The Ultimate Status Pumpkin

Not quite meant for Madison Avenue but but can’t help grinning at my friend designer Tom Samet’s take on the ultimate status… pumpkin. Meanwhile, cruising through The Daily Beast yesterday I was stopped in my tracks by some other pumpkin carvings, those by artist Ray Villafane. The Beast says the […]


Weekend in the Country

MILLBROOK, NY-Wow, talk about timing. It’s a good thing our 2nd Annual Duck Shoot and Lunch was last weekend and not this slushy old messy one. And what a beautiful weekend it was. Spending time with friends; stomping around the countryside in all its autumn glory; shooting some ducks (which […]


Katie Ridder’s ROOMS

Katie Ridder’s new book ROOMS, is just out. If you want a breath of fresh design air, be sure you get this one. Funny I say “breath,” because that is one of the things about Katie’s work you aren’t conscious of…until you are: Her rooms breathe. It isn’t that they’re […]

Blog, Decoration & Design

The Dining Room at Bee Cottage

The November issue of House Beautiful is out, and it’s the last of the Bee Cottage series in the magazine, on page 66. Writing the Bee column has been an absolute joy, and your responses to it have been so generous and so gratifying, thank you. And thank you to […]


Muriel, Muriel, Muriel

Well I’m just full a beans today with so much to tell. Last night. Tout New York was at Phillips de Pury for the divine James de Givenchy’s reception for the equally divine Muriel Brandolini, there to sign her new book, The World of Muriel Brandolini, and to preview the […]


A Morning Walk

A beautiful fall day in East Hampton. My usual morning walk. Nothing special. Weeds, really. But it makes me wonder what else there is out there for us if we will just open our eyes-and our hearts-to it. Hmmm. I’ll leave you with that. Have a great weekend.


Have a Few Friends for Drinks – Recipes Included!

With la rentree, as the French call the “re-entry” period at fall’s beginning, just behind us, it’s also a good time to gather friends you may have missed over the summer. Catch up, re-connect, reach out. I was talking about just this on The Nate Berkus Show yesterday, (Monday, October […]


Frances and Nate Berkus Invite you for Drinks

Today’s the day I’m on The Nate Berkus Show. There’s a whirlwind tour of Bee Cottage, and then Nate and I go about preparing for a drinks party. His crew were great to work with and really made it fun. He is adorable; his producers are adorable and also total […]

Blog, Entertaining, Flowers & Gardens

Sunflower Power

RANCHO LA ZACA–I’m not at the ranch now; I’m in New York, but it’s been gray and drizzly day here and I thought some California sunshine might be nice. California sunflowers, better still. We planted a patch of them in June and in August they were in full flower. Who […]


Follow Your Heart

BEE COTTAGE–Follow your heart in all things, and certainly in the things you surround yourself with at home. Collections, be they humble or grand, are created and pursued primarily because they bring  joy to the collector. They may accrue value and have other benefits too, of course; but at the […]