Rome Ah the Eternal City! I was very fortunate to have been born and raised in Rome; its extraordinary layers of history, grand architecture, lyrical fountains, and incandescent quality of light touch me in one way or another every day.
Kinokuniya This bookstore in New York and Singapore is a lot of fun to visit: great selection (aside from books!) fashion magazines, ideas for clever gifts, a small café upstairs. I go for the luxurious wrapping papers, pens, extensive playful stationary department.
Coffee Always on the hunt for a new favorite, currently addicted to Yirgacheffe from Gimme Coffee.
The Odeon a downtown New York classic that despite the bustle is always cozy and welcoming with a terrific bistro menu. I love their steak au poivre and decadent profiteroles!
Jean Paul Hevin chocolate, Paris. The selection of dark chocolate bars is staggering and truly mouthwatering. As a birthday gift I once received a chocolate high heel shoe! What a wonderful treat!
Hotel Costes This luxuriously over the top hotel designed by Jacques Garcia makes me feel cosseted and well cared for after a long day of running around Paris. The intensely lavish interiors, excellent food, background DJ music, and intoxicating fragrances are a feast for the senses. Beauty secret: in the winter I wear their room freshener as a fragrance.
My cats Loulou and Otis, both darling strays that found their way into my life. Otis is a street kid from Harlem and Princess Loulou leapt into my arms at the Humane Society, where they mistakenly asserted that she was not an Alpha female – ha! They are generously allowing me to live in their apartment.
J.M.W. Turner His classical landscapes pull me into their world. As his career progressed his works became more and more abstract, his colors more luminescent, the imagery haunting. The painting above is called “Sky”
Manuel Canovas fabrics I love many, many different fabrics but I find these color and pattern combinations unusual, vibrant, and fresh. In my interiors projects I am often interested in conveying luxury, relaxed comfort, and originality; Canovas’ designs do just that.