Here you’ll find images that express the aliveness of design. What inspired me in the world? What does a project look like as it is being installed? It is design in process. Often, these are my own rooms, which are, for me, the ultimate design laboratory. Thanks for looking!
Aspen is a movie set. Winter, spring, summer or fall. It’s enchanting. My clients purchased this home in 2007 and lived with the standard builder ski lodge finishes (much too orange pine with dark green accents) until they couldn’t stand it any longer. Having lived in Stockholm and Norway for 20 of the last 25 years, we decided to bring Scandinavia to Aspen by lightening the entire shell to a chalky white, bleaching the floors and logs and filling the rooms with a mix of 18th C. Gustavian storage pieces, vintage worn rugs, old school curtains and lighting of organic materials - twigs and plaster. We accessorized imagining a carton of pieces arriving from Europe - 18th C. French tapestry, 18th C. Swedish candlesticks, pewter chargers, textiles from Persia and Morocco, sheepskin throws, Fortuny and old needlepoint pillows. Inside or out...it’s magical.
When I found this 18th C. screen for a song at H&B Gallery in Minneapolis, I had to find a place for it in my new but very small apartment in Minneapolis. This is the back side of the screen, once belonging to the Pillsbury family on Lake Minnetonka. The coincidence? I’m now working on that house with a favorite client! Coco Chanel is reported to have owned 32 screens. Good enough for Coco. Good enough for me.
I’m working on the 5th home for this client. This time it’s an Edwardian in the Mission District of San Francisco and it’s so easy to find common ground. Lorie loves what I love and vice versa. Found the robot piece at a local vintage shop. Several of the pieces came from 1st Dibs at the New York Design Center, one of my favorite places to shop. Another note: I’m loving black lamps and lampshades these days.
From my own little 1940 cottage on Folly Island. I’m trying to keep it neutral and quiet. But curtains are coming.