30 June, 2013

"Sunday Runway - Vuitton Spring 2014 . . . "


I just wanted to share a few of my favourite images from the Vuitton show earlier this week.  We've got some plaids.  Some amazing leathers. All mixed together for some interesting ideas for next Spring's wardrobe.

Enjoy . . .


27 June, 2013

"Shades of the Sea . . . . "


We're off to the beach next week . . . for a bit of work . . . and hopefully a good bit of fun and sun.  So, I'm just kinda getting in the mood here.

Slather on some sunscreen and join me . . . out by the sea . . .

SMW Design, East Hampton Project
SMW Design, Berkely Project
Ralph Lauren Home Collection

Oscar de la Renta, Resort 2013 Collection

Suzanne Tucker, for the Elle Decor Showcase House in San Francisco
SMW Design, East Hampton Project

Tammy Connor Design, Birmingham AL


26 June, 2013

"Designed to Inspire . . . "


Drumroll . . . . . I'm pleased to announce a three-part lecture series featuring yours truly - speaking about the experience of interior design - from end to beginning.  In July, we'll start things off with new and exciting ideas for marketing completed projects. In August we'll have an in depth discussion about the experience of being your client - from their point of view.  And in September, we'll end at the very beginning - as I share the method of my creative process.

If you are in the Bay Area - check your calendars - and please join me!

Details are below . . .

Trends and Tips
Session 2
Session 3
Register for All 3 Sessions AM
Register for All 3 Sessions PM
Become a Member

To purchase tickets and reserve your seat - click HERE for more details. 


24 June, 2013

"Bar Cart Contest - The Winner . . . "

Custom Bar Cart from The Gilded Stag


Well . . . there were over 40 entries in our little Bar Cart Contest . . . and the winner . . . chosen at random is . . .  Mark, from Virginia. 

Here's Mark's recipe for a Cucumber Fizz! 

Ingredients - 

2-3 lime wedges
12 mint leaves
Juice from 1 cucumber
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. light rum
club soda

Directions -  
Peel-seed-chop-puree a cucumber-press juice through a fine sieve-discard pulp.
Muddle lime and mint in a tall glass, add ice, lime and cucumber juice,syrup and rum. Top with club soda.
Garnish with cucumber slice and a sprig of mint.

 Mark - We will be in touch with you from the office and set up the delivery of your beautiful new bar cart from The Gilded Stag and SMW Design


20 June, 2013

"Pre-Weekend Cocktails . . . "

Nina Leen photographer - for Life Magazine 

We're getting ready to wrap-up our little contest over the weekend to give away the custom-made Bar Cart (from The Gilded Stag) seen in our recent showcase house!  But, the super cocktail recipes keep pouring in.  For more information about the contest - and the directions on how to enter - click HERE

So if you're looking to unwind from a hectic week - surely we've got something here to ease your into your weekend. 

Cheers . . . 

A Classic "Old Fashion" - from John

 1) 1 Orange wheel
2) 1 Maraschino cherry
3) 1 tsp Sugar
4) 1.5 oz of Whisky 
5) .5 oz Club soda

Directions :
You will need an Old Fashion Glass. Muddle the cherry, orange, and 
sugar in the glass. Add ice, then add the whisky and 
club soda. To finish it off, garnish with an orange wheel 
and maraschino cherry then enjoy ;)


The "Old Yeller Cocktail" - from David

1) 3/4 cup of spiced rum
2) 1/2 cup of orange juice (more if needed)
3) 1/4 cup of banana liqueur
4) 3 cups of frozen pineapple chucks
5) orange slice to garnish

Directions :

Combine rum, orange juice, banan liqueur and frozen pineapple in  blender 
and process until smooth and frothy.  Add more frozen pineapple 
if too thin - or more orange juice if too thick.   
Garnish with orange slices and enjoy!


 The "Red Eye" - from Beth

Directions :

Fill half a pint glass with beer (usually a light Mexican lager) and
the rest with Clamato.  A add a lot of lime juice and a dash
of hot sauce!


A Slow, Comfortable Screw - from Penelope

1) 1 jigger of sloe gin
2) ½ jigger of Southern Comfort peach liqueur
3) A Splash of Orange juice
Directions :

Pour sloe gin and Southern Comfort into a tall glass 
filled with ice,add a splash of orange juice, stir and serve, top with cherries.


The "Panty Dropper" - from Christina 

1)  Blueberry Vodka
2)  Fresh Blueberries
3)  Lemonade


Sugar the rim of the glass - and then add crushed ice to a tall glass.  
Mix all ingredients (proportions to taste!), and give it a tiny stir.
Add some poolside tunes and watch the party unfold!


Keep in mind - we're open for entries through Sunday - and the winner will be announced next Monday.  Also keep in mind - the winner will be responsible for the freight from San Francisco to your location - but, I can assist with setting that up.

Keep 'em coming!

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