• Dark and Inky

    Halloween always inspires me.  I relish the drama and suspense of the holiday, not to mention the excuse to go a little goth and watch scary movies.  It’s always good to embrace one’s darker side, especially if you lean a little type A.  So with all my clean and tailored design tendencies comes a need for what I call “dark and inky”.  If you’ve worked with me or for me, you’ve heard me use this term.  I am always on the quest for the perfect murky green, garnet or ebonized-blue (and of course black).  Whether it’s a lacquered leather chair, a kick-ass pair of aubergine boots or a smokey eye for…

  • M.I.A.

    Not exactly.  I actually have a fabulous post ready to go.  I just can't seem to publish the damn thing.  Too many photos, too many megabytes.  I've tried to upload it about forty times over the last five days and nothing seems to work.  I am more than a little suspicious that Verizon - and our ridiculously slow internet speed – is the culprit.  That company is the devil!  Unfortunately that means "Scenes from a Vacation – part II" won't be seen for a few more days … until I can make it over to my boyfriend's house and borrow his computer. Sorry all.  What can I say?  Sometimes this side venture is a little less luxe & lucid and a…

  • Home Sweet Home

    It’s been a big week for me.  I moved into my own home.  As an interior designer and first-time home buyer, this is one of the most thrilling endeavors of my adult life.  I’ve had apartments and condos and shared houses, but this is a real “grown up” house and a place of my own.  It has space and a yard and endless possibilities.  There  are a multitude of projects on the horizon; in fact, I’ve already begun the renovation process by refinishing the floors.  It’s going to keep me busy and I’m sure I’ll feel frustrated (and broke!) at times, but really, is there anything more important and memorable…

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  • House Dressing

    I love Thanksgiving.  It's a time for entertaining, celebrating and opening our homes to family and friends. We all want our interiors to be at their best during the holidays.  For me it's about creating an environment that is beautiful, relaxed and welcoming for guests – whether it's in my own home or one of my client's.  Below are my iphone shots from a Huntley & Co. photoshoot this past Friday in Virginia.  I am in love with  these images right now; they convey everything I love about decorating and setting a scene.  Often the best way to find ideas for your own space is to look at the examples of others. …

  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall

    “… Who's the fairest of them all?” Snow White’s nasty stepmother definitely didn’t get the answer she wanted when she asked this question. Maybe instead of looking for validation from a piece of glass, she should have consulted an interior designer. In my decorator’s bag of tricks, mirror is often my go-to solution.  It can make a space look bigger, improve lighting and reflect the best assets of a room.  It can even make the person looking into it appear to have a smoother, rosier complexion.  Too bad the evil Queen didn’t have my number  ; )         A living room by Bunny Williams. Mirror has been inserted…

  • Rock Star

    There are some people who rise above the ordinary and show us what real talent is. One of those rare finds is Bobbie Medlin.  Bobbie’s eponymous shop in Georgetown is a treasure trove of gorgeous goods from around the world.  Her one-of-a-kind necklaces blur the line between jewelry and art bringing a sense of mystery and allure to the woman who wears them. She is a rock star!           Jewelry as décor.  I draped one of Bobbie’s pieces on a bust in a 2007 installation. The turquoise beads were the perfect finishing touch.           Bobbie Medlin just relocated to the corner of M…

  • Bigger is Better

    At least when it comes to jewelry … and a few other things  ; )       Louis Vuitton cuffs stacked for impact.       Christmas list? David Webb lion & ram bracelet and vintage gold, black enamel & rock crystal ring.                 Armani Prive chandelier earrings for the girl with sturdy earlobes.       This necklace is heavy, but worth the weight.             I discovered this ring in Paris 10 years ago.  My favorite find of all time.                 The best red carpet moment of 2009. Eva Mendes, white dress,…

  • Before There Were PDA’s

    I was a holdout.  I loved my daily planner and my stationary.  I never thought I would do all my writing via email and keep my schedule on a computer.  But I do.  To be honest, I couldn’t live — professionally at least — without Outlook and my iphone.  So although I’m highly organized, I miss the days when embracing your type-A meant a little more beauty and a little less technology.         Remember when we used to sit at our desks and correspond?  I’m feeling so nostalgic — this is what my desk used to look like when I was a jeune fille.  Southern Accents Nov/Dec…

  • The Gold Standard

    I'm a gold girl.  Bronze, silver, not even platinum gives me the rush that gold does.  It’s warm and sexy and adds a little magic to any material.  I love gold fabric, furniture, lighting  and especially jewelry and hardware.  I would plate everything in gold if I could.  Now for you nay-sayers who think gold is a finish that belongs in the 80s, take a look at the images below and get ready to swoon.     A few of my current favorite gold fabrics.       A glamorous gold face in Vogue Nippon.       At the Washington Design Center's spring 2007 design house I painted the…