• Soup on Sunday: Zucchini Soup with Crème Fraîche

    by  • 27 Jul ’14 • profile • 2 Comments

    HDThe hot Houston weather, Food & Wine and winemaker Jeremy Seysses inspired my soup selection today. Jeremy Seysses has developed a wide repertoire of dishes to use up the zucchini from his half-acre garden: ratatouille, sautéed zucchini, zucchini fritters, stuffed zucchini, zucchini cake. But this ultra-simple soup is the family favorite. “We have nothing from the garden for an eternity, then all of a sudden, we have to eat zucchini every day for two months just to keep up,” he says. His soup can be served warm, or chilled for a sunny evening. “Yes, we actually do get occasional sunny evenings in Burgundy,” he reports.


    Legends of La Cienega 2014

    by  • 15 Jul ’14 • profile • 3 Comments

    20140511- LCDQ Legends Ambience - 038-X2While this post is long overdue, I hope that the beautiful photos from JL Photographers will make up for the wait. In May I traveled to Los Angeles as a social media ambassador for Legends of La Cienega (LCDQ) 2014.  I was very honored to have been invited, and was in the company of some fabulous social media gurus (pictured below). The highly anticipated event is one of my very favorite in the industry.  Legends of La Cienega is a 3-day celebration of design that brings together VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, decor, art, fashion and architecture. Receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties and book signings are just the icing on the cake. What I love most is that the event feels like one big block party…you see friends and those you know at every turn. And who doesn’t love walking from store to store while being inspired and soaking up the LA sunshine?! LA1 (more…)

    La Cienega LEGENDS

    by  • 30 Apr ’14 • profile • 0 Comments

    Ambassadors_Square_update_4_9The La Cienega Design Quarter is one of my favorite places and their annual LEGENDS event is one of my very favorites in the industry. One of the most anticipated design events in the United States, LEGENDS is a 3-day celebration of design in May that brings together VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, decor, art, fashion and architecture for receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, exhibitions, book signings, personal appearances and special events. The dates for LEGENDS this year are May 7-9, 2014.


    Thrift Studio Preview Party & Pop-Up Store

    by  • 9 Apr ’14 • profile • 0 Comments

    Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 2.38.56 PMI am honored and thrilled to be the Honorary Chair for the spring 2014 Thrift Studio. Thrift Studio is a not-like-any-other-thrift-store THRIFT STORE. Tomorrow, April 10th, we kick off with our preview party. Thrift Studio is a bi-annual 30 day pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell with Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high end designer finds to the public. All proceeds  benefit the future work, growth, organization and structure of Dwell with Dignity.


    Spaghetti on Sunday: Remembering Nan Kempner

    by  • 31 Mar ’14 • profile • 6 Comments

    nan4Nan Kempner has been on my mind lately. It started last month when I commented to my friend Danielle Rollins that her book Soirée (one of my favorite books) reminded me of another favorite book, RSVP by the late Nan Kempner. As it turns out, RSVP inspired Danielle’s beautiful book. Then, over the weekend, Dallas designer Pam Kelley commented on a Facebook post. Pam wrote, “Sundays are the hardest for me. Not Sunday morning, but Sunday evening. I never liked it as a child, and still do not as an adult.”



    by  • 24 Mar ’14 • profile • 5 Comments

    RCFF_1A HUGE thank you for all of the emails, messages and Facebook feedback yesterday! I am overwhelmed by the positive responses and reactions. ‘Fresh’ is the one recurring word I keep hearing about the fabrics (which makes me very happy). I am really very excited about this venture.



    by  • 22 Mar ’14 • profile • 15 Comments

    Carman_Invitation2014 has started with a big bang….a move back to Houston, reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones and resurrecting Soup on Sunday (being back in the kitchen makes me happy).  It’s hard to believe that next month marks the one-year anniversary of my book Designers at Home. And while I thought my second book would be well underway, a different (and amazing) opportunity has come my way.  I am now weeks away from the biggest (and most exciting) venture to date.


    Soup on Sunday: Seafood Chowder

    by  • 10 Mar ’14 • profile • 3 Comments

    IMG_6277Yesterday was a cold and rainy Sunday in Houston. I would venture to say it’s a rare occasion, but with the strange weather patterns as of late (and polar vortices), it seems to be more commonplace these days. Originally I was going to make Salmon Chowder (my favorite standby) until I was inspired by the clam, mussel and sausage Étouffée at brunch. So, after leisurely lunch, we made our way to Central Market to pick up clams for our chowder…which lead to the addition of scallops as well. The result was delicious! Enjoy.


    A Lovely London Home

    by  • 13 Feb ’14 • profile • 4 Comments

    Dezeen_East-London-House-by-David-Mikhail-Architects_ss_1I love houses. And while I am a sucker for a beautiful period home, I equally like the melding of old with the new (when done right). In London, where space is at a premium, you see many interesting renovations. While strolling the streets the past few days, I have been trying my best to peer into windows and garden gates. A very beautiful renovation/extension lead me to the work of London based David Mikhail Architects. This particular house (featured in Dezeen magazine) was first constructed in the 1830s at three times the width of most London terraces, and later divided into three separate residences. David Mikhail Architects restored the original layout of the building so that it could once again be a single family home. It’s a very good example of  a renovation done right and a great juxtaposition of old and new.


    Soup on Sunday: Tuscan Turkey Noodle

    by  • 27 Jan ’14 • profile • 4 Comments

    turkey noodle soupYesterday was a near perfect day…cool weather and not a cloud in the sky. It was the kind of day were you wanted to be outside as long as possible. In fact, that was our primary goal. Other than church and brunch, all time was spent out and about. Once it turned dark and cooler, this recipe fit the dinnertime bill perfectly; little prep time and easy to prepare. Enjoy