31 October, 2010

"Happy Halloween . . . "

Happy Halloween!


image from etsy

30 October, 2010

"All's Well on the UES . . . "


Just a quick one this morning.  There's a busy day ahead of me - with a flurry of lectures this morning at the SF Fall Antiques Show - and singing this afternoon in a performance of Purcell's "The Witch of Endor," with San Francisco's Urban Opera.  

So I leave you with some lovely images of a residence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan - from a wonderful new book, Peter Pennoyer Architects


29 October, 2010

"W is for . . . "


Well, we're almost finished.  I hope you've all enjoyed our alphabet tour this summer - it's been fun exploring all of the aspects of my life that bring me the most joy . . . 

Frankly, this one's easy.  

It's been in my life for just over three years.

And brings a bright smile to my face most every time I see it.

"W" is for . . .  

My Bright Red Mini Cooper, 

Chic.  Stylish.  And I can park it almost ANYWHERE in this massively parking-challenged city.


28 October, 2010

"The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show . . . "


Just wanted to share a few pictures from the opening Gala of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show last night.  And frankly, it was a whirlwind of an evening.  There were beautiful antiques everywhere . . . with collector and dealers from around the world.

And a swarm of great friends - and a night of great conversation!  Oddly, it was a bit too crowded to get many images of the antiques - so enjoy a kind of random collection of shots from the night -

This year's theme was "Chinoiserie."  And the theme was perfectly set - right inside the front doors 
with this beautiful 'open bar' surrounded by bright red pagodas.  

And, easily, one of the best parts of the evening - was running into, and spending the evening 
with, the gracious and hilarious Jennifer Boles and her sister Laura.

Jennifer and I actually met for the first time last year at the antique show - and, after 
our second year together, it's now going to HAVE to be an annual tradition.  


23 October, 2010

"That Certain Feeling . . . "


And I know you know what I'm talking about.  You've most likely felt it yourself.  Spending a lazy Saturday in bed - flipping through inspiration files.  Seeing a room.  And needing to know more.  Not just examining the academic elements it is composed of . . . but, wanting to hear it whisper its secrets.

Or maybe I just need to get a bit more sleep . . . lol.

blogging and napping,

from the beautiful work of Jeff Andrews

22 October, 2010

"Suzanne Tucker - at One Kings Lane . . . "


Just a quick reminder - this weekend's Tastemaker Tag Sale over at One Kings Lane is featuring items from Hillary Thomas - AND - San Francisco's own (and a dear friend of mine) Suzanne Tucker.  

These online sales gives everyone a chance at some amazing products - hand-picked from designers around the country - and you can shop from your computer whilst still in bed . . . lol!

So set those alarm clocks (8am pacific) or get home early from brunch (11am eastern) for Saturday morning and 'get your shop on.'  The sale continues through the weekend - but many items are one of a kind - so things can move quickly!

See you at the virtual tag sale in the morning - I'll be the one in the plaid pajamas.


21 October, 2010

"All the Best . . . "


I'm just pleased and delighted to be profiled on Ronda Carman's All the Best today.  You can read the complete interview HERE

Thanks Ronda!

19 October, 2010

"The Irish Country House . . . "


There are several perks to the 'design blog' trade.  Firstly, it provides a place for me to share all of the flotsam and jetsam of my life - you know - those things that make life worth living.  And of course, the opportunity to share my design inspirations . . . and I love knowing that there is such a large community of folks who are as passionate about design as I am.

But, one of the other perks is - getting an advance look at design books coming down the pike.  And this is a CLEAR favourite.  The Irish Country House.

I've scanned in a few images . . . seriously - it's a beautiful book - filled with amazing photography.  And with great style.

Enjoy . . . 

"The Irish Country House chronicles a remarkable group of houses and castles that have survived the vicissitudes of Ireland's history and are still in the hands of their original families. From breakfront cabinets filled with generations of monogrammed heirloom china to canopy beds keeping the chill of an Irish winter at bay to cabbage-rose slip-covered sofas nestled under tall Gothic windows, this book takes the reader on a tour of these residences, many of which have never been published before, providing an intimate look at 'a marvelous hotchpotch of rooms and decoration.' "


ps.  a big 'thank you' to Vendome Press for the advance copy of this wonderful book.  

16 October, 2010

"Leaves and Flowers . . . "


Just wanted to share a bit of my morning at the SF Wholesale Flower Market.  I was up early - and at the market by 7:30am to get a few things for the house . . . and because I had VERY good luck in finding everything I needed fairly quickly - I took the extra time and snapped a few pictures to share.

Enjoy . . . 

Check here for market hours - it's open to the public as well during certain parts of the day. Now, I've got to get started on some arrangements for the house . . . 

Hope you're having a great weekend,

15 October, 2010

"Falling . . . "

Gathering Leaves
by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves

No better than spoons,

And bags full of leaves

Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise

Of rustling all day

Like rabbit and deer

Running away.

But the mountains I raise

Elude my embrace,

Flowing over my arms

And into my face.

I may load and unload

Again and again

Till I fill the whole shed,

And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,

And since they grew duller

From contact with earth,

Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.

But a crop is a crop,

And who's to say where

The harvest shall stop?

Unpacking tweed,

(interior images from Elle Decor.  Design by Michael Smith)

14 October, 2010

"Things Are Looking Up . . . "


Well, things are certainly looking up around here.  Literally.  I've had a crazy busy week here at the office . . . getting a large project ready for installation beginning next week.  Getting another residence ready for a photo shoot.  Getting my new glasses.  And we're making huge progress on our tour through the alphabet.  So after spending the last few days lavishing in the decadence of textile upholstered walls, we're simply going to raise our sights a bit.

Because "V" is for . . . 

"Vaulted Ceilings"

Proceed carefully.  There's a good chance you could get dizzy.

Do you have a particular space you like to see a vaulted ceiling - maybe in a dining rooms or a bedroom?  Which is your favourite?

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