Interior Design Category

September 13, 2015

Decorate by Numb#rs

My sister just moved to a new house in LA. Two months ago (and counting), we’ve been on the phone with me answering her questions that entailed numerical answers: measurements to be more exact. I get these all the time from friends and family. I am happy to help but sometimes there are issues that […]

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. […]

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 24, 2014

Can Lyft show their persona in a space besides Pink?

Having moved from New York, 8 years ago, I am still averse to driving. I would drive to show much I valued someone visiting (my drives for altruism are usually to and from SFO). Other than that, I would only drive to meet clients or to attend to my own medical and dental appointments. Lyft […]

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.                   […]

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 […]