Is it really a “vice” or just an intense fever brought on by the excitement of it all? Tough to say unless you’re privy to my bank statement. I’m back from Miami and sustaining the high with some exciting client projects that have my creative juices flowing.
Art Basel was its typically wonderful self. This year, I could not stop staring at this display of wallpaper as art. Why yes that is an interior designer’s dream! One could not miss these vivid lacquer wall hangings in red and black. Who says that Radiant Orchid is the only color of the year? Last but certainly not least, these marble cutouts would punctuate any room with that something interesting that every designer seeks to find.
Until next year, I bid adieu to my special place in the sun.
I love this time of year. It’s not so much about the holidays, although they’re fun too, but Design Miami along with Art Basel Miami are my raison d’etre. The vibe is pure electricity as I dart from exhibit to exhibit lapping it all in like some thirsty creature. It’s all happening now through December 8th.
In case you can’t hop the next plane to Miami, here are a few of my favorites so far. Of course the list is growing by the minute so hang tight for further updates.
I urge you to take a seat in this cast bronze marvel or the appropriately named Growth Chair. You might want to skip the storage and simply stare at this metal and glass tube cabinet. Feast your eyes on this fabulous blue porcelain bowl–wow!
I am happy to report that art and design are not only alive and well, but they are thriving (phew!).
In case you hadn’t heard (and I feel quite certain you have) Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah coincide this year. Our friends at Hudson Grace helped us pull together this simple blue and white place setting in honor of the occasion. We’re especially wild about the tureen (note to self: it’s hostess gift perfection). For our Jewish friends, we hope you indulge in some turkey by the light of the menorah and and by all means double down on the fun.
The clock is t-t-ticking and the countdown to Thanksgiving is officially underway. We recently stopped by to visit with our friends at Hudson Grace who are experts at the art of setting the table for any and every occasion. If you have not yet been to Hudson Grace, what are you waiting for? By all means, please go.
We adore the clean and simple aesthetic that they assembled for us. Pumpkin+Persimmon=Perfection.
HG Linen Placemat International- $21
HG Linen Napkin Persimmon- $18
Cocktail Napkins Orange- $27
HG Original Salad Plate- $12
HG Original Dinner Plate- $16
Small Pumpkin Tureen- $25
Roma Hotel Silverplate- $200
Savannah Goblet- $15
Savannah Wine- $15
Antique Silver Gravy Boat- $450
White Sage Smudge Stick- $12.50
We love to mix the old with the new and the bespoke with the retail pieces. I asked everyone in my office to chime in with their recent discoveries at retail and here’s what emerged as faves at price points that will make you smile.
The totes from Toss come in fun colors and patterns and can be monogrammed just for you. Use them as a magazine holder, toy bin or stash rolled up towels inside for convenient bathroom storage.
West Elm rose to the top as a resource that everyone in our office truly digs. Items that captured our attention include the new Nailhead Dresser (available in both a three-door and a six-drawer option), the classic Parsons Desk and utterly festive Martini Table (available in metallic finishes as well as white).
We are huge believers in the color orange. Bring this vibrant shade into any room via this of CB2 tray. It’s just plain happy.
As you know, we love a good party. We were pleased as punch to throw a daytime affair with our friends at the Scout Guide. Inspired by crush, we invited everyone to the Napa Valley for a day in the country. Here’s what we served up with a smile.
Invitations–We took it new school and sent a Paperless Post. Have you seen the new uber chic designs by folks like Kelly Wearstler and Oscar de la Renta? Gorgeous!
Eats–Scottish smoked salmon with all the fixings, potato and chorizo frittata, tossed salads, fresh fruit and and SusieCakes cupcakes (impossible to eat just one!)
Drinks–The Ram’s Gate flowed.
Decor–We assembled small bouquets of yellow roses and filled a big vase with fuschia orchids for the main table. The napkins were thick stripes of orange and white (thank you Ikea) and everyone from Martha Angus Inc. wore something orange.
Surprise Hit–My Austin Powers pinball machine. Who knew?
I always look forward to the annual San Francisco Antiques Show. In this thoroughly modern age, there is something refreshing about turning the clock back and appreciate the treasures of the past. Dealers from across the globe come to showcase fabulous finds. This year, I couldn’t stop ogling the finds of dealers such as Lebreton, Epoca, Mallett and Ambianic to only mention a few.
By all means, trot on over to Fort Mason by October 27th to take a look for yourself. All proceeds benefit Enterprise for High School Students so you should feel especially good about your antique adventure.
Early Fall in the Napa Valley means one thing, crush. It’s a time to blissfully linger among the turning grapes and pilgrimaging oenophiles. If you’re headed this way, here are a few of my favorite spots to savor.
French Blue for brunch. The black truffle and fontina omelet is yum!
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch for the ultimate locavore experience.
The bar at Press for the Kurobuta Bacon Cheeseburger.
Vintage Home and Maisonry to score a little something fabulous for your house. Do your skin a favor and stock-up on some Olivina products. They don’t just work but they smell divine.
The tasting room at Silver Oak where you can sip some of the most scrumptious Cabs. Full disclosure: I’m biased about the decor since the honor of designing it was all mine. Let me know what you think.
This Friday, Station to Station will be pulling into Oakland’s 16th Street station. The work of mulit-media artist Doug Aitken, this public art project has spent the past three weeks steaming its way across the continent connecting artists, musicians and creative pioneers for one-night jam sessions in places like New York, Pittsburg, Kansas City and Winslow. Here’s a look at the lineup for Friday night. Apparently, it’s sold-out but where there’s a will there’s a way.
For those of you in New York or with plans to make a trip to there this fall (a most exquisite time of year to go) I urge you to pay a visit to the Robert Miller Gallery. From September 12-October 19 you will be treated to “Suddenness & Certainty,” an exhibition curated by Robert Greene with his own works as well as 52 other artists represented in “collage.” Yoors, Matsutuni, Warhol, McCaw…. and the list goes on and on. It’s pure fabulousness, innovation and perhaps even genius.