Your guide to A long weekend in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a wonderland of mid-century architecture and style. And you can cover a lot of territory with just a long weekend. Whether you rent a mid-century gem, or stay at one of the beautiful hotels, you’re sure to fall in love with this inspiring, colorful desert city. I visited on an inspiration trip for work, but it makes a great destination for groups of friends or family if you rent ...

get big drama with black decor

I really love  black as a design element, especially in interiors.  Sometimes people shy away from black interiors because they think it will make  a room look small, but it can actually add drama to even small spaces. I painted our teeny NYC bathroom black in our last apartment, and loved it- it was a refreshing change from the sea of white in the rest of the loft. But you don't have ...

The best Colorful Animal Wallpaper

I recently moved apartments and decided to wallpaper my kitchen. I’d always wanted red zebras- Scalamandre’s red Zebra wallpaper to be precise. At work, a couple of offices are done in this paper (one kitchen has silver zebras!)- and I’m obsessed! When I was done, I loved it so much- I decided to do my bathroom with the Albany Flamingos pattern. You can see the results of both rooms in the slideshow ...

What’s Blacker than black?

It's no secret that we New Yorkers love black. Look around any subway car mid-winter and all you'll see is a sea of grumpy black-clad commuters. So when I recently heard about a new type of black- I was fascinated. It's called Vantablack, and it's said to be the blackest substance ever made. My mind raced. If there was a possibility I could be buying boots and coats in a color blacker ...

How to Celebrate Holi

A while back we spent a Saturday celebrating Holi, the festival of colors. For obvious reasons, Holi is something I look forward to every year. Traditionally, it is a Hindu holiday, celebrated around the vernal equinox to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, and light over dark. It's held to celebrate the arrival of spring, and a major part of the celebration is throwing colored powders on friends and neighbors, which ...

Get Colorful in Capri

The Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I’ve been lucky enough to visit both Capri and Positano. In today’s post, we’ll explore Capri. It is a spectacularly lush and gorgeous place. It’s narrow paths wind through mediterranean flora and beautiful, gated estates. And it boasts not just one, but several spectacular colorful grottos- blue, green and white. Even the air in Capri is lovely- it’s scented ...

Phoenix from the Ashes

Recently, I was flipping through some old files when I found these beauties. They are embroidery samples from Phoenix Hand Embroidery. Anyone working in fashion design in NYC before 2008 remembers Phoenix- they were the gold standard for exquisite embroidery and embellishments, counting elite fashion houses like Stella McCartney and Lanvin as clients. Unfortunately, it closed it’s doors for good back in 2008, with owner Ranjana Khan citing “burn-out” as her reason ...