Beach Babies

June 29, 2015 · 1 comment

David is the best at choosing baby gifts.  Recently we needed gifts for two new babies in our lives, and David, Julia and I went shopping for them one Sunday afternoon in the village of Southampton.  I saw several things I liked, but none of them quite met David’s standards for thoughtfulness, practicality and style. […]

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I hear that men are difficult to buy for, so here are a few suggestions.   Big or small, luxe or basic, the most important thing is to keep it personal.  And a little romantic. Frederic Malle Bois D’Orage.  Called “French Lover” outside of the U.S., this thoroughly masculine fragrance is bold enough to draw […]


San Francisco now has many neighborhood farmers markets, but the Saturday market outside San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building is still, I think, the biggest of them all. (Besides being an operating ferry terminal, the Ferry Building itself is also a sort of fine food mall –in a very good way. It contains dozens of shops […]


Here’s a video about how to spruce up your Holiday table with three different centerpiece ideas.  They all involve seasonal fruit and one of my very favorite materials –spray paint.  Two are very quick, but for one you’ll need to get a little crafty.  (Spoiler alert:  a glue gun is involved.)  Have fun!  


Kids’ DIY Pizza Party

September 18, 2013 · 6 comments

As it turned out, it was a lot more orderly that I expected, and everyone had a good time, myself included.  We had invited a dozen five year-olds to make their own pizzas to help Julia celebrate her fifth birthday, and the weekend before I was wondering if I’d got a little carried away –as […]


Julia’s Window Box

February 10, 2013 · 7 comments

It was bound to be a cold, snowy, mostly indoor weekend for our outdoors-loving daughter, and so I thought I would brighten up Julia’s room with an early Valentine’s treat.  On Friday morning before the first flakes flew, I went to New York’s flower district (28th street, mostly between 6th and 7th Avenues) to get […]


Spring Flowers

April 26, 2012 · 10 comments

What can I say?  They’re beautiful. And, apart from having good taste in friends, I can’t take any credit for them. The flowers were for a cocktail party at our New York place last weekend to celebrate Spring and, surreptitiously, David’s birthday.  The occasion called for something very special, and so I called our good […]


A Quick Visit to London

October 16, 2011 · 2 comments

We’re back in New York now, but managed to fit in a short trip to London after our days in Paris.  In London our balance between work and play shifted toward work, but we still found time to have some fun. We stayed at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, which is one of the oldest hotels […]


When I went to the market today, I thought I’d grab the bull by the horns and try to make a nice Valentine’s Day bouquet out of a dozen red roses.  They’re not the most original gift  (I got a weary look from the clerk when I checked out), and the special Valentine’s arrangements on […]


Someday I’d love to have a great florist (and we know a brilliant one –Zeze Flowers in New York) deliver fresh flowers to the house every week.  I’d come home on, say, Tuesdays to see what beautiful seasonal creation they’d left on the dining table (and, while I’m fantasizing, in our bedrooms too).  In reality, […]