THE MENIL

i was in houston over the weekend for a book signing at FOUND, which by the way was amazing. when i travel i try to take in the architecture of the city, my favorite thing to do is drive around and look at houses. i also try to see cultural landmarks that help define the city. houston is known for it’s modern art movement and the menil collection represents this beautifully/ read all about it here. 

the menil is located inside a 30 acre neighborhood of art. i was mesmerized by the simplicity of the all white structure and how it sat on a huge flat green lawn. it was breathtaking, so graphic and clean. it was raining the day i visited, there was a few bolts of lightning that added to the moment.

the main building of the menil houses special exhibits (currently featuring Picasso the Line, and exhibit of the artist drawings ) and the permanent collection of the menil’s founder john and dominique menil that is rotated often.

the main building anchors a campus with three other museums: two are dedicated two are dedicated to single artists (Cy Twombly and Dan Flavin) and another to year-long installation projects; a fourth building is under construction for a drawing institute. whats also fascinating is the museum has bought all of these bungalows lining the streets, all painted grey, they are rented out to tenants by the museum. these simple grey structures just add to the simple and captivating setting. 

the hallmark of the Menil is making art accessible which is vital to the Menil’s mission, so no admission is charged and all public.  programs are free. if you are in houston anytime soon, a visit to the Menil is a must, i only hope when you are there it’s lightning!

a special thanks to my dear friend paloma contreras who hosted me over the weekend. discovering this treasure with her made this place even more special.

 

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Paris, musÈe Picasso. MP794.

Drawing by Picasso 

Beautiful Book

BLUE AND WHITE FOREVER

my new book Beautiful; All American Decorating and Timeless Style, explores my favorite color stories and themes that i rely on over and over throughout my design work.

it’s no surprise that blue and white is the story of the first chapter. it’s the color combination i love most. this combination, along with all things blue and white has captured my soul, and i am unapologetic about it. a piece of ceramic, a stripe, a hand painted chinoiserie, a dhurrie, a tile or a floral fabric…if it’s blue and white i will find it beautiful. 

here are some of my favorite rooms that have inspired me over the years, they are all connected by blue and white. enjoy!

 

Bunny Williams and John Rosselli- Town & Country

Michael S. Smith- Elle Decor

Mark D. Sikes- Lonny Magazine

David Netto

Mark D. Sikes- House Beautiful

David Netto- Veranda

Bunny Williams- House Beautiful

Furlow Gatewood- Veranda

Carrier and Company- The World of Interiors

Carrier and Company

Darryl Carter

David Netto- Veranda

Michael S. Smith

Miles Redd- Elle Decor

Mark D. Sikes- Lonny Magazine

Darryl Carter

Markham Roberts- House & Garden

Miles Redd- Elle Decor

Studio Peregalli

Michael S. Smith- Elle Decor

Mary McDonald

Oscar de la Renta

SPECIAL EDITION- EMMY EXCELLENCE

i know this is a little past due. the emmy’s were last week. i guess better late than never. here is my mds best dressed list for this years emmy awards.

there was such restraint this year, simple yet elegant dresses. these were my standouts. one callout- i thought kathy bates looked super chic!  i never thought of kathy bates as a best dressed type of lady. did you?

enjoy!

 

 

 

10/ Mandy Moore in Jason Wu

10/ Mandy Moore in Jason Wu

9/ Kathy Bates in Black and Ivory

9/ Kathy Bates in Black and Ivory

8/ Claire Danes in Schiaparelli

8/ Claire Danes in Schiaparelli

7/ Jessica Seinfeld in Dior

7/ Jessica Seinfeld in Dior

6/ Olivia Culpo

6/ Olivia Culpo

5/ Kerri Russell

5/ Kerri Russell

4/ Sophie Turner in Valentino

4/ Sophie Turner in Valentino

3/ sarah Paulson in Prada

3/ sarah Paulson in Prada

2/ Kirsten Dunst in Givenchy

2/ Kirsten Dunst in Givenchy

MDS Best at the Emmy's- Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

MDS Best at the Emmy’s- Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta