Monthly Archives: October 2009

Rita Rita

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Today’s quote got me thinking about the interiors that have shaped my own creative vision and this of course led me to my Grandmother Rita (snapped above by family friend, photographer Lilly Dong).  To me, Rita is in so many ways the epitome of grace and chic.  Her home on a hilltop overlooking California’s Edna Valley vineyards in my favorite place in all the world.  She and my grandfather Buddy renovated the old ranch house and gave it new life.  Inside it’s brimming with treasures they collected during their travels around the world—India, France, Russia, Thailand, Nepal…  My favorite part about Rita’s decorating is that it’s eclectic—new and old, heirloom and thrift.  On top of an antique china cabinet sits an ultra modern artichoke-esque light fixture.  The straight edged, mid-century dining table is set off by a mix of antique dining chairs (seats all upholstered by Rita in the same plaid).  A pair of wooden wings carved by Tony Duquette hang high on the walls.  Much of the art is by Corita Kent, others my Grandmother painted herself.  Every room showcases the views of the vineyards.  There’s nothing pretentious or stuffy about the place, it’s just full of light and life and oh-so-beautiful things.  Below, some photos I snapped on my last visit.  Love you Grandma-ma!

















An old print of my grandparents on their wedding day.  Miss you Grandpa Buddy, this one’s for you.

Before + After


I’m loving the dramatic makeover furniture designer Jason Miller gave to the bedroom of his new Greenpoint, Brooklyn apartment.  Above, the drab before and below, the striking after!  Oh and the ceramic Superordinate Antler chandelier—-he designed it.  Pretty cool.  See more photos of the bachelor pad in The New York Times.


(photos by Elizabeth Felicella)

Rubie Green’s Eco-Friendly Tips!

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I am completely smitten with this collection of eco-friendly tips put together by Rubie Green founder Michelle Adams and illustrator Caitlin McGauley.  It was created for Rubie Green’s recent soiree at Calypso Home (so sorry to have missed it!) which Michelle put on with the help of the lovely ladies over at Ruby Press.  Be sure to click the image above to enlarge—such great tips!  To read more about the fabulous fete check out Michelle’s blog HERE.

Go green my dear readers, Rubie Green!

Katy’s Guest Room

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I am a huge fan of Katy Elliot’s blog chronicling the renovation of her 257-year old home in Marblehead, Massachusetts and when I came across these snapshots of her guest room I nearly died of jealousy!  Talk about indulging all my English countryside fantasies!  The vintage Jenny Lind bed is dressed in an adorable mix of linens by Toast—I mean really, could the plaid blanket, stripes and florals be any sweeter?  Next she will be adding artwork, lighting, a rug and perhaps even wallpaper.  I can’t wait to see the finished room!  Be sure to check out Katy’s blog HERE.  Such an inspiration!

(images by Katy Elliot)