Category Archives: Design

DIFFA Designs

DIFFA Designs 2016 was a success.  Personally, I am loving the new format after years of Dining by Design. It feels fresh.  This year’s theme was “Shine.” Local creative types submitted objects based on the theme and the favorites were … Continue reading

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The Gilded Age

These days you don’t have to look too hard to find hints of gold. From the more democratic West Elm, to the loftier Scala Luxury, gold is having a moment.  In fact, it is so au courant that our finest art … Continue reading

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Angelo Donghia

It’s fascinating to see how great design transcends space and time.  It’s timeless.  Take, for example, this marvelous room designed by Angela Donghia for Ralph Lauren in the seventies.  It’s still perfection almost fifty years later. Donghia extended his design … Continue reading

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Hot or Not

I’m looking forward to next week’s DesignLive.  Beyond the fact that it gives me an excuse to peruse the shops of Sacramento Street, I can’t wait to dissect current design trends with my peers while on the “Love or Hate” panel. … Continue reading

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Shopping the City of Angels

While we’re not quite Thelma and Louise, put two designers on a mission to scout out the hottest design shops and galleries in Los Angeles and you have a recipe for a different kind of trouble. A few weeks ago … Continue reading

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Tech @ Home

It might be a function of our techy hometown but smart technology has become a part of my vernacular. Long gone are the days of working around ugly speakers and cascading wires.  Sonos, iDor Mobile, DS Cam and Home+ make … Continue reading

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You Had Me at Hello!

Our design director, Katie, recently purchased a charming Petaluma farmhouse that she and her hubby are lovingly restoring.  First on her “to do” list was updating the front door from a tired brown to a sophisticated shade of blue.  She … Continue reading

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Popham Tiles

I paid a visit to Popham Design on my most recent visit to Morocco.  I was already smitten after my first stateside encounter.  Being surrounded by vibrant cement tiles in every color of the rainbow sealed the deal.  These tiles … Continue reading

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A Modern French Master

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 … Continue reading

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Corralling Clutter

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 … Continue reading

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