History 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 […]

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 29, 2014

Arthur Szyk and The Art of the Haggadah

A recent trip to Israel has got me hooked into all things Jewish.  A week after I returned I adopted the tradition of Shabbath and a month after I attended a Passover Seder with the Chabad community in San Francisco. The Seder meal’s highlight is the reading of the Haggadah which commemorates the reason for […]

January 9, 2013

Luggala Days

  Luggala. In Gaelic means “a hollow in the ridge”. This beautiful estate 28 miles from Dublin was originally owned by an Irish banking family of French extraction. One of Ireland’s wealthiest families in the 18th century, Peter La Touche and his heirs inhabited the estate from 1788-1840. Possession was transferred to Viscount Powerscourt (a […]

August 29, 2012

Russian Style

A recent trip to Russia and an article due on design trends has evidently posed a question: What is Russian style? Most design observers can easily tag a style that is Parisian, Milanese, Japanese, Scandinavian and closer to me, Californian. But Russia, in its enormity both geographically and in economics, possesses a mystique that is […]