Dec 16, 2011

Maison de Luxe

I relish the opportunity to experience the work of fellow designers whenever the opportunity arises. I mean really, there are simply not enough glossy magazines on the market to publicly showcase the work of the many talented designers on the scene today. Luckily, LUXE magazine and the city of Beverly Hills realized this and brought to us "Maison de Luxe" - a designer show house featuring many of my favorite designers.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Morrocan inspired bedroom was a lesson in style and masculinity. Featuring many of his own fabrics, the space was simply stunning.  Barclay Butera delivered his signature all- american contempoary style in the second floor family room with class and sophistication.  Sheldon Harte and John Henry Kaufman remain ahead of the curve bringing drama and a mysterious glamour to the first floor lounge.

My favorite? Nathan Turner turned out the rec. room with timeless style and impeccable global detail.

Barry Dixon's wrap around drapes and clever layering of furnishings - brilliant! It's a TIE.

For more images visit "the peak of chic" blog where I conveniently borrowed mine from.  Apparently they did not get the same reprimand I did when I tried to snap a few photos for my own blog.

Nov 5, 2011

Design Gives Back

What a pleasure to feature these amazing and generous interior designers in my Home Trends Guide for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine this FALL.

Luxury furniture manufacturer Jonathan Franc has collaborated with top interior designers as part of a philanthropic effort to promote design through giving. Brothers John and Frank Bossone, owners of Jonathan Franc, extended a very special invitation to some of the biggest names in interior design to sketch a custom piece of furniture for this unique opportunity, then turned to their amazing design team to realize each designer’s vision into the “Design Gives Back” collection.

Benefitting organizations such as American Cancer Society, amFAR, and Autism Speaks, just to to name a few - this very exciting opportunity to support and give back is at the top of our list of holiday gift giving recommendations. To view the entire collection pick up the FALL ISSUE of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine at select booksellers.

Sep 18, 2011

DRESS CODE Strictly Enforced

I'm obsessed with the new Dress Code furniture collection from Italy, making its US debut at Cantoni. Inlaid horn, coplanar doors, mirrored glass, lacquer and chrome accents, and oversized seating are just a few of the distinguishing marks of this elegant and refined furniture line.

Robi Melerba and his family have worked with Cantoni founder Michael Wikkov for years. They have conceived and crafted this new luxury line to add to the others they produce at their Itlaian factory.

I can not wait to visit my favorite Cantino Showroom in Irvine to experience this sexy and sophisticated line of modern furniture.

Aug 12, 2011

Designer CRUSH

I have a confession to make - I have a little crush. You know, the 8th grade kinda' crush that makes you want to give up your lunch money and carry her books to class. Her name is Kelly and she's fantastic! Some days I find myself staring into space and imagining the two of us frolicking through a flea market gathering vintage finds together. Other days I imagine us jetting across the globe from one exotic destination to the next designing beautiful spaces together. There is something about her unapologetic design style that has me smitten along with literally thousands of others. The glamour, the texture, the unexpected, and the TAUPE. I simply love it.

In all seriousness, it was such a pleasure to feature Kelly Hoppen in the designer profile section of the Summer issue of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. Her brand is a household name around the globe and is synonymous with luxury, glamour, and sophistication. Hmmm, sounds like a magazine I know. Pick up the latest issue of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine at select booksellers now to enjoy the full feature story. To tour Kelly's most recent design collaborations with Regal Homes click here.

Jul 15, 2011

Dear Windsor, thanks for sharing...

While all of Southern California was buzzing about this weekend's freeway closure and the havoc that it will inevitably bestow upon commuters, my attention was focused with laser beam precision on one thing and one thing only - The House of Windsor (and seeing it before access is squelched to anyone south of the greater L.A. area).

With only one day to spare before the tour concluded (the final day to tour is actualy the 17th but for anyone on four wheels - your chances are slim). I navigated my "carmageddon" equipped Mercedes Benz directlyto the gates of the exquisite ranch style home where the real journey began. Distracted at every turn by shiny baubles and vintage finds I was forced to retreat, collect myself, and refer to the provided floor plan to gain a sense of flow for the sprawling yet cozy compound.

As I strolled from room to room I felt "at home" in my surroundings. I especially aprreciated that for every "oooh ahhh" moment there was a "hmmm, will you look at that" moment around the corner. Windsor and her team of designer pals really talked this one through and the result was a truly cohesive and engaging tour. I could go on and on but I think that the designers themselves explain the experience best in their promo videos on Veranda's Online You Tube Channel starting with an overview from Windsor Smith herself and related video interviews from the participating designers.

In the mean time - here are a few promo pics to hold you over until the 360 tour is available online in September on the Veranda Unveils website. The entire home will be featured in the October issue of Veranda on sale September 20th.

Jun 22, 2011

Art & Light

This sexy light sculpture stopped me in my tracks and I could not wait to share it! Designed by Lindsey Adelman, "Burst" combines hand blown glass and brass evoking a cool nautical theme with a chic post modern vibe. The trend of light as art is gaining popularity in residential and commercial design adding a layer of visual interest to the all important aspect of light and space. For more inspiration check out

May 21, 2011

Inspiration in The Windy City

An impromptu trip to Chicago this week has turned into a trip filled with design inspiration and a first hand look at the diversity of art, design, and architecture that makes being a designer so exhilarating and fulfilling. My visit to The Merchandise Mart had me zig zagging from one amazing showroom to another but ultimately landing at their version of our California Design Showcase House. Conveniently located on the main floor of the Mart, this long term but temporary installation featured 9 of Chicago's top interior designers and some of the newest and most innovative design styles, techniques, and products.

If you find yourself in the greater Chicago area now through December 9th (yes, the virtual home is on display for 7 months) I highly recommend a visit. You can also tour the dream HOME online where you can read designer profiles and obtain product information from the comfort of your own dream home. Here are a few pics of my FAVORITE spaces...enjoy.

Foyer: By Buckingham Interiors + Design

Bedroom: By Michael Abrams Limited

Kitchen: By SNAIDERO and Shawna Dillon, ASID

Apr 5, 2011


Every now and then the most unique opportunities present themselves, and for design visionary Steve Hermann such opportunities often manifest in the form or striking architecture and an all encompassing style of living. When faced with a 3.5 acre piece of land surrounded by oak trees in the California coastal enclave of Montecito, Hermann instinctively knew that this was an opportunity unlike any other. Enveloped in total privacy, the land beckoned for a space that connected seamlessly with it's surroundings.

Read more about this amazing residence in the new SPRING Issue of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, page 36. be sure to also check out my Luxury Kitchen & Bath feature on page 44-45.

Mar 13, 2011

What's a WINNOW?

The term originates from the process of separating the usable portion of the wheat kernel from the not so useful straw and chaff. The folks at WINNOW Gallery & Goods have cleverly integrated this concept into a Home Boutique filled with "usable" home goods and original art.

My introduction to this lovely boutique just off of PCH & Tustin Avenue in Newport Beach just happened to coincide with an artists reception which meant a full house of fans and faithful customers. I can see why devotees have made WINNOW their go-to place for gifts and the occasional self indulgence. Owners Linda, Brad, and Jamie could not have been more pleasant and before I knew it I had a glass of wine in one hand and a few unique finds in the other.

Some of my favorite finds: MUD Australian Dinnerware, Hand Made Soaps, Colorful Canvas Totes, Garden Accessories, and one of a kind Vintage Items. This is one of those places that you don't want to tell your friends about because all future gifts will come from here, then upon further consideration you realize that "sharing" this gem of a boutique is the responsible thing to do.

Do the right thing... share and enjoy.

Why we LOVE Newport Beach

Principal Designer, Rick Campos of Christopher Tracy Interiors is featured in the current issue of Newport Beach Magazine where we share what we love about Newport Beach along with a few Interior Design tips and trends to help make your home the very best that it can be. Click here to view the entire feature, page 20-21.

Feb 18, 2011

Luxury Twist

A recent visit to B&C Select at the Laguna Design Center seemed more like a visit to Rodeo Drive when they shared the exquisite line of faucets, knobs, and door handles by THG. Known for their use of precious metals, stones, and Lalique crystal, these jewels are right at home in the most luxurious baths in the world, mega yachts, and private aircrafts.

To add some serious BLING to your next high end kitchen or bath project visit the folks at B&C Select to view the entire THG line. The entire collection can also be viewed at

For the love of DOG

I'm guilty of having two of the most pampered pooches in the OC and I am constantly on the look out for great new pet products and design trends to spoil not only my own hounds but also those of my design clients. From kitty condos to puppy compounds the sky is the limit and just when I thought I had seen it all I stumbled across this...

The folks at Bradco Stainless Products re-create cluttered drawers into organized storage for everything from aluminum wrap to k-9 cuisine. This clever pet feeding drawer keeps clean bowls and kibble at the ready and they will even engrave fido's name on the lid. Integration is the key to an organized and efficient kitchen so ditch the tupperware and add this slick functional pet feeding drawer to your list of kitchen improvements. See more stainless steel integrated drawer solutions at

Feb 12, 2011

Elements of STYLE

Artist Allison Berger uses age old glass blowing techniques to create one of a kind pendants for her custom chandelier installations. Etched by hand, each pendant is an artistic interpretation inspired by the translated text from Leonardo Da Vinci's sketch books. Groupings can be arranged in a multitude of configurations, creating a truly custom contemporary crystal chandelier.

See more Elements of STYLE in my current Home Trends Guide for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine page 42.


Nestled in the foothills of Phoienix, AZ is a study of harmony between nature and structure. Designed by Chen + Suchart Studio as an homage to the iconic Camelback Mountain beyond, their innovative design combines architectural vision and a commanding view to achieve this contemporary masterpiece.

It was such a pleasure working on this architectural feature for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. See more at page 34.