It began with a glorious event at Villa Necchi Campiglio, a stately 1930’s villa that you may recognize from House of Gucci, 2021. This Art Deco home, which was one of the first in Milan to have a swimming pool and tennis court, was built by the sister heiresses of the Necchi Campiglio sewing machine business, which was integral to the success of the Milan fashion industry. Designed with a smoking room, library, and grand salon for serious parties, to this day accommodates SERIOUS parties like Gaggenau’s Design Week Event. Gaggenau tented the tennis court and created a party space the sisters would’ve been proud of, with architecturally chic kitchen installations, Michelin chefs, and magnificent food prepared right before our eyes. [Read more…] about The Gaggenau Michelin Tour
Designers likely know of the Westedge Design Fair in Los Angeles since 2013. This year marks the first Dallas Westedge Design Fair, co-located with Artexpo Dallas. There was noticeably more art representation than design, in terms of vendors, but I would imagine that next year will have momentum based on what I saw this year. There were some interesting vendors bringing international [Read more…] about Artexpo Dallas and WestEdge Design Fair
One of my favorite design books EVER, Modern English by Emily Todhunter and Katie Earl is a book to revisit often. The talented design duo share a diverse selection of projects that include contemporary townhomes, boutique hotels, restaurants, ski chalets, super yachts, country homes, grand heritage houses, private banks, contemporary new builds, and their own homes. Their projects are numerous and varied- and because discretion is an integral part of their business, quite a few have never been photographed or published. Modern English is divided into three sections: country, town, and abroad.
Todhunter and Earle are known for unpretentious discreet interiors (where budget does not appear to be an issue). Their style exemplifies a hard to quantify Englishness to its very core. I am not referring to what one might consider typical English, with chintzy florals, their bar is waaaay higher. Their laser focus is on [Read more…] about Modern English
New York Interiors, by Simon Upton and Karen Howes
I love everything about this book. Simon Upton, one of the foremost names in interiors photography, created this book as a thank you to the people he has worked with and befriended throughout his career. If you know Upton’s work, which appears regularly in The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Vogue, and Elle Decor, you most definitely know how visually appealing this compilation is. Not only that, but the layout and typography are vibrant and striking. Each chapter invites us into a high end home in New York that Upton has photographed. The range of styles represented propels the reader into a diverse journey of design styles. Added bonus is that we get to hear about the homes from the owner’s point of view, which is unusual for a design book. [Read more…] about New York Interiors
I don’t know about you, but I have had about enough of the COVID-19 weight gain. While eating at home more has been fun, I realized that I had gotten into some bad splurge habits, eating carbs and comfort foods that I wouldn’t normally eat in a non-covid routine. So I decided to transition back to healthy heating, making meals a little more visually pleasing to trick myself out of the carbs. It’s my attempt to reframe dieting as spa dining at home rather than ‘taking one for the team’. One of my current favorites for inspiration is Donna Hay. She has a natural instinct for healthy recipes beautifully presented. This is her take on on the Waldorf Salad. [Read more…] about Waldorf Salad, Reimagined