Friday, November 30, 2007


This image is from the Artefact Design and Salvage shop in Sonoma California via California Home and Design Magazine. Three heads of Michaelangelo's David crowned with holiday greenery:

I found this quiz via Pigtown Design Blog and it is s great way to learn a little more about everyone! I hope you take it too, post to your blogs and pass it along:

1) Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate....with marshmallows........definitely.

2)Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He wraps them in special "Santa" paper that has not been used on any other presents. And the messages are written in a curiously "elfen" hand.

3) Colored lights on the tree/house or white? White.....and like blinking.

4) Do you hang mistletoe? Absolutely everywhere. I carry some around with me....just in case.

5) When do you put your decorations up? Dec. 1 through Dec. 25th. It's never done.

6) What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding.

7) Favorite holiday memory as a child? One of many: We would go to this house not far from our neighborhood in Pasadena, CA where a family would decorate to the nines. It was a Tudor that they made look just like a gingerbread house with big candy decorations and fake snow "frosting". The family would dress up and do a show in their front yard with Frosty the Snowman dancing with Mrs. Claus and Santa. They would give out warm gingerbread and sugar cookies and hot cidar. Magic to a 5 year old!

8) When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I've always known the truth about Santa: So he drinks a little too much spiked egg nog what?

9) Do you open a gift on Christams Eve? Only the Nordstrom boxes with pajamas in them.

10) How do you decorate your Christmas tree? White lights and lots of antique blown glass ornaments. I will have a second tree this year that will have Scandinavian straw ornaments and wooden toys.

11) Snow: love it or hate it? Love it! As long as I have a warm dry refuge.

12) Can you ice skate? I used to think so. That's all I'm going to say about that.

13) Do you remember your favorite gift? Yes: a pooka shell necklace when I was in 7th grade. Not sure why it was so important. Getting them was symbolic of some greater need I had growing up at the time I am sure. And I guess I am dating myself. Do you all even know what pooka shells are?

14) What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Music...and lot's of it, all kinds, but I love the more traditional. And sharing with friends, family and those in need.

15) What is your favorite holiday dessert? Frosted sugar cookies and pumpkin pie.

16) What is your favorite holiday tradition? One of many: playing Handels' Halleluiah Chorus as my kids come down the stairs to open their presents, fireplace blazing, candles burning, tree lights shining. Seeing their faces is priceless. My Dad used to do this when I was growing up and it has always created a wonderful air of anticipation when we had to wait upstairs for my parents to "set the stage" and get everything ready.

17) What tops your tree? An angel in a gold paper gown with a wing that has been glued back on with care.

18) Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? As the Mom, I better like giving, or my job description needs to change.

19) What is your favorite Christmas song? Traditional: Handel's Messiah. Contemporary: Bing Crosby and David Bowie's Little Drummer Boy.

20) Candy Canes: Not crazy about eating them unless they are stirring a cup of hot chocolate or on top of Peppermint bark. But they should be the old fashioned kind and they should be used to decorate trees!

21) Favorite Christmas Movie: Musical Scrooge with Albert Finney

22) What do you leave for Santa: Cookies and milk...and carrots for the reindeer....and a big long Thank you note written by the kids. There have been some doozies over the years.

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas NOW!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I just thought this image of the New Jersey Designer Showhouse had such a fun holiday color scheme! Designed by Barbara Ostrem, it took 2 men 5o hours to complete the grosgrain ribbon fretwork pattern on the walls .That's alot of gift wrap! But the effect is wonderful, don't you think?

Image via House and Garden Blog

Monday, November 26, 2007

Kenneth Wingard, Lovin' it!

I happened upon these 1950's inspired lamps in the latest California Home + Design magazine and wanted to share:

Designed by San Francisco designer Kenneth Wingard, these lamps could find their way into any style interior. Here are a few more fab finds from Kenneth's website:

The Bardot Lamps. Pierced and plain.

Reed Bottles. I am crazy for this color!

Kenneth has created what he calls "Mo-bi-li-o's" : metal hanging wall art. Above is the "White Fillagree" and below is the "Brass Star".

Kenneth Wingard started his company to fill a niche for all of us out there who want hip, cool stuff at a price that we can afford. Thank you Kenneth! I think you have succeeded brilliantly!

Check out Kenneth's Webshop for many more "must have" designs!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Now this turkey has a designer's mind. I wish him good luck!


to you all!

Monday, November 19, 2007

HELLO! What about Richard Meier?!?

Well, with all of the ruckus about Gwyneth in the November issue of House and Garden, the quick article about Richard Meier, one of the greatest living architects EVER, sort of got lost in the shuffle.

I found it extremely interesting to find that he, like many of us, has a penchant for collecting. One would think he would live in the classically pristine interiors that he creates for clients. And to some degree that is true. But when it comes to books, he seems undone. I admire that in a person.

I was wondering if he told a friend once that he likes Matisse, and that friend bought him a book about Matisse. That friend told another, and pretty soon, he has a collection of every art book ever written about Matisse, Picasso, etc. Kind of like when you mention to someone that you like owls, so that's what you get every Christmas now from everyone you know.

I do love how his stacks have become like sculptures. They look like the guests in his Living Room. And I suppose they are.

All photos, House and Garden, November 2007, photography by Oberto Gili

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Jonathan Adler: Roman Holiday

A new collection by Jonathan! I am pretty sure those blue obelisks will find their way into my house before too long:

And these regent furniture pieces! Beautiful bench slash table. At the end of a bed, as occasional tables, sky's the limit here:

A few more pieces of eye candy to drool over. Well, don't really. It's too pretty to allow that:

Loving this coffee table and console. When is the Dining Table going to be available Jonathan? I need one desperately!

Well there you have it. Another reason to shop JA.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Update: My Big Fat Remodel

Just a little update. I just had the mirrors put into the Built-in I designed for the one and only hallway in this 1911 house of mine. The cabinets are a shaker style with the doors inset into the face frame, a traditional style cabinet that was used elsewhere in the house. The goal was to marry the history from the rest of the house with the more modern approach in the kitchen. The mirrors expand the hallway so well and add a wonderful sparkle. Call me crazy, but I get excited about stuff like this. It just made my day to come home and see them done! (I hope you can excuse the mess on the counters, we are still moving in! :)

Here is a small view of the Powder Room in progress. I am still deciding: paint color? wallpaper? The white walls are a little "ho hum" I think:

This is the view outside a kitchen window into the neighbor's yard:

We have the most wonderful neighbors. We have an open invitation to pick their Meyer Lemons and tomatoes whenever we want to. They also have grape vines and they bring us roses in the summer. A little piece of Eden.

(I apologize for the sporadic postings, but we are are the "Move-In" mode at the moment trying to beat the clock ticking down to the holidays. I will do better, I promise!)

Monday, November 5, 2007


Peacock Pavilions

HEY ALL! My good friend Maryam at My Marrakesh is among 10 finalists in the 2007 Annual Weblog Awards! She has the most wonderful magical blog about her life in Marrakesh with her family and the adventures they share in the building of a guest hotel called Peacock Pavilions. For all of those who know Maryam, I hope you will support her and


and everyday through November 8th! For those of you who have yet to visit My Marrakesh, well, where have you been?! Get over there now and get to know the gracious, brave, creative, beautiful Maryam.

This is beautiful Maryam dressed for a Halloween Birthday party for her son.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Tis the Season!

Well, it's November and I deem it officially

Photo from Melissa at The Inspired Room, Cottage Living

And who better to host the first party of the season than Melissa at The Inspired Room! Melissa is hosting a virtual party on her site TONIGHT! And it runs through Saturday. We are going to party all night!


Just follow the link to her site to find out all of the details. Melissa is throwing a very swanky event with prizes for the best hostess gift and/or hors d'oeurve ideas.

Victoria Magazine via The Inspired Room

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Playing Koi

New from West Elm
Koi Table Lamp - $199.00
Sort of "Blanc de Chine"-ish
Do we like? I think so!