Is there anything better than curling up with a good book? Actually, yes: when that book is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. I’ve put together my fall reading list—10 books filled with fashion, wanderlust, and of course design that will look equally good whether you’re thumbing through them or decorating your coffee table. From Chanel: The Karl Lagerfeld Campaigns, which chronicles the years dating back to 1983 when Lagerfeld revitalized the fashion house, to the most breathtaking destinations to escape to in Europe, to Kelly Wearstler’s killer aesthetic in her latest tome Evocative Style, there’s so much inspiration waiting to be discovered. Matisse’s cutouts, menswear fashion, Dior’s haute couture gowns seen through the eyes of the Victoria & Albert Museum—they’re all sure to make this fall/winter season even more stylish and cozy. Oh, and since everyone’s been raving about the New York Times Best Seller Where the Crawdads Sing, I picked up a copy and haven’t been able to put it down since. Happy reading!
I have always been most inspired when traveling. I take my kids to France every summer so that they can be exposed to the same sites and surroundings that I was when I was growing up. The rich histories of every city and countryside, master artists and architects, and storied cobblestone streets. Immersing myself and my family in other cultures plays such an important role in our lives, and these influences always, always manifest through my designs. This year, I journeyed to Japan for the first time, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. The respect they have for tradition, their reverence for nature and simplicity resonates with me to my core.Read More
New York Design Week is one of my favorite times of the year. I look forward to it every spring—to finding inspiration and discovering new artists to share with my clients. This year’s NYCxDESIGN didn’t disappoint. Whether it was the collective exhibition Next Level, showcasing incredible works nestled in an industrial sea of shredded tires; the outdoor sculptural furniture show Inside/Out, offering a breath of fresh air in an elevated park at The William Vale in Brooklyn; or the Tiny House in Times Square that Fernando Mastrengelo designed as a peaceful moment amidst all of the midtown chaos, there was no shortage of eye candy.Read More
I learned to ride dressage and hunter jumper at a young age at the Haras des Brulys in the countryside of Fontainebleau, France, about 45 minutes from where I grew up in Paris. I’ve competed and have ridden pretty much everywhere in France from Paris to the beaches of Normandy and the south of France, and then in the US from right here in Wellington to the west coast along Pebble Beach in California. I’ve spent my lifetime loving horses and everything that goes along with an equestrian lifestyle. And as an homage to this passion of mine, I wanted to share some of my equestrian favorites, from art to fashion to riding apparel and accessories.Read More
Miami Art Week was such a whirlwind, and I’m still coming down from the high of being surrounded not only by incredible art and inspiration at every turn, but also by fellow art enthusiasts who wait for this time of year as much as I do. There’s a creative energy in Miami all week that is contagious and fuels my own creativity. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite exhibits from all of the shows to share with you, starting with The Future Perfect at Design Miami (above), which of course never disappoints.Read More
It goes without saying that Paris is one of the dreamiest destinations anywhere. It even remains a place of magic and romance in the minds of those who haven’t been. That’s because there is literally inspiration everywhere you turn—from the cobblestone streets to sidewalk cafes and floating restaurants plucked from a movie scene, to the beautiful language and the river Seine flowing through the heart of the city.Read More