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Bedrooms & Baths

Hey there…check out my recent piece in Bedrooms & Baths magazine!  This will be on newsstands for three months, folks! And I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Huge thanks once again to Jacqueline de Montravel at Beckett Media and of course, Lynn Goldfinger of Paris Hotel Boutique. What a lovely piece, ladies. We should all be proud!

The article features Lynn’s beautiful home and is all about Hotel Silver–with ideas on how to decorate with it, care for it, and enjoy it’s luster through the years.




Wall of Hats




Last Friday evening I photographed the Women’s Collection VIP Preview Party for Hlaska at their Fillmore store.

And what a success it was!

The event was so crowded, I barely had room to maneuver and shoot photos.

Hlaska is a cool clothing and leather goods brand, based in the Bay Area.

Every single luxury piece is produced with great care and consideration, entirely within the United States. From materials to production to final product.

This is the antidote to fast fashion and must-be-made-in-china thinking.

If you like what you see, and you like the idea of luxury products that are actually made in the USA, head over to their site and check it out.

Second Chance, part two

Second Chance, part one

Second Chance, on the Ingrimstraße, is one of my favorite shops in Heidelberg.

I always find interesting bits and bobs…

Baubles and trinkets…

Doo-dads and bric-a-brac.

A lot of people may not like the idea of buying used or old things…

But I say…

Some things get better with time.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

And, they certainly don’t make them like they used too.

Choose whichever idiom you like…

Either way, I find it a lot more gratifying to purchase something that can be re-purposed for another use…

Something with a history and a soul…

That wasn’t made in a factory in China.

So, in honor of second chances everywhere, I decided to photograph all of these wonderful treasures and share them with you!

By the way, this is just a glimpse.  As usual, there are more to come.


Stephen Jones Retrospective

In Antwerp, at the MoMu, we saw an excellent exhibit of the English milliner, Stephen Jones.

Hats have always been a fascination for me. And I own several.

Though not as many as my husband.

We both enjoyed the whimsy and theatricality of the exhibit. Not just the hats, but the way they were presented–on oversized pale lavender hat boxes perfectly replicated to match the boxes used by Stephen Jones Millinery today.

Some cleverly stacked to project videos of various fashion collections off their white tops.

The show is separated into four major themes: Adventure, Science, Rococo, and Glamour. With many sub-themes in equally interesting names like flying,  spotlight, blossom, volume, shangri-la, contrast, home, north, and artifice. As retrospectives go, there was an incredible amount of work spanning decades.

Stephen Jones is an extraordinary talent.

It’s no wonder so many fashion designers employ him for their collections.

My favorite hat, which is perhaps an odd choice, is the silver turban (above), with a POW!-shaped eye patch to go with it. I feel like it would be such fun to wear to a party. Though I can’t say I’d have the courage to don it for anything other than a costumed affair.

Another favorite of mine is the French Onion Soup (above, left)

Some of the hats are quite literal.

But all are clearly well-crafted, and undeniably fun to view.

I hear it is a traveling exhibit, so if comes to your area, I highly recommend taking a look.

#454: Old Fashioned