Author of Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Inspiration Is All Around Us


Stephen Shubel finds inspiration everywhere. Most recently it was the spas he enjoyed at the Biltmore Four Seasons, Santa Barbara, and Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, that caught his attention. "They were unbelievable," he says. "I simply had to add something similar to my Sausalito home." So he did. With a built-in sound system, mood lighting and aromatherapy among other amenities, "It's the most serene environment, truly a place to restore my body and refresh my spirit." It doesn't hurt that the San Francisco skyline, Bay Bridge and Angel Island can be seen from the windows. The spa, which includes an ensuite sitting rooom, is floored in creamy white, Arizona river rock installed by contractor Dan Obrien for a garden-like feel. Fittings from Restoration Hardware complete the look. Too bad Shubel is so busy with design projects he isn't there as often as he'd like.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Getting Ready for Book-Signing Tour


Nothing like a little downtime after skiing all day. Resting up here in the snow for my book tour that begins mid-April -- NYC, Washington, DC, Palm Beach, Houston, Dallas, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Stay tuned for schedule.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Go Red for Women


It's "Go Red for Women" month... time to raise awarenss and funds to help women fight heart disease and stroke, the evils that take one woman's life every minute! Spread the word, give money.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Blue Blue Blue


Have you picked up the March issue of "House Beautiful" filled with info, pictures and ideas about Americans' favorite color? How many shades of blue could there be? Don't know, but there is definitely one for everyone. Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz used a delphinium shade for one of the guest rooms in his beach house. It's pictured in "Designers Here and There" available now on amazon.com. Stephen Shubel, also in my book, opines on blue in "The Last Words" column. His pithy comment is to be careful because in general blues are "not so great for most skin tones." Better choices are yellows, peaches and pinks. The above picture is a piece by Dale Chihuly, a favorite artist of Sana Fe designer Pam Duncan, who has several such pieces in her home profiled in the book.