Category Archives: living

5 Simple Joys: Seattle

I’ve always been a fan of the weekend trip: sufficient time to visit favorite spots, but not lingering to the point that you feel you’ve seen everything and wish that you’d booked an earlier return flight. (My motto: Always Leave Them Wanting More.) And so, after years away (we last visited in 2011), I found […]

My Stuff

One of my favorite recurring features in Vanity Fair magazine is “My Stuff”, probably because 1. it tends to feature interesting people; not just the celebrity du jour  2. I love details! and 3. I enjoy playing “could we be friends” based on those details. (For example, I’m convinced Sofia Coppola and I would get along: we’d […]

Susan Branch: Author Extraordinaire

Some people have all the luck. And then some people have both luck and talent. Susan Branch is one of those people; a natural artist who writes like a close girlfriend and lends an undercurrent of sweetness to everything she does.* My introduction to her work was her very first book, Heart of the Home […]

25 Years

Today my husband and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary … and as someone who writes a lot about fashion, and flowers, and stationery (and has a terrible sweet tooth), I thought it would be fun to put together an inspiration board for my wedding, if I were getting married today.* Dress  from Oscar de […]

Simple Pretty Chicago: 3 Arts Club Café

One of my favorite outings during last week’s mad-dash through the US was a leisurely afternoon spent at Restoration Hardware’s new Chicago flagship. The building, known as the 3 Arts Club, was built in 1914 to house women studying music, drama, and the visual arts. Empty since 2003, the site was gloriously renovated under the guidance of […]