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May 12, 2015

A Friend as a Client : The Buddy System

The first time I contemplated doing a project for a friend, I received a dose of well meant warnings: “Don’t do it – whatever you gain won’t be worth it when you lose a friend.” This applies to any industry – be it design, finance or real estate. “You need to draw a line”. Work […]

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 28, 2014

Ippolita Rostagno’s Brooklyn Brownstone

Brooklyn brownstones, like West Village brownstones have some mysterious quality. There are many in a block’s stretch and although the facade may be of many varied styles- (Italianates are prevalent in Brooklyn) I have always wondered about the many ways a long and narrow building can be designed. My six years in New York, as […]

September 21, 2014


I am struck by the popularity of monograms and its staying power. What I thought would be a two year trend has now gone way past that and I am certainly hoping the art and its use won’t lose favor. Monograms¬†first appeared on coins, as early as 350BC. The earliest known examples are of the […]

September 18, 2014

Guitars are the new Artwork

When short in space, I always look to utilizing the walls to showcase personal treasures that I can actually use. Domino feature on Jenny Komenda does exactly this when instead of frames, her cherished guitars adorn her walls. Imagine one guitar off the wall- it is being making some music elsewhere and the wall becomes […]

July 17, 2014

What is it about Tangier ?

An article in the NY Times magazine last April 11, 2014 featured 10 foreigners who came to visit to stay a while and decided it was the place to stay. Since then have made the city their home and let the years go by. Morocco has always titillated me and long been on my travel […]

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.                   […]