Help Wanted

I am busy, busy over here being an author.  I love saying that!
This is the biggest, scariest thing I have ever tackled to date but that isn't stopping me.  I need  your help.  As I am thinking about the myriad of things that go into writing a book, the #1 goal is to solve a problem for my reader.

If you were reading a book about how your home can heal you on a deeper level, a holistic approach to live your most joy filled, authentic life ~ How can I serve you?

What would you want to learn having to do with how your home is a part of a bigger picture?
The connection between home, mind, body, spirit.

Are you interested in -
                                   better relationships
                                   interconnection between chakras, gut health, positive psychology and home                  

What areas do you struggle with?
                             not enough; time, money, happiness
                             thoughts that cause suffering
                             showing up for yourself

I really want to know anything that comes up when  you think of these questions!  You would be helping me steer my book in a clear direction that hopefully would encourage you towards transformation on your own hero's journey and of course the role your home plays.

Feel free to comment here or drop me an email at

                                                         Thank you

Say Whaaat?

I have come to a fork in the road. I have decided to do something that has been on my mind for some time now. The only thing that has stopped me from taking this next step is fear.  Is fear even a real thing or  a story we tell ourselves to keep us safe. I don't mean safe as in we are literally in danger, I mean safe as in keeping us in our comfort zone. Not taking a risk, playing it small. Life is too short to play it small! SO ~

                                                   I AM WRITING A BOOK

                                                              WISH ME LUCK

Ham and Cheese Please

A magnificent 1920's Palm Beach mansion I pass fairly often is affectionately known as the Ham and Cheese House because of the bands of brick and coral stone design.  It is a sight to behold and not just because of its eye catching exterior.  

Designer Susan Zises Green was tasked with the job of updating the decor of this locally famous Italian Romanesque home originally called Casa Eleda  (Adele backwards, named for the wife of  banker Mortimer Schiff, who built the home). 

With 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space,  Zises Green had her work cut out for her.  She had to create modern day livability from a gilded age mansion.  She wanted to" lighten and brighten" in an effort to "create a joyous environment" for their children and grandchildren. 

Original architecture; moldings, mantels, chandeliers and more remained to honor the home's history and the architect, Maurice Fatio's vision.  Ocean views on one side and lush garden views on the other make very room a room with a view! 

 "The house deserved to have its history show" Susan said.  Large rooms were made more intimate with several seating areas.  I imagine the colors were inspired by the patina of the original floors,
ceilings and quintessential Florida architecture.  Creams, corals and dusty pinks speak to the terra cotta and brick while the "lettuce green" Venetian plaster clad dining room walls took its cues from the incredible hand painted and coffered ceiling  as well as the plantings beyond. 

The stunning kitchen by Offiine Gullo is very "of the moment" but has a vintage feel.  This Italian company prides themselves on creating modern masterpieces.  No detail was overlooked in this kitchen, including a pizza oven.

The dark media room is a nice respite from all the brighter spaces.

The gardens and hardscaping were designed by Mario Nievera.  He and his partner also has quite an impressive resume.

I feel so fortunate to be able to get a peek inside this fabled home that I drive by.  I could see idling many a happy day here.

photos: Francesco Lagnese,  top exterior:CLI

Ode to Karl


They say everyone is replaceable but it is unimaginable to think of Chanel moving forward without Karl Lagerfeld.  He made Chanel relevant for generations.  Karl carried on Coco's legacy; honoring her vision but reinventing it over and over, making it modern and keeping it at the top of fashion's "most wanted" lists.  The fashion shows became spectacles and the most coveted ticket to get.   Where would fashion be without the  boucle jackets and tweedy looks mixed with pearls, metals and camellias?

The most prolific designer of our time, he not only designed six collections a season for Chanel, he worked with Fendi, Chloe and his own namesake line.  He was a photographer, often photographing this own advertising campaigns and he was a filmmaker or rather a storyteller.  Karl wanted to be a one man muti fashion phenomenon.  I think he succeeded.

Karl was known for his "karlisms," funny, now iconic quotes that will live on forever.  I thought it would be  fun to revisit the best of them.

"Elegance is an attitude"

"Trendy is the last stage before tacky"

Gio Staiano

"The fashion of no- fashion is still fashion!"


"I'm a working class person, working with class"

Cindy Crawford via instagram

"I don't like standard beauty, there is no beauty without strangeness."

Ganzalo Fuentes

"Don't dress to kill, dress to survive."

"What I love best in life is new starts."

" I'm very much down to earth, just not of this earth."

Valerio Mezzanotti for NOWFASHION

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."

He was not without controversy. He has taken stands on subjects not particularly popular and was not always PC.  One of his "karlisms" I have to disagree with was his comment; "I think tattoos are horrible.  It's like wearing a Pucci dress forever."  I, for one love Pucci!

Roland Weihrauch

Forbes said in an article published yesterday, "his passing permanently marks the world of fashion:Before Karl Lagerfeld and After Lagerfeld."

Kips Bay Palm Beach ~ part 2

Back to our coverage of the Kips Bay show house that is still going strong, as evidenced every time I pass by, now thru Feb 20th.  We were downstairs ~ now we go upstairs.

The bathroom by Krista + Home was spectacular with its book matched marble, custom built-ins for everything including a bar, for pregaming, before a night out (or in).

Jason Arnold rook a different approach and did an "un palm beach" look.  His room was inherently dark so he went with it.  Phillip Jefferies velvet covered the walls creating a sumptuous lounge like feeling.  Sculptural pieces of furniture and well placed lighting made it really cozy and gave us the impression  a well traveled couple might live here.  The photograph is by  Bastian Woudt.  His sobering  photos of the Ugandan people help support local clean water projects.

David Mitchell Brown used soft water colors in his soothing master bedroom. They may be soft at night but they are energizing in the morning.  We already know that de Gournay wallpaper shimmers and dances in the light so adding the citrine drapes, crystals, reflective night tables and mixed metals all make the dance that much more dazzling!

Stair and hallways are notoriously difficult but Billy Ceglia did such a cohesive job.  Inspired by a picture of a graphic gown he had hanging on an inspiration board and his friend and photographer Nick Mele, he was off and running.  Yards of Kravet fabric with an added graphic punch and oodles of photos by Nick grace the connecting corridors.

If you have not heard of Nick Mele  check out his instagram account .  He creates wonderfully quirky photos starring himself, his wife and 2 kids, in ordinary settings but with a twist.

Danielle Rollins was inspired by the Palm Beach sunsets and I can attest to the sky looking this color often, on a perfect night.  You do feel enveloped by it!  Danielle said she was conjuring the 1970's vibe of  "Pucci during the day and Halston at night."  Her new collection of ombré colored art for Wendover art hangs in a large grouping on either side of the room.

With a sumptuous bed, a bathroom, a bar and this fab little patio, there is really no reason to leave.

Leanne Yarn of Yarn Design Associates calls her blue lounge the home's hideaway.  Playing off the view of the water outside, blue and silver are the predominate colors and blue chip art give weight to the room while it still remains calming.  The custom bookcase doors are covered in coconut shells.

Amy Meier did a beautiful job outside creating an artful space in the loggia.  She wanted to highlight the flora and fauna and to do that she employed the help of metal artist David DeSantis.  He custom made the iron daybed and installation surrounding the fireplace mantle that could take your breath away.  Amy told me she kept saying to David, "more leaves, more leaves!"  The Sutherland  furniture beautifully anchored  the sculptural pieces throughout the area which gave the whole  environment more depth.