International Homes 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. […]

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 […]

May 13, 2014

Giambattista Valli’s Kitchen in Paris

There are many advantages to new construction. Building and designing on a blank slate provides everything you need, where you want it, at the scale you need. It makes it all practical and custom to your needs. But in my lifetime, I have never moved into a house that was constructed from the ground up. […]

March 25, 2014


A definition is called for. Pelmet – a framework placed above a window for a decorative purpose (to conceal curtain fixtures and hide the curtain rod) or for practical purposes such as to insulate the window by blocking exterior currents and drafts from the outside from coming in. A pelmet may be made of wood […]

February 20, 2014

Iron Gate

In my research for iron gate designs, I came across this. A most understated, very practical combined pedestrian and car gate.

It is as alluring and mysterious as the property beyond.

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, […]

January 30, 2013

Count Benedikt Bolza’s Umbrian Estate – Architectural Digest Feb 2013

There is always an image in my head that comes with the words Umbrian estate- a stone exterior structure in the middle of rolling hills, verdant and picturesque with vines that stand like soldiers on march set upon a flood of vibrant sun. But the adjective estate, much as my current enamor for Downton Abbey, […]