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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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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