Monthly Archives: April 2009

Hand-Crafted Cool

I’m in love…
With the arrival of Spring, we see the departure of the crisp, tailored looks of winter, and usher in a flowy, casual aesthetic. I’m loving the bohemian chic necklaces that embody that fancy-free look. They’re all just a bit imperfect. They’re easy to wear with boyfriend jeans and a white tee. They’re so Marni Spring 2005. They’re lovely.
“Electric Kool-aid Necklace” by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels, $422 via Charm & Chain.

“Handmade Felt Ball Necklace” by modernfiberlab, $58 via Etsy.

“Concertina Ribbon Necklace” in Teal by Flos ad Florem, about $490 via Kabiri

“Ruffian Bib” by Candace Ang, $178


Well, the weather is officially getting warm, which means only one thing: It’s time to break out the flip-flops! To be honest, I pretty much wear them year-round. It doesn’t get very cold here and they’re oh-so-comfy. The only difference is that now, people don’t tell me I’m going to get frostbite. 
In hot climates, flip-flops are the go-to shoe. You need them for day, night, weekend, casual, dressy, you name it. I absolutely live in them! I’ve been scouting out new pairs to add to my collection…

Here are my top picks, some realistic, some only in my dreams!
Row One: Loeffler Randall “Sydney” in Dark Navy, $450 at Barney’s Co-op; Tory Burch “Logo Flat Thong” in Hibiscus Pink, $195 at Neiman Marcus; Bandolino “Claribell” in Dark Green, $59.
Row Two: Por la Victoire “Ella” in Rose, $215 at Piperlime; J. Crew “Dauphine” in Neon Yellow, $88; Old Navy “Beaded Thong Sandals” in Multi, $14.50.

Luxurious, Minimalist Interior Design!

Luxury, Tamed! – NY Times

Kips Bay Decorator Show House was a tribute to Albert Hadley, the Tennessee-born minimalist who provided a balance for the English country house-style maximalism of his partner, Sister Parish. Check out some on the luscious photos of eclectic interior decorating at it’s best:

The tufted, velvet chaise is unbelievably, fabulous.

Liza Cousins and Natasha Bergreen’s softer design incorporated used athletic equipment and a sofa from Ms. Bergreen’s aunt.

Combining a very traditional bed with a beautiful lilac fabric, makes the bed a perfect fit in this modern room.

Christopher Maya hung a metal chandelier dipped in plaster.

The wallpaper in Jamie Drake’s room was handpainted by Alpha Workshops. It’s wonderful when you can fit a sofa that long in your room. Every furniture piece and color complements each other exquisitely.

William T. Georgis’s panic room anticipated impending global catastrophe with a twirling disco ball, automatic weapons (reproductions, of course) and a Russ Meyer movie.

An homage to the “Bocca della Verità” (The Mouth of Truth) in Rome, John Ike’s room is a challenge to “be your truest self” in bed, he said. The bales of hay he used as side tables were “just an idea.”

The decorator Amy Lau had Jo Lynn Alcorn, a paper artist, make an installation of Maya Romanoff wallpaper.

World’s Most Stunning Skylines: FT

Guess who is on the list? Houston.

If you are like me, I have a great affinity for downtown skylines. Some people prefer great parks or beautiful ocean views. I happen to enjoy staring out onto towering concrete and steel structures. The Forbes Travelereight of the great urban silhouettes. came up with a list of world’s most stunning city skylines. Check out

Chicago: From modern skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center and the Sears Tower—the world’s tallest high-rise building for more than 23 years ending in 1997—to earlier icons such as the 1895 Reliance Tower and 463-foot-tall Chicago Tribune Tower, completed in 1925, Chicago boasts a skyline of monumental proportions.

Sydney: More people recognize the glorious Sydney Opera House than have probably ever been to an opera.

Dubai: It was clear with the erection of the 1,053-foot-tall Burj al Arab Hotel in 1999 that the sheikdom of Dubai was bent on stealing the global skyline spotlight. Lest there be any doubt, consider that this year Dubai will be home to the tallest skyscraper in the world: the 1,900-foot Burj Dubai tower.

Seattle: Seattle’s location between Puget Sound and Lake Washington lends an impressive backdrop to its central skyline, of which the Space Needle has been the most recognizable feature since its completion in 1962.

Paris: It’s an absence of skyscrapers that defines the French capital’s skyline (with no usable surfaces, the Eiffel Tower doesn’t count). Thanks to its concentration of historic slate gray-roofed six and seven-story buildings, many of which date from the mid-19th century and before, Paris has a remarkably uniform skyline for a city of its size.

London: London’s Parliament and Big Ben “were skyscrapers in their time,” say architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat. “And today London has some amazing modern buildings, such as The London Eye and the Norman Foster-designed ‘Gherkin’ building, which looks like a giant pickle.

Houston: “Houston has the Transco Tower and also Pennzoil Place, two towers that kiss,” say New York architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, “and all three are Philip Johnson buildings.”

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh has one of America’s great unsung skylines.

Earth Day 2009: More Trees!

Thanks to everyone for helping partner with High Fashion Home and the Arbor Day Foundation. As of March 31st, 2009, we have now planted 3,554 trees. For every piece of furniture purchased, one tree is planted. 3,554 trees may seem a lot or it may seem a little. Either way, we appreciate everyone with helping us make a difference. Addressing our global climate change is bigger than any one person or organization. It’s going to take all of us to pitch in and contribute.

The benefits of one tree can make a positive impact for years to come:

  • One tree can absorb more than a ton of carbon dioxide
  • Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can control $31,500 of soil erosion.
  • Trees help maintain clean water supplies.
  • One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen a year.

Learn more about how you can help.

Earth Day 2009: Leonardo DiCaprio Visits The Green House.

Check out this video from Oprah. Leonard DiCaprio visits a model home for sustainability. DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most prominent figures in the fight against global warming. Every detail in the home is built with an eye for a safer environment and with the world’s future in mind. Learn how you might be able incorporate some eco-friendly elements into your own home.

Earth Day: How To Go Green

Have you started wondering what lifestyle choices you can make to help out the environment? Check out Planet Green’s How to Go Green index. So if you were curious about green laundry detergent alternatives or some green decorating tips for your home, their guide will cover A-Z how to make meaningful green changes to every part of your life.