December 31, 2012

Tick, Tock: It's Almost 2013

As we wind down 2012 and look forward to 2013 with hope and anticipation, ring in the New Year by making a resolution to stay on task with these delightful travel alarm clocks from Verdura.

Happy New Year!

December 28, 2012

Tory Burch's Lunch Box

It's December 28th ... ready to send house guests on their way?  

Send them off in style with a lunch on the go in this ever so chic lunch box and thermos from Tory Burch ...  who could ever be sad to hit the road with this in tow?

Available at Target and Nieman Marcus

December 26, 2012

On The Spot: Serena and Lily's Margate Ceramic Plate

We've all probably gotten a nice fill of tablesettings this holiday season... isn't it fun to "dress up" the table for dinner?

In my quest for finding the perfect pattern, I recently came across the Margate Collection from Serena and Lily.

I love the geometric pattern, subtle tones of red and green ... perfect for a holiday placesetting and now that I think about it, it would also be great for summertime table in the South of France!

Happy Boxing Day!

December 24, 2012

Peace Be Yours

"Peace is always beautiful".

- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Wishing you peace and happiness today and everyday.  Happy Holidays!

December 20, 2012

In Need of Decorating Tips?

As I start to close down the office for the holidays, I just wanted to share two little opportunities where you can hear my thoughts on holiday decorating and decorating in general.

I was proud to be mentioned in am NEW YORK'S article entitled "Deck The Halls: How to Make Your Home Festive For the Holidays".  With a little imagination, you can decorate your home, without breaking the bank!

Many of us have tackled the holiday decor, but with several minute long videos on the website for the San Francisco Chronicle, you can gain some insight to common, everyday problems and approaches to decorating.


Happy Thursday!  The weekend and holiday vacation are almost here!


December 19, 2012

Tartan Anyone?

Nothing says "warm and cozy" in your interior more than a great tartan plaid!

If you're a little hesitant to go "mad for plaid" as an overall effect, consider some of these tartan touches for your decor!

Tartan Dinner Plates, Williams Sonoma

Tartan Tablecloth and Napkins, Williams Sonoma

Ralph Lauren Tartan Frame, Horchow

December 18, 2012

Access to Design at the New York Design Center

I'm happy to announce that I have been asked to join a selection of designers for the Access to Design program at the New York Design Center!


The Access to Design program acts as a concierge for navigating the 500,000 square feet of showrooms and provides consumers with information and insight into the design process.  Trade only tools are made available and consumers are able to look through portfolios of local interior designers on the "decorating board".

Such an honor to be considered and if you find yourself in NYC and want to do a little trade shopping, be sure to stop by the offices located on the fourth floor.

December 17, 2012

The Golden Touch

With the holidays upon us, I always seem to fall in love with all things gold ...maybe its the glimmer, maybe its the shimmer, maybe its just the magic of finding the perfect piece in a great metal finish!


Antique Gold Leaf
Chippendale Bamboo Chair, French Heritage
Gold Leaf Mirror, Worlds Away

Serpentine Bed, Niermann Weeks

Colombier Chandelier, Vaughan Designs

Ralph Lauren Marlow Floral in Vintage Gold Wallpaper

December 14, 2012

Favorite Find Friday: Elizabeth Marshall

Atlanta does it again with retailer Elizabeth Marshall.  Obviously, my black and gold obsession kicked in as I was picking out a few of my favorite pieces, but can you blame me???

Happy Weekend!

Pagoda Cabinet

Black Curved Cabinet

Three Drawer Chest

Granite Tree Table

Gold Iron Branch Mirror

December 12, 2012

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (Shopping): Simply Giving

I'm a sentimental one, that's for sure, and what better gift to give, than to remember those less fortunate this holiday season.  Whether it be your time, a coat or toy or a monetary donation, let us always remember that peace on earth starts with compassion.

A few of the organizations that I love supporting are:

Warm Holiday Wishes to You and Yours!

December 11, 2012

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas (Shopping): Lucite Animal Splash

Nothing makes a splash more than when lucite and animal prints come together!  For those on your shopping list that love to entertain, Diane von Furstenberg brings you the perfect gift idea!

DVF Home Lucite tray and Ice Bucket available from Bloomingdale's

December 10, 2012

On the Tenth Day of Christmas (Shopping): For the Love of Malachite

A stately finish for any decor, these Malachite objects will bring a smile to many on Christmas morning!

Candle from L'Objet

Brazilian Agate Coasters from The Evolution Store

Malachite Inspired Plates from Zazzle

December 9, 2012

On the Ninth Day of Christmas (Shopping): Seagrass Happiness

Heading somewhere coastal this holiday season?  Party at a beach house and need a hostess gift?

Let Seagrass guide the way with these great tumblers and pitcher from Acme Party Box!

I wonder if Santa minds getting sand in his shoe?

December 8, 2012

On the Eighth Day of Christmas (Shopping): Roasting Marshmallows

One of the trends I've been working with in my design business, is outdoor cooking areas.  No longer is it the simple grill, but full on cook-tops, mini refrigerators and permanent open fire pits.

So let's take this party outside and roast some marshmallows for the holidays!

Twig Roaster from Terrain

Find the perfect marshmallow for your S'mores at Plush Puffs


December 7, 2012

On the Seventh Day of Christmas (Shopping): Sweet Teeth Chocolate

I think one thing I love most about the holidays are the desserts ...and that you have an obligation to give yourself a time out from any dieting!

Sweet Teeth Chocolate out of Charleston, South Carolina (probably one of my most favorite cities!) has a great gift ideas ... perfect for stocking stuffers or hostess gifts for those bevy of holiday parties on your calendar!

Oh, and be sure to book the dentist for January!

December 6, 2012

On the Sixth Day of Christmas (Shopping): Paperwhites

Do you have some "green thumbs" to shop for this Christmas?  Why not let them try out their gardening skills indoors with this great Paperwhite kit from White Flower Farm?

December 5, 2012

On The Fifth Day of Christmas (Shopping): Getting Foxy

One of my besties has a fox obsession, so I'm always on the lookout for great gift ideas for her ... so if you have a Fox lover, in the group, you're sure to see something perfect!

Tail Me More Fox Mug,

Just the Fox Ma'm Sweater,

Fox Pillow,

iPhone case from Tory Burch

December 4, 2012

On The Fourth Day of Christmas (Shopping): Media Multitasker

If you're like me, the small devices seem to multiply year after year!  Let's bring ease to storage and charging with this great docking station from Great Useful Stuff:

Love the chic bamboo finish!

December 3, 2012

On the Third Day of Christmas (Shopping): Stylish Decanters from Crate and Barrel

Years of dating a whisky aficionado (and yes, in England it's whisky, not whiskey) has had my eyes open for good looking decanters.  

Crate and Barrel has several with quite interesting profiles ... pour away!