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100 Books Challenge

The arts enrich our lives in immeasurable ways and are a huge part of  la belle vie. And while I regularly attend art exhibits, concerts, and the theater I’m not reading as much as I would like and I know I’m not alone. Wanting to read more is one of the top new year’s resolutions year after year. As with many goals like this, I think it helps to...

Celebrating the Seasons

How many times do we find ourselves saying we can’t believe it’s almost the end of a year, a season, or some other marker of time? My mother says as you get older, the years seem to go by faster and faster and now that I’m a woman of a certain age (ahem) I have to agree. And as we grow older, it becomes clear the years are made up primarily of small...

Why Travel Matters

Throughout my life, travel has been my greatest teacher, greatest passion, and greatest source of inspiration. It has had a profound effect on my worldview and has shaped me into the person I am today. More than ever I think connecting with other cultures is so important and if we’re fortunate enough to be able to travel to do that, even better. Because...

How to Make Everyday Cooking Easy + My Six Favorite Non-Recipes

Food, glorious food! Eating well is a huge part of la belle vie and I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about, planning, and seeking out good food. Whether it’s a simple one pot dish at home or a Michelin-starred tasting menu, I live by the credo that it should delicious, healthy, and occasionally decadent. Obviously this is easy enough when...

How to Pack Smart and Stylishly for Any Trip

As I see it, there are basically three schools of thought when it comes to packing. Some people can throw some things in a bag, often at the last minute, and be perfectly content. Others like to pack practically everything they own and are not bothered by hauling extra luggage. Then there are the rest of us. We want to have the right looks for our...

Three Steps to a Happier Home: Declutter, Organize, Elevate

Having helped many people make their house a home and having lived in quite a few houses myself, I’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a home a happy one…… a home that just feels good…… where we love being. After contemplating these ideas for years, I concluded that we unnecessarily overcomplicate things. I’m all about getting down to the heart...

FTRB’s Top Hotels: the Resort Edition

Welcome to the second installment of FTRB’s Top Hotels. This edition is dedicated to resorts that made a lasting impression on me. What they have in common are their very special and unique settings, beautiful design, and wonderful dining which is important when staying in isolated resorts where you are taking most, if not all, of your meals on the...

The Original Leopard Parsons Chairs. An (Updated) Epilogue

Note: It’s been over five years since I designed these leopard parsons chairs and they are still the thing I get the most emails and DM’s about so I thought they deserved a blog post. I lost the old posts about them when I lost all of my blog content but was able to piece together this post using archives and backups. This was a follow-up to the first...

Must-Have Design Books of Fall 2018

One of the very best things about fall is the new crop of design books and the abundance of beautiful ones this year is off the charts. Here are five of the very best for fresh inspiration. And with the holidays upon us, they would make perfect gifts for the design enthusiasts in your life, too. If you are as obsessed with Cabana magazine as I...

Personal Style. Its Importance, How to Find It, and a Shopping Strategy

  Personal style is complicated. It could easily be dismissed as shallow and inconsequential. And sure, it’s not going to save the world but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Above all, it’s one of the key ways we tell the world who we are. Whether intentionally or not, we are communicating something about ourselves through how we look. It’s also...

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