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Christmas was grand, now onto New Years! How’s your holiday going? (Photo via Madewell.) —Advertisement—

Christmas, Ballet & Tchaikovsky

This post was inspired by two hours of listening to Tchaikovsky. It makes me wish I lived in a place where it snows. I also wish I’d stuck with the ballet classes. My posture would be better. Why do the holidays bring up so many regrets?

Ten Ways to Give a Gift Card

The ever ubiquitous gift card has become my default holiday present for almost everyone on my list. It started a couple years ago when I was running behind, as usual, on my Christmas shopping. I just popped into a Vons grocery store and bought a stack of them. But then I was left wondering: How […]

A White Christmas

Not talking about the weather! Photos by the talented Dottie Angel (aka Tif Fussell) for her “12 Days of Joyfulness” series this month on her blog…. Among the things she’s joyful for this year: her partnership with Uppercase Publishing on her Grannie Chic crafting book, Dottie Angel. “I know this will be the year I […]

The Most Awesome Pinterest Book Boards

Blogger Alaina Buzas is a collector of books and book photos. She has, I think, the most awesome collection of book boards on Pinterest. She explains in a recent post on her fantastic books blog, To Be Shelved: “Work has been a real whirlwind lately, and obviously blogging has been lacking. BUT I have been […]

Things Inside Purses

I love this giant tote, filled with very cool things. It’s from the latest Anthropologie catalogue. I love to see what’s in other people’s purses. (Especially cosmetic bags! Is that weird?!) I guess it’s the sartorial equivalent of glancing inside windows on an evening walk. It’s fascinating to see how other people live their lives… […]

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Simple Holiday Decorating

I’ve been putting off holiday decorating this year, first because I was busy and now because I have a cold. It inspired my latest design post for Lamps Plus: Tips for quick holiday decorating. (Photo by Yvestown.) —Advertisement—

Happy Saturday

I’m hibernating this weekend, still fighting this cold. I haven’t done any decorating or Christmas shopping yet. Oh well. Humbug. Photo Credits: Schorlemädchen, Tiny Happy, Wild Goose Chase, Liivia, noele l. —Advertisement—

Holiday Giveaway: Sibella Court’s “Nomad”

Australian interior designer and stylist Sibella Court shows off all her global treasures in her new book “Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style.” One lucky winner will get a copy of the book! A sneak-peek: Leave a comment! Winner will be picked Friday THIS EVENING! And the winner is….

Sick Day

I caught my daughter’s cold. I’m at the worst stage: the sore throat. Going to bed… Will return soon! Photo by Hey Bubbles.

Allen to Keaton: “Greetings Worm…”

I read Diane Keaton’s book “Then Again” over Thanksgiving. She included a few excerpts of letters Woody Allen sent her while they were filming Love and Death. They’re so charming and — of course — funny. My recreation: “I was his endearing oaf. He was my ‘White Thing,’” says Keaton. “His insights into my character […]

8 Ways to Decorate with Table Lamps

A couple of these ideas might surprise you! {My latest Lamps Plus post.} Happy Monday!

Happy Saturday

I love Saturdays. It’s my day to catch my breath. My friend Elaine is flying back to Paris this afternoon. It was so nice spending the morning talking with her one last time before she leaves. (We’re trying to figure out a way that I can go see her in March!) My daughter’s team made […]

What are you reading?

I just picked up a newly published collection of Ann Beattie’s stories in The New Yorker. William Deresiewicz, author of A Jane Austen Education, reviewed the book for the December 12 issue of The Nation. His review begins like this: “Let’s imagine Ann Beattie in the early 1970’s. She was a thin young woman, bucktoothed, […]

Amanda Brooks’ Essential Classics

New York fashionista Amanda Brooks was recently named women’s fashion director of Barneys New York (My favorite store. Ever.) She’s been blogging on the store website and this week she did a post on her favorite (albeit expensive) fashion classics. Have a look: I love the green bag and the cape!! Actually it’s all fantastic. […]

Lamps as Art

I have so much stuff, sometimes I dream about tossing it all out — except for a chair and a really pretty lamp. (Steve Jobs lived that way for years!) Here’s the link to my latest Lamps Plus post on how to make a space interesting with just a hanging lamp (or two).

Happy Saturday

I’m very thankful for a quiet weekend. Things have been a little stressful here in our little town outside Los Angeles. A mighty wind storm blew in on Wednesday night, toppling trees and knocking out the power. We were without electricity for three days and, only this morning, the Internet came back on. The town […]

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