October 16, 2016

As Seen in Veranda Magazine – Outdoor Lighting

lighting maison k seen in veranda magazine

indoor outdoor lighting from maison kThere is something so enchanting about dining al fresco, surrounded by trees, flowers and the open sky. This is easy to do in Santa Barbara, even if that means wearing a down sweater and UGG boots for an evening supper.! Not long ago I met a friend for dinner near her apartment at Gramercy Park.  We dined at Gramercy Tavern. It’s a classic and has been around a long time but I had never been before. I  loved the ambiance the moment we walked in. Huge plate glass windows, high ceilings and larger than life floral arrangements with tree branches and flowers greeted us. A sideboard, pictured here, was layered with masses of roses, daisies, mounds of squash, piles of miniature clay pots and a large glorious cheese board.  Our table had tiny vases filled with rosemary arranged in a wooden tray and even the “toilette” was festooned with numerous floral arrangements. A city style al fresco experience in the heart of New York!

June 11, 2016

Dress Your Table With Summer Ceramics

summer ceramics at maison k



ceramics at maison k

There is a beautiful movement in design combining natural organic elements with sleek simplicity and geometric proportions. Pictured here is a perfect example of this 21st century aesthetic, the “Hypar Pavilion” – a superbly sculptural park/restaurant called Lincoln, at Lincoln Center. It’s one of my favorite under the radar spots to dine in all of NY, designed as part of the Lincoln Centers 2010 remodel, brilliantly imagined by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. A stroll through Lincoln Center, whether attending the opera, ballet, theatre (or not) is an uplifting experience; the glowing buildings, the open terraces, the grand fountain, the reflecting pool with Henry Moore sculpture, is always breathtaking. The creation of Lincoln Center was the vision of John D. Rockefeller III; he engaged Wallace Harrison (instrumental in designing Rockefeller Center) to design the master plan, as well the Metropolitan Opera House. Numerous architects including Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson designed buildings for the center as well.

March 26, 2016

Spring Dressing

spring dressing at maison k



moroccan cookies bakeryThere is nothing that will stop me in my tracks or compel me to head into unknown neighborhoods like a wonderful bakery. Pictured left are a few of the sweet treats from one of my favorite pâtisseries in the world. Located in “la nouvelle ville” in Marrakech, Patisserie Al Jawda is the most precious shop, its numerous tile bays filled with glass shelves lined with an astonishing variety of “ghoriba”, delectable coorocmade of semolina, sesame, almonds, rose water, orange flower water, honey, dates, anise and more. Further north, back in Paris it’s Pierre Hermé that makes me swoon with exquisite chocolates and his famous Rose Ispahan croissant. When in NYC, it’s the Donut Plant and closer to home
back in SB, in need of a sweet treat you’ll find me with a slice of carrot cake from The Savoy Cafe.  Time for tea and cake!
December 18, 2015

Plush Bath For Everyday Pampering

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plush bath robes at maison k

The perfect combo; a luxurious robe, a quiet morning at home and delectable croissants! We are fortunate to have

Renaud here in Santa Barbara, who creates incredible french pastry. You will find all the French expats there too – saying his creations are better than many French bakeries. The ultimate French Tea Emporium experience this side of the pond is not even Laduree in NYC but actually just down the coast from us here, in downtown Los Angeles. Bottega Louie is a must for those longing for a French experience; the patisserie is housed in beautiful marble and glass cases, in a high-ceiling, turn of the century building with large windows full of light. Enjoy a bistro meal, tea time treat or take things to go; the macaroons, patisserie and chocolates are nestled into beautiful packaging. My fave is the raspberry croissant pictured here. Ooh la la!
September 9, 2014

Vintage Treasures From The Himalayas, India and Bolivia

Vintage Treasures From The Himalayas, India and Bolivia at maison kThese vintage treasures renew your room by adding a touch of time-tested beauty among the multitude of mass-produced products we touch every day.


Bolivian Alpaca Throw was in Santa Barbara Magazine’s “Cliff Dwellings” article, by Lori Porter, featuring Micholyn Brown‘s interior design of a recently restored Cliff May home in Montecito, CA.

Himalayan Wedding Chest with its hand-carved, bold, floral designs. Or a Metal-Clad Indian Urn, a true gem that’s created with a three-step, all hand-wrought process.

Hope to see you in the store soon so you can see the lovely details on these pieces.



vintage treasures for fall at maison k, santa barbara, caWe just received the wedding chests and urns (above) that I found on a jaunt in India. I found the Alpaca throws from Bolivia in New York City recently!  At the end of a long day hunting and gathering for Maison K – one of my favorite tried and true destinations for a fabulous meal in a handsome environment is the Mercer Kitchen at the Mercer Hotel in Soho.  I love going early evening to nab one of the few small tables upstairs, lobby level. This intimate, lofty space is light filled with a view into the stunning lobby lounge designed by Christian Liaigre on one side and the a steady stream of scenic people walking up and down the interior stairs heading to the main dining room below. Every meal created under the direction of über-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is splendid. It’s a serene civilized space in the midst of Manhatten.  Often, I will head a just a few blocks over to Angelika Film Center to enjoy a great movie and rest my feet for the next day of buying for Maison K!

May 7, 2014

Chic Cowhides for Your Home

As you can see from the photos above, these all-natural cowhides look amazing in any setting. All-natural means natural colors and natural patterns, no dyes are used whatsoever and no two are alike. They possess true naturally beauty. Cowhides look dramatic under a sofa and add an unexpected look to a table top in a foyer. You may not expect this, but they are soft and luxurious to the touch and work well as a cozy throw over an upholstered chair.
View our brown and white cowhide.
View our black and white cowhide.



Cowhides remind me of milk and cheese!

Here is one of the most beautiful and delicious salads that has ever been placed in front of me. It was so original and inspirational, I had to just stare at it for a while before enjoying it!

The perfectly ripe tomatoes were still on the vine, the fresh mozzarella cheese was lightly drizzled with a balsamic/honey glaze. The caramelized onions and thinly sliced zucchini were a tasty addition rounding out the dish. Divine!

March 15, 2014

Travel Essentials #1

MK_CC_3_15_14_v5For me, “Travel Essentials” translates to: Keeping it simple!  A classic black and white palette is chic and easy  both day and night.  This silk pareo makes an easy cover up poolside along with a white satchel filled with a good book and  lotions. It then does double duty as a cocktail dress by tying it differently and adding a belt around the hips. Grab a sleek black clutch and you are set for a balmy evening! If you are visiting friends, these platinum patterned glasses make a great hostess gift or, enjoy using them for your own cocktail parties at home and feel like you are on a holiday! 


There are many marvelous shops and restaurants to discover in downtown Palm Springs. After finding a fabulous vintage dress at The Deja Vu Room, we wandered further down the street and found ourselves in a charming courtyard with an intriguing restaurant called Workshop.  Peering through the windows I vowed to be back one day!  Coincidentally, our friends took us there that very evening where we enjoyed marvelous summer salads, wonderful entrees and creative cocktails. The space, designed with cast concrete walls and tables coupled with a vaulted wood ceiling is a cool oasis in sizzling Palm Springs!

February 24, 2014

Just in from Paris…

personal accessories just in from france at maison k santa barbara
During my most recent trip to Paris I discovered what is now my new favorite restaurant in the City of Light.  In its 20 years, Le Petrelle has established an impressive following among both locals and tourists. With its beautiful, arty and romantic dining room, le Pétrelle is truly an exquisite dining destination. The menu changes with the seasons and each dish is made with only the best ingredients from local producers. If you’re ever in the area be sure put dinner at le Pétrelle on your itinerary, you won’t regret it!
January 19, 2014

Balmy Days & Cozy Nights

COZY restaurant near santa barbara, cold spring tavern
maison k recommends cold springs tavern, a cozy restaurant
If you must leave your cozy nest, one of the best escapes around is into another time and era at Cold Spring Tavern.  I’ve been visiting since a child and it never fails to delight.  Built in 1865 as a stagecoach stop; a place to change horses and nourish passengers, it’s now a living example of a fascinating and bygone aspect of American history. I particularly love to dine in the tiny room with the stone fireplace roaring. From there, and glancing out to the other portion of the restaurant, I half expect to see a lady in a gown pass by and hear the spurs of a cowboy rattle along the ancient wood floor. Famous for their game menu, it makes a marvelous destination for lunch or dinner.
November 23, 2013

Cozy up for Winter!

personal accessories for winter AT MAISON K
Finally, we are getting a taste of winter with our chilly nights! Alpaca and cashmere fibers have kept people warm for eons – but not with this much panache!  The ponchos are hand knit in Peru in a wonderful weight that keeps you lean and warm – without the bulk of a coat.  They will take you from a trail walk, to dinner and out to a movie with great ease and wonderful style!

Apart from sojourns in Washington DC and San Francisco for 15 years, Santa Barbara has been home. Even still, I discover new wonders in our beautiful city. One of my favorite finds the past couple of years, right under my nose, are the marvels of the Montecito Trails Foundation. Often I head off on a now familiar path, at other times when I have the time, I venture down a trail having no idea where it goes, but I know it will be lovey!  This particular path led me eventually to Cafe Luna in Summerland where I enjoyed their fabulous poached egg huevos rancheros and coffee. Olé!