i’m so thrilled to be back in nashville, this time, i’m here for the annual antiques and garden show.

the theme this year is “landscape of design” the show features 150 exhibitors and speakers. my friend bunny williams is the honorary chair this year. the show is really great, but it’s also fun to come and see dear friends and catch up with fellow designers. i was honored to be asked to speak this year, i will be joining suzanne rheinstein, windsor smith and brian murphy today on a panel moderated by stacey bewkes. we will be chatting about tradition today, come see us.

i have a past with nashville so it’s always great to come back, it feels like home. gen sohr and ben sohr of pencil and paper, who i’ve known for years, asked a few of us that are particpiating in the show a few questions. thought it would be fun sharing a bit of these conversations here- bunny williams, suzanne rheinstein and myself– enjoy and if you are in nashville, come enjoy the show!

1 2- Bunny-Williams-08-720x678

A conversation with Bunny here

3- Suzanne-Rheinstein-17-720x831

A conversation with Suzanne here

4- Mark-13-720x629


A conversation with me here– enjoy!



moda operandi has a new model and muse- the beautiful rebecca de ravenel.

rebecca split her childhood between the Bahamas and Paris, Rebecca de Ravenel’s life is as fabulous as her wanderlust-driven style would lead you to believe. Now, living the island life is merely a statement earring away, thanks to her foray into jewelry with the launch of Les Bonbons- the hottest earrings ever!!

i love rebecca dearly and i love her new earrings- pre-order your pair here (click on the color you love) and “shake your bonbons”!




White/ Order Here

White/ Order Here



Green/ Order Here

4- green 5


Red/ Order Here

6- pink 7


Gold/ Order Here

8- gold 9


Navy/ Order Here

10- navy 12


Blue/ Order Here

13- blue 14




every once and a while i like to do a post on a handsome guy, especially when it’s a dashing polo playing, race car driving playboy from the dominican republic, oscar de la renta isn’t the only handsome guy from the DR.

porfirio rubirosa was born in paris and became a dominican republic diplomat and served at embassies in buenos aires, rome and havana. porfiro was a style icon and ran in society circles, he was most known for was his womanizing…he was linked to marilyn monroe, ava gardner, rita hayworth, joan crawford and eva peron. he married not one, but two of the wealthiest women in the world, american heiress doris duke and another american heiress, barbara hutton.

many say that porfirio was ian fleming’s inspiration for james bond.  porfirio died at 56 when he crashed his ferrari 250 GT after an all night celebration at the paris nightclub “jimmy’s.”

sometimes it’s fun to simply do a post on a dashing guy that dressed like a million bucks with a jet set life, if you haven’t noticed, there really aren’t that many around today.

1 2 3

Doris Duke (died 10/93), tobacco heiress

5 5.5 6 6.5 7 8 9 10