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Oscar Inspiration

February 27th, 2015

I wait all year for the Oscars.  Not so much for the actual awards and speeches, but to see, “what she’s wearing.”  Inevitably the looks will inspire my clients dream rooms for the coming year.  It’s always great fun to reinterpret the fashion into furniture and accessory pieces.  Read on and learn just how fashion influences my interior design selections.


WHITE Lupita Nyong Calvin Klein

Lupita Nyongo dripping in pearls, by Calvin Klein

White Made Goods Helene

Can’t get enough pearls? Add them to any room with the Helene Mirror by Made Goods.

PEACH Jennifer_Aniston

Jennifer Anniston in Versace

PEACH Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang Collection

Peach Sheers

There’s nothing quite as soft and romantic as flowing peach sheer drapery.

Black White Reese Witherspoon Tom Ford

Classic and chic Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

Black White Kitchen

Create an elegant and streamlined black and white kitchen.

Turquoise Cate Blanchett John Galliano, who is the new head of design for Maison Margiela Tiffany Blue Book Collection

Cate Blanchett in John Galliano wearing a beautiful necklace made of turquoise

Turquoise Lamp Times Two Design Slag Glass Lamp

Bring in a gorgeous accent with your own turquoise lamp by Times Two Design.

RED Rosamund Pike Givenchy

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

Red Loloi Glamour Shag

Any room will exude passion with this red Glamour Shag rug by Loloi.

Graphic Blocks Naomi Watts Armani Prive Black and White

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Graphic Blocks Arteriors Monty

Graphic blocks with touches of gold shine in this Arteriors’ Monty Chandelier.

Emerald GREEN  Scarlet Johansson

Scarlett Johansson in Versace

Emerald Green Tony Duquette by Roubini Malachite Rug

Emerald in still going strong as seen in this malachite rug by Tony Duquette, available at Roubini.

BLUE Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen

Blue Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet Blue GoldHouse your drinks in style in this regal blue and gold in the Anna Bar Cabinet by Worlds Away.

BLACK Margot Robbie Saint Laurent

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Black Walls

Don’t be afraid of black walls.  They actually make rooms look bigger.

Tassel Margot Robbie

Van Cleef & Arpels antique Colombine necklace, originally made in 1938 for the Duchess of Windsor.

Black Tassels

Tassels are back!  Add them as a drapery tie-back, trim accent or tie to the end of a cabinet pull.

There were so many touches of inspiration represented this Oscar season, not only on the red carpet but in costume and set design.  It’s all so beautiful and fascinating.  Cheers to a new year filled with art, expression and beauty!


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Behind the Scenes at a Top Interior Design Firm

February 13th, 2015


We’ve been busy little bees over here!  As you know, our main job is high end, interior design of multi-million dollar remodels and new construction projects.  That could keep anyone busy for quite awhile!

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One of our favorite renovation projects in the Hollywood Hills

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Newport Coast, new construction project of an entirely different style and breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean!

But we don’t stop there, and if you want to succeed in business, neither should you.  It’s great to do award winning interior design projects, but if nobody knows about it, your firm won’t thrive.  Bill Gates once said, “it’s all about the marketing. A superior product with mediocre marketing, won’t succeed. ”

Since no one likes to “be sold”, so we keep our campaigns interesting, informative and fun with a heavy emphasis on video.   This week we began shooting our TV series Metro Makeover, starring some A-List Lovely Ladies: Top Chef Dakota Weiss, Celebrity Make-up Artist Elle Leary,  Wardrobe Stylist Raxann Chin, and little ole’ me. We all work our magic to transform a style-challenged slob into a METRO God. Shows like these and my HGTV Series, The Real Designing Women, give viewers a chance to get to know me, my style and what I do. 


Raxann Chin, Lori Dennis, Dakota Weiss and Elle Leary

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Cast and Crew taking a break between shots to have a delicious lunch at Peking Tavern, a downtown LA restaurant that was once a turn of the century bank – complete with the old vault.  Great food and great company!


At our firm we also understand that sharing what you know is the foundation of building trust.  That’s why I started Design Camp, the leading educational and networking event for interior designers. Every time I host an event, I have the opportunity to demonstrate my expertise, inner circle of contacts and how much I love what I do.   After discovering how many people around the world wanted to attend our continuing education events, we built  Design Campus, the online spot where design connects.  This week our team has been hammering out the final touches for our launch.

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The Design Campus Crew working hard on the launch!

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Filming videos highlighting the secrets for designer success.

If you’d like to learn more about how to succeed in business, find balance in your life and have a great time doing it all, let me lead the way!  You can check up on me here:

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Viva Las Vegas!

January 29th, 2015


Oh Vegas, you’ve done it again!

Vegas Market

 Better wear comfy shoes to walk these 3 building at Vegas Market

Entry Line

Excited campers picking up their goodie bags and heading into camp.

Phillips Collection Eggs

Phillips Collection gifted everyone a sculpted Kalimantan Egg.  If your egg rattles when shaken, it’s a good luck magic egg!  Hand-inscribed with symbols of time on the exterior, each egg is different.

Last week was such a crazy fun whirlwind between my time at the Vegas Market, Design Camp and KBIS.  Before touring all the showrooms and checking out the latest items in our Insta-Hunt, we started Camp with a gorgeous vegetarian brunch hosted by Jaipur Rugs.  They always throw fantastic events with the most healthy and tasty dishes, and this was no exception.


Global Views

I spy rose gold on the forecast…always a stunning showroom at Global Views.

Hip Hacienda Pillows Jaipur

I loved these Hip Hacienda pillows from Jaipur

Sunpan Modern

Black is always in style at Sunpan Modern.

Noir Lighting

Noir, showcasing their new organic chandeliers and their ever popular slanted bookshelf.

Star International

Star International showing a little British Love.


Tre Chic Indeed!  These are fantastic outdoor lounge chairs from Lexington Home.

Lamps Plus

Lamps Plus, filled with so many options and styles and colors.

Four Hands Desk

Tight on Space?  This Four Hands desk is perfect!


Fermob offers seating in every color of the rainbow.

After our mini-camp, we headed over to the beautiful Natuzzi showroom for a cocktail party to mix and mingle with other designers and vendors from all over market.  What a blast!

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 Posing with Mr. Natuzzi himself.


Best Bed Ever Natuzzi

I fell in love with this bed at Natuzzi and just wanted to crawl inside and take a relaxing rest.

Rounding out the week at KBIS, was my P.I.C. Kelli Ellis’s launch party for her new collection at Tile Bar.  These tiles are truly stunning!

Tile Bar Kelli Ellis


KBIS is like Toys-R-Us for designers.  You walk in and your eyes get wide and everywhere you look – up, down, side to side – fills you with overwhelming excitement and you don’t know where to begin.  It’s filled with the most beautiful and creative innovations and technology in kitchen and bath design.   I left completely inspired and ready to tackle my new projects.  Ready, Set, GO!


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