July 9, 2016

Salut and Chin Chin

French Finds at maison k

French CafeSpeaking of French Finds, this is one of them for sure — “Le Jardin du Quai” in L’Isle sur la Sorgue. A multi storied, vine clad villa with ice blue shutters stands amidst a verdant garden with dining tables all about – it could not have been more quintessentially provencal – utterly charming. I love these easy relaxed meals where you linger between the courses after a long day and soak up the atmosphere. We would never have found this gem, hidden as it was behind a tall wall, but our wonderful hosts at Le Clos Violette, who have an eye for beauty and a taste for fine dining gave us all the best recommendations throughout the area.  Priceless!  We actually returned to “Le Jardin” the very next day for lunch and decided to eat inside – beguiled by the floor of old french tiles and vintage counter dining surrounding a grand island with an astonishing floral arrangement ringed by luscious desserts – including a regional favorite – le Tart Tropezienne. Did we indulge? Oh la la!

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.

December 21, 2015

Entertaining Ideas

entertaining ideas for the holidays




The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is a phenomenally preserved “motion picture palace”, built in 1927 by four of the most famous stars at the time, founders of United Artists. Where once silent films played, it’s now a very active live performance venue with a myriad of attractions. After a recent visit there with my father, we headed up to the roof top lounge/bar – a warm oasis way up in the sky, with sweeping city views. There is so much going on downtown, consider going by train!  Between the charm of Olivera Street, the newness of The Broad Museum, the Walt Disney Concert HallGrand Central Market, Clifton’s, and the plethora of other interesting spots, we have our own bright lights, big city alive and well in So Cal!

December 5, 2014

Fabulous New Book Titles

fabulous new books



fabulous new books at maison k montecitoLe Livre a toute heure! A consommer sans moderation! The book at all hours! Consume without moderation! This photo is 10 years old, but I will always remember the charm of finding this vending machine in San Germain de Pres after dinner one evening. No matter how you consume your books, whether on a Kindle, via Amazon, a vending machine or a shop like MAISON K, the power of commentary, story and documentation will always be a part of our collective need. I wonder what the next medium will be!

March 10, 2014

How to: Dress your springtime table!

As a foundation for your table scaping, use one of these exquisite white on white appliqué textiles which I just found in Kerela, India. Each piece is entirely made by hand of fine cutwork cotton hand-stiched onto a gauze ground. They also make a beautiful coverlet for your bed. Very limited assortment available in two sizes.
I had a very short time to plan my wedding in NYC which involved finding resources from across the country.  Gratefully, my mother discovered Polux Fleuriste.  Owners Barbara and Anouchka have an exquisite style combining a composed yet wild, romantic yet chic sensibility to all of their creations.  The shot above was taken at their wonderful shop at the forefront of All Good Things, a marvelous market place and restaurant housed in a turn of the century building located in the heart of Tribeca.  An area full of wonderful destinations, stay at The Greenwhich Hotel, have cocktails and a light supper at Smith & MillsHave a pedicure at I-Plaza Nails and then try on some fabulous sandals in a jewel box of a shop at Edon Manor.
December 18, 2013

Holiday Countdown: 7 days!

This set of six flutes is a stunning gift to give or receive. The tall slim profile is a fresh take on a traditional flute and is detailed with platinum berries. This beautiful glass will enhance any bubbly served.  It’s both festive and casual all at once! Show them off by serving a morning mimosa with fresh tangerine juice or beautiful sparkling rose in the evening!
SET OF 6 $110.
December 12, 2013

Holiday Countdown: 12 Days!

These grand trays are handmade in Turkey and were used for making Baklava. Each tray has a beautiful and unique pattern incised into the surface. They are made of copper with a tin overlay. They make wonderful side tables, trays for large ottomans, or even decorative wall art. Very limited assortment.
December 5, 2013

Holiday Countdown: 19 Days!

walnut bark serving collection
This ever popular assortment of serving pieces is made of nickel plate and walnut bark. Assortment includes candlesticks, ice buckets, cheese plates, martini shaker, etc,. In addition to the walnut bark collection we have beautiful horn accessories.
December 3, 2013

Holiday Countdown : 21 Days!

astier de villattee collectibles
Hand made at a workshop in Paris, this extremely collectable and ever beautiful pottery line is often imitated but never replicated – it is truly functional art to be enjoyed everyday. We have just received a new shipment from France, featuring new silhouettes so come by as soon as possible to get the best selection for your holiday dinner tables! 

November 1, 2013

Holiday Countdown: 53 days!

mango wood salad bowl
Our best selling mango wood salad bowl is made from mango trees retired from fruit bearing. When the tree is felled, a new one is planted and the wood is utilized into items such as this handsome bowl. The finish varies on each piece. Our olive wood with bone inlay servers are handcrafted in Kenya and nicely complete the gift!
Bowl $95 & Servers $48