Recently I re-read “Rose Cumming: Design Inspirations.” This book, about one of the pioneers of a “new” field called interior design, was a gift from my friend Erica for my birthday last year. The following quote from Ms. Cumming jumped out at me: “I feel that upon entering a house one should at once be … Continue reading The Hallway/Il Ingresso
I’ve written about “the mix” before. I absolutely adore the European style of mixing traditional and modern design elements. Clearly, I must add the book FRENCH ACCENTS to my interior design library. Can we talk about the moldings in this living room? Stunning! Continue reading I Libri – French Accents: At Home With Parisian Objects And Details by Erin Smith
Felicia and I met a few years ago through a friend in NYC. She’s wicked smart, funny, and has a killer sense of style. Along with being a ridiculously talented writer, Felicia is also a gifted photographer, baker, and cook. Felicia recently left her high-powered/profile job and is traveling in Italy and France for three … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – Felicia Sullivan’s Dispatch From Florence
Audrey Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti, has edited a book about his famous mother. “Audrey In Rome” has over two hundred photographs, many of them never published before, taken during the time Ms. Hepburn lived in the Eternal City. Ms. Hepburn was a resident in Rome for over twenty years after marrying, Dr. Andrea Dotti, an … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – Audrey Hepburn In Rome
Mamma mia, what a week. It’s been non-stop since the Italian holiday season officially ended last Sunday with the Befana. There was a lot of running around picking out fabrics, butchering the Italian language when I met with the drapes/sofa maker, writing budgets, and following up on a million things that were put on hold … Continue reading Reading, Writing, And Decorating.
I do have a laptop, a phone, and other modern electronics, but I love putting pen to paper. For a while I tried to keep a To-Do-List on my computer. However, for some reason, I kept going back to using legal pads to make my long lists. It made no sense to have two lists … Continue reading Stylish Simplicity – Moleskine Daily Planner
Summers In France is a fabulous read. Along with photos of gorgeous interiors, there are recipes, tips on how to be a gracious hostess and guest, and information about the amazing markets near Ms. Ireland’s summer home in the Tarn-et-Garonne region of Southwestern France. I really appreciated the before and after photos. Ms. Ireland has … Continue reading I Libri: Summers In France by Kathryn M. Ireland
Victoria Hagan is one of the most respected interior designers in America. Since founding her firm 20 years ago, Ms. Hagan has built a reputation for designing classic yet modern spaces. I love her work and couldn’t wait to read her book. I highly recommend it. Ms. Hagan’s book showcases three portfolios, Waterside, City, … Continue reading I Libri: Victoria Hagan – Interior Portraits