Monday, September 30, 2013


Well, it's a marvelous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I'm trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the night's magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush.

-  Van Morrison, Moondance

photo by me via instagram

Habitually Chic Update

Sorry for the radio silence for the last few days.  I was finishing up my keynote address before I left for Cleveland and didn't have much downtime to post while I was away.  I want to thank everyone who came to hear me speak at the Ohio Design Center and bought books at the signing.  It was lovely meeting you all! I especially want to thank Amber Gallihar of Lief Karson for showing me all around Cleveland. I fell in love with all the homes in Shaker Heights including the famous Van Sweringen house above.  Of course the beautiful autumn weather didn't hurt either. It was funny how many people told me they grew up in Shaker Heights after I started posting photos on Instagram.  The residents seem to be as chic as the houses. 

Since I was over that way, I decided to puddle jump down to Pittsburgh to spend the weekend with my family. Sometimes after six years of blogging, a little break is needed to recharge our chic batteries.  Thank for understanding! 

Lake Erie looking lovely on Friday. 

The trees were already starting to turn in Cleveland. 

Pink sunset behind my house Friday night. 

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Visiting a pumpkin patch in Ligonier. 

Falling leaves in Ligonier.

Before heading to the airport on Sunday, we visited Henry Clay Frick's home Clayton in Pittsburgh.  My father would be upset if I didn't mention he is fourth cousins with the steel magnate.

The Greenhouse at Clayton used to supply flowers to all the other Frick homes including the one on Fifth Avenue in New York. 

The Car and Carriage Museum at Clayton was a chic treat. 

All photos by me via instagram.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Making Room for More Art

As a follow up to yesterday's post, I thought it would be interesting to look at art in some less traditional places.  The design world loves to hang art in kitchens and baths and even some closets but not sure if everyone else is on board with it.  I certainly would be careful not to hang any priceless works of art in a steamy bathroom or anything to close to the stove without glass but why not prop a painting up on a shelf of glasses. As an avid collector, I'm always looking for anyplace left to display art and I might start on the closet next. 

via House Beautiful

via Emily Jenkins Followill

via Elle Decor

Kitchen of Kate and Andy Spade. 

Kitchen of Kate and Andy Spade. 

Aerin Lauder Kitchen.

Bill Blass Closet. 

Art on doors is a great idea when you've completely run out of room! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More is More

I ran into Terron Schaefer, the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer for Saks Fifth Avenue, at the Five Year Anniversary party for the WSJ.Magazine during fashion week.  He said he was thinking of me because he need inspiration for his new apartment.  As you might have seen from my book where his office was featured, he has a large collection of photography and art that he wants to display it gallery style on two walls.  Instead of sending him photos or directing him to my Pinterest page, I figured why not share my suggestions with you all.  While I've posted gallery walls here and there, I haven't devoted an entire post to them since 2011. You can see it here. It also gives me an excuse to post a photo of the new Edition Hotel by Ian Schrager that just opened in London, above. They've got their own fabulous gallery wall of painting. 

Bill's Food & Drink with interiors by Meg Sharpe is one of my favorite places in New York. 

Design by Laura Fenton and Nate Berkus

I found my own art wall online when looking for images!

Thomas O'Brien

Home of Julia Leach of Chance Co. 

Wall in West Elm Headquarters by Angel Dormer. 

Sleepy Jones shoot in the apartment of Kate and Andy Spade. 

Home of John Demsey in Elle Decor. 

Home of fashion designer Lela Rose.

Home of John Demsey from Elle Decor. 

Ryan Korban

Beth Rudin DeWoody via Elle Decor. 

Home of Thomas O'Brien. 

via Elle Decor

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