Baroque Pearls For Your Inner Goddess

_____________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY I’ve been fascinated with Greek and Roman art and antiquity my entire life – I’m quite sure a very early visit to Ludington Court at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art started it all.  I have fond childhood memories of the museum where my mother was a docent for many years. Years Continue Reading

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July 15, 2016 by maison

Bring The Inside Out!

____________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY I love the earthy and elegant muted tans, blush and nudes of the textiles above – a palette echoed in many of the dresses featured in “Manus x Machina” (Hand and Machine), the Costume Institute’s Spring 2016 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Like many, I (mistakenly) believed that Haute Couture Continue Reading

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June 26, 2016 by maison

Baroque Pearls – Jewels of The Sea

________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY There is something beguiling about an empty stairwell; an invitation, an air of intrigue – what’s beyond that corner, who is up in those rooms above? Glancing at these stairs I can’t help but imagine a 17th century contessa, draped in silk, lace and baroque pearls climbing the stairs to the “primo piano” to Continue Reading

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April 02, 2016 by maison

Che Bella! Italian Linens

____________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY I have fallen in love with Florence. This is surprising as till recently I’ve always felt Rome the ne plus ultra of Italy, yet I’m smitten!  I was last there on business eons ago but recently a friend (a former colleague and buyer herself) said, “Kim have you been to Florence lately?  There Continue Reading

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March 04, 2016 by maison

Haute Home

_______________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY Long 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 Continue Reading

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March 01, 2016 by maison

New Shipment Astier de Villatte

________________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY There was promise of rain, but instead the skies parted as we ambled down the granite path, past the 1919 Reginald Johnson villa of Lotusland. (Johnson was Architect of the main SB Post office and Bellosguardo as well.)  Surrounded by magnificent stands of “dragon trees“, euphorbia, cactus, palms, ginkgo, on and on, Continue Reading

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January 11, 2016 by maison

Entertaining Ideas

____________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY 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 Continue Reading

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December 20, 2015 by maison

Timeless Gifts: Diamonds and Cashmere

________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY I’ve long wanted to be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the lighting of their Baroque Neapolitan Christmas Tree . The grand tree, festooned with flying angles and gorgeous creche figurines, is backed by an 18th century Spanish wrought iron choir screen, and located in the Medieval Sculpture Gallery.  Throughout the gallery, numerous renderings of Mary Continue Reading

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December 03, 2015 by maison

Finds From New York Gift Show

_________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY The textiles and rugs above are a feast for the senses (luxurious finds from New York Gift Show) – their soft luxurious textures palpable to our eye and hand. In contrast, the sleek and voluminous lines of the artful metal and glass fabrication of the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris (left) is Continue Reading

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August 27, 2015 by maison

¡Viva La Fiesta!

______________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY After our road trip up the coast, we returned to SB via 101. One of our favorite rest spots is San Juan Bautista, two hours south of Sausalito.  We love to lunch in the garden at Jardines de San Juan where one dines surrounded by colorful umbrellas and brilliant flowers. The local Continue Reading

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August 06, 2015 by maison