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Inspiration: The New Domino

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The spring issue of Domino is AWESOME. It saved me from losing my mind on my delayed flight back from Arizona.  There are some seriously awesome spaces in it, lots of inspiration and many reasons to go pick up a copy!

The biggest reason in my book? Lauren Liess’ new home. She’s been chronicling her reno on her blog and now we get to see the final reveal. It’s SO good. SO SO SO good.


That ceiling???? DIE.


This kitchen? The island? The iron racks? Yes please. With a cherry on top.


This TV room is amazing- those shelves were made of IKEA butcher block counters. Can you say GENIUS?


This shot wasn’t in the mag but I love it. How badly do you want to sit here and read?



OscarPRGirl’s Colorful Cottage

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I was flipping through my Elle Decor last night when I was stopped dead in my tracks by a spread on one of fashion’s most popular social media stars, OscarPRGirl, also known as Erika Bearman.  Her Southampton home, designed by none other than Miles Redd, is quite an exercise in bold doses of color mixed with a heavy dose of white.

Speaking of bold- how about this high gloss green living room?


This entry slays me. Love the paper paired with the stripe ceiling!


A black and white bathroom speaks to my monochromatic sensibilities.


More my style- the kitchen with the black grouted subway tile and custom hood.



That polka dot tablecloth is so darn cute.


A pink and navy guest room any girl would love to stay in.


Although this one is more my speed in turquoise and yellow…. that floor is one bold choice.


The only space I’m not hot on is the master- it’s more the styling than anything else- those red accessories don’t work for me (and I’m 99.9% sure they were brought in for the shoot and not how the room looks everyday).  If it were me I would have added a woven seagrass bench or for something more bold a pair of white leather and chrome Barcelona ottomans at the foot of the bed.


The master bath certainly is more bold fun. Miles doesn’t do understated.



peaking of color, a special thanks to Jaime Meares and the Furbish Studio team for a fun feature on styling an colorful and functional entry! Check it out HERE!



Pinch Me: Better Homes & Gardens Cover!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

When I found out that my old bedroom was the cover shot for Better Homes & Gardens I couldn’t believe it.  I screamed, of course, but a part of me was like “I’m pretty sure I hallucinated that” and until I saw it I still kind of expected the magazine to arrive and have a cake on the cover instead. Well, it’s TRUE and I am shocked, honored, flattered and flabbergasted. My first cover. On a huge national magazine. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME????

It’s funny, since not only is this my old place in the city, but I only lived there for 8 months! But thanks to the amazing styling of Stacy Kunstel and the incredible photography of Michael Partenio (also the owners of Dunes & Duchess- check them out) we took some great images.  Go pick up a copy!  But in the meantime, here is the article:

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A lot of people have asked about the bedding- it was from Lands End, but is no longer available!  Why don’t more affordable bedding producers make coral banded bedding??? Lamp by Jill Rosenwald, bench from Ballard Designs in Duralee fabric, nightstand and dresser are antiques, bed is Crate & Barrel, wall color is Elephant Skin by Behr (AWESOME color).

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Here are some shot that didn’t make the article, but I still think are fabulous!

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This one was int he article, but small, and I love it :)

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LOVE this shot from the studio!

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I had to share what is the best picture every take of all four of us too. :)

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And they also filmed a video at the studio of some tips (and Lindsey and I being a little spastic over a magazine).  More proof of why I’ll never be a TV star.

All images: Michael Partenio for BHG

Monochromatic Magic

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

I have made the executive decision that most of my house (the main living level, anyways) will be only done in black, white, tan, grey, wood tones and brass.  This is pretty much the polar opposite of how I’ve decorated my past spaces but I feel like I’m in a different place mentally and spatially.  Our house is TINY.  It doesn’t look tiny from the outside but it is. And the ceilings are pretty low.  So the light grey walls, white trim and soon to be dark floors really help make it feel bigger.  I am constantly stimulated by color during the day while working on other homes so I really want my new space to feel calm and serene.  And it’s as if the people at Lonny read my MIND with their new issue because so many of the spaces they featured were exactly the palette I’m working with!

The Copenhagen house of the couple behind the fashion label Day Birger et Mikkelsen has me writhing in delight. It’s pretty much my perfect space (if you add a dash of leopard or zebra somewhere). This living room is proof that warm and cool neutrals can live a very happy life together.

I mean seriously? Can I please live here?

OH! There is some zebra! See, it is perfect (well, I’d add a smidge of art tot he walls in this room)

I’ve just passed out from looking at this bathroom. Can you even believe that tub? However, I could never shower in the open like that. It would be a little wierd to be showering right next to Andrew brushing his teeth.

This is what heaven looks like. Except in my version there is a TV with The Notebook on repeat in there too.

This stylin’ studio apartment they also feature is like a smaller scale version of the house above.

SUCH a stylish little darling!

A desk under a desk? Genius.

I am straight up obsessed with Haven’s Kitchen, also featured. A cooking school meets coffee shop meets foodie pantry meets event space? It’s to die for gorgeous! I must go my next trip to NYC!

And this is a public service announcement for my husband: THIS CLUTCH FOR CHRISTMAS. MY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DEPENDS ON IT.

Veranda at 25: Interview with Dara Caponigro

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

We all know and love Dara Caponigro for being one of the founding forces at Domino.  She has now moved onto being editor in chief of Veranda Magazine- a venerable institution of good taste and old school glamour.  And this year the magazine celebrates it’s 25th year of publication and in honor of the milestone Dara is touring the country hosting events such as today’s at the Boston Design Center- a panel discussion titled, “A New Take on Tradition”  from 11 a.m. to noon (Fifth Floor, suite 548).  I got to ask Dara a few questions about the magazine and some of her favorite things!

In your opinion, what makes a space worthy of publication?
To be worthy of publication, a space needs to reflect a knowledge of what has come before, but also have some surprises.

What do you see being the biggest interior trends of the coming year?  Anything in particular you hope to never see again or what you hope to see more of?

One of the biggest trends that I see is the resurgence of pattern, but it should be done with a restrained hand. What would I like to see more of?  I would like to see people buy less, but buy better. I think people should stop obsessing with discounts and buy fewer things, but better things.

Veranda used to be a much “stuffier” publication but the content has certainly changed since you took the reigns. What tone do you hope that magazine exudes moving forward? How do you balance honoring the tradition of the old Veranda with a new look and feel?
We always strive to maintain Veranda’s DNA, which is graciousness.  But we’ve made it more timely and relevant for today’s world by being on the pulse of what’s happening in the world of style.

What’s on your wish list for fall- for both home and fashion?
Our September/October issue has a section on Italian Style. We feature a pair of black leather Marni boots with a gold heel – those have my name on them. And for home, anything from Hervé Van Der Straeten.

Veranda now covers a lot of lifestyle as well- I’d love to know your favorite hotels, trips and shops for design inspiration.

Trip: Copenhagen. Design permeates everything there, from the cups to the chairs.

Hotel: Hotel Palumbo in Ravello. I love their ironed white linens and ceramic tile. It is quintessentially Italian
Shops: MARCH in San Francisco and Gordon Watson in London for antiques

Flower: It’s so hard to choose one favorite: garden roses, peonies, sunflowers with green centers, ranunculus.
Candle: Anything unscented.
Design Book: Vintage: “Horst: Interiors.” New: ”Miles Redd: The Big Book of Chic

Fabric: Cowtan & Tout’s new Veranda Anniversary Edition ‘Longbourne’ chintz (above). It’s the first to be featured in our new Archive Project for which we go into the archives of venerable firms and work with them to make treasures from their vaults available again.

Wallpaper: Vivienne Westwood’s Squiggle Print wallpaper from Cole & Son at Lee Jofa (above right). I put it in my coat closet and it makes me so happy every time I open the door.
Home Accessory: Elsa Peretti’s Tiffany bowls in black

Beauty Product: L’oreal Double Extend mascara
Necessary Luxury: I’m not happy without really good coffee.  I love the organic coffee from Le Pain Quotidien.
Place to Visit: My new favorite, I know, will be Cape Town. I have friends who moved there 15 years ago and they have been trying to get me to come.  We are doing a feature on Cape Town in our January/February issue, and when the images came across my desk I kicked myself for not having gone sooner. Next year is the year.

Meal to Cook: I like meals that you can cook in advance so that you can visit with your guests. One favorite is a dish that my mother makes, Chicken Marengo. It is sophisticated and delicious, but all of the work can be done in advance. My favorite dessert to make is poached pears filled with bittersweet chocolate and cream.

Thank you Dara!