Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Digital Age

If you had told me last year that I would read my magazines online I probably would have been appalled by such an accusation. How on earth would I live without being able to rip pages of beautiful things out of my magazines and tack them up all over my office like wallpaper? I was a skeptic at first. I love my magazines. LOVE. But as the third issue of Lonny Magazine has hit the cyber news stands and now there is Nesting Newbies, I have to admit that I am hooked. The days of balancing my computer and magazine on my lap so I can quickly bookmark new sources are gone. Now one can simply click directly on the item you like and get whisked away to it's source for purchase. It's genius, really. Check out the new Nesting Newbies has features on design trio Massucco Warner Miller as well as LA based designer Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise...I think you will be a convert too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's My Style?

I was perusing my inspiration files this morning trying to pick out some of my favorite images that most define my style. I find this task particularly difficult because I am drawn to so many different styles from all different eras and regions. I just can't seem to pin point where I fit in. I can design for others with an accute sense of who they are and what they like, but when it comes to myself I am a jumble of everything I love. Where does this leave me? Maybe that is the definition of my style. Eclectic, boho-chic, flea market modern, traditional bohemian....who knows what to call it? I think personal style is something that is constantly evolving so why limit yourself to a label? A common thread through the images I chose was a pop of turquoise, whether a painted wall, door or piece of pottery. Coincidently, Pantone has named turquoise the color of 2010. Pantone says that turquoise is "believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky." I love that. I was just going to say it's pretty, but there you go. I aspire to be least this year.

Images courtesy of: Domino Magazine, Peter Dunham, "Philip Street" by Amanda Stone Talley, Raymond boozer, Schuyler Samperton, Massucco Warner Miller, Domino Magazine, Unknown.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


It has been a long, crazy week and I'm so happy Friday is here! We are hitting the road early tomorrow and heading to Tahoe to do some skiing and enjoy the outdoors. I actually enjoy our ritual of ordering a pizza and going to bed early as much as I enjoy the skiing. Another important element of that ritual is that we both leave our computers at home. Unplugging, if even for a day, is priceless. I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing weekend. I will leave you with some gorgeous shots from the Kate Spade Spring 2006 ad campaign. I am so inspired by these dreamy images. Road trip, anyone?

Photos via

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Inspirational Designers: Peter Dunham

Peter Dunham needs no introduction. These images have been published in more magazines and made the rounds on more blogs than I can count, but I don't care. He is one of my all time favorite designers. Get inspired!

Photos courtesy of Peter Dunham.

Friday, October 17, 2014

SoCal Indie Edge

I'm sure you all remember the Domino magazine that featured the home of Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo. I revisited the article this morning when I was trying to remember who makes her ridiculously cool vanity. It turns out that the vanity is vintage, from the 70's, and isn't credited to anyone although I was able to find one similar to it on 1stdibs. Sunrise, a jewelry designer, sought help to pull the house together from friend and interior designer Amy Kehoe of LA based design firm Nickey Kehoe. With Amy's help, Sunrise was able to mesh all the antique furniture and contemporary art that she had collected through the years. The result is an ultra hip house that exemplifies the laid back, eclectic vibe for which Southern California is known. It almost makes me miss that smoggy, traffic ridden place. Just kidding...I heart LA. I also heart this house!

The Arne Norell chair and ottoman in the bedroom are pretty fantastic as well.
Photos by Max Kim-Bee via Domino Magazine

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jenna's Fashion Rules

The infinitely talented and stylish Jenna Lyons, J.Crew's executive creative director, was recently on Oprah as well as in O Magazine. Among other intelligent and charming insights, she shares the fashion rules that she lives by, and that everyone could benefit from following:
* Make a statement with jewelry* Balance feminine pieces with tomboy accents like a military blazer* Wear opposites (if you are wearing something tailored, sprinkle in some sequins)* Mix up textures like tweed and silk
I found a few adorable photos of Jenna in some great outfits. She really knows how to put herself together and always adds some fun details whether it be a bright red lip, chunky black glasses or a smattering of sequins.

Text info and quote via O Magazine. Photos via and

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Going Green in Healdsburg

San Francisco Magazine did the dreamiest spread on Julie Dowlings breath taking modern platinum LEED certified home in Healdsburg. Julie is the Dowling in Dowling Kimm Studios, a bay area based architecture firm that specializes in modern design. Coincidently, these ladies are also the talented designers behind Solage Caliostoga. Julie's goal for this house was to "meet the highest criteria for green living" while staying true to her modern aesthetic. I think she hit it out of the park. These images are being ripped out of the magazine and tacked up onto my inspiration board immediately. Pick up the latest edition of SF magazine as the website only has a condensed version of the article and only a few of the photos. Enjoy!

Photographs by Matthew Millman via San Francisco Magazine.