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I tend to veer toward the more contemporary side of design but love how something with a past life immediately adds history and richness to a room.  Antique and vintage pieces may or may not come with a noteworthy provenance but they always come with a story (even if it requires some creative license on your part).  Here are some wonderful “old things” that the ladies in our office have been eying.  

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Feeling dapper.  This trio of heirloom brushes is all so very Downton Abbey to me.  Valet!

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The marquetry on this standout Neapolitan commode is simply impossible to mass produce.  

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The Gustavian style plays well with others.  Just imagine this Lindome sofa reupholstered in hot pink.  

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Bubbly anyone?  Gatsby is in the house.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, you might just be the fairest one of all.   


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Poof, Done!

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It’s tough to verbalize what goes into the design and creation of a space.  Words don’t adequately capture the glory and madness of it all.  It certainly involves a lot more than a snap of the fingers or the wave of a wand.  

Kudos to Drew McGukin and 1stdibs for this insightful and candid time-lapse video showing the transformation of a Holiday House NYC room over five days.  Be still my beating heart. 


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In Our Hearts

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Pop the Bubbly

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Our friends at Berggruen Gallery have been a fixture in the San Francisco and global art scene for 45 years!  To celebrate they have assembled major works from private collections and museums for one rather divine show aptly named, “Looking Back: 45 Years.”   The show runs until November 25th, so uber right on over to 228 Grant Avenue for a chance to marvel at art that is rarely on public display.


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Equestrian Chic

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Equestrian style is somewhat defined by its classic nature.  Yet each generation of horse enthusiasts casts its own interpretation on the timeless aesthetic.  Our Design
Director, Katie McCaffrey, is an accomplished rider and self-professed barn groupie.  She recently helped a long-time client of ours with her new barn and here’s what she had to say:

“I was ecstatic when this opportunity crossed my desk.  I immediately got to thinking about what is equestrian chic?  To me it’s a smart, sporty and sophisticated look that’s well-tailored with clean lines.  It combines splashes of leather, wood, metal with fibers like wool and linen.  The tailored look is actually grounded in very practical origins.  Not only does it look crisp and refined but around horses it is important everything fits precisely. Nothing can flap, get tangled or impede. Looking smart is being smart. As I like to say, keep it natty!”
Tally Ho!

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Empire Is Back

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I must admit that few shows in recent years have grabbed me quite like Empire.  For one, I can’t get enough of the sets.  Lucious Lyon’s over-the-top marble and gilded manse screams the eighties all over again.  Then there’s Jamal’s quieter contemporary loft space that oozes downtown cool.  When I am not gushing about the sets, there are the outfits.  Cookie sports her sky-high stilettos and micro skirts with a “don’t mess with me” attitude and it’s tough not to love the classic crisp suits preferred by the dapper Andre.  

Family drama is ever so much more fun when it is someone else’s family.  Thank you Fox for keep me entertained.  


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The Paris Flea

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At this point, Paris feels like a lifetime ago but I am still relishing in the memories.  No trip to Paris would feel complete without a stop at “Les Puces.”  It’s a chance to browse, hunt and haggle, and draws quite the professional crowd of flea market goers.  The lucky emerge with at least one treasure and a slightly shrunken bank account.  C’est la vie Parisienne. A bientôt!

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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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