April 15th, 2013
Like a layering of Lapis dreams, this gentle feathered friend shows all of us that all that mother nature needs no help in her design room, she displays the most perfectly imperfect creation every time! Effortlessly chic!
April 9th, 2013
In the works at my design studio, gemstone shrines; sure to provide beauty and healing in one gorgeous display! Coming soon to The Sage Lifestyle.
March 27th, 2013
With Spring upon us it's time to refresh and brighten our lives. I know my favorite way to do that is with fresh flowers in every room. Making floral arrangements is one of my most favorite things to do! I use a menagerie of vintage vases I've spent decades collecting and hit the garden to find a wonderful fresh garden mix of wild flowers and greens. I love this unusual garland of blooms.
March 15th, 2013
Meet my current muse of the moment....I was lucky enough to come across this beautiful vintage Indian wedding dress at a recent show and have not been able to keep my eyes off it...it now resides on display in my design studio inspiring me in its global colors and intense contrasts. It is a true work of art!
THE MASTER MATISSE
February 22nd, 2013
My obsession lies within the masterful use of color he used in every piece! Whether it was a perfect explosion of color like this below or the single use if color in some of his simpler works, he difines color in everything he did.
February 9th, 2013
The moon is an absolute inspiration to me. In every shape or form it holds such incredible magic and has been a constant part of my collections throughout my many years as a designer. Usually paired with a star I try to embody Luna's magic. Make a wish....
January 18th, 2013
A store front as gorgeous as a shining emerald....French Art Deco perfection!
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
January 10th, 2013
STAIRWAY TO INSPIRATION
December 20th, 2012
With my constant quest for textiles it's no surprise that I am utterly smitten with the clever use of rugs here! Brilliant!
MASTER OF COLOR
November 29th, 2012
This artichoke embodies the masterpiece of color unity such as watermelon Tourmaline...spectacular beauty! We must all truly take inspiration from the best, Mother Nature!!!
SPARKLE AND SHINE
November 27th, 2012
Vintage ornaments keep my tree looking unique! I make it a tradition to add no less than one new ornament each year, usually it's more like 10. My holiday spirit just can't say no to a new treasure when I see it! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
November 24th, 2012
DIWALI, the festival of lights is a color explosion that inspires and delights me! What an incredible 5 day celebration it must be amongst those who celebrate this beautiful holiday!
November 21th, 2012
I just adore this image....1950's perfection!
November 16th, 2012
Yes, eyes of Emerald indeed. This Leopard embodies such elegance, grace and striking beauty! Like a little gem of nature this stunning bird dances with his reflection....spectacular!
November 12th, 2012
Even as a child, making the perfect fort was a daily quest. This stunning tent is GORGEOUS and absolutely breathtaking! I could get lost for days in there!
November 3rd, 2012
I just adore the simplistic yet ethnic approach here. The color contrasts are so striking and bring warmth to the room. Adore!
October 18th, 2012
This old barn style home pretty much sums up FALL in all its fabulous glory for me. The warm colors, verdant surroundings and welcoming pumpkins all make it just perfectly cozy. This would be my dream house to host Thanksgiving in.
TWO FOR TEA
September 25th, 2012
With my obsession with all things in the world of tea, this repurposed use of old teapots really got my attention. LOVE IT!
A WORLD OF TILE
September 7th, 2012
Vintage tiles are like jewels to me. The details and depth of aged colors delight me time and time again. This rustic collection of handmade tiles is true perfection!
August 28th, 2012
My ultimate daydream takes me here... Jewel-toned architecture, emerald waters and lush gardens...divine!!!
August 24th, 2012
A stroll down this sunshine yellow path would inspire creativity abound!!!
August 21st, 2012
My love affair with tea is never ending... I take mine with cream and sugar!!! Tea time is taken twice a day in my house and is an absolute ritual.
August 19th, 2012
Growing up at the beach has made seashells part of my aesthetic in so many facets..... I LOVE the use of seashells seen here below!!!
August 15th, 2012
There is something so enchanting in a balloon;. like a floating gem in the sky it drifts up and carries your wish with it!
August 10th, 2012
An absolute ritual of mine is the Sunday farmers market! I grab my favorite basket and keep myself stocked up on fresh, local and organic produce.....yummy!!! The fruits and vegetables are so wonderful and inspiring with all their glorious colors!!!
August 6th, 2012
Emeralds, Emeralds Emeralds….My endless love affair with this mesmerizing green beauty of a stone never ends.
PASSION FOR PEONIES
August 3rd, 2012
Flowers are present in every room in my home. A fresh bouquet is enough to brighten each day!!! PEONIES are one of my most adored!
July 18th, 2012
An absolute passion of mine…old postcards, magazines, labels, cards, newspapers, stamps…the perfect tones of all the worn colors seems to make even the simplest detail incredibly intriguing!
July 16th, 2012
Vogue, 1940's. Capturing the essence of style for over a century!
RAINBOWS OF COLOR
July 8th, 2012
I can't get enough of the wonderful array of summer colors...they brighten each day! Love!!!
June 11th, 2012
My two newest additions to my textile menagerie! What will they become....pillows, framed art, a satchel? Can't wait!
June 4th, 2012
Vintage Moroccan carpets. I have been collecting them for years! I am so in awe with their unique colorations and raw and unfinished qualities! These two are my Summer obsessions!
A WORLD OF GARDENS
May 20th, 2012
The Huntington Gardens is my go to place when I need a world of inspiration in a days visit. The bamboo forest delights you with lily pads, Koi fish, geese and turtles, breathtaking. The tropical gardens envelop you in a world of greens. The fountains and statues are mesmerizing!!!
LOVES GIFT DEVINE
May 9th, 2012
My Mother's Day gift is the blessing of my two greatest creations, Sophie Rose and Lila May! They're my daily inspiration and my heart and soul!
SCARABS, SERPENTS, AND DRAGONS
May 8th, 2012
Egyptian revival scarab, Circa 1920 finds itself encrusted with Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian and Turquoise. The scarab, a sacred beetle for Egyptians who believed that the scarabs represented rebirth as well as the rising and setting of the sun. Ever since I went to my first Egyptian art exhibit as a child I have had a fascination with scarabs and have coveted them ever since. For me the ability to recreate yourself is represented through the scarab.
Serpents have been worshiped since the dark ages. My fascination with them is endless. I am in awe with their beauty of texture and color. This piece, another extraordinary example of Egyptian revival dates back to 1880 and represents royalty (serpent) and rebirth (scarab). An eternal beauty!!!
An imperial Chinese dragon symbolizes power, strength and good luck. This is an incredible example of craftsmanship. This stunning masterpiece is Circa 1900, England and is sadly NOT in my collection, a girl can dream!
May 5th, 2012
A compact destined for a Princess; this is the most stunning compact I have ever laid eyes on. Circa 1920, encrusted with Rubies, Emeralds, Opals, Sapphires, Garnets, Amethyst, Citrine, and Seed Pearls... Gasp!!!
DROPS FROM HEAVEN
May 2nd, 2012
Tahitian Pearls forever hold the mystery of the depths of the sea. Their luster and brilliant hues never cease to amaze me! Lore says nothing can enhance the magnificence of these fine pearls except a woman!
A KEEPSAKE TO ADMIRE
April 26th, 2012
Cameos have long been a part of my collections, as they portray such innocence and purity in such a subtle way. Immediately after adorning myself with one of my many cameos I instantly feel more feminine and intriguing; swept away in the romantic spell of these centuries old works of sculptured art!
A TRAVELED PATH
April 24th, 2012
Vintage luggage…another obsession of mine! My collection acts as the vessels to hold many memories of times past, and they all have a story to tell every time I open them!
April 22nd, 2012
This just makes me smile! If jewelry could be a bicycle I think this may be it!
THE EYES HAVE IT
April 20th, 2012
Here are the newest additions to my Evil Eye collection. The Evil Eye protection has been a fascination of mine ever since the days when my mother used to pin them to my clothing as a child. A true hippie at heart she took inspiration from the Turkish belief that this charm, the "evil eye," would watch over me and protect me from harm. I have coveted them ever since. These pictured are rare and far superior to any glass ones as they form in nature and are naturally an "eye," made of Agate.
FESTIVAL OF COLOR
April 18th, 2012
"Holi", the Festival of color in India which celebrates the joyous arrival of Spring, begins with an array of delightful colors which then slowly finds it's way all over everyone in town...a colorful inspiration!
April 16th, 2012
A bead bazaar in Istanbul...or maybe a jewelry designers ultimate paradise...OMG, I have died and gone to bead heaven! Can I make a curtain out of this?
April 13th, 2012
My dream this Summer... Lost in France in this mystical waterfall.
LOST AT SEA
April 12th, 2012
I cannot wait to design these beautiful little creatures... It is so rare to find a true mermaid treasure; so lovely! These beauties will be available soon... That is if I can part with them!
GLASS FROM THE PAST
April 10th, 2012
Vintage Czechoslovakian glass is my reward after a long day of hunting... The real gems of the day, make a treasure hunters hard work pay off!!! Spectacular beauties!
April 9th, 2012
Peruvian Opals & Fire Opals... Two of my most favorite gemstones of all time... Legend says that they help one face the future with a tranquil mind, open your creativity, and enable ideas to flow freely! A gemstone for any modern day woman in need of peace of mind!
April 6th, 2012
Natural potpourri in Grasse, France, a perfumistas dream!
SEA OF BEADS
April 4th, 2012
A bead bazaar in France…. lost in a sea of blue and green dreams!!!
A TILE TO ADORE
March 29th, 2012
Another obsession of mine... antique tiles. I have been collecting tiles for over 20 years from all over the world. This weeks inspiration, two of my favorites from India, Circa 1920... gorgeous!
A WORK OF ART
March 27th, 2012
I'm forever inspired by the masterful art of my nine-year-old daughter. Her choice of colors and creative composition seemingly always stems from love and the purity of her heart!
FLEURS OF JOY
March 24th, 2012
New additions to my fragrance archives… Just LOVE and covet all these wonderful vintage cosmetic vessels. The details are always ever inspiring for me as I develop new and exciting additions to my fragrance and candle collection! Inspired indeed!
FANCIFUL COLORS OF SPRING
March 22nd, 2012
Vintage enamel sets the stage for the perfect Spring look! A look behind the scenes of the secret stash at Sage!
VINTAGE FLOWERS IN BLOOM
March 18th, 2012
Spring is in the air over at my studio! New vintage jewels abound await their new arrival at Sage! Here's a sneak peek...
March 11th, 2012
Green roses are an earthly delight and a must have this Spring to liven up your domaine!
Spring in it's pure simplistic beauty....let it's colors inspire you and let your creativity soar!
March 9th, 2012
This vintage embroidered vest from China (Circa 1920) is just divine! I added it to my textile collection, and soon to give it new life in the form of a purse for my new (soon to come) collection of reclaimed textile handbags. Stay tuned!
March 7th, 2012
Just picked some new insane treasures....vintage, Circa 1970 broaches. Can't wait to make these up. What new life will they embody in their new modern updated design? Umm.....
March 2nd, 2012
Enchanted Victorian seashells.....I remember the day, many years ago when I first saw these rare beauties.....in awe, I imagined they must have graced the necks of the most beautiful mermaids over 100 years ago! I haven't stopped coveting them since!
February 25th, 2012
It's hard not to be inspired by everything in St. Tropez! Hope you enjoy my homage to this majestic destination! GORGEOUS!
Naturally, it's obvious the colors of St. Tropez inspired me throughout the journey of this collection.....tones of corals, sand, aqua blue and blush reveal themselves again and again, forever reminding you of the beauty and essence of St. Tropez!
February 15th, 2012
Here's me.....thinking, what shall inspire me today.....in my blog you will get a glimpse to all that inspires me, in so many wondrous moments in my life. You see, to me, inspiration is everywhere, all around us, every day! Be bold, be beautiful, be inspired!
February 10th, 2012
My lil girl, Sophie Rose Annabelle....my scent PEARL was created for her to embody the innocence and purity of a child.
And my Lila May. A new children's collection of jewels on its way, inspired by her love of mom's jewels! She adorns herself with no less than two necklaces a day! That's my girl!
RELY ON YOUR SENSES
February 3rd, 2012
Lavender in Provence, need I say more?
January 28th, 2012
Vintage textiles, I covet them....a true obsession!
RAY OF SUN
January 22nd, 2012
Olivine Tourmaline.....all Tourmaline I'm obsessed with, but this color is so rare and just intense! Like a ray of sunshine setting on the mountain tops!
January 17th, 2012
Vintage feather accessories....hats, bags, belts, u name it, I have to have it! This is one of the most gorgeous ones I ever had the pleasure of capturing!
I TIP MY HAT…
January 15th, 2012
Paisleys, and well....anything in these tones of tangerine, amber, and mustard....and mostly anything from the 70's, really does captivate me!
FOLLOW YOUR SENSES
January 12th, 2012
This is perfume mist in Grasse, France.....not sure I need to explain on how many levels this inspires me. Let me just say this, one day, I promise, as you walk into my shop on Beverly Blvd, you will be guided by a gentle perfume mist...
January 5th, 2012
Fringe, any fringe....tassels too! Love, love, love them! This shawl, to die! Vintage Indian, circa 1920.
January 3rd, 2012
Trees, flowers, sky, clouds, and sunshine.....we live amongst these treasures every day. I wait in anticipation for what my next inspiration may be. I can't wait to share it with you...