If you thought that Venice was all about gondolas, carnival and Harry’s Bar well think again. Venice is also home to what many consider to be the most prestigious art fair in the world. It’s a veritable recipe for a bout with Stendhal syndrome with pavilions featuring artists from 88 countries. There’s no official theme but critics have noted a certain gravitational pull toward the topics of greed, collective action and the boundaries of the physical world. It’s shocking, eh! You too can feast your eyes now through November 24th.
Martha’s Vineyard indeed. I have happily set up shop here for the past week absorbing the salty Atlantic air and relishing in the finest that an east coast summer has to offer. Take a whole lot of preppy and add a splash of bohemia and you get Vineyard casual. Take a peek inside my beach bag. (1) Floppy Hat (2) Warby Parker Sunglasses (3) Nautical Stripe Top (4) Dali Espadrilles (5) Orange Cruiser (6) Hermes Beach Towel. Sand not included.
I felt a bit sad about our beloved SFMoMA being closed for major renovations but it’s tough to be too down in the dumps when we’re being treated to jaw-dropping installations like the Mark di Suvero exhibit at Crissy Field. The eight massive steel sculptures are tough to miss and absolutely worth a special trip. You might recognize their International Orange hue, the artist’s tribute to San Francisco, the city where he was mostly raised. Quite fittingly, the exhibit also marks the closing celebrations of the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary. Lucky for us, it will be in place through May, 2014.
Baby, it’s getting hot in here and I could use a dip in the nearest pool. Truly, any body of water will do. I always pack a little WOW (works on whatever) with me in the form of these uber-hip beach towels first spied at Design Miami. Available through the Art Production Fund, any one of these will spark instant conversation coupled with a quick hop online to snatch one up. Just say buh-buh stripe and hello WOW.
I must confess that I’m a troller. I love looking at homes for sale and imagining what I would do if I became their new owner. I recently stumbled upon this noteworthy one straight out of the Palm Springs desert. It’s marketed as the home that Liberace had built for his mother and why not own a piece of history! Inspired by a 19th century French chateau and anchored by the three Cs (columns, chandeliers and cherubs), might I call it understated by Liberace’s standards. It must be the white paint, which I have a feeling the realtor advised.
I stumbled upon this gem on Artsy. A slice of Americana indeed! This life guard house makes me want to stand up and give a salute or at least peer inside to see if some hunky lifeguard might be on duty. Wishing you a truly festive Fourth of July!
Welcome to our very own version of the Showcase Showdown. Watch out Bob Barker and babes, we are serving up deep discounts with a luxurious twist.
It’s time to find new homes for the inspiring pieces from “Danger Zone.” Imagine sumptuous Sandra Jordan alpaca teepees in gorgeous hues, a black and white rug that will have you booking the next flight to Rio, bubble chairs by Belgian artist Marteen de Ceulaen, Kidrobots and more. Everything is being priced to sell. We’re talking significant discounts.
Please take a look but don’t deliberate for too long. They’ll be going going gone before the buzzer sounds.
Long gone are the days when having a summer cocktail outdoors meant subjecting yourself to some unsightly, not to mention uncomfortable, perch for an hour. The furniture that now graces our outdoor spaces rivals anything that you would find inside a home. Nowhere was this more evident than at the recent Salone del Mobile in Milan. Handwoven twists of brightly colored hues, foam tubes covered in acrylic for a look resembling a chunky hair braid and clever takes on the time-honored Adirondack chair bring a whole new level of sophistication to the patio. Indeed, you’ve come a long way baby!
As if I needed one, I have yet another reason why the Napa Valley makes my heart go pitter pat. If you haven’t already seen it, you really must pick up the newest edition of the Scout Guide Napa Valley. It’s gorgeous. It’s true that we are somewhat biased and we’re thrilled to be among such fine company. The Scout Guide boils it all down to a local level and it’s one percolating scene. Enjoy!