15 December 2017


Olivia Caponigro is a member of the Creative Services team at F. Schumacher. Her job takes her from Schumacher's Instagram to Schumacher's fantastic 'The Bulletin,' she works on the Wallpaper Sourcebook, along with the company's monthly mailers.  I've met Olivia through email while collaborating on one of their creative and informative emails. Today, Schumacher's creative dynamism is unmatched in the design industry!

It's not too late to give—or put several of these FIVE fabulous Gifts Olivia offers up on your Wish List! (I'll take the book, what else!)

In our latest issue of The Bulletin by Schumacher, we included a story on fashion illustrators— and ever since then, I've been obsessed! This book is the perfect gift for anyone who loves both art and fashion

Living in NYC, all of my friends tend to travel a lot on the weekends, especially around the holidays. This is the perfect weekender, here, for the jet-setter in your life. 

I already own a slip pillowcase, here, and it's become one of my favorite things about going to bed at night. Your family and friends will thank you for this many nights to come!

Marble is so classic. This clock, here, would be the perfect addition to any gallery wall.

Are any of your family members planning adventures for 2018? If so, this is the perfect camera for them to bring along! The camera— here.

I hope you and yours get everything you desire this year— I wish you all health & sanity!

12 December 2017

Schuyler Samperton: Christmas Giving

Schuyler Samperton's list of Christmas Giving this year centers around her discoveries on Instagram. In putting it together she wrote to say, "I wanted to celebrate my creative friends - either those I’ve already known or those I’ve met through Instagram."

Let it SNOW! 
Schuyler accompanied by her constant companion Tricky—an Instagram star!

I adore these necklaces from my friend Liseanne Frankfurt – they’re found at her Venice, CA store LFrank and are made of a selection of antique African and Indonesian beads, shells, and 18K gold beads, each strung on an adjustable leather cord. I love the idea of layering them with abandon! Find the collection here. 

Of course, I got this book, here, the second it came out but I love it so much I want a copy for every room in the house.” Miguel’s exquisite eye makes everything look sublime from Carolina Irving’s divine Paris apartment to Umberto Pasti and Stephan Janson’s magical home in Morocco.

 Gardenias. For me, they’re an unexpected alternative to the poinsettia or the amaryllis. The packaging is also gorgeous – it comes in a very glamorous, glossy black box! Send them from High Camp Supply here

I love the simple, elegant lines of the SAC 2 – it’s a modern classic that’s good for both men and women. It will be great for carrying our fabric samples! here

Each skirt that Jen Walsh of Emerge Designs here on Instagram, creates custom and handmade skirts from African or Dutch Wax printed cotton.
Jen Walsh in one of her creations.

Schuyler was in Dallas recently and wore her Walsh skirt. I saw her post on Instagram and WOW! It was an IG sensation & a hit to the JAMES Showroom in Dallas where her collection of fabrics is available. This has been an incredible year for Schuyler—launching her collection, & seeing antique fragments or patterns in her mother's scarves.

Schuyler wearing her Jen Emerge Designs skirt standing alongside a skirted table made from her Calendonia fabric, the color—Grasshopper. 

09 December 2017


I was so thrilled to finally meet Olivia this fall when I was in Santa Barbara. She and her family are living on the Pacific Coast there. A California girl— and that's reflected in her blonde good looks, & easy style—that's peppered with great panache. Polished, yet effortless, she's the hands-on mother of three darling daughters. This year has seen her moving back to California, and starting a business that reflects that effortless style. The caftans of OLIVIA JOFFREY are inspired by the ones her mother wore. See them here.

This year she offers a few Christmas giving ideas and of course wouldn't mind receiving one of these treasures herself.

My friend Stuart Mesires of LADYBUG VINTAGE, here, in Chicago curates the most fabulous vintage costume jewelry that looks great with a caftan. I recently gifted myself a maltese cross that I wear on my waist with a sash. I have a few friends who would appreciate this kind of irreverent jewelry from girlfriend to girlfriend.

SCANLON APPARATI here, makes the most exquisite cartonnage accessories like this desk "boat" for business cards, paperclips etc  They are sold at Hollyhock in LA. the next time I am down in LA visiting my manufacturer, I plan to stop in and buy some of the tissue box covers, and perhaps a little miniature stage for my daughters.

For the men I know, A MAN & HIS WATCH would be a cool book to give. I met the author Matt Hranek when he was in Santa Barbara earlier this month. He is a very funny guy. So many great books have come out this year: How They Decorated, Haute Bohemians to name a few favorites. This book is a granular analysis of the dying art of the men's watch seen through the eyes of some famous 20thC men. The significance of the person who gives it to them, the inscriptions, like a tiny love note, is rather moving. It's beautifully packaged with a hard case.
Find it here.

Every time I walk into this tiny Montecito shop, MATE GALLERY I emerge with a true gem. They carry vintage seamen's blankets, nautical flags, full sets of vintage Hardy Boys books, surfer lip balm, little wooden nail brushes in the shape of a whale. They have pretty block printed napkins and unworn old Op shorts from the 70s. It is my go-to place locally for hostess gifts. They have an outpost in the Hamptons, and an online shop too. See it here.

When I lived in San Francisco I would lose hours in this tiny shop, BELL'OCCHIO here off Market Street run by the haute bohemienne Claudia Schwartz. I buy my little girls antique ribbon from her supply that we use in their hair at Christmas or as curtain tiebacks. She also carries an assortment of pretty paper, earrings, decor and magnificent matelasse boxes made custom for her in France... Her style is very feminine without a hint of twee. Her style is even a little subversive: sometimes she carries absinthe in little carafes.

 I love the idea of giving ribbon—as I child I wore my hair long and through the years I've collected all kinds of trims and bits of ribbon like Olivia. I've started wearing them again—going through a second childhood? `PGT

05 December 2017


MILES REDD, photograph by Melanie Acevedo

The ever practical and charming MILES REDD has plans to GIVE, and perhaps GET these 5 great Christmas presents this season. Mr. Redd took a little time out from his busy decorating schedule to share his LIST.

I am mad for Mollie Keane, and a good read is really one of the best gifts because it is really the gift of mind expansion! This is a pricy set, here, but the paperback of Good Behavior is a great starting point and about 11 bucks.

I love skin care, and this is a wonderful exfoliator, here. You do need to update this thing now and then, and it is time for a new one.

I love the movies and this is a great theatre right around from my house, with wonderful independent films, would love a gift card from here

I had a mess of wires under my desk and this lady arrived, labeled each wire and put them in a tidy box, and removed unnecessary stuff. She also did my napkin drawer. I want her to come back and do my closets! The Clutter Whisperer here

Would love a day pass to just soak and relax. I am a Pieces and love the water.

Check back the Weekend for another INSTALLMENT!


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