Design by Nature

A beautiful book from California-based designer Erica Tanov.

A Refresher Course

Setting The Table

It’s always good to have a refresher on how to properly set a formal table.

Faucet Goals

Brass is Back

Updating the faucet and hardware in my kitchen is my next project and I’m considering brass—it looks so fresh right now.

Kitchen Update

Not Your Basic Black

Move over stainless—black appliances and cabinetry look chic in the kitchen. Jenna Lyons’ apartment is a perfect example.

North Shore of Long Island

Rooms with a View

This 1868 colonial with a separate cottage has breathtaking water views across Long Island Sound to Connecticut.

H&M Home

Stocking Up on Hostess Gifts

I know that it seems an odd time of year to be thinking about hostess gifts, but when I see something great, I’ll pick up a few and save them. H&M home has some nicely priced items.

Fave Rerun

Black Shade Chic

I’m a big fan and having just one in a room is quietly impactful. They are great on a sconce and chandelier, too.

Architectural Digest

‘Modern Family’

My old friend Brooke Metcalfe’s historic English manor is in AD and I love every piece in it—especially the botanical prints and wallpaper.

Pieced Together Perfection

Runner Goals

Writer Christine Lennon pieced vintage rugs together to create this runner–it’s an inspired idea.

Upper East Side

A Colorful Classic Six

This bright and spacious Upper East Side pre-war apartment is a gem. The colors and fireplace in the dining room are perfection.

Fresh Herbs In Winter

Vertical Gardening

It’s time to bring the garden indoors and I don’t like to have plants on every surface in my house. This is something I’ve wanted to try.


“Happy Valley”

Hamish Bowles visits with Alexis and Trevor Traina at their magical Napa home and Oberto Gigli’s pictures are terrific.

Architectural Digest

Designer Hillary Thomas, Beekeeper

In the last 48 hours, the most reposted story award goes to designer Hillary Thomas’ Presidio Heights home in AD—and with good reason, it’s phenomenal.

GOOP's Home Detox

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This is a big topic in my house, especially with my daughter’s focus on food waste. She’s discussed the ‘ugly food’ movement on her blog, BakeLogic, so I was happy to see it covered in GOOP’s Home Detox Guide.

The Tory Burch Blog

Jane Scott Hodges at Home

The Tory Burch blog profiled Jane Scott Hodges, founder of Leontine Linens, at home in New Orleans.

Eco-Friendly Dishcloths

The Best Present

My family gave me these Swedish eco-friendly dish cloths and they are amazing. I love that they can be reused up to 200 times!

Pillars Design

Vintage Gifts

A “meaningful gift giving” post from the owners of Gray Antiques and Interiors in Baltimore. Vintage finds, even from my own pantry, is a really good idea.

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On My Wish List

Gorgeous Green Glass

Green is my favorite color (okay, pale yellow, too) and these handpainted Murano wine glasses and bowl are lovely.

Home Inspo

Do You Mix-Up Your Chairs?

This always looks great, when someone else does it—I don’t seem to have the knack, or chairs.


The Organized Home

I confess, I did not follow Marie Kondo’s tidying up credo, but I am going to try many of the the suggestions in Remodelista: The Organized Home—they are really simple, chic, and practical.

Pink & Green

Leaf Love

These Tory Burch dishes are so pretty and would be great hostess gifts.

Quick Fix

A New Shower Curtain

I love an all-white bathroom with colorful D. Porthault towels, but a fab shower curtain is the same concept and would be super impactful—especially in a guest bath.

Kitchen Goals

Cool Chairs

This dreamy kitchen is from The Mine — I especially love the chairs.


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Palais Keep It Chic

After 20 years casting models for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and fashion shows, I wanted to spend more time with my daughters. In 2010 I launched the fashion and lifestyle site Keep it Chic so that I could work from anywhere. Now, welcome to Palais, an interiors-focused sister site to kic that will include home decor and real estate—I can't be the only one who likes to peruse chic properties online the same way I shop for shoes, handbags, and table linens.


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Preston Davis is a real estate salesperson for Daniel Gale / Sotheby's International Realty.