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Snapshot #7

I’m bringing back the “Snapshot” posts…a quick look at something that interests me in design now. (Really there’s no excuse for not doing this every Tuesday, as everyday… Read more »

Dreaming of Rome

The Bulgari store men’s watch gallery incorporates a marble floor using a pattern from the Pantheon. With my trip to Rome 3 weeks away, the great theater of… Read more »

Sensing Time

On my desk at home sits one of my most prized possession. This is an inexpensive, white card board model designed to reflect the movement of natural light… Read more »

Good Design

Good design should stand the test of time. Here’s one of my favorite projects I completed before working at ODADA. I renovated this Victorian home in Noe Valley.… Read more »


Dust covered Pierre Jeanneret Chair in Chandigarh. In a wonderful backward flowing narrative, artist and film maker Amie Siegel tracks the fortunes of an office chair, from discarded… Read more »

Ombre’s Seduction

I love ombre. The shifting color feels like the fog, concealing one object with another.  Ombre feels perfect for San Francisco, which is often concealed in fog, and… Read more »

Serpentine Gallery

This past summer, Sean and I spent a lovely afternoon walking from Buckingham Palace through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, to see the Prince Albert Memorial and stop… Read more »

Color Trends

I love vintage color catalogs for homes, cars, and appliances. I have stacks from the 1920’s to 1970’s. These are snapshots of where we were and where we… Read more »

Rothko-esque Pillows

Check out these pillows from West Elm. Perhaps inspired by Mark Rothko’s Color Field paintings, or Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract expressionist “soak stain” oil paintings . These pillows are a great… Read more »


Sometimes a white box is just boring. So we add paint or wall paper to personalize and animate our living space. Sometimes, especially in lofts, color and texture… Read more »

Fog Art+Design

A curated collection of art and design will be presented at Fog Art+Design show this weekend at Fort Mason Center, January 17-19. If you are curious about what… Read more »

Snapshot #6

It’s hard to imagine that a facade like this can create such an uproar amongst architects and designers (I know a lot of you might think it is… Read more »

Alexander McQueen

I am currently reading “Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy”. The stories remind me that design is something that is nurtured within ourselves and supported by good… Read more »

Hotel Cafe Royal

When in London this past summer, I ate at The Café, the tea room designed by British architect David Chipperfield as part of his renovation of the Hotel… Read more »

Snapshot #5

We live in such a unique place. The San Francisco Bay Area is at the center of innovation in so many fields that actively question what the future will… Read more »


San Francisco design has taken a big Italian leap forward with the opening of the Valentino store at Grant and Geary. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the… Read more »

Snapshot #4

Swarovski crystals, LED lights, and gravity.  These three components come together in Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s new chandelier in the Gabriel Staircase at Château de Versailles. The 800 Swarovski crystals reference history,… Read more »


If you are braving the crowds at Union Square this holiday season, you might want to take a break and pamper yourself with lunch at Hakkasan. Open a… Read more »

Snapshot #3

  I have been thinking lately about how we live in traditional spaces. Do we merely replicate the styles of the past, or do we incorporate aspects of… Read more »

Art All Around

Two art galleries are currently surveying the art scene in San Francisco. One show highlights conceptual art from the 1970’s, and one is more about craft in the… Read more »

Snapshot #2

This private dining alcove at Monsieur Bleu restaurant at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, is casual, luxurious and very modern. It doesn’t hurt that the space started with… Read more »

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