Dining Rooms Category

May 27, 2015

Giorgio Armani’s Saint-Tropez Paradise

Blame it on a lazy Sunday, grey and cloudy morning that I would connect “blind contour drawing” to the talent of designer par excellence Giorgio Armani. An article in Sunday’s New York Times, defines it as a technique, intro-­to-­art exercise – “blind contour drawing.” Freshmen at art school are forced to draw blindly for hours. […]

June 18, 2014

Bette Midler’s Manhattan Penthouse Apartment

A penthouse, in Manhattan belonging to Bette Midler but unlike most Hollywood celebrity homes, hers is restrained with details carefully chosen. It is a true testament to the adage that a lifestyle dictates the design. When that is achieved, it is the mark of good design.                   […]

March 26, 2013

Amanda Pays & Corbin Bernsen – C Magazine, April 2013

  My tree whispered that spring was about here when I saw a bud on it last week. My watery eyes and sniffles today confirmed that indeed the sun and longer days are here to behold. Thumbing through the article in California Style’s feature on actors Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen reminds me of how […]

March 24, 2013

Waldo Fernandez – Architectural Digest April 2013

Yesterday, Richard and I paid a visit to a friend’s mother who turns 90 next Friday. I have never been to their home (and have actually never met her) though Richard has been long-time friends with her sons. Besides wanting to make a soon to be 90 woman happy on a milestone birthday, I was […]

February 23, 2013

Stefano Pilati’s Parisian Duplex – Architectural Digest March 2013

“Style and Substance” is the title of this feature from Architectural Digest. Stefano Pilati, formerly the head designer of YSL and is now at the helm of design for Ermenegildo Zegna rented his duplex in Paris and did little more than fit in his belongings. But making the commitment of purchasing and staying in 2006, […]

December 8, 2012

Matthew Patrick Smyth – Elle Decor Dec 2012

Elle Decor’s Design Solutions happen to be my favorite section of the magazine. It is part case study and part an exercise proving the point that a practical solution is also the more aesthetically pleasing solution. That is the parallel challenge to any project, it is never a choice to go practical without an equal […]

February 20, 2012

Downton Abbey

For those of us mourning the end of Season 2 of PBS’ Downton Abbey, it is going to be many barren months before Season 3 picks up in January 2013. Will Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley really settle their passionate-but-prickly relationship? Will the valet Mr. Bates be released from prison and into the arms of […]