Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 ⇨ ⇨ ⇨ 2013

We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, 
drawing up a list of work to be done, 
cracks to be patched.  
Maybe this year, to balance the list, 
we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, 
but for potential.  

~Ellen Goodman

Friday, December 21, 2012

Nothing But Love...

Adrian, Paolo and I would like to wish everyone out there the very happiest of Holidays! Please love one another, appreciate each other, and embrace the beautiful diversity of the world!

This video by Brendan James for Marriage Equality was our inspiration for this year's holiday card!

Please spread the word, that LOVE does work!

2012-What a Year!...

I would be completely lying if I didn't admit that this year has FLOWN by!... I seriously can't grasp the fact that we are clicking another notch in that odometer of life. I'm so grateful for another 12 months of blessings and opportunities. Here are a few of the great people I got to hang with, and some of the fun things I was able to do!

HGTV's Antonio Ballatore, Cool dude promoting "White Room Challenge"!

Style Network's Jeannie Mai, Super Stylist and fellow OpenSky curator!

HGTV's Design Star Season 5 Finalist Michael Moeller yelling on the street!

Fellow Finalist on HGTV's Design Star on Season 6 Cathy Hobbs catching up.

Samantha Kleier-Forbes from HGTV's Selling New York checking out a property.

Step and Repeat from Housing Work's "Design on a Dime" Charity Event

House Beautiful/Valspar Paint interview from "Design on a Dime"

Gazing off at Brimfield Antique Show in this vintage telescope!

Russ Mezikofsky capturing me checking out the finds at Brimfield

HGTV's Cari Cusksey and I ecstatic to find a set of chairs, perfect for reupholstery!

Step and Repeat from Brimfield

Jill Kuramoto from Hawaii's KITV4 Morning News Team

Design Segment on KITV Morning News

HGTV's Kim Myles comparing coiffes!

NBC's George Oliphant invited me to do an episode with him!

"George to the Rescue" shooting

Producer's POV from "George to the Rescue"

Hanging with Host/Chef of "Kimchi Chromicles" Marja Vongeritchen!

Just Hair!

More Hair!

Nuthin' But Love from My Boys!!!

Cheers to the most wonderful 2013! 
May this year be Bright, Beautiful and most importantly, 
Full of Love!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Emerald Green: Pantone's choice for 2013!

Well if you haven't seen it tweeted or broadcasted somewhere, the word is out!... Move over Tangerine Tango, because Emerald Green is moving in as the color of the year for 2013!

Now much like its predecessor, Emerald Green is a GORGEOUS color, but really best when used sparingly and thoughtfully. It seems to take center stage when it takes on a more supporting role than a lead character. Now this isn't the rule to everything and every situation of course, but here are some examples of ways that this color has made me GREEN with ENVY! (Okay that was bad...) But please enjoy the the images I gathered off Pinterest!

Hehehe... Last one's a CLASSIC!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide... One stop shopping! Literally...

So it's here again! Can you believe another year has flown by, in what seems like the blink of an eye! I can't even get around the concept of shopping right now, I can barely fathom that I missed Summer! Well, if you're as stressed, or resistant to the crowds and Holiday Madness that goes along with the season as I am, let me offer some assistance... I bet you I can knock off everyone on your list this year with a one stop shop!

The reason I LOVE being a curator on is because I'm choosing all of my favorite items! I hand pick things that I would love to give or receive, and I truly think there's something for everyone! Check out my PERFECT PICKS!

For the Kids, or the Kids at heart...

Avoiding clowns just got a little easier... Now you can enjoy balloon animals in the safety of your own home with a classic poodle-shaped bookend. A colorful piece like this will surely give your boring bookshelf some major personality.

I love this thing! It's like a fabulous piggy bank for grown-ups. It has just the right amount of whimsy mixed with the right amount of chic.


Decorate with soothing strands of glow in the dark wall decals and gently light your child's night without electricity or recharging. Arrange these beaming babies in any space – they're removable, reusable, and won't damage walls.

For the Guys in your life...

A dark and mysterious shot glass with an animal's head as a base. All the animals are designed to balance on their nose and ears/horns when placed as a bottom. Can be used as a candle holder, paper weight or simply for décor.

This chic travel set is a throwback to the days when air travel was a stylish Mad Men! Channel your inner Don Draper with handsome neck pillow and eye mask, and tote your personal effects in a handsome toiletry bag. 

For the special Ladies in your life...


I LOVE a good antler moment. That's why these jewelry stands are uh-mazing! If ever there were something that totally read boy-meets-girl, this would be it.

Antlers usually have me thinking of rugged taxidermy fit for a log cabin, but the glossy white finish gives it an über chic touch. I know these are ridiculously kitschy, but they're so useful. And who doesn't love something that's pretty but actually does something too?

As you know, my design MO is all about cool, contemporary items that feature a kind of raw beauty, so I'm living for these bulb vases. Each one is slightly unique because they're made of recycled glass, and the colors are totally gorgeous and add a dash of sophistication—love!

I love planting bulbs in these—the exposed roots are an edgy counterpoint to a fabulous bloom on top— but if that feels like too much work, a bouquet of cut flowers is equally fabulous!

For any important person, that deserves some love from you this year...

There's nothing like catching up on my leaning tower of design magazines when it's cold out. In between days when I can pour through everything cover-to-cover, I chuck my reading material into this chic felt tote--it makes my mess of magazines look neat and somewhat organized. Lifesaver!

These contemporary frames fit the bill perfectly. They're made from plexiglass (a decorator's best kept secret), and the borderless design makes it super easy to pop in prints and cards without the cost or permanence of framing. The art is held together with magnets, which makes for sleek effect, ensuring that your art is the star of the show. Genius!


This reversible blanket is my total essential for kicking off the Fall season. With water-resistant PVC on one side and snuggly fleece on the other, its perfect for every occasion from outdoor sporting events to family picnics. My go-to for drama-free excursions and enjoying the great outdoors!

Tell me I don't have you covered! 


Monday, October 29, 2012

In the details...

So often there are conversations between designer and client as to why, this sofa is $1,500 and this sofa is $6,500... Well, as we all know, the devil is in the details... Many times we can't see what the differences are because it's integral into the structure and framing of the piece. Why is a bag from Target $50 and an Hermes bag $5,000? Same thing...

Here are some great detail shots of visible reasons why I'd pay more for something!

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
~John Wooden