1. Pirch is a new kitchen and bath showroom concept out of Southern California. Now, they're on the move across the country with showrooms in Chicago, Dallas, and Atlanta. The newest location opens this spring in New Jersey, while ground is breaking on a spectacular space in New York City's SoHo. The showrooms are amazing and offer an exciting new way to shop for kitchens (indoor and out), bathrooms, laundries, and spas. Their motto says it all: Live Joyfully!
2. Quirk: I like to eat with chopsticks.
3. I recently flew down to Dallas for the opening of Arhaus's 53rd store! The event was packed, and I couldn't stop shopping. While in town, I stayed at my longtime favorite hotel in Dallas, The Warwick Melrose. It's a quiet classic with suite-size rooms and lots of windows — I like light!
4. New York City continues to evolve into a more bike-able town. Spring is coming. Map in hand. Bike ready to go.
5. Clean windows make a huge difference in how a house looks, and much more so an apartment. My guy at B.E.S.T. Window Cleaning sends a notice about twice a year…and I'm always amazed by what a difference he makes.
6. More news from the kitchen front: KitchenAid is launching a new line of blackened stainless steel appliances, which we'll be featuring in our 2015 Kitchen of the Year. We're taking that show on the road to New Orleans, where we'll be part of the New Orleans Junior League's 10th annual kitchen tour on the weekend of May 2. It's also the second weekend of Jazz Fest: Two fantastic reasons to visit New Orleans this spring.
7. If you didn't hear about it this past winter, Sotheby's held a very special auction of the art and home furnishings of the late and legendary Bunny Mellon. If you can find the two home catalogs on eBay, they're excellent references.
8. Had dinner in Philadelphia at Zahav — excellent pan-Jewish, Jerusalem culinary experience. Rumor has it chef Michael Solomonov has a cookbook in the works, too.
9. A boll of cotton straight from the fields in the Mississippi Delta and grown by my brother.
10. During a long weekend in Provincetown, MA, this past October, I discovered a very special gift shop called Loveland. Owned and curated by Josh Patner, it's one of those shopping destinations with a strong sense of place. And, e-commerce is coming soon! In the meantime, check out his blog at .
11. My obsession with indigo is never-ending.