Master Class: David Easton

Anglo-American Exchange

David Easton and I were introduced 15 years ago.  I’d been asked to make the curtains for the advertising campaign of his collection for Lee Jofa.  At the time I thought his particularly zany sense of humor was at odds with his restrained talent.  We had coffee in his conference room last week, and I’m … Continue reading Master Class: David Easton

Master Class: S Russell Groves

Defining Modern Glamour

Tiffany & Co.     Shanghai, China S Russell Groves, the architect behind Tiffany & Co.‘s incredibly successful visual re-boot, is as charming, elegant and understated as the wares of the luxury retailer.  It’s no wonder he was tapped to be the creative vision for 5 of the firms recent additions.  We met through a … Continue reading Master Class: S Russell Groves

Master Class: Jamie Drake

Full-on Courageous Color

  I met Jamie Drake while visiting a friend in the Hampton’s nearly 25 years ago, and luckily we’ve remained friends ever since.  Over the course of that quarter century, I’ve watched his unique sense of style and fearless use of color chronicled in the pages of every important glossy – garnering him a spot … Continue reading Master Class: Jamie Drake

Master Class: Jane Churchill

Thoughts from England's Best Decorator

I spent 12 years as the co-owner of a curtain workroom in New York City and have since done consulting work with other workrooms.  Last summer while on one such project I answered the telephone, and to my surprise it was Jane Churchill on the other end.  She was in NY helping a client with … Continue reading Master Class: Jane Churchill

A Celebrity and Her Wardrobe Master

My chat with Christie Brinkley and Wayne Scot Lukas

Photo Courtesy William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC ……………………….. “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman” -Coco Chanel ………………………… Christie Brinkley is a supermodel, spokeswoman, actress, Broadway star and entrepreneur.  Her skincare line, Christie Brinkley Skincare has proven to be wildly popular.  As one of the most recognizable faces … Continue reading A Celebrity and Her Wardrobe Master

Master of Illusion

David Amini ~ Beauvais Carpets

When Beauvais Carpet moved from their showroom on 57th and 3rd to its current space at 595 Madison a decade ago, people gasped.   Re-locating from the area considered the epicenter of New York interior design to a building monopolized by Madison Avenue’s high end art galleries seemed questionable to everyone except David Amini, Beauvais‘s … Continue reading Master of Illusion

Lemons, Reinvention & Rizzoli

and my morning gratitude list

‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.’ Sounds easy right?  I can say from experience that it’s not. Like many people in the design industry, the 2008 economic meltdown helped teach me exactly what that phrase means; and for a while things were very difficult.  I know many of you can relate. I set about … Continue reading Lemons, Reinvention & Rizzoli

Fashion: John Galliano

The troubled designer teaching at Parsons The New School for Design

Photo courtesy ivillage.ca ………………………… By now you have probably heard the rumors, and the subsequent confirmation this week, that John Galliano will be teaching a master class titled ‘Show me Emotion’ at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.  The class will be offered to BFA candidates with a minimum 3.0 GPA. … Continue reading Fashion: John Galliano