"In imagining and creating our collection, I look to fashion, architecture and global culture for inspiration. I’m always striving for elegance in the home AND the closet."
Creative Director, Interlude Home Trendspotter, Businesswoman, Explorer. Foodie. Step-Mom. Wife.
From time to time, I need to write about topics other than home décor. As much as we all live for design, I am also obsessed with fashion, food, culture and yes, manners. I was brought up in Baltimore and although it's not the Deep South by any stretch, there was a formality that permeated through society. Basic manners were expected (at least I thought they were basic at the time), both while interacting with others and at the table.
AND TODAY? What's going on? When did people start saying "No problem", in response to "Thank you"?
No problem? What?
As you can tell, it's really getting to me. I recently witnessed a young man (20's) hold the door for an elderly lady (very nice, yes) and as she looked at him and said, thank you, he responded with, "no problem."No problem? Like it was ever a problem to hold a door for someone? Or, it's
This month of celebrating was a blast. Which, for my waistline wasn’t so great, but for enjoying myself, was sublime. Carl and I recently moved into a new apartment, which we’ve been renovating for about a year. (I can’t wait to show you more in future posts…) That being said, our kitchen is a bit away from our living room, so I realized in about two seconds how important trays are when carting hor d’oeuvres back and forth…in high heels nonetheless. I’ve always loved them placed upon an ottoman with a sprinkling of beautiful objèts or books, but honestly, true practicality was never my focus. That is, until now.
So, I divided trays into two categories for future development: 1, usability, portability and design and 2, purely decorative (ie: heavy or low sides). For sure there’s a need for both, but for serving you need them to have both form and
As the Thanksgiving kick-off is now behind us, the holidays are rapidly approaching, which, depending on the type of person you are, either stresses you out OR you start singing. Personally, I love to entertain, so the holiday season gives me an excuse to fill our home with family and friends.
Ahhh, and what to wear... Well, this season it's ALL about velvet, so I treated myself to a few new pieces. I'll rotate my black, three-quarter sleeve blouse with of-the-moment cropped, flared jeans, and Aquazzura Sexy Thing heels (really, tha's what they're called) for the more casual, yet festive evenings. And for dressier occasions, I'll pair the sleek pair of black velvet trousers with an ivory, silk, ruffled blouse, and slip on the same Sexy Thing heels. Add some jewelry and a smoky eye and I'm ready to go.
That being said, back to the fabric du jour... I
Although our inspiration comes from many different sources, fashion is our driving force. I just can't help it. First of all, it's my background, secondly, I love it and lastly, I have a crazy admiration for designers and their creative passion. It is just endless and boundless and the opposite of risk adverse. The use of leather is a perfect example, especially this season. It was seen all over the runways and is bursting into every category.
While I'm spouting about leather, let me share a secret bespoke belt source in the city of light. And, who doesn't want to go to Paris? These tiny boutiques are called Losco (20 rue Sévigné or 5 rue de Sèvres) and they're designed to look like apothecaries with little drawers, cabinets and surprises everywhere. First, you choose your belt, color, and design from the myriad of choices, next, pick your buckle, and then stumble through your mediocre French to have it assembled, sized and voilà! A unique, perfectly fitting and of course, c
Ok, so I'm going to tell you about one of my all-time favorite items. One we created out of a simple and basic need... THIRST! Remember the last time you held a drink and had nowhere to put it down because a cocktail table was too far or an annoying stretch away? Or, when needed a little side table to accent a beautiful sofa? I do too. So, a few years back, we developed a new category… "the drink table!" After seeing their popularity rise, we now have over 50 styles in luxe and sophisticated singular or mixed materials. Like acrylic. Marble. Petrified wood. And lots more.
Here are a few of my very favorites, and do peruse lots more at interludehome.com.
Leaving the fashion business after thirteen years was quite a step for me… Like many businesswomen, my identity had become completely intertwined with what I did every day (Associate Publisher of W Magazine). I knew I had to jump, so I did and somehow, I knew my creative energy would resurface in a new and exciting way. I just didn’t know how.
Then I met Carl. Home décor. Love. Modern & sophisticated. Absolutely. Living with luxury. Hello!
One new marriage and three step-children later, here I am. Not only did I inherit a new family eight years ago, but an adventurous globetrotting husband who grabbed (or should I say yanked) me by the hand and swept me off to India. And Indonesia. And Vietnam. And that was just the start. I was hooked. World travel and a deep connection with global art, culture, food and people was in my blood. The icing on the cake was getting to translate my amazing new discoveries and love