The Bravo show recently started playing in Italy on SKY Cable, channel 124 on Thursday nights. I read about the show before it premiered in the States. Many wondered if a show with decorating budgets in the millions would appeal to the public during a recession. I think they picked a great “cast.” Some of … Continue reading Million Dollar Decorators Airs In Italy
I recently started working with a new personal shopping client, Gerard, aka Coach G. One of his main objectives was to have a suit made. In the past I’ve worked only with women. Now I have learned more about mens’ suits than I thought possible. There are so many details and decisions. Two buttons versus … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Bespoke Suit – A Trip To A Sartoria
Mies van der Rohe, one of the titans of modern architecture, was born 126 years ago today. If you went on Google today, you saw their homage to Mies van der Rohe. Known for his “less is more” style, after his death, many postmodernists blamed him for the soulless “international design” that became popular. The … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
*Apologies to Mr. Kermit the Frog. While I have always appreciated the color green in nature and in interiors, only recently have I fallen for this color in clothing. Green represents growth, harmony, balance, and freshness. It’s a “cool” color which is why, with my complexion, I should really wear it more often. Greens were … Continue reading It’s Easy Being Green*
My friend Elizabeth suggested I read this book. Elizabeth has written about design (among other things) for over twenty years, so when she tells me I should check out a book, a store, a designer, etc., I do it. MASSERIA, with text by architect Diane Lewis and photographs by Mark Roskams, is a fantastic book. … Continue reading Masseria, The Italian Farmhouses Of Puglia
This Tom Ford dress is not an easy look to pull off. With a dress this “simple” the tailoring has to be impeccable and the accessories must be on point. That cuff! There are no bells and whistles to distract the eye. It’s a formal gown, yet the dress looks comfortable. The cape was … Continue reading Tom Ford’s Stylish Simplicity At The Oscars
To me it means clean, modern lines, without the coldness associated with minimalism. There’s room for different eras and a variety of textures. Stylish Simplicity allows craftsmanship to shine. The great bones of a home are not overwhelmed by an explosion of ornate decoration. I love the elemental, classic, and yet contemporary, aesthetic of Stylish … Continue reading What Is Stylish Simplicity?