ELLE DECOR & Ethan Allen: Global Design Trends discussion with designers Young Huh and Kevin Isbell

Last night I had the pleasure of sitting down with two of my favorite interior designers: Young Huh and Kevin Isbell. Both designers have a knack for mixing business and design, which is a skill set that has helped each of them launch their own design firms in 2007 and 2009 respectively. During the discussion hosted in conjunction with ELLE DECOR and Ethan Allen, I was able to chat with the designers about the power of color, using performance fabrics in a beautiful way and the importance of craft in design projects.

 ELLE DECOR

ELLE DECOR

And below, please find a few Instagram Stories from the event, needless to say it turned out to be a lovely event!

The Style Files feature on La Dolce Vita

I’m thrilled to be featured by Paloma Contreras on her eponymous website, La Dolce Vita. Paloma has the most incredibly talented individuals profiled, everything from how you started out in the design industry to your favorite thing to wear. It’s truly an honor to be considered among so many I look up to in the community. Click on the image below to see the full story. Thank you Paloma! xx

 courtesy of La Dolce Vita

courtesy of La Dolce Vita

Sunday cocktails in Bushwick Brooklyn

The backyard at the Narrows is rustic and dotted with old outdoor lounge chairs but paired with a refined cocktail list that makes hanging in this urban oasis a Sunday dream. The vodka based Babushka is light, refreshing and comes with a hefty peel of orange.  

 The Babushka

The Babushka

Formerly a really really narrow bar with no sign in the outskirts of Bushwick on Flushing Ave, now the aptly named Narrows is a full service bar and restaurant, much wider with modern/minimal decor. I'm partial to the black, white and brass-topped bar. 

Note: the Narrows is currently cash-only

 

 Brass-topped bar

Brass-topped bar

 Photo by Paul Wagtouicz 

Photo by Paul Wagtouicz 

Rooftop hangs

Cheers to the weekend! 

 Flatiron Fizz's at Eataly's rooftop La Birreria

Flatiron Fizz's at Eataly's rooftop La Birreria

What better way to celebrate the end of a productive week than drinks and small plates at La Birreria. The open air space is large and filled with light -- the glass roof panels actually open up letting the outdoors in. I would recommend the Flatiron Fizz which features gin, grapefruit and fennel, an unexpectedly delicious combo. Salute! 

 

 La Birreria is home to a varied selection of house brewed ales and fine imported beers.  

La Birreria is home to a varied selection of house brewed ales and fine imported beers.  

And, don't forget to try the charcuterie and cheese boards. You won't regret it!

Contemporary Architecture, Cambridge Boston

Walking around the MIT campus in Cambridge is like taking a free modern architectural history tour. Here are a few of my favorite buildings in this Boston neighborhood.  

 

 Novartis Research Complex by Maya Lin

Novartis Research Complex by Maya Lin

Right on the corner of Mass Ave and Landsdowne St is the beautiful Novartis Center -- with its perforated stone facade you can't miss it. Maya Lin designed the envelope of the building with local travertine which helps to bridge the gap between science and art. 

 

 Stata Center by Frank Gehry

Stata Center by Frank Gehry

The undulating building just around the corner on Vassar Street reminds me of a building that's either collapsing from pressure or one that's about to burst upward like a geyser. Gehry's structure offers an interesting vision of what a street can look like especially in a crowded area full of generic buildings. 

 Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

Keep walking south on Vassar St and you will encounter the majestic gridded dormitory designed by Steven Holl. As you approach take note of all the bright colors that are embedding inside the casings of each window. Then, take a walk across the adjacent sports field to take in the view of this building from a few blocks away where its presence can really be felt. 

 Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

 Cafe, bakery and pizza @ Area Four

Cafe, bakery and pizza @ Area Four

I would recommend popping into nearby Area Four for a snack and coffee -- they make a mean almond latte. Right on Main St it's an open light filled spot that also has incredible wood oven pizzas if you're feeling hungry.

The Gift of Office Supplies

I'm always looking for new ways to wrap and give gifts, and this year I've decided to include a pencil for each of my loved ones this holiday season.

1. Find the perfect spirit pencil for each of your friends and family. I have to admit its fun to determine who is going to get the red Portugese soft lead pencil vs. who will receive the green Tennessee made pencil with brass details and vintage typography. Try it out! This round barrel cub pencil in periwinkle is a great fit for a co-worker of mine. And, it's 60 cents!

  Made in the USA

Made in the USA

2. Include a mini eraser. You can even find some here.

3. What pairs better with bespoke pencils other than these notebooks from Public-Supply. I'm partial to the blue 02 three pack. I made a gift band out of peach kraft paper to wrap the notebooks (see below).

3.5X5.5” - 48 PAGES - DOT OR RULED PAPER - SOFT COVER courtesy of Public-Supply

4. Now, tie it all together with a beautiful natural linen tape from Talas. These historic tapes are used in classical bookbinding techniques and are the perfect finishing touch to this bookish gift.

Book bundle, ready for the holidays

5. Lastly, enjoy your new pencil knowledge and enjoy the holidays!

Mid-East meets Mediterranean at Brooklyn's Glasserie

At the sleepy northern edge of Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, a unique Mid-East meets Mediterranean menu awaits at Glasserie. The industrial setting, modern wallpaper and tons of natural light create an inviting space to settle in with friends and enjoy the inspiring delights the kitchen has to offer. 

 

 The bar at Glasserie in Greenpoint Brooklyn

The bar at Glasserie in Greenpoint Brooklyn

I would recommend the Mezze Feast which is a combination of small dishes to share. Squid, pickled onions, tahini, salted flat bread and the delicious Syrian cheese za'atar are some of the unforgettable bites you will find on the table. 

 The Mezze Feast

The Mezze Feast

Glasserie is located on Commercial Street in Greenpoint Brooklyn. 

Antiquing in High Falls NY

After hearing about the Field & Barn Antiques Sale in High Falls NY, I felt it high time to get myself there for their annual sale the day after Thanksgiving. This is my kind of Black Friday!

The Black Barn in downtown High Falls NY

Clockwise from upper left:

1. Old photos, everyone has a story to tell

2. Walk down to Rondout Creek

3. Antique wooden citrus juicers

4. Old antiques shop off the main road

Explore

 The perfect red building.  

The perfect red building.