Mirror, mirror on the wall… It’s all about the “mirror-selfie,” according to my stepdaughter, Hannah. Honestly, upon embarking on any excursion we can’t get very far without a cry to “Wait!”, and I turn around to find her snapping away into some indiscriminate mirror she spotted. I get it; they’re all doing it.
From time to time, I need to write about topics other than home décor. As much as we all live for design, I am also obsessed with fashion, food, culture and yes, manners. I was brought up in Baltimore and although it’s not the Deep South by any stretch, there was a formality that permeated through society. Basic manners were expected (at least I thought they were basic at the time), both while interacting with others and at the table.
photo: Kiara Octagonal Tray
This month of celebrating was a blast. Which, for my waistline wasn’t so great, but for enjoying myself, was sublime. Carl and I recently moved into a new apartment, which we’ve been renovating for about a year. (I can’t wait to show you more in future posts…) That being said, our kitchen is a bit away from our living room, so I realized in about two seconds how important trays are when carting hor d’oeuvres back and forth…in high heels nonetheless. I’ve always loved them placed upon an ottoman with a sprinkling of beautiful objèts or books, but honestly, true practicality was never my focus. That is, until now.
As the Thanksgiving kick-off is now behind us, the holidays are rapidly approaching, which, depending on the type of person you are, either stresses you out OR you start singing. Personally, I love to entertain, so the holiday season gives me an excuse to fill our home with family and friends.
Although our inspiration comes from many different sources, fashion is our driving force. I just can’t help it. First of all, it’s my background, secondly, I love it, and last, I have a crazy admiration for designers and their creative passion. It is just endless, and boundless and the opposite of risk adverse. The use of leather is a perfect example, especially this season. It was seen all over the runways and is bursting into every category.
OUR SIGNATURE DRINK TABLES
Ok, so I’m going to tell you about one of my all-time favorite items. One we created out of a simple and basic need… THIRST! Remember the last time you held a drink and had nowhere to put it down because a cocktail table was too far or an annoying stretch away? Or, when needed a little side table to accent a beautiful sofa? I do too.
WELCOME TO MY STYLE FILE.
Leaving the fashion business after thirteen years was quite a step for me… Like many businesswomen, my identity had become completely intertwined with what I did every day (Associate Publisher of W Magazine). I knew I had to jump, so I did and somehow, I knew my creative energy would resurface in a new and exciting way. I just didn’t know how.