Friday, November 7, 2008

Charlotte Moss - Architectural Details

Here are a few of my favorite images from Charlotte Moss' Manhattan apartment which was featured in the November-December of Veranda that just came out. I so admire her style and unique aesthetic. But what I loved most about her apartment were all of the architectural engravings. Using classical architectural engravings as art... or even wallpaper... is a great way to incorporate an appreciation for classical architecture and design without having to have a completely traditional interior.

Love the custom wallpaper-- makes something "old" seem very new!

Notice the back of the door is also covered in the architectural wallpaper.

I hope to start my own collection of architectural sketches soon. I wish I had started when I was studying in Italy... but I'll just add that to my list of reasons to go back! I love that she has hung her collection at eye level and below... definitely helps out the vertically challenged like myself!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Downtown Canopy Chair

I love the dramatic shape of Downtown's Canopy Chair and the air of mystery it solicits. Wouldn't you just feel like the Godfather??

It will belong in my study and I will cover it in Kelly Wearstler's Giraffe fabric from Schumacher... day. Until then, telling you about it will have to do!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I have nothing to say except that I hope all the negative and hateful comments end soon. It is hard to enjoy such an exciting and happy moment in our nation's history and future when it brings to my attention how racist, intolerant and petty some people are... even some of my good friends. When it comes down to it, we all want the same things in life. So let's find some common ground, move forward and lay off the cynicism.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Everything Ina

I want to be Ina Garten one day. I love her show, I love her monthly columns in House Beautiful and working at Williams-Sonoma part-time has allowed me the priviledge of thumbing through her cookbooks when there is some down time. Her recipes are so simple but so luxurious, proving that very often, less is more and simplicity is elegant... and delicious! And she really seems like a cool person too. She ALWAYS has people just dropping by her house for dinner on the Barefoot Contessa show. And did you know that she used to work at the White House?? She got bored and decided to buy a small specialty foods store in the Hamptons on a whim. It (obviously) ended up being incredibly successful and is what led her to write multiple cookbooks and get her very own show on the Food Network.

Her home was featured in House Beautiful last month and she just came out with a new cookbook that is FABULOUS! Here are some of the photos of her house and a couple recipes I have on my list to try soon.

A view of the kitchen and dining area. I love the idea of lamps on the long island. When the cooking is complete and you're ready to sit down to dinner you can just switch off the overhead lighting for a more warm, intimate and formal feel.

The key to a great kitchen: a place for everything and everything in it's place :-)

Always a fan of a gorgeous bathtub with a view.

Love the desk!

Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

1 small eggplant, peeled and 3/4-inch diced
1 red bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 red onion, peeled and 1-inch diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound orzo or rice-shaped pasta

For the dressing
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/3 cup good olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To assemble:
4 scallions, minced (white and green parts)
1/4 cup pignolis (pine nuts), toasted
3/4 pound good feta, 1/2-inch diced (not crumbled)
15 fresh basil leaves, cut into julienne

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, and pepper on a large sheet pan. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.
Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.
For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and pour on the pasta and vegetables. Let cool to room temperature, then add the scallions, pignolis, feta, and basil. Check the seasonings, and serve at room temperature.

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

2 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus (about 30 large)
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 lemons cut in wedges, for serving

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
If the stalks of the asparagus are thick, peel the bottom 1/2 of each. Lay them in a single layer on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and return to the oven for another minute. Serve with lemon wedges.

Tuscan Lemon Chicken

1 (3 & 1/2 pound) chicken, flattened (see note)
Kosher salt
1/3 cup good olive oil
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon halved

Sprinkle the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt on each side.
Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a ceramic or glass dish just large enough to hold the flattened chicken. Add the chicken, turning it in the dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, turning once or twice.

When ready to grill, prepare a hot charcoal fire on one side of a grill (or turn a gas grill on low heat). Spread most of the coals across half of the grill. Place the chicken on the opposite side of the grill skin side up, and weight it down with the dish you used for marinating. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the underside is golden brown. Turn the chicken skin side down, weight again with the dish and cook for another 12 to 15 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Place the lemon halves on the cool side of the grill, cut side down, for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove the chicken to a plate or cutting board, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut the chicken in quarters, sprinkle with salt, and serve with the grilled lemon halves.

NOTE: Stand the chicken upright and cut out the backbone with a large kitchen knife. Spread the chicken open on a board with the skin side down. Cut around and remove the breast-bone with a boning knife. (You can ask your butcher to do all of this for you.)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Plug Lighting out of L.A. has some awesome light fixtures. I'm not sure if I'd ever use them in my own home but I still love looking at them! I think a lot of them look like some kind of weird sea creatures!!

Poppy Chandelier

Methacrylate Light Sculptures - by Jacopo Fogini

Bobbin Pendant

Red Sculptures Chandelier - by Jacopo Fogini

Urchin Pendant - by Helen Gifford

Anemone Table Lamp

Seapod Wall Sconce

Friday, October 31, 2008


Happy Halloweenie!!! I thought it would be appropriate to mention something about my obsession with Philippe Starck's Louis GHOST Chair and other acrylic furniture today. Designed in 2002 for Kartell, the Ghost Chair perfectly blends old and new-- a classic Louis XV design in modern polycarbonate. Perfect proportions and a transparent material make it incredibly versatile.

Starck (who designs just about everything besides chairs, too) also designed the La Marie chair above.

Also from Kartell, the Bourgie Lamp designed by Ferruccio Laviani.

Oly Studio Acrylic Lorna Side Table

Even Target has caught on to the acrylic trend! You can get this clear acrylic chair for just $160.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


One day when I have a house with an office it will include this splendidly functional and beautiful drafting desk from Roche Bobois.

The Architecte Desk from Roche Bobois.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Black Magic

I got my new issues of Veranda AND Domino in the mail the other day so I've been pouring over them while I've been bored at work. One thing that stood out to me was that there were black and white features in both magazines. Lots of black and deep grey walls, lots of contrast. I can't decide if I love it or hate it but I thought it was a very daring and dramatic look. Not to mention Halloween appropriate! See what you think...

This was the feature in this issue of Domino. I was excited because it's the home of Jenna Lyons, the creative director at J. Crew. And who doesn't love J. Crew? But I just couldn't decide if I liked the house. I know... that is horrible to say... but I just thought it seemed a bit cold. Black and white are about as classic as it gets but it can sometimes just be too rigid and lifeless. But that's just my opinion...

The kitchen with black cabinets, concrete countertops and simple, open shelving.

Sitting area off of the kitchen.

This is Lyons' son's nursery and where we start to see the black walls. It is at least livened up a bit with the yellow and white striped ceiling which I think is so adorable!

More nursery. Love the comfy sheepskin on the floor and the Alexander "Calder-esque" mobile. Very sophisticated!

Can I have a whole room for clothes and shoes?!?! Please??

Bedroom with more black walls.
Bathroom with more black walls. I love the cast iron tub, copper fittings and herringbone floor.

This is the home of a Houston designer, Renea Abbott from the current issue of Veranda. It also features a black and white and theme. Several wallpaper/fabric patterns are from Kelly Wearstler's line for Schumacher that I adore! The wallpaper and chair fabric are her "Imperial Trellis".

More Kelly Wearstler fabric - Gordian Weave

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

It's Never Too Early...

It's never to early to appreciate good design!! Check out these ADORABLE infant shirts and onesies from tinymodernist. My future children will own the whole collection. :-)

Eames Molded Plastic Rocker onesie

Eames' LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) on child's shirt

Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost Chair infant shirt

Van der Rohe's Barcelona Chair
And how about an Eames Anniversary Edition Plywood Elephant?? Charles Eames designed the model in 1945 but it wasn't produced until last year. Available at