June 22, 2016

Fun, French Fashion Jewelry

fun french fashion jewelry for summer



I love the earthy tones of the necklaces above, the colors mirrored in this image of the magical enclave of Les Baux-de-Provence  in the south of France. This ancient town clings to a towering peak, surrounding a citadel and castle with views for miles and miles.  Inhabited since 6000BC Les Baux is built from the local stone quarried in the area by the native people and later the Romans in 2 BC. Down the hill from this fascinating fortress and surrounding town is “Les Carrieres de Lumieres” – a spectacular art space where huge images are projected on the walls of an old quarry and choreographed with music inside the vast chambers – it’s a breath taking experience. Both sites are part of France’s “Culture Spaces” a heady array of cultural treasures each spectacular in its own right; which to choose from next?!

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!
March 2, 2016

Haute Home

haute home



HAUTE HOME LOOK FROM MAISON KLong on my must see list in Paris has been the Picasso Musée.  Closed for a 2 year renovation in 2009, it ended up taking 5, finally reopening in 2014. After all my business was complete (all the new spring accessories from Paris are in store now!) we headed to the Hôtel Salé, the grand 17th century home of the musée.  It was a cool grey day, and as we approached the narrow entrance, the portal opened into a majestic courtyard. The exquisite baroque design, particularly the grand stairwell, is the perfect contrast to all the work inside, showcasing Picasso’s multi genre artistic range; ceramics, found objects, paintings and sculpture are all beautifully presented with meaningful english translations. There is a lovely garden and cafe as well, so one can make a great day of the visit soaking up a glorious range of art, history and architecture.

January 18, 2016

Spring & Summer Fashion Preview

spring & summer fashion preview at maison k




Here is another example of that beautiful pale copper shade paired with bright white. Pictured, is a stairway in the grand courtyard of Palazzo Doria Tursi in Genoa, Italy. It’s one of the 3 stunning 16th century palazzi on Via Garibaldi which comprise the “Musei di Strada Nuova.”  Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi are architectural gems of a bygone era. The buildings themselves and the artworks therein exemplify the great wealth of the aristocrats in 16th century Genoa. The entire street was inaugurated in 2006 as a UNESCO World Heritage sight and is composed of 42 restored palazzi. One such palazzo is now an exquisite boutique called Via Girabaldi 12.  Stay at Palazzo Cicala across from San Lorenzo in the medieval area of this fascinating seaport city.  Remember too, this is the birthplace of Cristoforo Colombo.

September 19, 2015

Favorite Accessories From France




FAVORITE ACCESSORIES AT MAISON KThis wonderful sculpture is one of many incredible works of art at Rockefeller Center in NYC. 30 Rock was conceived by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and put 40,000 people to work during the depression; architects, engineers, craftsmen, artists and builders. The beautiful fountainhead Nereid (sea nymph ) left, rides a spouting dolphin along a landscaped waterway leading from 5th Avenue toward the sunken garden interior. She is one of five Nereids here representing Leadership, Will, Thought, Imagination and Alertness. Their sculptor, Rene Paul Chambellan, specialized in architectural sculpture and was known for “French Moderne Style” or Zig Zag moderne; what we now call Art Deco.  The waterway is exquisite all seasons, here, under a dusting of snow.

September 12, 2015

Delicate Colorful Diamonds

delicate colorful diamonds are a girls best friend



delicate colorful diamonds at maison kThe Cloisters, located in Fort Tyron Park, is one of New York City’s greatest treasures. We have several gentleman to thank for their foresight and generosity; a sculptor and collector of medieval art, George Grey Barnard’s Medieval Art collection was purchsed by John D. Rockefeller as a gift to  the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Rockefeller purchased hundreds of acres (to create the park and new museum) adjacent to the palisades J. Pierpont Morgan had purchased years earlier to preserve the cliffs and shoreline from excessive quarrying. We are blessed to enjoy an incredible architectural melange of several european monasteries, beautiful art and tapestries, a gorgeous park and spectacular views west over the Hudson.