Dig this! Robot Parade w/ real robots!

If any of you like quirky music with intelligent lyrics, you may know the 90's band "They Might Be Giants." I saw them in concert back in the day and fast forward...they are now making the best childrens music that you can find. Trust me, I know...I have listed to so much crap and finally found TMBG and not only do my kids love it, my husband and I do too. Love this clip:

Dig this! Robot Parade w/ real robots!

August PPD Trunk Show on Shelter Island

This past month I was asked to participate in a wonderful Petrie Point Designs trunk show at my friend Nancy McCarthy's lovely beach-beautiful store, Bridge Street Gifts. Since I have been lucky enough to spend the entire summer on Shelter Island (yes, it was heaven) how could I resist? Nancy's store is filled with wonderful housewarming gifts, home decor items, and a huge array of things that you can pick up on the fly for that last minute hostess present (or just for yourself!). The event could not have been more fun. I met so many people who complimented (and bought!) some of my collection and got to re-connect with old friends who were kind enough to come by and support me and the store as well. It was an absolute pleasure. Here are some photos of the trunk show...if you weren't able to make it just contact me and I can send you more pics! Even the view was simply spectacular.

Viva July!

Sorry for being MIA lately, but come July we pack our bags, ditch the city and take off to our favorite place in the world: Shelter Island, NY. We are fortunate enough to be able to retreat to our beach home for the months of July and August and we don't really leave. Lots of swimming, play dates, beach, and activities that get my kids to sleep in.

Here are some fun shots from a recent local 4th of July parade near by. It truly is a step back in time to see the veterans, home-made floats, vintage cars/trucks, marching bands, and...gorillas on bikes? Don't ask. Even a little quirky-ness in a parade makes it that much more fun.

Hope your 4th was filled with lots of joy and laughter!

I can SEA clearly now...

When I lived in San Francisco I loved either weekend or overnight getaways in either Sonoma, Mendocito, or Lake Tahoe. Any opportunity to be in a peaceful environment after a long work week was the perfect panacea for this city girl. Two places that I have been dreaming about lately are Costanoa and and Sea Ranch.

Costanoa is one different camping experiences I have ever encountered in the U.S. From its fabulously stocked general store to the Frette linen-lined fabulous deluxe tent bungalows (we ain't talking summer camp here...there is electricity and heat and simple yet chic interiors) that are set near the water it is such a breathtaking experience and takes "roughing it" to a whole new level. Even the out house is nice. Great for families or just to escape it all by yourself, if you are looking to take scenic Highway One to great getaway locale, this is it.

As for Sea Ranch, when I think of a tranquil escape that clears your mind Sea Ranch comes up first and foremost. Located on the Sonoma-Mendocito coast, between the massive redwoods and grassy bluffs Sea Ranch is so pretty. As one of the first eco-communities the accommodations are set so close to the water and cliffs that is is breathtaking. Bring some clams to put on the fire, good wine and friends and you have a recipe for rejuvenation.

Now for my shameless plug...wouldn't a Petrie Point Design piece look fabulous in either locale???

Gimme Shelter

In this month's House Beautiful is a wonderful wood-filled home that exists on Shelter Island that belongs to british couple Harriet Maxwell MacDonald and Andrew Corrie. As a fellow resident of the bucolic island, I do like the simplicity of their home and the natural touches. They also own a fantasitc store called Ochre in my neighborhood in NYC so am wondering..how come I don't know these people? They seem like an amazingly talented and smart duo. Harriet and Andrew: would love to get to know you!

Sunny Disposition

I love to get inspiration when looking for new style ideas. If it is for PPD, my home, my personal style, or for clients I get excited when I find something that not only brightens my day but makes me smile. Elva Fields is a collection of some of the most beautiful one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry that I have come across this year. Please check out her wares. The only dilemma is I want to own some of the pieces, but they are all sold out! Hopefully designer Emily Wheat Maynard will make more...pronto!

Gotta Hand it to Handey

I recently met a woman who was a rather "strong critic" of my work. She liked PPD, but had some interesting suggestions on how to improve the collection. Framing your daughter's bat mitzvah dress from the 90's isn't exactly the direction PPD is headed, but let me just say this person should take the advice of Jack Handey of old "SNL" days. It made me think of the best quote ever:
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes."

Maybe I should have been the one doing the "critiquing" that day. Yet, I wouldn't of wanted her nasty shoes.

Recipe for Nostalgia

Holy deliciousness!

Two things I love (that have very little correlation, until now): a relatively healthy morning muffin and the few iconic storefronts in my neighborhood. The old Vesuvio Bakery, now "Birdbath" bakery has answered my prayers.

Originally an 89 year old bakery with a coal burning oven, when Vesuvio closed it doors about a year ago the outpouring of sympathy was felt and displayed on its doorfront for quite some time. Enter Maury Rubin, who was able to resurrect the incredible store into a "green bakery" that has some of the most fantastic muffins and cookies that are organic and tasty. Not only if the food good, but Mr. Rubin kept the facade of the older establishment (I can recall many fashion shoots taken in front of the bakery back into the 80's) and gave the interior a very homey face-lift.

Despite some old school residents who feel that nothing could replace Vesuvio, I am rooting for Birdbath. If you are ever in NYC stop by. It's worth it just to walk past a historic site and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

The perfect Xmas gift for me...Lonnymag.com


One of the editors from my beloved and very missed Domino magazine has created a new online mag at www.lonnymag.com. I can't tell you how much I miss Domino, and although it isn't a direct replication, it is pretty darn close to the editorial content (and supporting advertisers...pretty impressive roster). I will keep my eye on the online mag and hope it continues to bring the creativity and chic flair that only Domino did so well.

Gearing Up for the Holidays: Dabney Lee does it best

I don't really consider myself that much of a "pre" planner, but I have to admit I have been thinking of Xmas/holiday cards since Labor Day. I love when people get creative with their holiday cards. Our neighbor (an elderly man who is quite a private yet kind artist) sends us a fun and unique card including a photo of himself embellished with a nicely photoshopped holiday outfit or accent. It is really very cute and touching.

I can't wait to reveal our holiday cards. This year our good friend Dabney Lee Woglom will be making our end of year greeting card. Dabney's stationery and home line is stylish and light, and she and her staff have a skill in determining each client's personal taste and incorporating it into each custom design. One of her patterns was taken from the wall paper we have in our bedroom and it looks fantastic as a backdrop on stationery or cards. Check out her two websites of her stationery and home lines and also her blog. Our cards will be modern, colorful and playful. Send me your address and maybe I can pop one in the mail to you too!

Fun things happening at PPD

I will be the first to admit I have been the worst at writing on my blog. Why? Two kids, some home renovations, husbands new job, etc. etc. However, I am in the midst of updating the PPD website and have some exciting new pieces that will be added AS WELL as a new look and e-commerce. Hooray!

I have also been working with some my best clients who have been adding to their PPD collection. Take a peek at two custom pieces that I've just completed (in this picture, they are freshly framed and getting ready to be shipped). I loved the red and white vintage suit with the "YMCA Little Rock Swim Meet" badge against the red matte, and the wool number with the stars is so darling.

Stay tuned once again!