Inspired By: a fresh & refreshed start to 2019!!

January 19, 2019

Now this is the way to start 2019! This weekend was packed with Big surf,  gorgeous sky and a super quiet beach. Ok, it had been rainy and cold all week but, who care’s it is a beautiful sight and a great way to start off the new year. Everyone seems in good spirits ( especially the surfer’s here) as…


A kitchen of La Cornue by Jean-Michel Wilmotte

March 11, 2016

I’m in the process of re-thinking my kitchen and have been shopping various vendors for new and exciting product. I need to replace some appliances, change out, counter tops and perhaps do a little reconfiguration re-imagination as well. What a perfect opportunity to evaluate and redesign the look and function of our most viable space. As with most people our…


Valentine’s Day and the Passion of Red

February 14, 2016

It’s cupid’s time of the year. February 14, Valentine’s Day. The day of all things red. Like plump red roses, a red hued champagne paired with yummy red heart-shaped chocolates or perhaps the perfect ruby-red lip. Each year I anticipate this special occasion, as the day of love and passion. Thoughts of romance shared with my special someone. Maybe a…


Sealed with a Kiss, be my Valentine

February 13, 2016

I’m sure there are many schools of thought on how to celebrate or what to do on Valentine’s Day. For me I love the sexy and romantic gesture of being swept up and taken to a good restaurant, gifted with flowers, chocolate and/or a trinket. To share a favorite cocktail with your special someone and making each other the center…


Buongiorno Amore Mio!

It’s Valentine’s Day… Be Mine

February 12, 2016

I adore the romance languages and ” Good morning, my love” in Italian is lovely… ( graffiti, eh?). I saw this and just loved the sentiment. Happy Friday, Happy Love Day!


Mad for Plaid

December 1, 2015

I have always had a penchant for plaid. Smitten with tartan for as long as I can remember. I adored the kilt skirt I had in grade school and today I have my own (Allison) plaid and wear it when appropriate. I have written here many times on this subject, from  mens suitings and Harris tweeds to a gorgeous tartan…


Paris in Winter…

November 21, 2015

“I’m going to Paris next week and I’m  so excited. We are staying at a small boutique hotel in the 6th district which is  a cool neighborhood with lots of shops and good restaurants. Of course is there such a thing as a shop or food being bad when in “The city of light” ? No. Well, I understand that…


Objet Obsession Le Pastel

November 20, 2015

Another blog, this one of things I am longing to experience again in my favorite city. Paris ! Originally this was posted at a time when I just knew it was time to revisit the best inspirational city for design and fashion. So, I did.

“Oh darling, I must go to Paris. Signs of spring are…


The interior design show, Maison + Objet in Paris. Fabulous!

November 19, 2015

“Twice annually the interior design trade show, Maison + Objet is in Paris. Of the two, I prefer the show in January, ( the other is in, September). This interior design show is massive showcasing vendors and artisans from all over the globe.I find the breadth and vibe of talent to be so stimulating and thought-provoking it sort of “jump…


Paris interiors in Blanc et Noir

November 17, 2015

This week everything is about going to the design show in Paris to bask in the cultural wonderment of constant change. Truly, one of my favorite cities.I adore the architectural and historical beauty of a culture that has and always will be, Paris. Is this not the reason I enrolled in French classes? Or why I explore the nuances of…