Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Irish Beauty




I can't stop staring at the British House and Garden July cover photo.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cool Dips




Marina Bay Sands Hotel-Infinity Park   Singapore



The forecast calls for another heat wave this weekend for most of the United States,
so many of you will be looking to water to stay cool.
I found a few lovely pools over at The Daily Beast that will at least keep my daydreams chilled!


Enjoy the view, and have a great weekend!





Banyan Tree Seychelles   Mahe, Seychelles




Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc   Cap d'Antibes, France




Burj Al Arab   Dubai, UAE




Blue Lagoon Spa   Grindavik, Iceland




San Alfonso del Mar   Algarrobo, Chile




Singita Sasakwa Lodge   Tanzania




The Beverly Hills Hotel   Los Angeles, California




The Standard Downtown   Los Angeles, California





Villa D'Este   Lake Como, Italy    (my personal favorite)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I Wouldn't Change A Thing




























12305 5th Helena Drive
Brentwood, California 90049


1929 Hacienda 


4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms
House: 2624 Square Feet
Lot: 23,200 Square Feet
Citrus Grove


Offered at  $3,595,000


David Offer
Prudential Fine Homes


By the way....It's also the last home of Marilyn Monroe..
I think it's perfect.....how about you?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Notable




If you do not take the local paper, (The Virginian-Pilot) get one today. The latest issue of "Distinction" magazine is out, and it is probably one of the best lifestyle publications I've seen. 
You can also go to distinctionhr.com and check out current and past issues. 




Kudos to the editor, and my friend, Mark Atkinson, for the best issue yet.



Mark: seated
Publisher, John Fall : standing

The summer issue is full of beautiful summer shots and interesting articles that will satisfy the most discerning reader. I was delighted to see my friend Bobby Holland (shown below with his father) featured in an article on Virginia Beach surfing.  







And Jeff Marks is looking dapper in his seersucker...









On a national note, my young friend, fashion stylist Claire Magruder...





has hit her stride with the August COVER of Good Housekeeping Magazine!!!











Claire told me that Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson were wonderful to work with, and that she received a lovely thank you note from Ms. Thompson.
You can click HERE to view a short video of the shoot.



Claire can also be found on the Yahoo lifestyle site,  "Shine", discussing the best swimwear trends for summer 2010. 




























Congratulations to both Mark and Claire. I wish that some of your talent and creativity would rub off on me!



Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sleepy Town




I've been working on a home in Lynchburg for the past year. Prior to spending time there, I  had my uneducated prejudices and opinions.
My visits have been a real eye opener. Lynchburg is located in the foothills of Virginia on the James river. It is a little over an hour from Charlottesville, and about three and a half hours from Washington, D.C.
Formed in 1786, it is home to 3 colleges. There are many charming neighborhoods with beautiful and historic homes. Downtown has a lively restaurant, arts, and shopping scene. 







I was delighted to discover a downtown gem on one of my recent visits. Owner Mary Brockman has a great selection of antiques, lighting, accessories, and even the occasional one-of-a-kind fashion and jewelry items. Her cavernous store, Enchanted, showcases an eye for color and design, with a wink toward the eclectic and new. 



















Right next door is Urban Merchant, Brockman's newest venue, specializing in gifts and other ephemera with a few "flea" and antiques thrown in. 













The Farm Basket is a charming roadside garden center, cafe, and specialty shop. I've had several wonderful lunches there. Their garden center is small but first rate. 




























If you can't visit Lynchburg, The Farm Basket has a great online store. Click HERE to check out their fine gifts, specialty foods, and Virginia specific items. 




I am looking forward to returning to this "not so sleepy" town and discovering other hidden treasures.