Architecture Category

April 8, 2015

Potrero Home with a Hidden Speakeasy is the Ultimate Party Pad

My husband Richard has this TV habit – the minute he steps in the house, he reaches for the TV remote, even if he gave it a mere 3 minutes of his attention for the hour or two it is on. He is playing his guitar, blowing into his harmonica or eating his dinner while […]

October 22, 2014

A First Look at San Francisco’s Transbay District

I moved to San Francisco from Manila in 1997 and moved to Washington, DC and in a year, to New York in 2000. But I did leave my heart in San Francisco and made it a point to come visit 1-2X a year. Every time I did, a new development surprised me (though in the […]

September 17, 2014

Francisco Costa’s Long Island Home

What style, colors and mood does the name Calvin Klein evoke ? The brand is almost synonymous with its Womens’ Creative Director Francisco Costa. We may be familiar with the designs that Francisco Costa has created for Calvin Klein such as the gown Katie Holmes donned for the Met Gala last year but not so […]

August 3, 2014

Karl Kipfmueller’s Brooklyn Townhouse

The furniture restorer by profession establishes the fact that faded, worn and creased is comfortable and unique. Elle Decor’s story on Karl Kipfmueller’s townhouse in Brooklyn, amidst the high rises and new development going on, depicts a time gone by quality. Be in the mindset of a craftsman a hundred years ago and this home […]

June 2, 2014

Geoffrey Lynch’s Manhattan Classic : New York’s Finest Pre-War Apartments

The Dakota. The Apthorp. The San Remo. The names of these legendary New York apartment buildings evoke images of marble-lined lobbies, uniformed doormen, and sunlit penthouses with sweeping Central Park views. Built from the 1880s through 1930s, classic prewar apartments were designed to lure townhouse dwellers reluctant to share a roof with other families. These […]

April 20, 2014

Roman and Williams for Tracy Martin’s Brooklyn Home

I first came across the book “Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors : Things We Made” on Amazon a couple of years ago. Giving it a quick cover to cover flip, I thought it was a beautiful book that chronicles many of the firm’s and the couple’s projects. I have stacks and stacks of books […]

March 13, 2013

Houston House by Pamela Pierce – Veranda March 2013

At yoga there is a pose that I have been struggling with for many years, twenty one years to be exact. There are some advanced moves that come easy to me, but this…. I huff and puff and my butt won’t levitate more than an inch off my mat. At my class tonight my teacher […]