i have long been an admirer of michael de perno’s designs and his aesthetic. his los angeles bungalow that was featured not just once, but twice in elle decor many years ago has always been a source of inspiration. there is a simplicity to the rooms he puts together, however, there are a lot of layers and texture, it’s clean and pure, yet enticing and sexy.

michael and i have gotten to know one another. he has moved back and forth from the east coast to the west coat a few times, after l.a. he went back east, then he went to sonoma, now he is back in connecticut.

michael is an interior designer, and an antique dealer….he also used to have a store called ren, that was curated with the most beautiful things….i’m not exactly sure of what he’s up to now, but whatever it is, it’s guaranteed to be authentic and beautiful.

…michael has the best instagram, you must follow, his photos tell his story much better than i can..take a look…as you can see he has impeccable taste, a refined eye and he surrounds himself always with natural beauty.

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this is that time of year when it’s still warm everywhere, but new fall clothes are starting to arrive in stores….it seems so weird to start buying cashmere or a fall coat, but you kinda feel pressure to start…

when i was in retail we called this time of year “transition,” it’s when you want to start wearing neutrals to start that slow transition into fall colors and layers. a military jacket is perfect, as is a pair of cargos, even a piece of suede. all of these utilitarian items can be worn now with white tee, or a piece of denim, love this look with big straw bag and a saddle brown sandal….

…the military look is always chic, especially this time of year, the time when you know you need to start thinking about fall, but your not quite ready, but you know it’s time for a new uniform.

for all my favorite military looks for women shop here and for men shop here– get into a new uniform!


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when i’m doing projects that call for neutral interiors, i’m always inspired by atelier AM and axel vervoordt.

i think it’s the way they mix texture and furnishings, the mix of linen, reclaimed woods, stone, rattan, and pottery…. everything feels so natural…..yes, they tend to feel a bit minimal, but you don’t really need a lot of things when you have all the rich layers.

when it comes to neutral interiors that inspire, these are the best, or at least i think so, especially when you are wanting to create a natural home.

for m0re inspiration, be sure to get atelier am’s book, interiors/ buy here and axel vervoordt’s books, living with light/ buy here, timeless interiors/ buy here, and the story of style/ buy here.

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