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June 22, 2020

Some of the greatest designs to come out of French modernism are the light fixtures of Serge Mouille.  Mouille was originally a jewel smith and his fine craftsmanship came to good use when he started making light fixtures.

His lights had all adjustable heads and were en...

May 5, 2020

We love amazing modern chairs, and one of our favorites is the reclining chair designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft in the late 1950's.

Mulhauser had worked with George Nelson at Herman Miller and designed the famous coconut chair!  

I have the plycraft recliner in...

February 13, 2020

You might have heard of "l'heure bleue" or the "blue hour" -- that magical time after twilight and before evening when the sky turns an indescribable rich shade of blue. (Also occurs before dawn.)  This is our favorite shade of blue and very hard to recreate in paint.


March 19, 2017

I love animals. Arnie and I have a happy household filled with them as equal family members. In fact, I don’t think life would be too much fun without critters around. 

Of course, there are a few design challenges to consider when you live with pets, especially aging on...

July 11, 2016

Last year Arnie and I went to the Galapagos Islands, about 600 miles west of Ecuador. This is one of the few places on earth where animals are not terrified of people -- the mega-predators of this poor, beleaguered planet. You can walk close to a mother bird nesting wi...

August 30, 2015


This might just be my favorite native tree of all.  It never fails to elicit gasps from my guests and questions of "what is that and where can I get one!"  


I'm talking about the magnificent Magnolia Macrophylla.  Macrophylla means "great leaved" which is most ap...

July 14, 2015

My studio is in my house, and I love it this way.

Some of the major benefits:

Renting or buying an outside office is expensive to own, insure, heat, cool and maintain.

Not having an outside space = lower overhead = money saved that I pass along to my clients.

I work late h...

I get really excited about great trees, especially great native trees.

Some of the Southeast’s greatest trees aren’t often used in gardens. In hopes of spreading the word about these “must haves,” in my opinion, I thought I would tell you about my very favorite trees,...




It's a myth that modernist architects don't like to use color.  


Look back at much of the work of Le Corbusier and you will see a man who loved color and used it beautifully. From the colored light monitors of his La Tourette nunnery, to the incredible painted door...

Arnie and I made a pilgrimage to the Massachusetts Shaker Hancock Village in July 2014.  I am a modernist but I revere Shaker design.  It’s not a contradiction at all, even though Shaker design dates from the 18th and 19th centuries. 


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