Maison + Objet

Part of my trip to Paris included a stop at Maison + Objet.  Stop might not be the best word choice in this instance.  It was more akin to a day spent salivating over gorgeous home furnishings, incessant picture-taking and note scribbling.  

While it is always tough to pick favorites, here are my top five in no particular order.

  1. A modern picnic table to go with the modern farmhouse.
  2. Woven pendant lighting, truly reflective of the general craft trend.
  3. Sheepskin dyed in vibrant colors.  
  4. Cardboard console table for the client who can’t make a decision (bonus: it’s recyclable)
  5. An infiniti edge jacuzzi because everyone deserves a little “over-the top” in their life.

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When Paris Calls, You Go

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I am just back from an absolutely amazing trip to Paris organized by Purcell Murray, the U.S. reps for La Cornue.  Everything about it was top-notch.  It’s impossible to cram all of the goodness into one blog post so I’ll share morsels from the trip over the next several weeks.  

Let’s start with the food since the trip was coordinated by the celebrated manufacturer of some of the most gorgeous ovens and stoves in the world.  One evening, we feasted on dishes prepared by an all-star lineup of French chefs.  My mouth waters thinking about Alain Passard’s sublime tomato salad.  Simplicity reigns.  I also had to snap a photo of the Chartreuse soaked gateau.  What a gorgeous way to enjoy a nightcap.  Thanks to my wonderful hosts for an experience that I won’t soon forget.  

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Corralling Clutter

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It is no great surprise to us that Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has been a huge best-seller.  While the degree to which she goes to create order might be a tad extreme for me (I am a bit of a collector after all), I do appreciate the immense satisfaction that comes with having an organized home.  

Here are a few of our favorite ways to banish the clutter.  

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Lacquer trays from West Elm

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Large rush baskets from William Laman

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Bigso Box from The Container Store

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Anything by Poppin, especially these colorful desk organizers

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Trays Excellenté trays from Fenton & Fenton


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Summer Sipping

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As you may recall, I adore prosecco.  When the temperatures start to rise (and it has been quite hot around here lately) I love nothing more than an Aperol Spritz to start the evening.  It’s absurdly easy to make and beyond refreshing.

The Recipe:

3 Parts Prosecco

2 Parts Aperol

1 Part Soda

Orange Slices

Stir everything together and pour over ice.  Yummy!


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Summer Reading

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I adore design books but there are very few that make me want to rush out and blog about them.  A Touch of Style by Carlos Mota is an exception.  Mota is an extraordinary stylist used by many of the top design magazines–Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Interiors.  He is known for the color and sophistication he brings to every space as well as for his impeccable eye.  

His book showcases truly original spaces.  Live chickens roam around a kitchen, roses blanket a bed and in one room he painstakingly recreates a Dutch Master’s still life.  It’s required summer reading for everyone on my team.


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Mood Boards

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One of my favorite parts of each project comes at the beginning.  After seeing a space and chatting extensively with our clients, we get to imagine what the room can become.  The team emerges with several  mood boards that visually depict what is swimming in our head.

Here is a mood board that we recently imagined for a living space in a wine country home.  We love the organic qualities mixed with a dash of the more modern.

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Art Friday| Lawrence Weiner

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Here’s a little food for thought as we head into the weekend from conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner.

Happy Friday!


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Summer Escapes

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There are so many things to love about summer.  Long days, warm nights and the overall vibe that life is just a little more relaxed.  While summer doesn’t slow down for us at Martha Angus, we each have our favorite spot that signals summer fun.


I absolutely love Paris in the summer. It’s surprisingly quiet this time of year, allowing me to get the best deals at the antique markets.

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I am obsessed with Healdsburg and the Dry Creek area. The combination of world class vineyards, fabulous shops and restaurants and the beautiful Russian River make it a perfect retreat.

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My new favorite place to go is Palm Springs!  I head straight to Canyon Drive where I hit Trina Turk, Christopher Anthony Antiques and top it off with a meal at Trio Restaurant.

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I adore my family’s lakehouse in Twin Lakes, WI (near Lake Geneva).  So many great memories have been made here, not the least of which was my wedding.

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It’s hands down Catalina Island.  I’ve been going there with my family for the past fifteen years.  It’s like a tropical getaway close to the southern California coast.

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My absolute favorite place to go in the summer is Isle of Palms, South Carolina. It’s a relatively quiet town with a fabulous beach.  It’s also just a quick drive to Charleston for fabulous food and strolls around the charming neighborhoods.

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The Passing of a Legend

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I had intended to write about something else this week but then heard the news that Donald Wexler passed away yesterday.  This talented man has left behind a remarkable and extremely visible legacy throughout Palm Springs.

His minimalist steel and glass structures gave rise to the style known as Desert Modern: light and airy spaces with floor to ceiling windows that celebrate the confluence of indoors and out.  He skillfully applied the style to various types of structures ranging from commercial and public spaces to prefab homes and commissioned residences.

One of his better known masterpieces is the main terminal at Palm Springs International Airport.  Michael Stern, who has written extensively on Palm Springs modernism called it “Wexler’s love letter to Palm Springs.”  As someone who has walked through that glass marvel many times, I have to agree.

R.I.P. Mr. Wexler.

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Homestead Modern

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Imagine rolling into a high desert town that looks, feels and even smells like something out of an old-time western.  I recently did just that when I joined the hipsters at Pioneertown, a livable movie set that has been delighting visitors since the 1940s.  It’s still being used for television and film shoots.  Crews might stay at Miss Kitty’s or bunk in a back bedroom at the bank or post office.  Pappy + Harriet’s is the musical roadhouse where everyone eats and grooves to live performances.

The real reason for my trip was to see  Homestead Modern No. 1., the brainchild of Dave McAdams who is responsible for the amazing metalwork throughout my Palm Springs house.  Dave has created super affordable ($180K…wow!), ready-to-be built, steel homes that spin the DNA of a pioneer cabin into a thoroughly contemporary 21st century dwelling.  Plot of land sold separately.

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