Hurry Spring

February 11, 2018


SW1927165-PK11-A_grandeI’m not sure if it’s the color palette that just feels right to me, or the casual ease of Spring/Summer dressing that appeals to me but I know every winter (while i enjoy wearing lots of thick cashmere) I look forward to lightweight khakis, loafers – with no socks – and chambray shirts hanging out of summer weight cashmere sweaters.  I was a dedicated J.Crew shopper for many, many years and while I still love their secret wash button down shirts and their khakis but Todd Snyder – who got his start at Ralph Lauren and went on to work for Gap and J. Crew – has such a good great shop and website that I could really just wear the lines he represents, including his own of course.  This is not a paid endorsement (I swear it, god knows I’d love a heavy credit to his beautifully curated store) Todd if you’re reading this, I love what you do man.

Now of course, I love a nice shoe, and Todd has those too but my heart is with Gucci when it comes to nice shoes, I think they are classic and trendy at the same time, and if not a leather loafer then a white sneaker from Adidas (Stan Smith) or Converse (Jack Purcell). So come on Spring… I’m waiting.




October 29, 2013


I’m in the market for a day bed.  These images reminded me of one I had seen in the pages of  Elle Decor.  I love the high-sided coziness, the relaxed look… not quite a sofa not really a bed.  You get all the guilty pleasure of being in bed, but sitting – or laying – on something that a whole lot nicer than a twin mattress with a few big pillows on it.

img52oThis day bed shown in grey and flax are available from West Elm.   The upholstered Nailhead Trim Daybed comes in your choice of brushed heathered cotton and is finished with a nailhead trim.78″w x it is 41.3″d x 34.5″h. and has a solid and engineered wood frame. It is recommended for use with Twin Mattress (sold separately).  I think I’m going to need a full-sized day bed so I can’t buy this one but you should.  It’s great looking, buy two for a guest room / media room.  3_1286307947_ED_0507_Cochran_1Here’s the one that started this whole thing… pretty right?

TARGET’s Look-A-Likes

March 18, 2013

I slipped in to our local Target store yesterday to buy some Champion brand gym clothes that they have on sale.  I needed more high performance clothing now that I’m performing at a higher level ; )  My trainer and gym membership have been working – even with an occasional, ok frequent, cheat.  Since I was already there, of course I had to see what they were pedaling in the house-wear and garden centers.  Now you might not be quite as shocked as I was to see these cute little side tables but let me tell you after having sold this table to a client I WAS SHOCKED to see a look-a-like in Target of all places.

fakeoomphThis little table is a design from OOMPH, and is clearly a knockoff.  I’m a bit torn about this.  On one hand I love that the masses get this great design for a fraction of the better made side table from Oomph… good design for all!  But, It makes me sad that with all the resources Target has, they couldn’t have designed their own cool table and not taken design ($) from a small company like Oomph.  The bottom line is it’s good for you.  This table is 39.99 and available at Target.  It is a chic little table that would look great next to a slip-covered swivel chair, and the end of a sexy settee or even alongside your bathtub holding am iPad and glass of wine. fakeadlerJonathan Adler has become a household name in recent years.  We went from obscure pottery artist to world-class decorator and retail giant but marketing a look we really haven’t embraced since the days of Merimeko, Vera and other 60’s Modish designs.  And, do you know how you can tell when someone has made it really big?  They get knocked off by a big box chain like Target ( and in this case Nate Burkus ).  Yeah, Yeah tortoise shells have been used in interior design for decades but this white version I’d something Adler has really made iconic.  Bad for Adler… diluting the market and creating a trend so strong it’s bound to be over-played, but great for you because it’s only $19.99 at Target.  fakeglobalNow I may be wrong here but I’m 99% sure this is an Arteriors original design.  And yep, you guessed it… now available at your local Target.   It’s nearly $800.00 from online retailer  was it really only $24.99 at Target?  Wow, crazy cheap.  This table is not as well made and they changed the proportion of it a bit from the original – taller and a bit more delicate looking – but come on it is so a copy.
fakejamieJamie Young is my “go-to” lighting resource.  They have up to the minute, white-hot lighting at prices that are fair for the well made and well designed quality products they produce.  This white floor lamp from Target is so a Jamie Young KNOCK-OFF.  Bad for Jamie Young… Great for you.  I don’t think it’s nearly as pretty as one of Jamie’s – the high gloss looks cheap and this lamp isn’t made nearly as well – but for the cheap price $69.00? I might be able to live with it.  click here to see the Jamie young version.

Design Within Reach

December 18, 2012

242490761156212114_kz57I60j_c I have been crushing on Design Within Reach lately… I love the crisp sharp classic designs they produce and carry.  I am careful to not over do it with their product, a few pieces mixed with traditional upholstery or antiques give a room an interesting mix, an eclectic blend of modern, mid-century modern and early 20th century is the dream mix for me.  The price points vary, they are pretty good for the most part, there are deals and there are some pretty ouchy price points too but for the most part when you compare design and construction it’s really “within reach” and worth the price.  These pieces are classic, many have already stood the test of time and the quality is incomparable to  IKEA (IKEA really is down and dirty, but so not worth the build it yourself or the cheap construction).  The sales team in Boston – Tremont Street – couldn’t be nicer, or more professional and they know their stuff.  Hip, Hip, Hooray! …for Design Within Reach.12173861462215186_qjNyv5sW_c 54254370481760831_zRU3qOb9_c 201113939579970382_XEQRQX50_c 141441244516582274_Yvzdd4ev_c 256916353713068688_gqPV5qdW_c 220043131763985705_jrs5qnRI_c 253046072782395589_6BnyC4Jv_c

Gift It – A Cook Book

December 8, 2012

bouchon“Baking is a unifying force. The smell of baking bread is the smell of sustenance and security. A bakery is an anchor – it draws a community around it. And that is one source of my desire to offer baked goods to as many people as possible, and why I’m so excited to be sharing the craft in this book.”

Thomas Keller


The tastes of childhood have always been a touchstone for Thomas Keller, and now they’ve been collected into a dazzling amalgam of American and French baked goods. You’ll find recipes for the beloved TKOs and Oh Ohs (Keller’s takes on Oreos and Hostess’s Ho Hos), plus all the French classics he fell in love with as a young chef apprenticing in Paris: the baguettes, the macarons, the mille-feuilles, the tartes aux fruits. Coauthor Sebastien Rouxel, executive pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, has spent years refining his techniques. Every page offers a new lesson: a trick that assures uniformity, a subtlety that makes for a professional finish, a flash of brilliance that heightens flavor and enhances texture. The deft twists, perfectly written recipes and dazzling photographs make perfection inevitable. Hardcover; 400 pages.  It’s a beautiful book and anyone would be lucky to receive such a beautiful cook book, I know I love mine (Thanks J & R).

…no one on your list a baker?  There is a cook book for everyone, Beer cook books, grill cook books, meat, pasta, 20 minute meals, camping cook books, crock-pot cook books, you name it.  Need a gift idea?  Buy a cook book for your loved one, everybody eats and almost everyone cooks.  If they don’t cook… maybe you will inspire them to with Thomas’ new book.

Gift It

December 2, 2012


club-candleholders-1Out of context these CB2 candlesticks will look like a million bucks.  They are chic in their simplicity, they will fit into any style decor and they would look amazing grouped ( 5 or more ).  For a boy or a girl or any couple on your list these dramatic candle sticks are sure to please.  5.5″dia.x36″H and 5.5″dia.x24″H respectively, $34.95 and 39.95 from CB2.


  • Handcast aluminum with black powdercoat finish
  • Iron weight at base for stability
  • Each holds a single taper candle, sold separately
  • Made in India
  • funny right? Made in India… did you see how I did that from a blog about India to a product from…. er, never mind.



December 1, 2012

Erickson Beamon Razors Edge Earrings
Did your mom ever have earring jackets?  …collars designed to embellish a single diamond stud or a dangle that attached to the post?  I thought when I first daw these earrings from Erickson Beamon I thought they were something like that.  They happen to be 24k gold-vermeil post earrings featuring Swarovski crystals… who knew?  Very sopistocated and edgy without being insane, these little ditties would look great with a little black dress, a big chnky sweater or jeans and a T.  At $270 they wont break the bank either.  The combination of crystals, and gold is perfect for holiday dress-up, any occasion really.  Maybe a gift for a special person on your list?