The Cocktail Hour

THe Cocktail Hour

One of the best parts of my job is getting to know inspiring people. Our clients are movers and shakers, and in one case, cocktail makers. If you haven’t already met, I am pleased to introduce you to Austin Cocktails. No need to mix, macerate or squeeze, these gorgeous bottles of pre-made craft cocktails taste as if you had your own private bartender at your service. Banish the bland with fresh flavors like Cucumber Vodka Mojito, Paradise Found and Fred’s Ruby Red. Run, don’t walk, to stock up for summer.

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A Modern French Master

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Comme j’adore French artist François Morellet who recently passed away at a vibrant ninety.  Throughout his life, he embodied the youthful exuberance that comes with following your passion. Morellet was a painter, sculptor and light artist known for his exploration of geometry and intricate pattern.  Using a range of mediums from paint and canvas to neon tubing and fluorescence, this modern master conveyed geometry as art and played with the exchange between rules and spontaneity.

How I would love to design a room around one of his masterpieces!

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Do What You Love

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While sadly I couldn’t be there in person, I followed last month’s epic Armory Art Show with great interest from afar.  One artist who is represented by San Francisco’s own  Haines Gallery  caught my eye in a profound way.  Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian hails from Tehran, Iran after having spent several extended periods living in the West, a fact that profoundly influences her work.  She’s best recognized for her mirrored mosaic sculptures that blend traditional Iranian technique with a decisive nod to geometric Abstraction.  In addition to having commissioned pieces around the globe, Monir had her first U.S. solo show at the Guggenheim last year.  Another fact that shouldn’t be overlooked is her age.  She a vibrant ninety-something.  Clearly, there is something to be said for doing what you love.  

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Palm Springs Living

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Every February throngs of midcentury architecture and design aficionados, like myself, descend upon Palm Springs for Modernism Week.  With over 250 events, tours, films, lectures and parties, it is THE celebration of midcentury design.

This year, I am thrilled to have my home on tour.  I spent years envisioning my ideal Palm Springs getaway.  Then thanks to the brilliance of architect Jim Jennings, my dreams became a reality.  The frame of my home literally arrived via flatbed truck.  How novel!  Finishing touches came courtesy of me.  Please come join me in the desert on February 21st.

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Making A House A Home

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We love client installations.  It’s probably the closest an interior designer ever gets to that HGTV-style reveal complete with the requisite squeals of delight.  We had one last week for a fabulous family with four young children.   Decorating for this lively tribe meant keeping things durable without sacrificing style.

Here’s a peek at the home that emerged.  We wanted to hunker down and stay a while.

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It’s Time To Winterize

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When the weather outside is frightful, little is more delightful than being at home.  Here’s a look at how we amp up the cozy factor this season.

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Diptique Feu de Bois CandleMonogrammed LinensMongolian Lamb PillowBranch Candelabra  , Furry Throws

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Our design director Katie McCaffrey recently returned from being blown away at CES. Here’s what she had to say about the smartest appliance for the kitchen:

Imagine a refrigerator door that works like an i-Pad.  The geniuses at Corning and Samsung not only imagined one but they created it.  You can check the weather, watch your favorite cooking show, upload pictures of your family and get reminders all while nursing your first cup of joe.  Say “bye bye” to the era of the sliding magnet weighed down with “to do” lists and children’s art.

Low on milk? Need more veggies?  No problem, your super fridge will let you know. This is what I call useful technology!  Keep an eye open for Samsung’s model which should debut later this year.

To see more innovative ideas from Corning, check out this video.

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Happy New Year

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I hope that you welcome 2016 with a “bang!”  We scouted this memorable coffee table at Design Miami and it left quite an impression.  Although I still can’t decide where it belongs in my home, it reminds me to just say no to dull in the new year.  Chin Chin!

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Miami Vice Part Deux

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As the rain storms pummel the Bay Area, my mind keeps wandering back to Miami and the fascinating art that stirred my soul.  Art is alive and well, my friends. It shocks, inspires awe and reminds me that creativity has no borders. Happy Holidays!

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Series of hands with rings in various colors by Luis Gispert

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Still life with Xitle & Spirit by Jimmie Durham

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MY MIAMI VICE

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 It’s no great secret that my favorite annual getaway is the one that I take to Art Basel Miami every first week of December. While some people are wrapping themselves in greenery and tinsel, I prefer to hightail it south for a taste of what’s new and inspiring in the art world.  True to history, this year did not disappoint.  Consider this part one of a three-part series on my finds.  Come bliss out with me!

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Timothy App

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Trend Alert! Custom shaped canvas is now all the rage.

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Morris Louis

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Willem de Kooning

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Roy Lichtenstein

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