Getting Groovy In the Desert

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I hinted at a little surprise in my last post. I’m ready for my great reveal. Are you? A little over a year ago I purchased a lot in Palm Springs with my eyes on building a modernist treasure. I quickly fell for Blue Sky Building Systems and Jim Jennings’ other-worldly homes. I kept the interior super simple and super white and my team and I had a ridiculously fun time adding cheeky elements to give it a thoroughly groovy vibe. The casita has outrageous pink and yellow art because it’s Palm Springs and you can.

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Tune in next week for more tales from Modernism Week. Until then.


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Palm Springs Here I Come

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I am counting the days until Modernism Week in Palm Springs. It is all going down in the desert from February 12-22 and it’s kitschy cool at its finest. Nourish your voyeuristic side and tour the Annenberg Estate or the Rat Pack’s playground. It’s encouraged. Save some energy for the poolside people watching. It’s other worldly. Don’t forget sunglasses and colors that pack a punch.

Check back this week for a fun little surprise from yours truly. Intrigued? You should be.


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The Designer as Artist

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Usually, I find myself at galleries looking at the art of others. This Thursday night, the roles will be reversed when my own aquatints don the walls of the Oliver Hawke Gallery. The occasion marks the opening of SF art curator Philip Bewley’s show, “The Designer as Artist.”

I tried not to get too giddy when Philip asked me to join the party. Art is serious business, right! Well, giddy I am. It’s an honor to be in the fine company of interior designer/artists Stuart Gilchrist, Gioi Tran and Matthew MacCaul Turner.


The When: Thursday, January 29th from 6-10 p.m.

The Where: Oliver Hawke Gallery (affiliated with the Artillery SF)

1545 Mission Street

The What: Photographs, Paintings, Illustrations, Aquatints and Sculpture (plus wine)

If you miss us on Thursday, the show runs until February 15th.


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Feeling Rad

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Skateboarding already comes with a certain cool factor. Now Supreme has upped the ante with its collection of limited edition skateboards designed by contemporary artists from around the globe. We recently placed a Damien Hirst board in one lucky client’s home and I’ll admit that it was tough to part ways with it. It made for one happy teen boy.

To see the full collection, visit the MSP Modern Gallery website. As for me, I’m headed over to the skatepark to work on my Tic-Tacs.


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Bring on the Fog

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Who said that fog only has a place in the summer San Francisco sky? The best kind of fog is about to roll into town. FOG Design + Art is anything but boring. Check all pretension at the door and get ready to party. FOG features 40 contemporary design and art dealers and the artists and craftsmen they represent. What fun!

The Hard Facts:

FOG Design + Art

Preview: January 14

Show: January 15-18

Fort Mason

All proceeds to benefit SF MOMA


*Photo Credits: Drew Altizer, Jan Lundberg, Joseph Driste

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With the advent of a new year comes the requisite resolutions. This year we took a moment to reflect upon what design resolution each one of us aspires to achieve.

Yes we CAN!

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Mine was easy. Just say no to Marsala.

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I hope to incorporate more truly unique custom pieces into my clients’ homes.

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Please may I source more vintage items locally.

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I am booking a visit to Les Puces in Paris to score some amazing finds.

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Mine is to simplify. It’s time to keep only what is needed and most loved and sell the rest.

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I want to buy fewer things but of higher quality and craftsmanship.


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Perfect Presents

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Let’s be candid. There is a direct correlation between the gifts you like to give and those you hope to receive. We went around the office and spouted a few of our favorites and maybe if we’re good Santa might just oblige.

MARTHA / Yoko Ono Beach Towel

ECHE / Maison Martin Margiela Mirrored Stainless Steel Champagne Bucket

KATIE / Astier de Villatte John Derian Architectural Mug

ERICKA / Jonathan Adler’s Brass Undulating Candle Holder

JANE / Alexandra Von Furstenberg Soulmate Fearless Tray

SARAH / Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca Throw


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Art Basel Lovefest

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It’s tough for me not to love Art Basel. There are few places that I would rather be than the epicenter of contemporary art. The fact that it goes down in Miami is simply the gooey icing on a rather divine cake. This year did not disappoint. It’s easier to ask me to pick my favorite child (Malcolm, it’s you) than to pick my favorite artwork but I will give it a try.

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Improved Pointless Payne’s Gray by Jan Maarten Vaskail could hang in many a client’s home. I would take it in mine too.

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Split Rocker is pure Jeff Koons.

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The Cumbrian Blue(s) series by Paul Scott stopped me in my tracks for its unexpected reinterpretation of a classic piece.

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Last but certainly not least, who doesn’t imagine twerking down the Mississippi with this cheery crew? Thanks Shawn Huckins for making me laugh.


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Design Miami

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I am still in recovery mode after my favorite week of the year. Miami is always a vibrant city but last week its pulse felt even stronger. The city becomes an international mecca of creative types clamoring for inspiration. I for one was not disappointed. Design Miami showcases 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d’art and evolved alongside the better known Art Basel. Now feast your eyes on some of my favorite pieces from the show.


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Hello Kitty!

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Sometimes you run into something so beautifully kitschy that it’s unforgivable not to share. It’s tough not to love that happy feline Hello Kitty. Now the Line Hotel in L.A. celebrates the eight year-old in all of us with a suite devoted to all things H.K. (as in furry and feline). Perhaps that plush toy bedspread will show up under my Christmas tree. A girl can dream.



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