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Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

The variety of pinks that are emerging in my garden this week are magnificent.  From the soft cashmere of the Rhododendrons … to the vibrant carpets of Alyssums … to the bold faces of Sweet Williams, the pinks are on parade. Whether it’s sophisticated and subtle or loud and playful, the full spectrum of pinks in […]


Honeysuckle Inspiration

Honeysuckle Inspiration

Sometimes there’s no need to look further than your garden for color combinations that truly inspire.  Leave it to nature to mix palettes up in interesting and unexpected ways.  Honeysuckle, for instance. The very audacity of combining pink and orange!  Aren’t those colors supposed to clash?  But seen in the context of the lovely flowering […]


Mandalas

Mandalas

I don’t recall when or where I purchased this lovely carved, wooden purse – it was such a long time ago – but I can tell you that it stopped me in my tracks.  The materials and the craftsmanship are gorgeous. But the lovely mandala carved into the sides was what I found most irresistible. […]


Open Studio Salon

Open Studio Salon

When I recently had the chance to take a new, larger studio space, I imagined using it from time to time to gather people from different fields and backgrounds to discuss interesting topics, much like the salons from the 17th century.  The tradition of gathering creative minds together for intellectual discussion has been done many […]


A Peaceful Blue

A Peaceful Blue

There is a blue that I adore that seems to defy color classification. It’s not quite blue, not quite turquoise, not quite aqua. It’s soft as water but crisp as a Spring sky. It’s a sort of  ”I know it when I see it” favorite that I can’t always label and I’m not sure I want […]


Intricate Ironwork

Intricate Ironwork

On our family trip to Italy last summer, there was no shortage of beautiful scenery and architecture to take in. My creative mind was inundated with potential design ideas as I tried to document all the patterns and color stories around me. This is no easy task when you are also keeping tabs on two […]


Selecting The Perfect Green

Selecting The Perfect Green

When I design new patterns, sometimes the colorway is quite clear in my mind and the artwork follows … and sometimes that happens in reverse. But for this Spring collection for Wooster & Prince, I had both the pattern and the color crystallized in my mind: a fresh Spring green paired up with a graphic, silhouetted chinoiserie.


A Favorite Nantucket Artist

A Favorite Nantucket Artist

Katie Trinkle Legge is a favorite Nantucket artist of mine for her vivid, playful use of color and her slightly abstract still life style.


Studio Library

Studio Library

Because I’m drawn to a wide range of influences, periods and styles, I keep an eclectic mix of books on-hand for the moment when I can turn my attention to the new patterns and colorways that feel right for the next season.


A Royal Coral

A Royal Coral

As so often happens for me, the newest collection of patterns I’ve just finished was inspired by far-flung finds that have little or nothing to do with one another … other than a fabulous color!  For a new grouping this Spring, a delicious royal coral was my muse and served beautifully to pull together a […]


Cherished Japanese Porcelain

Cherished Japanese Porcelain

I’m so lucky to have six of these little plates hanging inside my kitchen window.


The Treasure Trove at Asia Barong Antiques

The Treasure Trove at Asia Barong Antiques

My family and I rented a darling old ski house this winter in West Stockridge, MA. On the way to the ski mountain in Great Barrington, there is an amazing Asian antique store and sculpture garden called Asia Barong Antiques (www.asiabarong.com).

On our latest jaunt out there this past weekend, I took a break from skiing with my boys and finally visited this incredible resource. They have an enormous selection of all sorts of antique woodcarvings, screens, pottery and sculpture.


Drawing On Antique Asian Woodcarvings

Drawing On Antique Asian Woodcarvings

Antique woodcarvings have always been a fascination to me. The intricate bas relief designs, carved so delicately into rich dark woods are works of art that speak not only of the artist’s eye for beauty and balance but also patience and skill.

When I admire the woodcarvings I’ve collected, I marvel at the amount of time, toil and effort that has gone into each piece. Here and there in my home, I’ve displayed structural remnants from beds, wall panels, ceilings, cupboard doors … all perfect examples of the most mundane functions made fantastically beautiful.


Neckties & cufflinks

Neckties & cufflinks

For so many buttoned-up-types in New York City, a necktie is the only opportunity to show a little design personality during the day.  Because I’ve always found inspiration in the intricate patterns on them, I thank heaven for the man willing to let loose with a loud, statement-making tie. The dense foulards in vivid colors […]