Category Archives: living

Flower House Detroit

Detroit artist/floral designer Lisa Waud is an innovator who finds (and develops) beauty in the most unexpected of locations. With plans over a year in the making, Waud, in collaboration with photographer Heather Saunders and a complement of florists, found an abandoned Hamtramck (Detroit area) property, purchased it for $500, and proceeded to turn its 18 […]

Favorites: February 2016

It’s mid-February: fashion week moves to London today, and the city feels on the cusp of spring. After a very warm December, we’ve been mired in cold, damp weather of late, which somehow has convinced me that it’s been a long, cold winter despite the evidence to the contrary. Every sunny day, I’m filled with […]

Vintage French Bullion Boxes

Filed under: instant obsession. Discovered during weekend wandering at Lassco Ropewalk (Maltby Market), these vintage Banque de Paris gold bullion boxes caught my eye. The pressed-cardboard boxes are utilitarian-sturdy, but are visually upgraded thanks to the rivet details. I’ve already designated one for Paris souvenir storage — bien sûr — and though I bought a set of boxes […]

Paris In Winter

Sometimes, it seems that the universe aligns to deliver the book you need at the exact moment you need it. This January, Paris In Winter was that book.* Written and gloriously illustrated in watercolor by Minnesota-based artist David Coggins, Paris In Winter (powerHouse Books $24.95) serves as a memoir/journal of his family’s annual trips to Paris, a […]


I continue to envelop myself in January’s quiet, poring over gardening magazines and taking lots of walks. A recent addition to my magazine habit is the English publication Gardens Illustrated — which oddly enough, I came across while at the Chicago Botanic Garden over the holidays. While flipping through the latest issue, dreaming of my future […]