Archives for July 2015


I fell in love with the charm of this home in Santa Monica, California that was featured in Luxe magazine. A vibrant, 1930s residence designed by Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey that is filled with vintage accessories. Come along and let’s take the tour. I think you’ll agree, there is much to love about this vintage beauty.



The entry features a wallpaper from Quadrille’s Home Collection, Persepolis and a vintage Qashqai rug which brings a whimsical burst of pattern and color to the entry.


The dining room features a custom polished-brass table and slipcovered chairs from Restoration Hardware. Hanging drum pendant from Jonathon Adler and drapery in Schumacher’s Vientianne Ikat print, LOVE!!


Dining Room.


The Great Room features lots of vibrant pattern mixes. The Burnham designed console is covered in a python-pattern vinyl and features a pair of Bunny Williams Home lamps with a leather rhinoceros from Harbinger, perched in between.


A seating area in the Great Room.


A colorful cloisonné box, a red tray from Mecox, a vintage candy dish from Burnham Design, sits on the Great Room vintage Italian gold-leaf cocktail table.


The freshened up kitchen with new paint and existing pendant lights.


Breakfast Nook ~ Banquette fabricated in Perennials’ Bazaar fabric from David Sutherland.


The Master Bedroom features a serene palette, with Katie Ridder Leaf Wallpaper from Harbinger.


Vibrant splashes of color in the wife’s office come from Katie Ridder’s Peony fabric on the desk chair, a vintage lamp from Hollywood at Home and a abstract advertising poster by graphic artist, Bernard Villemot.




I recently came across an article in Elle Decor, written by Sarah C. Rich, titled “Covering the Territory”. The article highlighted Deborah Osburn’s company, Clé Tile.  She has basically “carved out a sweet spot where the age-old art of tile meets the brand-new digital world.”¹ “The endeavor is an outgrowth of her blog, Tile Envy.”¹ Deborah started her blog as an inspirational antidote to the burnout she’d developed over several decades spent running industrial tile operations. “There are people out there making amazing tiles and no one will ever see them,” Osborn laments, “because our industry just wants one thing.” She began blogging about artists who use ceramic, porcelain, or concrete as their medium, and before long, her readers began asking how to buy what they were seeing. Osburn became a matchmaker between makers and seekers of art-driven tile.¹


Delft, utter this word and the world swoons with visions of an imperial era of refined sensibilities. It’s the “dress-up” version of tile; all Marie Antoinette-like and certain to conjure thoughts of high tea and fanciful things. Macaroons anyone? The designs formed from delicate translations of nature originating from ancient China, and realized on plates, vessels and tiles, were popularized in the 17th century and made their way across Europe for centuries.²


Fast forward today, and the Delft trend is hotter than ever. Clé honors these classic combinations of blue and white painted floral inspirations and expands them with traditional Delft color palettes including yellow and magenta. They have also included a color palette with a decidely modern vibe, including; pink, grey, green, teal and persimmon. Finely hand painted, Deborah Osburn’s Delft collection for Clé aptly title “17th Century”, is a joyous nod to the everlasting designs of Delft tiles and Delft ware.²


In addition to Deborah Osburn’s Delft line, she takes inspiration from nature as well. Her Malachite line features lithographed swirls that elegantly mimic the emerald-green stone.¹

cle tiles watermark

One of her most risky designs, called Watermark, has also turned out to be her most celebrated: a series of unglazed porcelain slabs dipped in indigo or verdigris-tinted gold dye. She starts with unglazed, hand formed and slow-fired porcelain, the color of new paper. It is then dipped, stroked, stained and washed with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments. Deborah Osburn then takes all of this tile goodness and converts two tactile and mutually enriching materials (porcelain and pigment) into her latest series ~ Watermark. It is dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar and, every one of the tiles from this series invokes the unique individuality of its namesake ~ Watermark

The effect echoes the dreamy view of San Francisco Bay from her home studio in the hills above Sausalito, California ~~ an abstract landscape of color receding toward a foggy white.¹ This pattern now adorns the walls of a Bay Area home belonging to one of the titans of the tech world, and it appears in Osburn’s new book, Tile Envy, which chronicles the small but mighty movement of artists inciting a renaissance in clay.¹

¹. Elle Decor.  “Covering the Territory”. Written by Sarah C. Rich.

². Clé Tile. Deborah Osburn.

All images via Clé Tile.



It is hard to believe, here it is the 4th of July! My gosh, where is this year going? We don’t have any special plans this year for the holiday, and quite frankly, that is just fine. I am finding that I prefer to stay close to home, having a little barbeque with family. In years past, we could easily be found down at the Dana Point Harbor, boating and enjoying a day on the water until the sun set and then watching the firework display from the barge that is anchored just outside Doheny State Beach, but those days are over and quite honestly, I am more than fine with that. It was loads of fun when my, now grown children, were younger, but over the years, the harbor has gotten more and more crowded and once you are there, you are definitely committed to staying there the entire day. This means you better get there early and be prepared to get home after midnight…..the traffic is abominable!! Anywho, whatever your plans may be, I wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th! Red, White and Blue….be inspired……











Happy 4th of July

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