dotted with james beard award winning restaurants, from the fantastic libations and amazing live music scene to the horribly bumpy roads, new orleans holds a certain, captivating magic. and one of the most captivating elements is surely the architecture of uptown and the garden district.  while the mansions of st. charles are amazing, it’s creole cottages, shotguns, townhouses, and classic centerhall houses that hold the allure for me. i took my camera along on a recent trip to visit my oldest sister, a resident of new orleans, and i think i drove her half-way insane getting her to drive around and then pull over and stop on the side of the road while i grabbed another photo of yet another jaw-droppingly gorgeous cottage. while the […]

#frf . . . effortless style in amagansett


when i say this is one of my favorite rooms, like, EVER i am not exaggerating.  the hours i have spent just staring at these pictures, studying. . . .  what is this alchemy?  it’s fresh and modern but yet its patched together with very traditional, if not old-fashioned, elements. it’s subtle and yet in so many ways it is so bold.  it is so laid back and yet every detail is just perfect and crisp.  how can you do this??? well, for starters you combine an amazing architect like peter pennoyer with an incredible location like amagansett.  and then you throw in one of the world’s best designers like jacques grange. . . it’s no secret that jacques grange is a genius and i am certainly not the first to fall under his […]

#frf . . .commune kitchen (for the love of bottle green)


time again for my bi-monthly column, #frf (fab room friday).  this week:  a kitchen by commune.  i am not sure i have ever, like, EVER considered decorating with bottle green.  it has just never kindled my creative fires.  and then this amazing kitchen came along and stopped me dead in my tracks. . . commune is a design shop that is a modern-day bauhaus.  the collective design force covers the waterfront of design from graphic media and advertising to interior design and architecture, to interior merchandising.  the kitchen i feature here is the home of ramen shimshiri, one of the four founders of commune, whose kitchen renovation and design of his 1920’s los feliz, california, home focused on saving and maintaining the gothic-arched windows that were original.  those arches are amaze-balls, to be sure, but […]

#frf . . . carrier and company


my first love, even before fashion, is interior design. . .  everyone who is a shelter magazine junkie, raise your hand.  k.  i think you can see my point.  and, i have been itching to bring a smidge of design up in here.  so, i have shamelessly, shamelessly stolen the title “fabulous room friday” from one of my favorite, favorite blogs, la dolce vita by interior designer paloma contraras (you really should be following – her blog is amaze-balls).  then, i changed it up only as much as i feel like my high school english teacher would require to avoid a plagiarism challenge (she was a really laid back chick). introducing my new column “#frf”.  what do you think?  too close??? of course, the best thing i could do here is come up […]