February 2009


I’ve been keeping up with the work of LA based interior designer Carla Lane since seeing her work featured on DesignSponge a while back. Fresh and colorful, Lane’s work is a juxtaposition of modern and traditional and her spaces evoke a timeless feeling. I recently visited her website and a few newly posted photos from a project in Hancock Park caught my eye. I’m especially loving that toile covered bathroom! See more here.

I absolutely love beautiful, hand printed textiles and was thrilled to discover the work of JA Design Studio. The Miami based company offers an assortmet of luxury textiles including table linens, throw pillows, custom bedding, drapery panels and more. They also have a line fabrics by the yard called Plumwich, which is available exclusively to the trade via showrooms around the country. Each design is screen printed by hand, mostly on fine Belgian linen but also on cottons, silks and velvets. The products are beautifully finished and possess an antique like quality that only adds to their appeal. The…

Photo: Bill Brady/Uptown

I’m always inspired when I hear about people who took a leap of faith and quit the corporate grind to follow their passions. Such is the case with two friends of mine, Vanessa Cantave and Gracia Walker who run a cutting edge food services company called Yum Yum Chefs which is based in DUMBO Brooklyn.

Photo: Bill Brady/Uptown

In 2005 Vanessa left her job in the advertising and marketing industry to explore her passion for cooking at the renowned French Culinary Institute. While in school she apprenticed under famed chef Daniel Boulud and after graduating at the …

Right now I’m kind of obsessing over Rashida Jones’ Los Angeles home which is featured in this month’s Glamour. With the help of up-and-coming LA decorator Katie Fine and her friend, celebrity stylist Estee Stanley, Jones transformed her home into a casual, slightly bohemian yet very sophisticated retreat. Many of the furnishings were sourced from Mecox Gardens (a favorite of mine!) and Dan Marty Design, a local LA custom furniture, accessories and antiques store in Los Angeles. The home features a neutral palette with pops of color introduced through accessories. It’s obvious that Jones has great taste and her …

Last week I spent a few days in Cabo for work and while I was there I spotted these three stallions just hanging out on the beach. Aren’t they cute?!