Favorite Details from the SF Decorator Showhouse 2015

Art installment at the SF Decorator Showhouse

Walking into a Decorator Showhouse is always a wild experience.  Each room, done by a different interior designer, can often feel like it has a million bits of intrigue crammed into its corners.  Sometimes it can feel nearly overwhelming to take it all in, but there are always interesting new ideas to absorb.  Here are my favorites (more…)

Hamptons Designer Showhouse Tour, Part I

Hamptons Designer Showhouse 2014 Bathroom 2 ed

Hamptons Designer Showhouse MBathroom

Each summer, one of the highlights of my time on the East Coast is checking out the Hamptons Designer Showhouse.  It is always enthralling, over-the-top, and inspiring.  This year’s house was no exception.

I wanted to start my tour of the house with my favorite room: the master bathroom.  Designed by Elsa R. Soyars Interiors, it was full of unexpected touches and ideas worth replicating.  First: its colors.  The emerald green accents are so striking as you walk into the room.  Though it’s not a color I normally think of when decorating, I love its use in this room.  It adds a bold (more…)

First Look: Home Tour

Today, I’ve got something exciting to share with you!  I’m thrilled to present the first peek into my home and the work we’ve done to it.  First up is my son’s room.

Like so many things in my life, this room began with some inspiration from Jenna Lyons.  After seeing this picture of Ms. Lyons’ little boy’s bedroom, I became smitten with the idea of (more…)

Modern Inspiration: Vera Wang’s L.A. Home

Vera Wang's house L.A.

Vera Wang's LA house 2

This weekend the New York Times Magazine ran the top photo of Vera Wang’s breathtaking home in L.A. and I was newly smitten (the home was featured in Harpers Bazaar earlier this year).  The clean lines, glass walls, and modern minimalism has me swooning and imagining life in such a space.  Though surely with my two young children, the house wouldn’t stay immaculate for long, I love day dreaming about my life there nonetheless.  How fabulous is this home?  Maybe we could all just (more…)

Serena and Lily’s Beach Market (is a Must)

The Serena & Lily catalog is full of interesting finds for your home– from cool rugs and printed pillows to interesting bedding (for adults and children) and great furniture.  I have a bunch of pieces of theirs in my home (like this metallic rug and these chairs in my kids’ rooms– they were perfect to rock them to sleep in when they were babies, and now they’re great to snuggle in during book time).  But their new store in Wainscott, New York (in Long Island’s Hamptons) was truly a surprise.  It is full of beautiful items for the home, as well as cool accessories and finds for the beach (many of which are only available at the store).  Even from the outside of the store, you can tell it’s a special spot– the design is gorgeous, with its open doors, potted plants, and striped awning.

But inside, all sorts of wonders await.  The crisp white setting (from ceiling to floor) is the perfect (more…)

Moda Operandi’s Inspiring Offices

I love glimpses into inspiring workspaces (and I have an entire Pinterest board on the subject to prove it).  So, Architectural Digest’s peek inside the offices of Moda Operandi (an e-tailer I adore. . . and who knew they had a fitting room for special clients?) is a fantasy realized.


Designers At Home

Wouldn’t you love to see inside the homes of interior designers?  I, for one, would (and do), and the gorgeous new book Designers At Home allows us to do just that.

This past weekend at the lovely San Francisco home goods store Hudson Grace, there was a book signing with the author of this behind-the-scenes tome, Ronda Rice Carman.  She could not have been sweeter, and her book is full of so much inspiration.  It takes you into the personal homes of fifty admired interior designers and explores their ideas about design as well as their favorite items and design elements.  It’s a lush book, full of gorgeous photos and insightful text (not to mention a Forward by Martha Stewart!).

Designers At Home is a beautiful book full of ideas and inspiration.  It’s also a wonderful gift for someone in your life, including your mother, with Mother’s Day on the horizon.  I have a feeling you (and mom) will find yourselves coming back to it for years to come.

Happy Monday!

Shirt: Band of Outsiders / White Jeans: J Brand / Sweater: Stella McCartney (old, similar here) / Bag: Saint Laurent