April 2010


David Stark Design

Out this week is a brand new book by renowned New York based event designer David Stark. Stark is known for creating the most glamorous, imaginative and over-the-top events for a wide range of elite clients including everyone from Vogue, Glamour and InStyle magazines, to Zac Posen, Tory Burch, Beyonce Knowles and Jon Stewart. His book, David Stark Design, takes a look at 30 of the most unique and stunning events David has executed since he started his company in 2005 and uses imagery to illustrate the design philosophies and creative process that has made him one of …

Color & Candlelight with Eddie Ross

Over the weekend I attended a fun event hosted by lifestyle guru Eddie Ross with Creative Candles called Color & Candlelight which focused on inspiring ways to add color to your home with candles. The event took place at Gracious Home which is one of my favorite NYC stores for housewares, linens, lighting and more. Through discussion and slide show, Eddie demonstrated just how easy and inexpensive it is to brighten up a space or a table setting, simply by using colored candles. Here’s a perfect example:

Photo: via Martha Stewart Living

This room is absolutely beautiful but …

Thibaut Launches Shangri La Inspired Fabric & Wallpaper Collection!

Since we’re on the subject of Doris Duke, Thibaut, one of my favorite fabric and wallpaper showrooms, just launched a beautiful new collection inspired by and named after Shangri La! Below is a description of the collection along with photos. I especially love the pattern above. The wallpaper pattern is called Ivana and the headboard fabric is called Jakarta. You can see more here!

“Fusing decorative elements from cultures worldwide, Shangri-La is a worldly assortment of sight and texture. Reflecting notes of paradise and harmony infused with graceful beauty, Shangri-La provides a profound sense of peacefulness.  The liberal…

Doris Duke’s Shangri La

An exterior shot of Shangri La. Photographed by Luca Trovato for the July ’07 issue of Town & Country

Back in October I went to Hawaii for a few days and the #1 thing on my to-do list while there was visit Shangri La, the legendary estate of Doris Duke.

A 1930’s portrait of Doris Duke by Cecil Beaton. Photo via

Doris Duke was an American heiress and the only daughter of James Buchanan Duke who was the magnate behind a wildly successful tobacco and energy empire. (The Duke Energy Company which he founded in 1904 still provides power …

Chic on a Shoestring Tablescape

I had a few friends over for a dinner party not too long ago and here’s the table setting I whipped together. It’s the perfect lesson on achieving a high style table setting on a low budget.

I started with the flowers, purchased at my local grocery store for around $16. Although some may find the idea of a typical grocery store flower arrangement hideous, with a little re-arranging and creativity you can make them look totally chic. I cut the stems down and rearranged them in a textured, deep plum colored low vase. The flowers provided a bright pop …