• Profile: Mark Cravotta

    by  • 14 Jun ’13 • 4 Comments

    MCravottaEven after seven years of blogging, and being immersed in the interior design industry, I am still  excited to meet new people (there are many!) and witness wonderful creativity. Most recently Beth Brenner kindly introduced me to fellow Texan and talented interior designer Mark Cravotta. Being in Texas for the summer I have had the privilege of spending time in Austin with Mark and his wife Monica. On my last trip they graciously offered me their cool guesthouse (yes, it’s available to rent).

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    Profile: Mark D. Sikes

    by  • 10 Jun ’13 • 6 Comments

    headshot 2 [1]I can’t recall specifically when and where I first meet the fabulous Mark D. Sikes (I believe it was in LA at the Design Blogger Conference). However, I do clearly remember the first time that I saw the beautiful Hollywood Hills home he shares with his partner, Michael Griffin, on the cover of the December/January 2012 issue of House Beautiful. I was instantly smitten. Mark’s exquisite home and his uncanny ability to seamlessly blend All-American classic style in a fresh and modern way made his an instant hit in the blog world and earned him immediate attention from the design community.

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    All the Best + Joss & Main Curated Sale

    by  • 4 Jun ’13 • 7 Comments

    J&M-LogoI am thrilled that Joss & Main have asked me to curate a sale for their Curators Collection (sale starts today June 4th at 9pm EST). For those who love the thrill of the find and relish daily doses of design inspiration, Joss & Main is the site for you! A premier members-only site that offers limited-time sales on the world’s best brands for your home and lifestyle. All the Best readers can have access instantly by clicking here!

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    A Memorial Day Tradition

    by  • 27 May ’13 • 3 Comments

    Slim_MaryFour years ago I posted this wonderful photo of Slim Aarons and his daughter Mary taken on Memorial Day.  Now it’s become my yearly tradition to repost the image and back story on All the Best.  After I first posted the photo, much to my delight, Mary emailed me to share more information about this photo and her father.

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    Cover Girl

    by  • 6 May ’13 • 12 Comments

    DesignersAtHome_cover-1When I started working on Designers at Home in September 2011 I had no idea how long it would take to write such a book, much less the exacting details of every decision. No question it’s a long and wonderfully laborious process; and what a process it was. There are so many things to consider: selecting the ideal graphic designer, choice of type font, size (did you know that a book is composed of 16-page signatures so the page count must be divisible by 16?) and then there is nailing the book’s title and cover image! We must have looked at 20+ options before Rizzoli made the final selection. Thank goodness I  was guided by my amazing editor Sandy Gilbert and book designer extraordinaire Doug Turshen every step of the way.

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    Counting the Days…

    by  • 31 Mar ’13 • 2 Comments

    EviteForRonda-Rizzoli-April2013It’s now just days away from the release of Designers at Home. In many ways it feels as if I am anticipating the birth of a child. And, for those with children, myself included, you understand the joy and expectancy that goes with the territory. Writing this book was truly a labor of love.  It was a lot of work (and many long hours), but I enjoyed every moment. When I recently said to my father that it took 9 months to write (notice a theme), he commented “yes, but you have been preparing your whole life to write a book like this one.”

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    Profile: Vaunte

    by  • 20 Mar ’13 • 7 Comments

    Christian and Leah2Perhaps the only thing better than a lively brainstorming session is seeing seeds planted and great ideas take shape. A few years ago at the Avalon hotel in L.A., my friends Christian Leone (former VP of communications at Armani) and Malcolm James Kutner (the supremely talented interior designer) and myself played a poolside version of the “what if” game. You know the one: “What if you could start your own business?” “What if you could do anything that you wanted in life?” At the time Christian had a few ideas for an online venture, but was still searching for the perfect pieces to the puzzle.

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    The Greenwich Hotel

    by  • 12 Mar ’13 • 4 Comments

    _MG_2880On my recent trip to the States I had the privilege of staying at the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca. Owned by Robert de Niro, his son and two developers, the hotel is clearly a labor of love. Built from the ground up, the façade seamlessly blends in with the local façades. However, don’t be fooled; behind the front door is a very stylish, comfortable boutique hotel. The cozy interiors are crafted from (and filled with) handmade bricks, reclaimed wood, and antique furniture from around the world. Adding to the uniqueness of the hotel, each tile of the lobby is hand-molded. And, in a tribute to the hotelier’s artist father, Robert De Niro Senior’s paintings line the walls.

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    Soup on Sunday: Grilled Chicken Noodle Soup

    by  • 4 Mar ’13 • 6 Comments

    soup I adore homemade chicken noodle soup, especially with grilled chicken and lemon juice! It elevates this classic recipe in a way that is subtle, yet undeniable. However, if I make chicken noodle soup for you, it most likely means that you are either feeling under the weather or things are not going well in your world.

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    Traditional Home + Scottish Textiles

    by  • 1 Mar ’13 • 2 Comments

    _MG_45780Last June Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise, along with Traditional Home, hosted Tobi Fairley, Anne Maxwell Foster, Philip Gorrivan, Patrick Lönn and Gideon Mendelson in my adopted country of Scotland. The goal of the trip was to increase awareness of Scottish textiles for interiors use. The fashion industry knows well the exceptional quality of Harris Tweeds, Scottish cashmere, wool, lace, and tartans fabrics. In fact, some of the best fashion houses in the world work with Scottish mills (The Hermès Group, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren to name a few). Now it’s time for interiors.

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