09 December 2017


I was so thrilled to finally meet Olivia this fall when I was in Santa Barbara. She and her family are living on the Pacific Coast there. A California girl— and that's reflected in her blonde good looks, & easy style—that's peppered with great panache. Polished, yet effortless, she's the hands-on mother of three darling daughters. This year has seen her moving back to California, and starting a business that reflects that effortless style. The caftans of OLIVIA JOFFREY are inspired by the ones her mother wore. See them here.

This year she offers a few Christmas giving ideas and of course wouldn't mind receiving one of these treasures herself.

My friend Stuart Mesires of LADYBUG VINTAGE, here, in Chicago curates the most fabulous vintage costume jewelry that looks great with a caftan. I recently gifted myself a maltese cross that I wear on my waist with a sash. I have a few friends who would appreciate this kind of irreverent jewelry from girlfriend to girlfriend.

SCANLON APPARATI here, makes the most exquisite cartonnage accessories like this desk "boat" for business cards, paperclips etc  They are sold at Hollyhock in LA. the next time I am down in LA visiting my manufacturer, I plan to stop in and buy some of the tissue box covers, and perhaps a little miniature stage for my daughters.

For the men I know, A MAN & HIS WATCH would be a cool book to give. I met the author Matt Hranek when he was in Santa Barbara earlier this month. He is a very funny guy. So many great books have come out this year: How They Decorated, Haute Bohemians to name a few favorites. This book is a granular analysis of the dying art of the men's watch seen through the eyes of some famous 20thC men. The significance of the person who gives it to them, the inscriptions, like a tiny love note, is rather moving. It's beautifully packaged with a hard case.
Find it here.

Every time I walk into this tiny Montecito shop, MATE GALLERY I emerge with a true gem. They carry vintage seamen's blankets, nautical flags, full sets of vintage Hardy Boys books, surfer lip balm, little wooden nail brushes in the shape of a whale. They have pretty block printed napkins and unworn old Op shorts from the 70s. It is my go-to place locally for hostess gifts. They have an outpost in the Hamptons, and an online shop too. See it here.

When I lived in San Francisco I would lose hours in this tiny shop, BELL'OCCHIO here off Market Street run by the haute bohemienne Claudia Schwartz. I buy my little girls antique ribbon from her supply that we use in their hair at Christmas or as curtain tiebacks. She also carries an assortment of pretty paper, earrings, decor and magnificent matelasse boxes made custom for her in France... Her style is very feminine without a hint of twee. Her style is even a little subversive: sometimes she carries absinthe in little carafes.

 I love the idea of giving ribbon—as I child I wore my hair long and through the years I've collected all kinds of trims and bits of ribbon like Olivia. I've started wearing them again—going through a second childhood? `PGT

05 December 2017


MILES REDD, photograph by Melanie Acevedo

The ever practical and charming MILES REDD has plans to GIVE, and perhaps GET these 5 great Christmas presents this season. Mr. Redd took a little time out from his busy decorating schedule to share his LIST.

I am mad for Mollie Keane, and a good read is really one of the best gifts because it is really the gift of mind expansion! This is a pricy set, here, but the paperback of Good Behavior is a great starting point and about 11 bucks.

I love skin care, and this is a wonderful exfoliator, here. You do need to update this thing now and then, and it is time for a new one.

I love the movies and this is a great theatre right around from my house, with wonderful independent films, would love a gift card from here

I had a mess of wires under my desk and this lady arrived, labeled each wire and put them in a tidy box, and removed unnecessary stuff. She also did my napkin drawer. I want her to come back and do my closets! The Clutter Whisperer here

Would love a day pass to just soak and relax. I am a Pieces and love the water.

Check back the Weekend for another INSTALLMENT!

02 December 2017

ho ho ho!

yes, it's that time of year—Again. I must say this year I am not really feeling the holiday spirit. Perhaps it's the state of the union—well no doubt it Is.
So here is a bit of what to give, to get. I have five contributors coming your way over the next week or two and I am kicking things off with my


1. Amber ball from L'Artisan Parfumeur, here.
 what's not to adore about this? 
Suggestion—1 in every room

2. Japanese Scroll from Sakura Antiques
I never tire of their spare and knowing Aesthetic. 
This landscape painting by Wada Zanzo, on etsy here.

yes, I love etsy.
3. 18th c. style Manteau de Lit from Frocks & Foppery here.
The robe— made from a hand block print satisfies my love of the past, 
& my desire for absolute comfort.

4. A small bouquet of Anemones. 
Livia Cetti of The Green Vase here creates otherworldly flowers from paper. 
Make mine Purple, please.

5. A straw hat made just for me. 
When throwing shade is necessary —18th c. style.
 A bergere, at Ignatius Hats, here. 
what's your century?

Check back for Lists from:
Olivia Joffrey
Miles Redd 
Olivia Caponigro
 Schuyler Samperton
 Diogo Mayo.

07 November 2017

How They Decorated THIRD PRINTING, Just in time for the HOLIDAYS!

So... How They Decorated is headed to its Third Printing! As I write this post it is being printed in Italy.


That's Great, but that also means you can not get a copy tomorrow-tomorrow.
If you are looking to buy on AMAZON, or perhaps even your corner BOOKSTORE you can Pre-Order or Request a copy.

It would definitely be a wonderful gift to give for the Holidays! I just spoke to senior design students about the book at the end of October-Great fun to return to my alma mater, Meredith College, to talk about my career in interior design and my book-process & inspiration.
More about that in another post.

If You Purchase A Copy-PRE-ORDER, send me your address via email HERE.
I have Rizzoli bookplates and I can sign it, along with a message, or the name of the Recipient. There is a box for you to add a message with those details. Leave your address in the note-your info will not be published!


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