Thursday, August 21, 2014


Renovations have been top of mind for me lately.  Today I am musing about waterfall counters for kitchen islands.  The idea is that the surface you use as your kitchen countertop then waterfalls down the sides of the island cabinetry.  The visual effect is that it looks like the kitchen island is wrapped in marble, quartz, concrete, wood and even metal.

I like. Think it gives a sleek feel to any kitchen.

Which of these 7 waterfall counter looks do you like best?

I think my fave is the first.  It is from a house for sale in the New York area.  Love it.

Happy Thursday!


Photos: Larnie Nicolson, Schappacher White; Cecil Baker; David Hicks; Vogue Australia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This Paris apartment designed by Joseph Dirand speaks for itself.  Total elegance with refined touches throughout. Amazing floors, walls with just the right amount of decorative molding, well curated furniture, neutral but interesting color scheme.  A dream apartment.  If only I had a little extra, I would buy this place for my mother then I could visit all of the time.

Love the gold and white marble in the kitchen and the bathroom.  Not my first choice at all but makes an incredible statement.  TE, I like the round bathroom mirror...FYI.

Happy Wednesday!


P.S.  So busy at work these days...yesterday I sent out around 75 emails and did several conference calls.  Needless to say I was sending emails until about midnight!  TE went to sleep and I was still up emailing colleagues all around the country.  Was actually a fun day!

P.P.S. I am not typically a fan of faux finished walls or the traditional Venetian plaster look...but in this case, in the foyer and bedroom the technique works!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I like this modern lake house located in Montauk on the tip of Long Island. Traditional outside...ultra modern inside. The 4500 square foot family home was designed by Robert Young Architects.  A dual personality house.

This one is for TE.  It can work...a traditional classic Hamptons shingle exterior and a modern interior.

Take a look.

See more of the house by clicking here.

Happy Tuesday!


P.S. Best of friend FF was in town for one night. She stayed with me. She jet setted in for a little project she is working on for her family. We had a lovely dinner at amazing interior designer Madeline Stuart's lovely Hollywood Hills home (in the delightful garden). DTB was with us. It was a nice Sunday night dinner...a great way to begin the week. The next day FF had her meeting and then was off to get back to New Orleans. I wish FF lived here. I miss her.

P.P.S. My mom is back from her two month stay in Paris! Woohooo. Must run out to her house to have a visit and catch up on all things Parisian. Wonder if mom is having Paris withdrawals? Must find her some croissant!

P.P.P.S. Speaking of jet setters...TE is back from Germany and Sweden. Had dinner with TE, EE and E last night. Very nice evening.

P.P.P.P.S.  Dog Mr. Boo ate a hole into my den sofa at my tiny little cottage in the Hollywood Hills.  Grrrrr.... This is the 3rd sofa he has managed to destroy.  He is only 15 pounds but is a terror.  Full of mischief and bad behavior.  Feel like I have failed as a pet owner!  Lucky for him, he is terribly cute...otherwise....

Friday, August 15, 2014


hanalei bay double rainbow
A double rainbow over Hanalei Bay in Kauai (above)
I took the photo above when TE and I went to Hawaii for vacation last summer.  We were staying at the St. Regis in Hanalei Bay in Kauai.   It was our last day there.  TE had gone out for a run (he was training for a marathon) and I was packing up.  I glanced up from packing my huge suitcase that was filled with a million items that I never even touched during the week long vacation...anyhooo...I looked up and saw this double rainbow outside the window.  It was such a pretty site.  Magical.  Breathtaking really.  TE came back from his run just in time to see the last glimpse of the rainbow.  It was a sign of good things to come I think.

I like the colors in this rainbow...blues, orange, yellow and a little purple.  Perfect.

I wish you all a good weekend.   Hope you manage to spot a double rainbow or something just as pretty!

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Was on One King's Lane website and found all of these home decorating goodies in white.  I sent a picture of the lamp above to TE for his opinion.  Thinking.

Anyhooo...have been thinking a lot about decorating lately...really decorating...decorating a new space...gathering ideas...inspiration photos and more.   I like the idea of an all white room.  Best of friend AM mentioned doing a house all in white yesterday.  Would be so wonderful to have an all white house, very hard to keep clean, but so wonderful I think.  Maybe even just an all white room would do.  Fresh, crisp, cheerful...would have to use a lot of different textures to create visual dimension.

Here are some things for the home in white that I like.

 1. White lamp // 2. White lacquer & steel coffee table // 3.  White garden stool // 4. Soda machine // 5. White wingback bed // 6. White basket // 7. White barstools

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Best of friend AM hung string lights in a large tree in her East Hampton yard for a Saturday night dinner party. (above)
Got the photo above from best of friend AM yesterday.  She threw an outdoor dinner party for her hubby JE at their new East Hamptons home this past weekend. Al fresco dining ...dining outside in the fresh air under the stars.  The finishing touch in best of friend AM's yard were the string lights draped across the yard. Perfection!

Then...last week, my dear neighbors JH and MR invited me and my guy TE over for a midweek barbecue.  We sat outside...laughed, talked and ate delicious food all under the glow of lovely outdoor string lights (the Edison bulb style) lights.  You can see in the picture I took below...the lights warmed up the dinner setting and made for a cozy comfy meal at their outdoor woven table and chairs - we stayed for 3 hours!

Anyhoooo....all of this to say is that in Summer 2014...when dining or entertaining outdoors...string lights with a wonderful clear bulb are clearly the best way to add a bit of mood lighting to your setting.  One rope or 10 ropes...any number seem to do the trick.  Right?

I took this photo last week when neighbors JH and MR invited me and TE over to their house for a lovely midweek barbecue last week where we dined outside on their brick patio under lovely string lights. (above)

Found this photo on Harper's Bazaar instagram page of another Hamptons dinner party this past weekend with tons of string lights and a low long tale in a lovely yard (above)

One row of string lights in the distance, helps create the perfect mood for a late afternoon summer party (above)

Coco Kelley blog featured this wonderful al fresco dining situation on a rooftop in Seattle...topped off by festive string lights (above)

Close up of best of friend AM's garden dinner party tables with string lights in the trees (above)

Note to self...must get some string lights for my deck over my outdoor dining table immediately. TE is out of town so he cannot hang them for me but my contractor is coming by on Thursday morning...maybe I can beg him to hang mine for me...damsel in distress in need of string lights...right?

Happy Tuesday!



Photos: Best of friend AM; Coco of COCOCOZY; Harper's Bazaar Instagram; Domestic Fashionista; Coco Kelley

Monday, August 11, 2014


With a price tag of $45 million dollars, this newly built modern Holmby Hills home is the highest priced spec house in Los Angeles.  It is listed by The Agency and is at 438 N. Faring Road located in Bel Air.

16,000 square feet, 3 stories, 7 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, infinity pool, gym, tennis courts and spectacular views.

The house was designed and built by renowned, London-based Quinn Architects and Estate Four,

Here is what the listing says: " The main entrance is dramatic, offering an immense motor court and impressive 20 ft high canopy. This leads you to the luxuriously spacious living room, with its earth-toned color scheme, floor to ceiling glass, and soaring 20 ft high ceiling, tailor-made for displaying large-scale artwork. The home’s interiors feature the highest quality materials throughout, from a marble-clad stairwell to custom recessed lighting to the American black walnut flooring. An ultra-spacious kitchen features a state-of-the-art Molteni design with integrated lighting, Dada/Miele appliances and direct access to the terraces and custom-tiled infinity pool"

Now take a tour...

I like the indoor outdoor living and the talk floor to ceiling windows. Would change out the furnishings of course and spruce it up with some COCOCOZY pillows and rugs and then call it day. Sold. Oh oops...I need $45 million dollars...hold off until I can figure out where to get that.

Happy Monday!


P.S. On Fiday, TE and I went to the Rihanna Eminem concert at the Rose Bowl! Lots of fun. Great music.

P.P.S. On Sunday, I took my sis DS out to Malibu...TE couldn't be there because he is in Germany...wish he could have been around to see my sister taking in our favorite place in Malibu.  Will tell you more about this Malibu spot in days to come. Stay tuned.

My sister on Sunday in Malibu...a serene moment I caught as she was hanging out at my guy TE and my favorite spot there. (above)

P.P.P.S. Busy week ahead!