Outdoor Spaces

An Americana Themed Backyard Makeover - With Pier 1 |

Video: Americana Themed Backyard Makeover – With Pier 1

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I hinted at a secret web series I was filming out in LA a few weeks ago and I can finally share that I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 Imports for a series of videos showing you four ways to transform your backyard for the summer season! I’m excited to reveal the first video which is all about creating a festive, Americana-themed outdoor living room perfect for a patriotic BBQ celebration. Click the video below for my top tips on outdoor decorating and entertaining plus see how I transformed a blank …


Enviable Rooftop Gardens

A terrace from the book Rooftop Gardens, features red maple trees, ivy, cypress, blue hydrangea, boxwood hedges and more, making this a beautiful and  a colorful oasis in the sky, high above Park Avenue.

In New York City outdoor living space is an extreme luxury that most people covet. There are a few who are lucky enough to enjoy a tiny sliver of outdoor space in the form of a balcony or maybe even a small terrace. And then there are the ultra-privileged ones who can claim ownership to the most sprawling and enviable terraces and outdoor gardens that the …

Winter Wonderland

Doesn’t this photo from the Dec ’07 issue of Elle Decor totally embody the spirit of winter? For me it conjures up nostalgic memories of snowy childhood winters in Michigan and me with my sister making snow angels in our backyard. I can almost taste the snow! The photo is from a story on the country home of interior photographer and regular Elle Decor contributor William Waldron.

The Waldrons’ 1760s farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley, complete with a quirky giant peace sign on its facade, rests on 77 acres of land in an idyllic setting amidst fir trees and …


The Great Outdoors

Photo by Julina Sohn for House & Garden, Apr ’07

I have a love hate relationship with New York. While there are definitely many things I adore about this city, two things I can’t stand are the lack of outdoor living space and the lack of natural beauty outside. There are a lucky few living in Manhattan who are fortunate enough to have their own private outdoor space whether it be a balcony, a terrace or a small yard in the back of their brownstone. Those things are true luxuries that make me green with envy. The rooftop terrace below …