Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This is a photo of my best of friend AM on her wedding day years ago...wearing a dress designed by the icon Oscar de la Renta. She looked beautiful that day. Happy in love and dazzling in a stunning creation that was her gown. Through his magnificent design, Mr. de la Renta played a significant role in one of the happiest days of AM's life.  The dress gave her confidence and joy and made her day even that more special.  When she walked down the aisle, I saw the gleam in her husband's eyes...

When I heard word last night about fashion designer Oscar de la Renta's passing at age 82, I paused for a moment. Everything went silent. I was in my car.  It was so quiet.  I don't know why but I've always admired Oscar de la Renta the most out of all fashion designers - his work was timeless and enchanting.  I was sad for the loss but also humbled in recognizing that even the seemingly immortal are all but human.

Very rare to find a person who touches so many people with grace and charm and elegance...Mr. de la Renta was one it seems.

Wishing Mr. de la Renta much peace as he rests.


Monday, October 20, 2014


21 Perry Street - a West Village home decorated by reputed NYC interior designer Steven Gambrel is now on the market for $13.8 million dollars.

5 bedrooms, 6 baths on 4 floors...this townhouse also includes a rooftop patio and a basement cellar. The garden floor features a large eat-on kitchen with Moroccan tile floors, marble slab counter for kitchen island, Sub Zero refrigerator and Lacanche stove.

The steel doors lead to a private garden shared by a church and 5 other homes.

The home was once owned by book author Mary Cantwell who was also once an editor for Vogue and Mademoiselle.

The home is listed by Sothebys.

Happy Monday!


Friday, October 17, 2014


Things are starting to get just a little cooler here in Los Angeles...finally...so now I can start thinking about fall style and fashion.  When it comes to fall and winter...I am all about black, white and neutrals.  I can't wait each year to get new black opaque tights, put on my black boots  (I have varying styles) and a warm comfy well cut jacket and set off.

For some reasons these rooms I found on Bolig got me thinking about a crisp version of fall...in black and white.
Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2014

AF Vandevorst Fall 2014

SHOP THE POST (click on links below)

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Celerie Kemble for Mirth Studio wood floor tiles (above)

Earlier this year I was so thrilled to announce that I was collaborating on a line of painted wood floor tiles with the innovative and creative South Carolina based Mirth Studio. Click here for that story on the launch of the COCOCOZY for Mirth Studio wood tiles line back in April.

Well today, I am pleased to have the scoop on the eve of the big trade and furniture show at High Point Market that Mirth is launching a new designer collection with well reputed New York interior designer Celerie Kemble.  Celerie is known for her use of pattern, color and an eclectic whimsical perspective on design.  She has been named as a top designer over and over again by magazines and organizations.  Celerie is from Palm Beach originally and this new collection of wood floor tiles screams Florida pastel chic.

Sally Bennet, the founder and creator Mirth Studio wood floor tiles, met Celerie and knew Celerie's style would lend to Sally's innovative product.

I am huge fan of what Sally is doing with Mirth Studio so was thrilled to hear that she has another fantastic collaboration!  The tiles are actually digitally printed and look exactly like each is hand painted.  Love them.

Designer Celerie Kemble (above)

COCOCOZY for Mirth Studio

Sally also sent me these new images of COCOCOZY for Mirth Studio tiles.  Still loving my collection with Mirth too!

COCOCOZY for Mirth Studio painted wood tile floors (above and below)

COCOCOZY for Mirth Studio Chain pattern on white washed wood floor tiles (above)

COCOCOZY and Celerie Kemble for Mirth Studio wood floors will be on display at the Mirth Studio booth at High Point Market from October 18-23.

Mirth Studio
High Point Market
Suites At Market Square
Highpoint, NC
October 18-23

You can also order the tiles on Mirth Studio's website at:  www.mirthstudio.com.  Sally and her team (that includes Crystal and Cat and more) have been sending out samples and orders on my wood floors all summer...it is exciting to see the tiles installed in homes!  Click here to shop my collection.

The tiles are great for any room really.  After I told her about Mirth Studio, best of friend AM immediately installed the tiles in her Hampton's home in a custom bright green earlier this year.  Click here to see AM's sun porch.

If you are going to High Point...definitely check out Mirth Studio!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


What a wonderful family room in just the right shades of gray and touches of rust.  I like this room.  Soothing to the eye.  Lots of seating in the form of nailhead trim ottomans...they are functional and with color and pattern also add a nice design touch.  Nice work by designer Tamara Magel.

This room screams sophisticated fall to me.   Fall right before winter...silver with a hint of warm burnt orange tones.  Well edited and reserved...mature but modern...comfortable.

GRAY OTTOMAN - click here to shop

GRAY SECTIONAL SOFA - click here to shop

GRAY COCOCOZY RUG - click here to shop

WHITE LAMP - click here to shop

THE PERFECT BAG (not home decor I know...but it matches!!!) - click here to shop

Happy Tuesday!


Photos: Tamara Magel