• THE BEST OF LA // DESIGN

    I was in LA recently.  It’s the perfect getaway and has everything my heart desires — a warm climate, a cool vibe, a lush and luxurious urban landscape and all the shopping a girl could want.  It’s not called the “city of angels” for nothin’ people.  For designers, the LA scene offers gorgeous settings, lovely laidback staff and some of the best furnishings in the US.  Key streets are Highland, Beverly Blvd, La Cienega, Melrose Ave and Melrose Place.  Head to Blackman Cruz, JF Chen, The Window, Harbinger, Hollyhock, Nicky Kehoe, Kelly Wearstler, Galerie Half, Garde, Lief … to name just a few.  The east coast is unseasonably cold and Legends of…

  • Shark!

    Sharks are certainly newsworthy these days.  Shark Week is in full swing on Discovery, JAWS  just celebrated the 40th anniversary of its release, and on a less inviting note, Carcharhinus have made the Outer Banks their summer vacation destination.  Yikes! Surprising as it may seem, I am loving every minute of it.  Despite my lifelong fear of sharks, I am obsessed with the movie Jaws.  I admit this seems a bit odd for a land lover, professional aesthete and enthusiast of all things cute and fuzzy.  First, I love a good thriller.  Second, the cast is perfection.  Third, the cinematography (Spielberg, of course) is inventive yet convincing.  And fourth, the…

  • The Alchemy of Opposites

    I mentioned in my last post that I like a little “rock-n-roll with my ladylike”.  That statement describes more than just my fashion sense – it’s a personal credo, a balancing act and the foundation for how I design.  Contrasting modern with traditional, sexy with conventional and subtle with provocative allows me to enjoy all the world has to offer.  More importantly, it’s the incongruity and tension that makes a room or collection [and even a relationship] sing.       Huntley & Co. interiors. Mixing pieces that seem incompatible gives an ensemble just the right edge.     (L) Dries Van Noten, (M) unknown (R) Christopher Kane It’s not…

  • Garnet & Goats

    Hmmm, January.  This can be a challenging month.  The holiday sparkle has worn off, a little too much winter lies ahead and we’re all a whiter shade of pale.  I agree it’s tough to feel motivated when it’s cold and dreary outside and happiness is Haagen-Dazs and a Snuggie on Friday night.  However, I’m a January baby and a Capricorn which means I believe from problems come opportunities and there is still reason to celebrate a month as gloomy as this.  January can actually offer inspiration.  Not in an obvious way, but beneath the surface and outside the box.  As with so many things worthwhile, in January you have to…

  • Holiday House

    I’m participating in a showhouse (yes, another one!) later this month, in New York.  This particular event, the “Holiday House” benefits the Breast Cancer Foundation founded by Evelyn Lauder and is held at the Academy Mansion – an incredible upper east side property that left me speechless upon my first visit.  Auspicious location?  Check.  Worthy charity?  Check.  Client?  Hmm, not so much.  As with all showhouses, that particular detail is missing.  And with no real client, that means I have to invent one so that I have a jumping off point for my design and a concept to fall back on when I’m flooded with options.  Keeping in mind the…

  • Don’t Call it a Comeback

    Like LL Cool J, I didn’t go anywhere.  I’ve just been busy.  I’ve mentioned before that publishing L+L takes a lot of time and that I’m just not the type to half a– it.  So I’ve been on a hiatus from le blog and dedicating my time to all-things Huntley & Co. (as it should be).  But that doesn’t mean I’ve been chained to my desk these past few months.  Here’s a look back at some of my adventures since December. December_Art Basel & Design Miami               Ridiculous art and mind boggling design amidst throngs of fabulous people from everywhere. December_Park City          Skiing, shopping and New Year’s Eve at…

  • DCNY

    I had a busy week. Meetings, travel, design events, etc.  A jam-packed schedule isn’t necessarily enjoyable mid-stream, but I always love the results.  I meet new people, see interesting things, get inspired, and in general, shake things up a bit.  Between DC and New York, I stumbled upon some fabulous finds this past week.  Whether it was design or fashion, food or art, it seemed that new and exciting things were available and in abundance.  Of course there is never enough time to take it all in.  It’s a good thing I am able to document it all with my trusty iphone and enjoy the fruits of my labor long…

  • Scenes from a Vacation – Part II (finally!)

      As mentioned in my last post, I added an extra day to my northern California vacation so I could spend some time in San Francisco before heading back east. I hadn’t been to the bay area in years and had honestly forgotten what all the fuss was about. But I figured why not make a pit stop in an old stomping ground and segue a bit more gently back into life in DC. I was more than taken with the heavenly weather (68 degrees in August) and the lively urban atmosphere – crowded cafes, locals out walking their dogs and great shopping – in Pacific Heights where we spent…

  • Scenes from a Vacation – Part I

       I just spent five days in Northern California with six girlfriends from home.  We’re known as “the nine” (I’ve mentioned them before) and were obviously short two on this trip.  We get together every summer, but this year we decided to do something extra special.  To round up that many women with husbands and careers and kids is no small task, so the fact that we accomplish it at all is a big deal.  An even bigger deal is how long we have sustained our friendships.  They date back to high school, grammar school and even pre- school for two of us.  Our longevity and stamina definitely warrant a…

  • Spring Greens

       Is there any other color on your mind this time of year besides green?   Trees are budding, the grass is coming back and we’ve just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. It feels like we’ve turned a corner and everyone is in higher spirits, so let’s rejoice in the one hue that delivers a boost of happiness just when we need it most.  Kelly, chartreuse, lime or sage – whatever the shade – you are sure to find glorious greens all around you this spring.         – nature / exteriors – “Green” buildings Ann Demeulemeester in Seoul and the Caixa Forum in Madrid.   Spanish copper wall image c/o…