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february/march 2011


premier issue

shop 877.762.2323 Savannah | Atlanta | Charleston | Houston


Table of Contents In Every Issue 6 Editor’s Letter 8 Editors/Lust List 10 Behind the Curtain: Contributors

We couldn’t have done it without their help!

16 High Gloss Is

The best presents for ladies and gents.

33 Pop of Color

Embracing color in one’s wardrobe and home.

32 If I Received this Invite…

46 High Glo

Our favorite pillows of the moment.

48 Transitio

Call: Pillows

A stylish blogger who embodies High Gloss style.

A behind the scenes look at the life of an LA celeb stylist.

To Market, To Market 30 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

44 Label Lov

34 Roll


28 One Day

Small accessor

With Valentine’s the corner, we c enough of Zinke

26 Blogger We

Sites we can’t get enough of.

42 Roll Call

Setting the tone for more than just the party with a chic invitation.

Our style, defined.

27 Click + Read

Must-have ward that endure the

36 What’s in

Your Bag?

Comedy darling Chelsea Handler shares her essentials for traveling in style.

52 Anchor, Workhorse,

Stylish must-ha

Our picks for na tricky time betw

50 Stylesett Haves

Two young taste us in on what th enough of.


Living wi

Reinterpreting décor in fashion.

56 Shop Tal

Fashion Files 40 Top 12 Investment Pieces

A look inside th studio of stylish phenom Jamie

128 Striking a Balance

drobe staples e test of time.

l: Clutches

ry, big impact.


s Day around can’t get e Intimates.

oss Guy

aves for guys

The cool, eclectic Los Angeles home of designer Tia Zoldan.

146 La Vie en Rose A Boston bachelorette thinks pink.

160 Modern Makeover 72 Putting on the Glitz

A colorful palette makes this home a stand-out in a traditional Houston neighborhood.

80 Breakfast in Bed


The dapper David Jimenez shares his inspiration for creating a stunning event.

Entertaining expert, Kelley Moore gives us some insight for serving a chic breakfast in bed.


on Pieces


avigating the ween seasons.

Our guide for the most stylish places in Napa.

ter Must-

Patina 178 Portrait of an

emakers let hey can’t get

ith Style


he home and h, blogging Meares.

Fashionista Louise Roe shows us the ultimate in ultimate in luxe living.


82 Valentine’s in the Valley

HG sets the table for a girlsonly gathering.

112 Rise to the Top

A legendary San Francisco penthouse gets a breathtaking makeover.

The modern, abstract work of New York artist, Nicole Cohen.

180 Worthy Cause:

Pencils of Promise

The young founders of this organization are making a huge impact for children around the world.


A Note from Our Editor: Paloma Contreras


ounding High Gloss has been a complete labor of love and the result of taking a huge leap of faith. Since leaving my career as a high school Spanish teacher four years ago and founding my blog La Dolce Vita, I’ve been so touched and impressed by the level of camaraderie that exists in the world of social media. It gave me the opportunity to explore my passion for design and fashion and connect with like-minded individuals. My amazing editorial team is among that group. We met through our blogs and bonded over our shared love of everything from Missoni patterns to the Barefoot Contessa. “Why a digital magazine?” you ask. The answer is simple. A digital magazine is essentially an extension of what we’ve developed through our years of blogging. I wanted to take what I love so much about the blogosphere a step further to create inspired, high-quality, original features. It’s a natural opening for something greater, harnessing our love of writing, styling, and design and putting it into a tangible product. Through a mix of interior design stories, the latest in fashion and accessories, and exciting features on some of our favorite travel destinations, we aim to bring you fresh, glamorous, and stylish ideas about how to approach your everyday life. We’ve had the great fortune of working with some amazingly talented people for our premier issue, whose work we are thrilled to share with you. It’s taken many sleepless nights, a multitude of accrued frequent-flyer miles, and the unconditional support of our families, but I speak for the entire team when I say that it’s all been worth it! I have never felt more passionate about my career or felt more fulfilled. We hope you fall in love with High Gloss as much as we have. Thank you for your support. I look forward to getting to know you and hearing your feedback Every Good Wish, PALOMA’S


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LUST LIST GET TO Know the high gloss team and check out what they’re currently coveting.


has an addiction to design move to Buenos Aires in a heartbeat dreams of waking up in her century modern home.


anthrop $1298


KYLE KNIGHT a Dallas girl who has a weakness for sunshine, Apple products, monograms, Jack Russell terriers, Greek key and anything Hermès.

pieces $585

windsor smith $5900


ER Hermès $3475

ABC carpet $3500

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books, would heartbeat and her own midempiric studio $1025

Shopping addict whose ideal day begins with a trip through Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and ends with sipping cocktails at a Swank hotel bar. Irene Neuwirth

nza Schouler $1595

Waylande Gregory $295 andy warhol


peter dunham $125 / yard

Hermès $2500



resides in Boston’s South End and hopes to one day own a pink sofa and a boutique.

Haute Papier Holly farrell painting


Blackberry Farms $92


a north easterner living in nashville, refusing to give up her Jersey accent and trying to save the world one hand-written letter at a time.

behind the


meet the contributors of high gloss


Julie D

You can find Jul magazine racks a Los Angeles in se worthy enough to of High



David Jimenez

Alcira Molina-Ali

VP of Visual Merchandising for Hallmark Cards and designer whose day is not complete without a walkthrough, a punch list and a Venti-sized Cafè Misto.

Scribe and founder of The Nero Chronicles blog with a thing for dark chocolate bonbons and beetles in boxes.



A lawyer by day an by night, Averill lo and reading histor Tudor E

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lie perusing the and book stores of earch of designs inspire the pages h Gloss.


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nd design blogger oves dachshunds rical fiction about England.


Kelley Moore

contributing Editor:

Caroline Patience

Kelley is a Lifestyle and Entertaining Expert who designed her first party at eight years old, and since then she has been reinventing the art of entertaining from Paris to LA, and sampling Gelato around the world.

A New Yorker who recently transplanted to Sydney with an insatiable appetite for upholstery and hand-crafted paper products.



Haley Schultheis

Franki Durbin

Haley grew up with an ardor for style, decor, and changing clothes on a whim. She is an avid reader and enjoys fashion, museums, socializing, espresso, and of course- magazines.

Designer Franki packs her venti-sized personality and energy into her demitasse frame.




Michal Spitzer

Amanda Teal

Bradley Agather

Suffers from: wanderlust, magazine, product AND design addiction, and resource sharing disorder (RSD).

An SF based interior designer who loves travel, ethnic textiles and bold patterns, vintage jewelry, and scouring flea markets for forgotten treasures.

Bradley loves trave photographs, pink pe filled brunches. A weekends designing j black Papil



Sarah Winchester

Rachel Meiring

Sarah is a photographer, designer and adventurer, who loves a great consignment shop find and eating her body weight in queso dip.

Rachel, along with her husband and one other partner, owns a photo studio in Kansas City, where she also enjoys running, reading and sipping red wine.



Daymon spends in Seattle but trav for creative in unexpect


Floral design:


r & Alison Gross

Jennifer Keszler

Grey Crawford

eling, Slim Aarons eonies, and mimosaAlison relishes her jewelry alongside her llon, Ziggy.

Founder of The Proper Poppy and freelance floral designer/stylist who loves cozy striped sweaters, taking way too many photos with her iPhone and most of all-spending time with her family.

After going to photo school in upstate New York, he realized there was better light out west and returned to California. He’s been shooting architecture and interiors ever since.


n Bruck

most of his time vels often looking inspiration ted places.



Douglas Sterling

Dustin Peck

A photographer, winemaker, fly fisherman, and janitor, depending on the day.

Dustin has been told how well he photographs people, but it is architecture, interior design and landscapes that are his real passions. You know, things that don’t move or talk back.


Web Guru:

Alyssa Alward

Tim Rauter

Alyssa Alward is a midwesterner at heart, lover of calligraphy, flea market finds, framed flowers and riding with the top down.

Writing code, Will Ferrell movies and eating jam straight from the jar makes him strangely happy... his wife can only sigh and roll her eyes as he dips into his daily jam delights.



Maura Nealon

Anisha Lakhani

Maura Nealon resides in San Francisco where she is on a perpetual quest for white bauer pottery and the perfect chai tea latte.

Anisha Lakhani lives on the Upper East Side with her two shitzus Harold Moscowitz and Luigi Maestro; they love home decor and fashion, and spend far too much money on cab rides downtown.

Grey Crawford Photography

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“Create a stir with classic linear cut crystal barware. ”


Ralph lauren $35-$130


“Large scaled and chunky jewelry adds a glamorous touch to any outfit and is a great conversation starter.” banana republic $39.50

“This wallpaper creates a dramatic and unexpected atmosphere.”



Florence Broadhurst $448 / Roll

The ultra-glamorous Woodso nod to Hollywood’s Golden A well as in their wardrobes. T specializes in high style.

“Any glamorous room must have a noteworthy ‘over the top’ pair of lounge chairs.” Downtown $8,800

Classic, hand made Millinery ooks to adorn your perfectly coiffed head.”

Leah c. couture millinery “Vintage glass and crystal chandeliers add moody shimmer and glitz to dress up any room.” Downtown $8,800


Hollywood Glam

on & Rummerfield always give a stylish Age in their interior design work as This fabulous, Los Angeles-based duo

“Vintage cufflinks are the quintessential accessory for the well dressed man.” cufflink king

“Like diamonds are a girl’s best friend, every glamorous space needs a good accoutrement--like a swanky bar cart.” dragonette $1400

“Animal Prints! This Rug Company rug by Diane Von Furstenberg is to die for.” the rug company

“This faux-b of high-end and 1950s.”


nate berku $279.95

IN EVERY ISSUE “The silhouette of this Phillip Lim dress is classic and chic while the hot pink color and jeweled neckline add a modern twist.”

“The lines of this champagne flute gives it such an elegant feel.” Crate and barrel $9.95

As stylish as the cit Gibbons is a young chronicling her love popular blog, SoHau

3.1 phillip lim $725

“Additional seating for guests is always necessary!”

“There’s nothing more chic than a pretty crystal vase filled with beautiful pink peonies…my favorite flower!”

Jonathan Adler $595

kate spade $125

bamboo coffee table is reminiscent d French designs from the 1940s ”

us HSN “What else would a modern-day Holly Golightly have on her coffee table but a tome devoted to her style icon Audrey Hepburn?”


City Chic

ty she hails from, Nicole New York designer e of design through her ute. “This pillow from Jamie Meares’ stylish online shop, Furbish, would go perfectly with the refined looking Lauralee sofa.”

Audrey Hepburn: A Life in Pictures $15.28

“A little bit of zebra always injects a bit of sex appeal into a room.” west elm $599

furbish studio $50

“One of my favorite lines from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is when Holly says: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before!’” Veuve Clicquot $71.99 “I love the graceful silhouette of this sofa. It’s sophisticated and feminine.“ jayson home & garden $1,795


“I live to serve old fashioned hors d’oeuvres-- this one is a favorite.” deviled eggs


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“Last year, a friend wrote a book and I had a bouquet made from its pages. These flowers are chic and wildly original.” birch

Charming and sophisticated with twist, Alexis Swanson Traina, Cre Swanson Vineyards blends Europ with California ease.

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“Brilliant addition to any outfit.” Elizabeth Yarborough Bangles $33-59

”Not sure which of my Leron linens are my favorites: the lilac or canary yellow!” leron linens

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de for the wo young children.”

pedicab $3440

“A late night specialty of the house!” la boulange cookie dough

“My sister Veronica Beard and her eponymous sister in law launched their namesake clothing line devoted to reinventing the modern uniform. Their signature Fall ‘10 jacket has been an outrageous success and the perfect go-to staple.” VERONICA BEARD BLAZER $945


“Obsessed. They are so comfortable!”

“Oh my God, so good. It’s the food of Southern Royalty! Ha!”

J Brand skinny jeans $160

Pimento cheese

“Worn it for years.”

With her mo Pieces owne means to be

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“As an ob compulsive clean cannot be w my dust “The perfect go-to winter boot. They look great with almost anything.” prada $680 “Hydrangeas: so pretty and Southern!”

“My favorite pattern with a subtle punch of citrus yellow.” pieces $550 “Our Goat Pouf at Pieces. It’s to-die.” pieces $1800


Southern Charm

odern sensibility and eye for vintage style, er, Lee Kleinhelter is redefining what it e a Southern Belle.

bsessive n freak, I without tbuster!” dyson $219

“Always refreshing and in walking distance.” YOGURBERRY

“I actually bought my husband this watch, but have ended up wearing it more than he does!” cartier


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Kelly Ottinger is the stylish voice behind our favorite new blog, Kelly Market in which she chronicles her love of everything from old films and vintage flea markets to the latest design trends and fashion collections. When and why did you start blogging? September 2010 – I’m a newbie. I feel that blogging combines my creativity and love of learning…daily posting really pushes me to seek out new things and stay current. Where do you turn to for inspiration for your blog? Everywhere! I focus on is products and resources and I am constantly on the prowl for both. I try to stay in the know by reading magazines and blogs. I think an editing eye is essential - I am quick to bookmark a website or tear out a page if I see something I like. You never know when you might need it! How would you describe your style? Pertaining to wardrobe and home, I love starting with a classic base and mixing in layers of eccentric and unique objects. Accessories, be it a cocktail ring or a piece of art, can really make (or break) a look. What would you say is the most exciting thing that has happened to you as a result of your blog? The best thing so far has been the friendships I’ve made with other bloggers. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the outreach and support from the blogging community.

“I have an affection for heavy gold jewels, especially vintage pieces like this Chanel link bracelet.”

“I would love to own a James Nares painting one day. The movement, color, and bold brush strokes are very inspiring.”

“I collect colorful trays I love them not only for their decoration, but also their usefulness. This Hermès ashtray I received for Christmas is one of my favorites.”

Justina Blakeney & Faith Blakeney


Blogging sisters who specialize in style and sustainabiltiy

Angela Hardison, Raquel Raney & Lindsay Tingstrom


Daily inspiration from a creative studio in Scottsdale, Arizona

Geri Hirsch

Because I’m Addicted The journey of an LA girl addicted to fashion and style

Click &

Lauren Willhite

color-collective Color inspiration through fashion and photography


MORE blogs we READ & love

Sara Ryhanen

Garance Dore

Swoon-worthy flower design from Brooklyn

French illustrator turned fashion blogger, taking snapshots of her life


Karen Klopp

What 2 Wear Where Devoted to eliminating the stress of dressing for the busy woman

Jenny Komenda

LITTLE GREEN NOTEBOOK Home decor inspiration and chic DIY projects



with Shannon Wollack of Life.Style.

Styling celebrities. Designing high-end star-studded parties. Most people can Luckily for Shannon Wollack, the found Style, she gets to do all three. Shannon designer Ashley Steen and interior des successful business sharing their unpa clients. Here, Shannon gives us a look

7:30 AM Start replying to emails and

phone calls from my East Coast-based clients. This is also when I focus on my High Gloss work.

8 AM Molly, our intern, works the morning shift before school. On her to-do list today are returns from a recent styling job.

11 AM Pull clothes at Post 26 for an afternoon fitting.

11:30 AM Pop into Calypso Home, our go-to shop for interior design items and gifts. Today, we’re doing research for a lighting project.

2 PM Take a break

before my next meeting to quickly check emails and slip on a pair of flats. I can only last in heels for so long!

d interiors. Planning posh, only dream of such fanciful tasks. der and creative force behind Life. n and her two right-hand girls, graphic signer Brittany Zwickl, have built a aralleled style and savvy taste with at a day in the life of Life.Style‌

10:30 AM

Hit the Brentwood Country Mart, my favorite place to shop in town. Ash goes to Botany Flowers to prep for an interior photo shoot tomorrow.

9 AM

Brittany and Ashley arrive; we make wallpaper selections for a client presentation later today.

11:45 AM Stop by Sugar Paper, a LA-based stationer, to pick up invites for a party on the horizon.

12 PM Lunch meeting with our client to

discuss wallpaper selects, materials, and budget for his home. Brittany does all the drawings for interior projects.

7 PM

3 PM Arrive at the CBS

studio for a fitting with Holly Robinson Peete. We’re organizing her dressing room and selecting outfits for a slew of upcoming events.

Dinner and drinks at my favorite restaurant, Katsuya, with High Gloss contributors to discuss a future shoot.

Comme des Garรงons $100


emily elizabeth $30


eden & eden $68

Holga $48 sophia blanc de blancs $19 Penguin $27 Elva Fields $208


Tense wood watchES $150

Blaze Cotton Herringbone Throw $225

Saddleback Leather Co. $104

kate spade $95

persol $235

chocomize custom chocolate bars $6


Kiehl’s $15.50 Molton brown $56

j. crew $18.50

moxi $299

Hermès $170

Romeo + Jules $3

Valentine’s Day gift guide

For her, for him...things to covet and things to give. Bring on the good karma and shower the ones you love with gifts that go beyond flowers and candy.


If I got this invite


I w o u l d ... wear this Rachel Roy

put these on my ears Meredith Hahn

gift this Jonathan Adler $198

Kate Spade $154

wrapped in this Elum $3.75

toss this Party Shopper $3.09

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put my lipstick in this

POPof COLOR Prada $230

Winter Blues? Add a Pop of Color and get some Spring back in your step!

Marc by Marc Jacobs $98


Rebecca Minkoff $125

Mossimo $17.99

Yoox $79


Roll Call: 34 TO MARKET

pillows 4


burke decor $95

sayso design $38


5 modern chic home $110

6 Shop ten 25 $121


shop ten 25 $105

7 cococozy $280 abc home $600

room & Board $139

abc home $55

shop ten 25 $150

cb2 $34.95

shop ten 25 $125

jayson home & garden $495

sayso Design $38

jonathan adler $110

clayton gray $145

nest $189 shop ten 25 $44


body “ scented lotions do


Havaiana $24

LancÔme $18

a lot more for me than perfumes. bath & body works $9.50

tom ford $360

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Gucci $240

this carolina “ herrera travel bag was a gift- we just happen to share the same initials.

Carolina Herrera Duffel

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from “ I sign500anywhere to 1,500 books

wrapping UP WITH on a long flight. HermÈs $765

at every signing, so i never leave home without a box of Sharpies.

hat’s Your Bag, elsea Handler?

sharpie $1.49

, Chelsea Handler, tours the ing standup. Here she gives an exclusive peek of what’s in bag.

Liz Earle $70 paige denim $198

Elle Macpherson Intimates $62

have these in “ ialmost every color. Lanvin $535

belvedere vodka $39.99

Portfolio 11

Untitled Landscapes Douglas Sterling

Untitled 11 Limited Edition Giclee Print 12x34 $1250





TOP 12

Every new year brings new reso

less stressed, fiscally brilliant and ridiculou favorite ways to help make all that happen is buying better. Owning quality items you absol getting dressed easier, it will allow you to sav run and also avoid the dreaded buyers’ remo trendy purchase over $50.

investment pieces

1 23 45

Trench Coat Makes any outfit look chic, rain or shine. Burberry $1,995

Wrap Dress

Flattering on nearly everyone and a piece that can go from work to a date and then to a wedding.

DVF $325

Nude Pump You can pack these and only these for a trip and they’ll match everything. Plus the leg elongation benefits are a big one!

Stuart Weitzman $298

Gold Clutch

A go-with-everything staple for nights out. Lauren Merkin


Perfect Jeans The piece that you wear the most deserves to be high quality and of perfect fit. Hudson $187

6 78 910 11 12

lutions to be more healthy, usly fabulous. One of our s to focus on buying less, but lutely love will not only make ve more money in the long rse that inevitably follows any

Big Black Bag

An everyday bag in a timeless, ladylike style. Marc Jacobs


Gold Watch

Eternally chic and something you will one day pass on to your own fashion forward daughter.

Rolex $7,767

Leopard Flats

Adding a dash of attitude to any outfit.

Louboutin $775

Statement Necklace

A piece that makes a boring sweater or simple dress spectacular.

Assad Mounser $495


Tops off a dress or jeans equally well. Make sure the tailoring is exquisite. Theory $365

Brown Boots

With jeans or a dress these will get you through many fall seasons. Frye $498

Cozy Cardigan Something to snuggle in year after year. Crumpet $375


Roll Call:


No. Clutches


2 3


LAVIN $2,225

Jimmy Choo $550

4 5 6 7

Anya Hindmarch $545

Sammy Handmade in Ethiopia $215

Nancy Gonzalez $1,450

Heather Belle $325

8 9 10

Derek Lam $690

Kate Spade $275

Proenza Schouler $895

Paola Dangond $1,198

Yves Saint Laurent $550

Derek Lam $850

Kelly Locke $550

Anya Hindmarch $635.95

Fendi 212-920-8104



CÉline 212 339-3012


LAVIN $3,425

Diane von Furstenberg $425

Ralph Lauren $295

Zara Terez $238

Rebecca Minkoff $330

L'Wren Scott $1,295




Interview by HALEY SCHULTHEIS Who is the ideal Zinke woman? Truly, anyone could wear Zinke. Our designs are fresh, fashion forward and very, very versatile. We keep the silhouettes rather simple and embellish the pieces through fabric choice, pattern and accents like lace, ruffles, mesh overlay. It adds style to the pieces but keeps everything very wearable. Who do you design for? We design for the modern woman. She’s a mix of contemporary and classic style with an ability to interpret the trends to suit her own sartorial expression. Is there a celebrity or actress who inspires you? We have many favorites, but being sisters we really admire the Olsen twins for their sense of style, but also for working together to produce beautiful clothing and accessories.

theme. We’ve sought inspiration from music (MGMT’s “Electric Feel”), the misunderstood romantic Edgar Allan Poe and art deco’s geometry and opulence found in Miami Beach architecture. Although our inspirations for color and mood originate from different sources each season, the aesthetic of simple luxury has remained true.

Who would you like to see in Zinke designs? We’d love to see Blair from Gossip Girl wearing Zinke. She would look smashing in the amethyst Stargazer bralet and panty set from holiday.

Your designs are stylish, but very wearable. Do you design with comfort in mind or does it just kind of surface in the end? Lingerie is intended to be subtle, yet inspiring. The combination of our simple silhouettes, styled in luxurious fabrics, like cashmere, silk + cotton, creates a very wearable piece that you just might be inspired to show off!

Do you try to have a different feel for each Zinke collection? Each of our collections incorporates a different

Do you have a favorite or most successful piece? The Boho Halter from Spring 2010 – our first collection – is a very memorable piece.

Ernesto $75

Cire Trudon Candles Love all of the scents from Cire Trudon, but this particular one has such a strange, but still amazing smell. Easily worth the premium price - and I love the historical story behind the company.

GEAR for GUYS NYC art director, Matt Zavala, shares his favorites for looking sharp, staying cultured, and smelling good. camera bag app I’m really impatient, so I love the fact that you can instantly see the various filters applied to your photos as soon as you snap it.


Monocle Smart, and mixes global news aesthetics in an approachable tone. Doesn’t talk down to the reader, which I love. The design and attention to detail is beautiful. 12 month subscription $120

SpringCourt Sneakers My ‘uniform’ usually involves some sort of sneaker. SpringCourt both lo-top and high-tops are my favorite; they definitely last longer and stand apart from all the other simple white sneakers.

Chunky Cardigans

Odin 01 Nomad A spicy, distinct scent that has a mix of juniper and cedar. Even in New York, you notice people wearing the same fragrances, so it’s nice to always smell something that stands out just a bit.

Nothing makes me happier than Fall in New York City. I have an addiction to buying chunky, grandpa style cardigans. The only problem is: they take up so much space in my closet, I’m going to have to start cutting back.

01 Nomad $110

Warrington Shawl Cardigan $595

RRL (Low Straight Japanese Selvedge Denim)

MULBERRY MESSENGER BAG I have a couple of Mulberry bags that I bought years ago that I still use everyday. I’m a big fan of simple, smart pieces and their messenger bags always seem to follow that thinking.

I have tried tons of denim lines, and RRL is the first that has that stiff (but not too stiff) selvedge denim in a wash that is blue (but not too blue).

Walter briefcase $995 from $220

Leica D-Lux 4

Aesop products This Australian line of hair, skin and body products smell fantastic. A little on the pricey side, but you definitely notice the difference. The packaging also gets me every time. Violet Leaf Hair Balm $31

I’m in no way a photographer, but this is my favorite piece of tech I’ve purchased in a long time. Part of it has to do with the look of the Leica body - but it’s a point-and-shoot that produces beautiful images. $970


Transitional Accessories 48 UTILITARIAN BOOTIE

BOLD JEWERLY Cold temps can't keep you from breaking out the bright baubles! A little razzle dazzle gives a spring awakening to winter looks. Gabrielle $320

PATTERNED SCARVES Alexander Wang $685

Last season it was all about the over-the-knee versions, but this time around we’re focusing on something a bit more grounded. These textured, ankle boots are smoky-hued making them the perfect shoe for your winter leggings or spring floral prints.

Gypset Bracelets

The scarf is your best friend when it comes to transitional dressing. This wrap-around accessory will keep you warm and cozy during chilly temperatures and will add some flavor to a dreary winter outfit.

ANIMAL ACCENTS Liven up some of those winter pieces with a dash of animal print. The best way to work animal into your wardrobe is via accessories because less is more. top Shop $36

Vanessa Mooney $230 These embellished bracelets are the perfect addition to your jewelry collection. Not only do they add some whimsy, but they’ll look fab stacked in between chunky bangles.

Cat-Eye Specs Norma kamali $250 Sunglasses are a great way to bring spring trends into your life, because no matter how cold it is, you wear sunglasses everyday. Opt for one of the new cat-eye styles...a tortoise version will work all year long!


CHAIN HANDBAG A chain-strap carrier is the ultimate mix of ladylike polish and downtown edge. Whether they’re worn across your body or over your shoulder, these bags are functional and chic. Marc by Marc Jacobs $360

Fogal $43

COLORED TIGHTS Ditch your black tights for some colored alternatives. Try navy or burgundy for everyday options, or opt for a print version to add some texture to your outfit. These Fogal tights last forever!






Christian Louboutin $895 CHANEL $210


Hermès $980


AURELIA DRACKETT This Tory Burch staffer with an eye for classic pieces that never go out of style, gives us a hint at what’s on her wish list.


VINCE $995



J. CREW $80





MILLY $400

Smithson, an account exec for Hudson, channels a casual and effortlessly chic aesthetic in a lineup of her latest fashion cravings.



PRADA $300



VINCE $225 HUDSON $165





ROOM & Wardrobe The Anchor, the Workhorse & the Layers By michal spitzer

Even though it’s starting to feel a lot like spring on the West Coast, most of the country is still frozen in a wintery state of mind. This rusticchic Montauk retreat designed by Roman and Williams is the perfect canvas for cozy, coldweather collectibles.


“Mole” dofa d by Sergio Ro

Mansour Modern

The Anchors

Sciarpa mohair and wool-blend vest $500

These are the classic pieces in your home or wardrobe that you find yourself reaching for time and again. They create a foundation for any collection and never go out of style. Since you’ll get a lot of mileage out of them, I often think of anchor pieces as the essentials to splurge on. This Souk rug from Mansour Modern is the perfect (and wintery) anchoring item for a living room. Inspired by Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs, it’s steeped in tradition and makes quite the statement. For the wardrobe, a wool-and-mohair Missoni wrap will keep you warm through the coldest months of the year while adding a spark of interest to any outfit—just imagine it paired with leggings and boots.

Mali Bangle $135


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Workhorse pieces are the items that can pretty much do anything-they are the items that you will gravitate towards when you can’t make a decision and only get better with age. They are timeless and multifunctional. These are the pieces you might think about for awhile before investing in, but once you do, you know they will carry you through seasons, moves, etc.. The Mole Sofa by Sergio Rodriguez is a design classic-imagine snuggling up by a roaring fire. These Wool lined Chloe boots will keep you warm and fashion forward time while also remaining a classic. You just really can’t go wrong with them!

Serge Mouille Rotating Sconce $3,120 Chloé wool-lined leather boots $1,195

The LAYERS The layer pieces are the personality pieces or the impulse buys-they are the items that bring life to a room or wardrobe and can be quickly interchanged-they can be trendy or classic and really add that definitive pop! Take risks when adding layers-go for color, texture, and pattern. I particularly like a room that mixes textures-the glossy, hard black sconces by Serge Mouille to a cozy, hard working throw from Brahms Mount. Same goes for wardrobe layers-a smooth wood bangle with a dash of bling and a deliciously soft and stylish wrap/scarf.

Barton wool-blend wrap $360

Wool blankets by Brahms Mount $315-420

SHOP TALK jamie meares + furbish studio Interview by Erin Gates Photography by Dustin Peck



aime Meares, 30, is one funny gal. A funny gal who made her wildest dreams come true after being unceremoniously sacked from her job in Raleigh, North Carolina and began pondering making some bold moves while wandering around her home eating half sandwiches for three months. Her blog, I Suwannee, has been popular since its inception in 2007 and thanks to a feature in the New York Times, in which Jamie lamented to demise of Domino with all the vigor readers the world over felt, her witty banter and beautiful inspiration pictures became an even bigger hit. But she still had a burning desire to open a shop, and so in 2009 she cut the ribbon on an adorable brick and mortar shop, Furbish Studio, in which she sells refinished vintage furniture, a variety of delightful home accessories and runs her interior design business. After a mention in Elle Décor as one of its notable “Hot Shops,” she found the need to make her wares available online, and in 2010 launched. We adore her aesthetic and even more so her charming, hilarious personality and wanted to know just how this only child with a penchant for Swiffering and a well-curated bookshelf made this all happen for herself.

It’s all in the mix for Meares where traditional print Schumacher drapes meets a bold wall color (Oh So Red from American Tradition) in the living room, accented by a bevy of animal print accessories including a zebra sculpture found in a side of the road antiques shop.

Erin Gates: What drove you to start blogging? Jamie Meares: I sat at a desk all day long, for hours on end and was totally unchallenged creatively. I would browse around on other blogs, loving all the ‘of-the-moment’ little glimpses into their life their blogs would provide. I started in January of ‘07. Back then, you had to walk four miles in the snow and then boil some hot water before you could write a blog post. A lot of people dream about opening a store but you actually DID it! How did you get the courage (and funds) to do it? Any tips for those of us who are toying with the idea? When I opened the store, it was serendipitous because a lot of conditions became favorable all at once - it was the perfect storm to force me to follow my dream. I had a big girl job for several years and all of a sudden it disappeared. Because of my blog, I was connected with a captive audience who seemed to like my style and value my opinion. I drove by the cutest old brick building on the corner, across from the park, with huge windows and tall ceilings, and saw it was for rent. It was now or never. Because of the desk job, I was able to set aside some money, which along with some help from my parents, I was able to use to finance the initial start up cost. You don’t have to be loaded, but you do need some initial capital to get started.

I’ve been successful thus far because I offer several things: the retail store, my interior design services, we also paint and reupholster furniture, and we offer new furniture built to order. I sell fabrics in the store by the yard, and help with custom window treatments, sewing pillow covers and table skirts. On top of all of that, I have on online retail site which plays a huge role in the success of the business. What is the best part of owning a store? What’s the worst? The best part is being your own boss. I also get to have my dog, Rowdy at the store with me every day and I don’t have to answer to a crazy person. The scariest part is taking risks every single day. Should I buy more? Should I buy different? It’s not like Vegas where you can cash out when you’re at the top. You have to keep investing your money in what you think might be the next big thing, and hope everyone else agrees. What are your current favorite items in your shop? I have a new line of trays and little catch-alls that are made from laminating my favorite fabrics. I love all of my custom pillows because they’re edited carefully to be only the very loveliest fabrics and trims. And my custom dog beds because they’re like big, fun pillows. I’d lay on one if I didn’t have to sit at my desk.



I learned early to not get attached to things or I would be crushed when they sold, or my house would be featured on an episode of hoarders.


Dentil moulding is highlighted by rich brown walls painted Fudge by Olympic. Meares had an shower curtain monogrammed locally to give it personality and added an Anthropologie rug for a pop of color.

Meares proves that chintz, dots and abstract art can reside in harmony in her guest bedroom where no pattern goes unused. A bold abstract artwork by her assistant acts as a headboard and focal point against the Valspar Powder Pink walls.

I’m really attracted to strong tribal printsalmost southwestern or Navajo inspired.

68 LIVING WITH STYLE Furbish is chock full of examples of Mears’ whimsical yet refined tastefrom polka dot sofas to the bathroom wallpapered in inspiration images from magazines she and her assistant tack up.


Traditional brick and mortar retail is hard. You need to

combine it with something to turn enough profit. A lemonade stand, some other niche service you offer in addition to retail, or maybe a petting zoo.



Spotted Porcelain Tray $38

20” David Hicks Pillow in Wine / Magenta $98


Holler Notecards $20.00

Westwood Lamp $315

Zebra Bracelet $48

Blue and Cherry Medallion Small Dog Bed $95

Vintage Cocktails Book $50

St. Tropez Bangle $16

Vintage Bolivian Rug II $325

CHEERS! To sweeT beginnings

To someThing To celebraTe

To sTraighT up success

To a brighT fuTure

We’d like to toast to our friends Kyle & Erin and say congrats to the entire High Gloss staff. To find a store near you, visit Over 325 stores nationwide. © 2011 HomeGoods, Inc.


Putting on the Glitz By David Jimenez Photography by Rachel Meiring





ho doesn’t love a swank party? Especially when it benefits a worthwhile charity like DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). Five years ago, freshly relocated from San Francisco and not knowing many people in Kansas City, I was invited to attend DIFFA KC’s Dining by Design yearly fundraiser. I was excited about the opportunity to dust off my dinner jacket and looked forward to enjoying an elegant evening of dinner, dancing and the possibility of meeting new friends. What I found blew me away-- the room was alive with beautiful creations that were truly inspiring. That night left me with a great feeling. I had found a few treasures at the silent auction, was introduced to fun new people and danced until the band played their last song. It was a wonderful experience to be among so much diversity and talent in one room, and I loved the idea of supporting a cause that does so much for the education and prevention of HIV and AIDS in our community.

I was hooked. The next year I decided I would create my own table for Dining By Design and have done so every year since then. When it came to choosing a theme for my most recent table, I wanted it to give a nod to the swank 60’s era of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. I love the idea of bringing a little glamour to an everyday dining experience and scoured local antique store haunts for vintage finds that helped pull the look together and strike the right mood. I painted the graphic zig-zag pattern on the floor to anchor the table, pulled in some black and white photos and charcoals from my walls at home and had a lot of fun playing with scale, color and shapes for the table. It was a magical evening that went late into the night. The memory of it brings to mind a clever quote from Vanity Fair, “It’s Frank’s world, we just live in it.”

I love the idea of bringing a little glamour to an everyday dining experience.

The author in his tux.

PHOTO by Tom Styrkowicz

“I found this vintage postcard of the Rat Pack at an antique shop. It inspired the mood of the table and my outfit for the evening.”

“This rendering was my first pass at visualizing how all of the pieces would come together for the dining table.”



“Two floral arrangements added drama to the table and were whisked away when dinner was served to make room for flowing conversation.�


tips from a pro:


David’s Party Wisdom


“I love French macaroons! These are from Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott in Kansas City.”

first impressions count

A smart-looking invitation says a lot about the event you are going to be hosting. An email invitation, from a source like Paperless Post is fine for casual gatherings, but consider a beautifully printed invitation for a more formal affair.


make it glow

Set the mood by replacing high wattage bulbs in table lamps, floor lamps and ceiling fixtures with 15 or 25 watt bulbs to create a mood and use votive candles liberally to achieve a warm glow throughout the entire house.


don’t let rooms become prosaic!

A hint of color in the way of fresh flowers will add punch to a neutral-color room and extends a warm welcome to guests. The key is identifying a contrasting color to the decor in the room, for example, I love the look of pink Coral Peonies in my mostly neutral living room.


pick a scent

Choose a signature aroma and burn candles of the same scent in different rooms to pump up the fragrance throughout your entire house. My favorites are Baies by Diptyque, RL’s Pink Candle (which benefits Breast Cancer research), and Rigaud’s Green Cypress candle (Jackie O’s favorite).


bring on the hoocH

A signature cocktail is a creative way to tie into the theme of your party and a low-maintenance way to tend bar. Keep the party flowing by preparing pitchers of the cocktail ahead of time and storing them in the refrigerator.

Flowers by Chuck Matney

“I scored the Murano teardrop lamp and vintage phone at Retro Inferno in Kansas City. The photo is by Avedon and is a favorite of mine.�


Kelley moore’s:

Entertaining Guide

Valentine’s Day Brunch at Home:

Breakfast in Bed Serving breakfast in bed is a beautiful way to pamper someone you love, be it for a special occasion or a surprise “just because.” Whether it’s a few stems of a favorite flower tucked into a pretty vase or a handwritten love note peeking out from under a vintage teacup, there are endless ways to show you care. For starters, look for a tray that is in sync with your partner’s personality. If you’re planning on doing two trays (one for each of you), don’t feel pressured to be matchy matchy—you want them to complement each other but retain their own identities. The tray is the foundation of your gift, so it’s a great place to start the process of personalizing the scene. I like using a more masculine tray,

like this rustic wooden option paired with a sleek white tea tray. The mix of materials keeps everything feeling balanced, accounts for different tastes, and adds visual interest. Another nice way to mix things up is to use vintage and contemporary items on each tray. Pieces with history, such as a unique bud vase or opulent gold-rimmed china, add warmth and charm. Often times, though, a standout contemporary piece can steal the show, just as this bold teapot from L’Objet does. It’s admittedly a splurge, but it adds irresistible decadence to the tray. I love the way its unique coral hue and texture pops against the clean white tray, and it pairs perfectly with the gold gilding in the teacups. Toss a rich throw across the bed for a bit of

texture and a little added warmth, and provide some reading material too. I think newspapers and magazines are always a pleasure to flip through, but if you’re tech-savvy slip your e-reader in a chic new case. A couple of interesting throw pillows, unique linen napkins, fresh-squeezed juice in a glass carafe, and favorite decorative dishes filled with sugar lumps and pats of butter are all opportunities to add easy personal touches. Light a few candles to set the mood and then sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of a truly chic breakfast in bed.

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or a woman who cherishes spending time with her friends, nothing is more rewarding than a much-needed day with the girls. And what better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than catching up with your girlfriends at a sweet-fueled soirée? With or without a bucolic wine country setting (like this stunning Napa Valley home, at right), it’s easy to create an effortlessly beautiful and inviting girls-only gathering right in your own home. All it takes are a few inspired ideas and a little ladylike tailoring. There are countless ways to cultivate ideas when it comes time to conceptualize a table setting. Cast a wide net. Don’t think about it too much—just grab what you love: postcards from your travels, fashion magazines, an old love letter, or a paint chip in the perfect shade. I’m obsessed with pretty paper goods, so it’s no surprise that orangeand-fuchsia Greek Key napkins are what triggered my vision for this shoot. Given the nature of the party, seize the opportunity to use feminine flower and hearts--going overboard with pink and purple roses, carnations, and dahlias. Stock up on fabulous desserts. These lemon tarts, giant heart-shaped cookies, and booze-soaked chocolate bars (see “Napa’s Sweetest Spots”) will allow for plenty of sweetness all around. Over the years, I’ve learned not to discount the items I already own. Resist second-guessing what you have for the temptation of something new. When you use everyday things in a differ-

ent context, they often take on a totally new look. If you must, concentrate on splurging on a single item—like the charming Juliska Champagne flutes, which I’d been eyeing for some time. A quick hunt at your local antique fair or flea market can often offer up plenty of finds. I scored the little hobnail juice glasses that make ideal vases at a secondhand shop in Sacramento, my lovely hometown. Style is all about the details; give yourself plenty of freedom to play with the small stuff. Old-fashioned straws provide a much-needed hint of whimsy and multiple short bouquets lend for a more conversation friendly gathering. There’s no rule dictating that everything must match perfectly. Don’t be shy about throwing in bold colors and statement pieces like the contrasting patterned napkins or the repeated polka dots seen in the stemware and milk glass macaroon stand. It’s the medley of patterns and subtle variations in hue that lend this table a youthful, happy, and distinctly festive bent. I’ve always found joy in exploring my creative spirit and experimenting with new concepts; I encourage you to do the same for your event. Remember to have fun and, in the end, the recipe for any successful February 14th party is a slew of sweets, a glass of bubbly, and a gaggle of good friends.

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Napa's Sweet Spots BOUCHON BAKERY Thomas Keller’s original Yountville outpost specializes in French-style confections.

NAPA VALLEY VINTAGE HOME This well-curated emporium is loaded with beautiful glassware, serving pieces, linens, and gifts.

SWANSON VINEYARDS Swanson’s modern house wines lend an unexpected (and cheeky!) twist to any occasion. The offerings extend far beyond red and white wines; we’re hooked on their sinfully sweet Clarke’s Bark.

THE MODEL BAKERY For more than 90 years, St. Helena’s Main Street bakery has been churning out artisan breads and delicious baked goods.


The Importance of an Invitation

A good host never underestimates the power of an invitation. Whether handmade or elaborately designed, it inevitably sets the tone of an event and gives guests a taste of delicious anticipation. A well-considered invitation never leaves partygoers guessing. Invitation by Rock Paper Scissors

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Sparkling Champagne

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serves 10-12 • • • • •

½ cup brandy 1 cup peach schnapps 1 cup pomegranate juice 2 liters ginger ale 3 bottles chilled Champagne or sparkling wine

In a large pitcher, combine the brandy, peach schnapps, and pomegranate juice and chill, covered, for at least four hours or overnight. Mix in the ginger ale, Champagne, and ice cubes right before serving. For an extra decorative twist, garnish each glass with a fresh raspberry.


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hen it comes to interior design, it’s a widely known fact that San Francisco boasts some of the world’s top creative talent. This densely populated West Coast metropotlis sits on a peninsula which is as famous for its hilly terrain as for its characterizing fog. These dueling forces of nature constantly threaten to obscure the breathtaking views for which the city is known. Not deterred, architects and designers use this little incentive from Mother

Nature as reason to build upward and onward in their quest to afford their clients the best possible views. Few hotel properties do this as well as the San Francisco Fairmont. The extraordinary penthouse suite atop this grand hotel on Nob Hill offers guests unparalleled views of the city's iconic landmarks and natural splendor. This 6,000 square foot hospitality masterpiece has played home to some of the world's best and brightest. Designed by Champalimaud, the penthouse demonstrates the design firm's ability to celebrate a property's defining characteristics while exceeding the demands of discerning international clientele. The space celebrates the best of San Francisco and its rich history, including an expansive rooftop terrace. It is quite literally an oasis in the center of one of the city's


it is the astonishing interior design of the penthouse suite which continues to lure noteworthy guests.

President John F. Kennedy, Mikhail Gorbachev, King Hussein of Jordan, Tony Bennett and Marlene Dietrich have all called this luxurious property home. Designed with a residential feel, the threebedroom suite gives its occupants little reason to leave. Once ensconced in its grand dining room or art-filled library, dignitaries and celebs fall prey to the soothing palette and plush surroundings. With enough elbow room to accommodate 100 wellheeled guests and the dedicated care of the Fairmont's attentive staff, you too might consider yourself a VIP once inside. If you can pull yourself away from the suite's thoughtfully designed interiors you'll discover a world-class city at your feet with endless entertainment possibilities. Don't be surprised if the opulent master bedroom and 24-hour room service leaves you wanting to stay indoors. I suspect you can easily have several bottles of your favorite regional wine sent up in a moment's notice. After all, you can't play in Napa Valley's back yard without tasting the finest it has to offer.




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STRIKING BALANCE Interior Design by tia zoldan Photography by grey crawford Interview by paloma contreras



Finding the ideal balance takes time, however. The look of Tia’s historic Hancock Park home has evolved over the 11 years she and her family have lived there. While it is a process, it is one of reward and satisfaction for Tia knowing the results are always

Flowers by Jennifer Keszler


Tia Zoldan is the quintessential California girl with the quintessential Los Angeles home. Her resemblance to Gwyneth Paltrow is striking and her incredibly fun and gracious personality immediately puts you at ease. Tia’s home reflects who she is: Eclectic yet approachable, beautiful without pretention. Both the home and the woman are a study in layers. Tia balances her passion for art and interior design with her life’s other passion, being the mother of two enchanting, precocious little girls. Her home harmonizes modern with traditional, old with new, bright pinks with neutral grays and blacks.


Paloma Contreras: Does your home always look this fabulous? Tia Zoldan: Thank you, but no! With two kids and two dogs there is always lots of foot traffic. My daughters are always setting up for their creative adventures so on any given day the coffee table will turn into a stage and costumes will be hanging from the fixtures! I enjoy the entertainment so I just have to roll with it. How would you describe your style? That is such a hard question and it is one a lot of people ask. I guess it is hard to know why you are attracted to certain objects, colors, styles, and how you are going to put them all together, which ultimately makes a style, “your style.” I am attracted to so many different eras in design and I love to mix it all up. I love color and lots of texture, especially luxurious fabrics. I also have a weakness for any type of bohemian textiles and rugs. I have no problem placing modern with traditional or English furniture with deco. I just follow my instincts and in the end I am usually happier with the results when I take more risks! Your home seems to have a lot of global influences. What inspired the look? Did you have something specific in mind when you set about designing the space? I have always been attracted to vibrant colors but only in small doses, which I think tend to look global. I also love to use batik style fabrics in my designs. Maybe I just want to feel like being transported to another part of the world? I’ve noticed a lot of textures and patterns, which I love. Was it important to you to incorporate them into your home? Texture and patterns always make interiors look more alive. They bring depth and warmth to a room. I love sitting on cozy fabrics or having a soft cashmere throw on hand. It just feels and looks more luxe. I am a sucker for silk velvets and mohair. There is nothing better than snuggling up with your kids and being

buried in soft pillows and blankets! Which room is your favorite? What do you love most about it? I do have two favorite rooms in my home. I love my living room because it is filled with all my favorite art books, objects and big, sparkly chandeliers. And light floods into that room all day long. There are tons of French doors in there and the furniture is extremely cozy. It is a great entertaining room and probably the room we use most in the house. My other favorite room is my outside cabana. We entertain a lot out there and it is the perfect place to relax, especially in the summer. I can watch my kids in the pool, it is always shady, the fabrics are indestructible, and my dogs are always by my side! Has living in Los Angeles influenced the way you decorate? I am sure it has. I was born and raised here in L.A. and my interiors are pretty laid back and casual. I am not a dressy person and I don’t think my interiors are either. I love beautiful things but I also want a home to feel lived in and comfortable, a place where you can put your feet up without worrying. Los Angeles is just that. It has a glamorous feel but is also laid back, that is why I love it here! Hancock Park is such a beautiful, historic Los Angeles neighborhood. Did your neighborhood affect the approach you took in designing your home? Absolutely! Hancock Park is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Los Angeles. It is a place where the architecture is preserved. You don’t find new Mc Mansions built here, it is just not allowed. Most of the homes are either in the Spanish, English Tudor, or Craftsman style. They were all built in the 1920’s and the people who live here really take pride in that and have kept their homes restored in such a tasteful manor. I think living in this community you really learn to respect the beauty of a home and its origin.



“I love my living room because it is filled with all my favorite art books, objects, big sparkly chandeliers and light floods into that room all day long.�


“I love using antique rugs in the kitchen, it just makes any kitchen look lived in.”

The look of your home has changed quite a bit over the years. Can you recommend any small changes with a big impact that readers can incorporate into their homes? My home’s interiors have definitely evolved through the years. We have been living here for 11 years and this home has been my science lab for my work. This is where I try out new paint colors, furniture, fabrics, etc. I have brought so many different pieces of furniture in and out through these doors it is almost laughable! Every time friends come over they say, “Oh my, it looks different again…what did you do this time?” think the best way to change up any interior is through paint color. I love the drama of dark walls but I am also a lover of white walls as well. Changing up the artwork is also a great way to impact a room. A huge canvas is such a focal point in a room and can make any room look much larger than it is. Swapping out pillows is also a quick and easy way to create change! What do you think your home says about you? I think that a home is usually a reflection of the people living there. There are a lot of creative juices flowing through this house; the dining room table is usually filled with crayons and scraps from my daughters, which is beautiful but messy. Our home is a place where we can jump on the furniture and play around. I would hope that means our home is a place of love and family. My job as an interior designer is of course present, but my most important job is being a mom.





My daughters’ rooms are filled with all the things they love. i let them both choose the color schemes for their rooms.

they both are pretty design savvy girls and have their own unique styles, which makes their rooms so different. they love looking through all my fabric swatches for hours, and mix

and matching them.




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Thing to Wear: Isabel Marant Piece of Jewelry: my gold girl pendants with my daughters’ initials on them and my vintage Rolex

Book: Blessing of a Skinned Knee Artist: Elizabeth Peyton and Francisco Clemente Musician: Dave Matthews

Handbag: my Louis Vitton Neverfull GM and my huge LL Bean bag

Professional Influence: my best friend Leslie

Style Icon: Kate Moss Hostess Gift: silver tulip vases with wild flowers from my garden

Websites:1st dibs, Huffington Post, Simple Lovely, Cup of Jo, The Sartorialist, and of course La Dolce Vita

Scent: Gardenia oil from Keihls

Risk Worth Taking: Starting a

Color: black, white, gray and pink… oh and sometimes purple

business on sheer gut and instinct Words of Wisdom: We make a living at what we do, but we make a life by what we give.

Meal: breakfast Drink: green tea and Pellegrino

Prized Possession: my family

Guilty Pleasure: doughnuts

Greatest Extravagance: family time and long vacations

Room to Design: living room or kids rooms Dream Project: a farmhouse Period for Design: a little of everything is good Way to Add A Personal Touch to a Room: Art

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Home Accessories: chandeliers and an oil portrait of my daughters by Sarah Stitt Bloom: gardenia Candle: any fragrance from Seda France Fabric: Raoul Fabrics

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La Vie en Rose A Boston BachelorettE Thinks Pink Story by Alcira Molina-Ali Photography by sarah winchester Interior Design by Erin Gates Kitchen Design by JUSTINE STERLING



“A custom builtin bookshelf and media center makes the most of every square inch of the small condo. The old galley kitchen is now an open and bright gathering spot flanked by a commissioned-forthe-space Amanda Talley work.�



When a decor-savvy, busy bachelorette decided to spruce up her Boston piedà-terre, she enlisted interior stylist and design blogger Erin Gates, of Elements of Style fame to help translate her vision into a flat fit for a latterday Holly Golightly. When the style maven and her client finally met, they bonded immediately over the sofa that sat at the heart of the home, and did I mention a shared passion for pink? What began as a lunch-time makeover quickly became a fullblown renovation when the owner decided to gut her dark, dated kitchen. Justine Sterling was called in to give the kitchen an overhaul. Plumbing was moved, walls were torn down, and measurements were painstakingly taken to optimize space. As such, a backdrop of cleverly-designed cabinets splashed in creamy paint and adorned with shiny nickel hardware anchor the cooking area and provide streamlined storage space. A punch of drama comes courtesy of Kelly Wearstler’s iconic Imperial Trellis wallpaper by Schumacher in a crisp charcoal colorway and a coordinating mosaic tile backsplash composed of marble mini-subway tiles by Waterworks. The Carrara marble waterfall island creates a sleek transition between the food-prep zone and the central living room. A dainty pair of pendant lights and mirror-image lucite stools are the perfect, airy addition to the small space. The look of the revamped kitchen is crumpets and tea, only younger and fresher, with an underlying strawberry-ice-cream-in-a-

champagne-bucket vibe. Adjacent to the kitchen sits a glamorous salon anchored by a rosy sofa. A lucite coffee table invites stray coasters while a pair of flirty armchairs, nestled under a bay window, offer the perfect setting for one to cozy up with a book and a glass of wine. Close by, two black and white x-benches sit at attention. Ready to be called into service at a moment’s notice, they contribute a jaunty sartorial dash to the mix. This bold but blushing mise-en-scène is illuminated by an almost edible bubble gum pink lamp perched on a glass-topped side table. “We refer to her place as the Pink and Zebra Palace,” Gates says playfully. “We wanted it to be super feminine but not saccharine, so we mixed girly things like silk drapes, lots of pink and a crystal chandelier with more modern pieces like a Saarinen marble tulip table.”

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The designer and her client both agreed that preserving the home’s lovely, historical bones should take precedence. So while a practical wall of built-ins was conceived to display personal mementos, the period marble mantel was untouched, though reverently referenced in the kitchen and dining room. The eye is immediately drawn to a bold, swirling painting commissioned by the client from New Orleansbased artist Amanda Talley. The artwork bears Talley’s unmistakeable stylistic griffe. In the eating area, the bachelorette’s fondness for Nantucket sent Gates to the Harvard archives, where she unearthed an old black and white map of the island, which she blew up, cut into sections and popped into IKEA frames for some instant graphic gravitas. The dining chairs

Pillows by Thomas Paul sit in front of a flokati pair, while the dining area features a fractured map of Nantucket framed by a pair of small Worlds Away sunburst mirrors.


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here is a long-held belief in the design community that the style of a house should dictate the style of dĂŠcor. But, in truth, a juxtaposition between the dĂŠcor and architecture can often lead to far more interesting results, especially when done in the hands of talented Houston-based designer Sally Wheat. Take, for example, the family home she recently designed in West University, a conservative upscale neighborhood nestled in the heart of central Houston. In lieu of the antiques and oriental rugs that fill many of the neighboring homes, Wheat chose to give the home a decidedly more modern makeover, complete with vivid pops of color and pattern, on-trend accessories and a mix of mid century, contemporary and modern furnishings to better reflect the stylish young family that inhabits it. Ultimately, the youthful, vibrant dĂŠcor only enhances, rather than detracts, from the traditional bones of the house.

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146 To Market Averill Conn: I love how you’ve kept major elements in this home so neutral and really punched it up with shots of color and bold patterns in the accessories. This seems to be a recurring feature in your design work – why? Sally Wheat: I like to keep the major elements in a room neutral in order to change up the look of the room with accessories, art, etc. I want it to be easy for my clients to change things up if they want. I love so much of the artwork in this home. Tell me about some of it. Me too! The graphic black and white art in the bedroom is by a Houston artist named Amanda Fulk. She is incredibly talented in so many artistic genres and I feel so lucky to call her my friend. She also painted the pair of black and white pieces in the family room. The beautiful pair of abstracts over the fireplace are by Amanda Talley, a New Orleans artist. The homeowner’s husband bought these for her as a surprise for their anniversary (which was at the end of the project) and needless to say we were both thrilled! The pair of abstract silk screens in the study was a lucky vintage find. The soft gray on all the walls of this home is such a wonderful backdrop for the artwork and furniture. What’s it called? Why did you decide to stick with a single paint color throughout the home? Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray. I love gray or white paint for walls. I love the continuity of the soft gray throughout, with the pop of deep charcoal in the

study (Farrow and Ball Down Pipe). I thin keep your walls neutral your art and acc pop out more.

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What are some of your favorite design resources around town? I love Found for the Home, Kuhl Linscomb, Vieux, Boxwoods, High Fashion Home, Antiques and Interiors on Dunlavy and The Guild Shop. Always. How would you describe your style? My style is a sort of casual sophistication with playful elements thrown in. It’s always evolving, but the constant would probably be a neutral base with splashes of fun accessories, art and color. I always love to include unique and one of a kind pieces if possible. Tell me about the owner of this house. What’s her style? And how did you marry her style with your own? The homeowner is a mother of two who is not afraid at all to take risks in decorating. She knows what she likes and doesn't like (no antiques please!). She wanted lots of color and pattern, with lots of trendy pops. Her decorating style definitely fits her personality: fun, vibrant, and young. I was so excited to have a client like her, who was totally willing to take a few risks and not go with the safe route. We were actually on the same page throughout the whole project which made it so much fun. West University is such a beautiful, historic Houston neighborhood. Did your neighborhood affect the approach you took in designing your home? No, not really. The house is very traditional and the homeowner is definitely not! So we decided to decorate for the family while respecting the bones of the house. For example, we kind of liked the surprise of the bold wallpaper right when you walk in the door of this older traditional style house. What 2010 design trends are you still obsessed with? Which do you think need to be put to rest in 2011? Well, I still love the modern mixed with the vintage and antiques. I’m really over all the industrial stuff everywhere!

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TASTEMAKER SALLY’S FAVORITES CITY: Austin, Texas MUSEUM: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum MEAL: Cheap Mexican ( with a Frozen Margarita, no salt) THING TO WEAR: Jeans for sure! Every cut and style! My favorites are probably Paige and Hudson. PIECE OF JEWELRY: Diamond cross necklace my husband gave me after the birth of our first baby. Amazon $15

HANDBAG: Always changing but usually a laid back shoulder strap style. STYLE ICON: I don’t really have a style icon. But I think Zoe Saldana ALWAYS looks perfect. ROOM TO DESIGN: Children’s rooms DREAM PROJECT: To decorate one of those old turn of the century houses with sky high ceilings and tons of molding. WAY TO ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH: Vintage finds because they make your home unique and unlike any others. HOME ACCESSORIES: Modern art, books, and lots of vintage finds. Anything different and unusual. BLOOM: Peonies and Ecuadoran Roses CANDLE: Slatkin and Co Bamboo and Jasmine HOSTESS GIFT: Coffee table book or nice soaps

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BOOK: I have two, A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Glass Castle

ARTIST: Alice Neel, Franz Kline, Andy Warhol MUSICIAN: Doesn’t matter because I only listen to Hits1 because of my kids! SCENT: I don’t wear perfume but I love Philosophy’s Pure Grace body wash and lotion. COLOR: I love them all for different purposes and uses. But I’m really loving pinks and reds right now. FABRIC: That’s too hard! I love velvets and mohairs, and graphic modern patterns. TABLEWARE: Vietri Incanto dinnerware Etsy $15

STATIONERY: Anything thick and letterpressed. SEASON: Spring WEBSITES:, RISK WORTH TAKING: Following your dream to start your own business. WORDS OF WISDOM: I believe in Karma big time. You get what you give. PRIZED POSSESSION: 1983 Mercedes 380SL

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GUILTY PLEASURE: Reality TV- so addictive! GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE: Serial redecorating GETAWAY: The beach with family


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Spending time in the Napa Valley should undoubtedly be on everyone’s lifetime travel docket. If you’ve already experienced it, you know that there’s just something about being in intangible sense of contentment comes over you whether you’re tasting a new varietal of wine, having a bite of fresh, butternut squash ravioli, or just strolling down main street in St. Helena. There are many reasons why the Napa Valley is often referred to as America’s Eden. The landscape is idyllic, the pace is refreshing, the priorities are delightful, and the people are inspiring. Simply put, it’s hard not to feel like you’re in one of the most blissful places in the world.

Traveling to a place of such bucolic splendor is wonderfully refreshing….especially since the Napa Valley’s definition of “country living” is rather sophisticated. That sophistication likely comes from the culture of winemaking, a business that combines agriculture and art. To create wine, appreciation for subtleties and refinement are requisite. The elevated level of articulation that goes into winemaking seems to be part of the overall cultural fabric of the area.

Everyone we met during our stay took pride in their craft and provided an exceptional product and experience…whether it was a perfectly executed English muffin at the Model Bakery to a gallery filled with a mélange of exquisite artwork. It becomes quickly evident that the people of the Napa Valley have a vision for the area and have shaped it into America’s Eden. These people are not only talented and driven, they are also gracious, friendly, and just plain happy. Their joie de vivre is infectious and adds yet another reason to visit the area. There’s nothing worse than vacationing at a destination serviced by locals with a chip on their shoulder about “tourists.” Fortunately, there’s none of that nonsense in the Napa Valley. We found that everyone was welcoming and eager to share their world and their talents. Their talents are showcased through the enchanting wineries and vineyards, the fivestar restaurants, the impeccable galleries, and the thoughtful boutiques. These jewels

The wineries that stand out in terms of concept, vision, and design include Ma(i)sonry, Swanson Vineyards, and Trinchero. Besides pouring top-rated wines, these establishments each offer something unique and represent a fresh, chic side of the Napa Valley.

certainly distinguish the Napa Valley from the other wine destinations in the US. There are so many outstanding spots to hit when visiting the area and it can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities. So, to help you out, we’ve chosen a select few wineries and restaurants, along with a two fabulous shops in St. Helena to get you started with your trip planning.

There are plenty of ways in which Ma(i)sonry is unique and exceptional. First of all, Ma(i) sonry offers a setting that is spectacularly rich with art and history. Housed in a stone building in Yountville, proprietor Michael Polenske conceptualized Ma(i)sonry as a “living gallery” in which artisan wines, art, and furnishings comingle. If the term gallery conjures up images of the typical empty, stark, and sterile gallery, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Ma(i)sonry. Despite the high caliber of artwork that is sold there, you won’t feel an ounce of prentention coming from the space or the staff. On the contrary, both will

to linger and learn. There is much to discover within those old walls, no matter what genre of art suits your fancy.


Lingering in the gallery can be accompanied by a glass of well-crafted wine. Ma(i)sonry offers a rotating collection of wines from vintner collective partners including: Blackbird Vineyards, Brown Estate, Husic Vineyards, Juslyn Vineyards, Lail Vineyards, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, Pedras Wine Company, Pott Wine, Renteria Wines, Rivera Vineyards, Skipstone, Tor Kenward Family Wines, and Uvaggio. Wine tastings can be arranged in a private room in the historic house, in either of the great rooms, or outside in the beautifully landscaped gardens. For tastings outdoors, guests can sit at any of the tables, by the firepit, or on a blanket on the lawn.

make you feel comfortable, welcome, and excited about art and wine. Along with his team, Michael Polenske has curated a remarkable collection of furnishings, antiques, and artwork. Judging from the diverse assortment on view at the gallery and from Ma(i)sonry’s 1st Dibs listings, Polenske has a passion for art and design...and an excellent eye. On view during our visit was a captivating set of paintings by Matt Rogers. The series depicted polo ponies, mainly from the chest down and the sense of motion and virility he created on the canvas was truly amazing. His oeuvre was a testament to the high quality of work produced by artists represented by Ma(i)sonry. The gallery skillfully juxtaposes vintage leather club chairs with modern, neon-colored acrylic candy dishes designed by Alexandra Von Furstenberg. You’ll find everything from a pair of Marcel Breuer “Wassily” chairs to an original oil painting of a huge tower of hay bales. This ebb and flow of new and old, vibrant and muted, natural and artificial, creates a dynamic atmosphere. That mix along with the historic stone building create a place where you want

Besides the numerous aesthetic marvels and comprehensive wine offering, Ma(i)sonry has a wonderful staff that is knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Everyone there is enthusiastic about the many facets of Ma(i)sonry, although


each seemed to have a specific area of expertise and offered a wealth of knowledge and insight during our time there.


Swanson Vineyards is another jewel of the Napa Valley and it’s located in Rutherford. The setting is carefree and whimsical. The people are helpful, warm, and simply delightful. Swanson is a family business that is powered by one extraordinary family. We were lucky enough to spend some time with the family’s matriarch, Elizabeth. She was nothing short of vivacious and effused both happiness and passion for life. Her eldest daughter, Alexis Swanson Traina, now serves as Swanson’s Creative Director and has reinvigorated the tasting experience at the winery. You can

schedule an elaborate formal salon tasting or just stop by the Sip Shoppe, “a candy store for adults.” The Sip Shoppe experience was created through an artistic collaboration between Andy Spade, famed illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme, interior designer Thomas Britt,

MICHAEL POLENSKE PROPRIETOR OF BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS & MA(I)SONRY NAPA VALLEY. EAT: Auberge, Bottega, Cook, Bouchon, Press, Morimoto, Sol Bar, Mustards Grill DRINK: Love all of them DO: Shop Pearl in St. Helena, Tyler Florence in Napa, Napa Style in Yountville. Bike the trail from BBV to Yountville, and also along the river to downtown Napa. RELAX: Auberge, Solage, Carneros Inn, Bardessono BRING: Sunscreen and a designated driver. MAKE: Crudités basket like they do in Provence, Pork Tenderloin grilled in local olive oil and balsamic. Rose— no cocktails! PHOTO by LINDSAY GARVEY


chocolatier Katrina Markoff of Vosges Haut Chocolat, singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton, avant-garde florist Torryne Choate, and renowned California painter, Ira Yeager. The result is a playful space that allows you to have an informal tasting that is much more special than what you’ll get at most other tasting rooms. You are encouraged to sit outside and enjoy the tasting that will be delivered to your table. The Shoppe’s menu offers a variety of tantalizing wines, many of which are accompanied by decadent tidbits like caviar, chocolates, pates de fruits, and sorbets. Each is lovingly presented on a Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf tray and the wines are poured into darling glass “Dixie” cups, mini Riedel Os, and tiny, brightly-colored crystal cordials. After you’re finished with the delightful presentation, you can wander inside the Sip Shoppe to purchase gifts and wine by the bottle or case. The Salon accommodates groups up to eight and offers up a more in-depth tasting experience that explores Swanson’s oeuvre of wines and how each can play nicely with various chocolates, caviars, and cheeses. The service is led by a salonnière and is held in a grand, vividly colored dining room that feels more like a beautiful home than a place of business. While we did not arrange for a Salon Tasting, the experience is certainly on the docket for the next trip to Napa!

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Located just north of St. Helena, Trinchero is another fantastic winery that offers unique tasting experiences and stunning views of the valley. Another noteworthy thing about this property is that it’s one of the few wineries in Napa where you are allowed to bring a picnic. The grounds are beautiful so enjoying some some wine and cheese al fresco is certainly an appealing option here. The 22-acre site has a standard tasting room, along with a brand new winery and hospitality center, which were both designed by Erin Martin. Guests can either visit the informal tasting room or make an appointment to attend one of Trinchero’s three daily seminars…each of which accommodates up to 6 people. The seminars are held in the amazing “hospitality center” which sounds strange, but with Erin Martin leading the design direction, it’s a place that you will want to go. The center is a large building that is divided into lots of rooms, many of which look like they

EAT: Bouchon, Gotts, Rutherford Grill, Mod Nature Select, Bouchon bakery, and Sunshi DRINK: Harlan, Scare Crow, Quintessa, and at Swanson is the best spot for a glass of w RELAX: Meadowood for facial and massage DO: Olive oil company is amazing for a picni Hennessey or Sulfer Springs for a hike. BRING: A camera


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could be in a fabulous home. Martin’s signature decor elements are present throughout the space including her majestic rope chandeliers, heavy metal chains, and hand-selected, ßber dramatic artwork. The kitchen was spectacular...outfitted with beautiful marble, stone, and an enormous custom vent hood. Not a detail was missed by Martin who stocked the space not only with art (yes, fabulous art in a working commercial kitchen), but also with rare finds like antique silverware molds and a vintage electric coffee grinder (that still functions). The dining area and patio are equally as impressive and offer jaw dropping views. The rest of the building is an oasis for the curious with a spellbinding dungeon-like tasting room in the cellar. It’s macabre style is more quirky and interesting than creepy and it would be quite an experience to have a meal or a tasting down there!


Trinchero certainly sets itself apart with the whole concept of the center and also by letting Erin Martin design it. Please note that in order to go into the hospitality center, you must book one of the daily seminars, so be sure to carve out time for that. Besides visiting the wineries, there are plenty of top-notch boutiques and galleries to shop. There are a few that really shouldn’t be missed in St. Helena including Martin Showroom, which is the aforementioned Erin Martin’s edgy, dynamic boutique. Filled with an eclectic assortment of art, jewelry, books, antiques, found objects, and custom designs, the space is a visual feast. The lighting options in the showroom are truly spectacular. Also on main street in St. Helena, FLATS is across the street from Erin Martin and is worth a trip. The boutique is a haven for the shoe obsessed. The signature shoe is the ballet flat and it’s available in a rainbow of colors each pair is handmade by Florentine artisans. Owner Jan Niemi designs the flats in addition

ERIN MARTIN INTERIOR DESIGNER & OWNER OF ERIN MARTIN DESIGN & MARTIN SHOWROOM EAT: Azteca market for burritos, Cook St. Helena for brussel sprouts and Marrimoto for spicy crab legs!! DRINK: Cade, Hourglass and Scribe DO: Oxbow - get Ritual coffee and wander. Garage ink for a tattoo. RELAX: Solage or Harbin BRING: Sunglasses, asprin, and men…please.



to other shoes, belts, leather goods, and clothing. The clothing line includes a number of distinctive tailored tunics and chic shirt dresses. The jet-setting owner also buys jewelry, accessories, and textiles for the shop during her global travels.

JAN NIEMI OWNER OF FLATS EAT: The Model Bakery never fails to delight for casual eating. Wonderful salads and the world’s finest granola. Don Giovanni is another winner; it is impossible not to have a good time and the cuisine is great. DRINK: Swanson Vineyards - consistently terrific—and Elizabeth Spencer are two of my favorites. RELAX: The mineral waters in Calistoga are a pure tonic. Indian Springs has a marvelous enormous pool of toasty water. The massages and mud baths can do wonders. DO: For shopping, what can I say! Flats! Flats! Flats! For some exercise, hiking up Mount St. Helena. The views are beautiful. BRING: Don’t forget to pack a spare liver!

176 JET SET Finally, eating is an important component of the Napa experience. Home to some of the most venerable chefs in the world, choosing a restaurant itinerary is no small feat. Foodies near and far are familiar with Thomas Keller’s the French Laundry and if it’s on your list, we suggest that you make reservations before planning your trip because they aren’t easy to come by! We weren’t able to dine there during our stay, but we did stop and admire Chef Keller’s bountiful garden that is planted directly across the street from the restaurant in Yountville. Chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega is also in Yountville and there you’ll enjoy vibrant Italian cuisine and an outstanding patio. Redd, Chef Richard Reddington’s restaurant, is also superb and offers a chic, yet laid-back atmosphere and a menu full of regionally inspired, seasonal cuisine. Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen offer’s California’s version of homestyle cooking in a casual, unaffected setting. Farmstead serves up fresh, delicious seasonal fare and has a charming atmosphere and an excellent outdoor seating area, complete

with a fireplace and a large bar. For a simple, inexpensive lunch option, Giugni’s on Main Street in St. Helena is legendary. Here you can get made-to-order sandwiches (don’t miss out on the Giugni Juice), chips, and ANY sort of soft drink imaginable. It’s not a place that you want to dine at, so it’s ideal for grabbing the makings of a picnic. A few doors down, the Model Bakery is where you’ll want to pick up dessert for the picnic.

So after seeing and reading about all of the wonderful facets of the Napa Valley, you want to go there, right? Traveling to the area does require a bit of prep work. Along with booking a rental car (a must-have) and hotel accommodations, it’s best to make reservations at wineries and restaurants a few weeks prior to your arrival. Thanks to the magical interwebs, reconnaissance is pretty easy. Tasting information and menus can usually be found online, so after considering all of the fabulous options, select your top picks and make arrangements. Try to avoid booking more than three wineries in one day…any more than that, and you might as well stay home with

a box of Franzia. On that note, you also might want to look into reserving a limo so there is always a designated driver! As far as lodging goes, there are countless wonderful options. We suggest checking out Jetsetter for hotels. Consider booking a room at Solage in Calistoga if you’re wanting to indulge in spa therapies. Solage is gorgeous and wellsuited for those who prefer a fresh, modern aesthetic and a happening social scene. Once you have the logistics set, your trip will be relaxing, carefree and full of amazing food and wine. No go forth and enjoy all that the Napa Valley has to offer!

CINDY PAWLCYN JAMES BEARD AWARD-WINNING COOKBOOK AUTHOR, CHEF-OWNER OF CINDY’S BACKSTREET KITCHEN, MUSTARDS GRILL, AND GO FISH. EAT: Press for good steaks. The Napa Valley Olive Oil Company on Charter Oak Avenue and Sunshine Market (both in St. Helena) for picnic makings DRINK: Solbar at Solage for drinks. For a picnic, Robert Sinsky Rose goes well with anything you’re eating. RELAX: Hike around the North Shore of Lake Hennessy to see white pelicans and bald eagles and hike up to the top of Mount Saint Helena for the view. DO: Shop at Vintage Home in St. Helena for different items for the home, Shackafords in Napa for kitchen tools and supplies, and Sportago in St. Helena for active wear.


sketch artist:

Nicole Cohen by haley schultheis


eet Nicole Cohen- an artist, mother, wife, and writer with an affinity for abstract expression, interior design, and anything mildly amusing on Bravo. Nicole is the blogger behind the humorous design blog, Sketch 42 and has a fabulous shop of her artwork and an array of gorgeous Lucite trays on Etsy. “I’ve been painting since I was a kid,” said Nicole, “In fact, my grandmother actually saved my first painting and I have it hanging in my daughter’s room!” Blogging has been the perfect medium to unite these two passions. Drawing inspiration from abstract expressionists Kandinsky, de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Cine Twombly, Nicole loves including this style of artwork when dreaming up the perfect interior spaces, especially when it comes to creating her own pieces. In fact, a lot of her inspiration comes from her love of interior design. “I know this is going backwards, but I make paintings that I think will look cool in rooms,“ she says, “they are either spectacularly bright, or black and white.” And, that is what is so intriguing about Nicole and her blog, what you see is what you get and the authenticity of her talent and personality radiates through her work and writing.“I love being productive and creative, so making things and doing projects is a part of every day,” said Nicole, “I get bored easily and that doesn’t make me happy.” Nicole, we can’t wait to see what you dream up next.

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Worthy Cause:

Pencils of Promise Interview by paloma contreras | Photography by nick onken

High Gloss aims to be “a guide to a well-lived life” and we know that such a life would be incomplete without giving back and helping out those in need. In each issue, we will be spotlighting deserving charities and causes that are changing the world one step at a time. One of my dear friends, Mimi Nguyen, is a founding member of Pencils of Promise, a wonderful nonprofit organization based in New York City.

Paloma Contreras: What is Pencils of Promise? How did it start? Mimi Nguyen: Pencils of Promise “PoP” is a nonprofit organization that partners with developing communities abroad to bring basic education to children who most want it and who most need it. PoP started a little over 2 years ago. I met our founder, Adam Braun on his birthday where he had decided to start his vision of a nonprofit that would be THE nonprofit of our generation. He deposited $25 into an account he named Pencils of Promise and invited his friends to celebrate his birthday and give a donation instead of gifts.

I jumped at the idea of starting this movement with him. Why focus on education abroad? When you put things into perspective on a scale of poverty, it boils down to developing countries with the most need. We aim to help all those who lack access to basic education, period. We started in Luang Prabang, Laos because it is one of the most underserved areas and top 10 poorest countries in the world. You were working in finance in Manhattan when you first joined Pencils of Promise and recently decided to leave that job to work with PoP full time. What inspired you to take the leap? I had for the past two years worked as if I had two full time jobs. I would sit at meetings during my day job and scribble on the back of my notepad, PoP ideas or the PoP to-do list. It didn’t make sense to me that I was die-hard passionate for something that was NOT my career. Adam and I had dreamed of the day that we would be able to do this full time, but we seriously thought it would take five years or so to get to that point. Things ended up coming to fruition sooner for us, and so the opportunity presented itself during a transitional point in my life when I knew I needed to move on from my real estate investment career. When Adam presented the opportunity to me, I jumped. What has been your most memorable experience at Pencils of Promise? I have so many. When you see the organization

grow from dream to reality, it gives you an amazing and inexplicable feeling. PoP is like my baby! Some of my most memorable experiences include visiting our first school, Pha Theung, getting our kick-ass new website from AgencyNet, moving into our office, seeing Adam tour the country inspiring others through his story, and then winning $25,000 from Chase Community Giving after being voted one of the Top 100 Charities by the people in 2009. You’ve done some really exciting things to raise awareness. Tell us about your White Party and some of the concerts PoP has been involved with. This year has been huge for PoP. We’ve opened ourselves to the growing youth demographic! A lot of it has been driven by the support of Justin Bieber, who happens to be one of the biggest pop stars right now. Justin donated $1 from every ticket sold on his My World 2.0 tour to Pencils of Promise. Nicole by OPI has also launched a Justin Bieber-themed nail polish line where proceeds go to PoP. Our young professionals have remained strong. We have fun, themed events that are affordably priced which encourage people to come and learn more about PoP. It’s all about creating a sense of community for our supporters. Visit Tweet @pencilsofpromis

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