Inspiration for Designed from the Heart

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The inspiration for the resident rooms at Beit T’Shuvah was an interesting and challenging process.  I wanted to create a serene and  healing environment while sticking to my design aesthetic.  Because the residents are of all ages, I wanted to make the space appealing to anyone who may reside in it for 3 months at a time.

 The biggest challenge was regarding storage.  There was no storage, clothes and belongings were everywhere.  We had to create closets from scratch and Ikea had the perfect solution.  There was also no space to sit in the rooms.  I had custom upholstered bed frames made that would go against the wall and double as a couch during the day.  Here is a peek into what we are using to transform the rooms!

For the women’s room, green limpet sea shells were the main source of inspiration.  These are one of my all time favorite natural wonders and make you feel like you are on an island somewhere. Feminine and subtle, the perfect choice for our palette.

We’re co-ordinating everything around these, even the wall color.  Wait until you see the hand made mirror for the bathroom! Narcissus himself  would undoubtably be stuck looking at it for hours.

The inspiration for the men’s room started with the faux bois floor we installed (wait till you see it).  A greyish brown palette, lending itself to Navy, Chocolate, Taupe and Grey.  Masculin and Modern is what we are going for, not the typical bachelor pad often filled with burgundy and hunter green.  My son Jack even approved, and he has very discerning taste.  “This is a room I would definitely enjoy living in…hint, hint.”


A mixture of textures.  Linen, marble, cotton, sea fans.

This has been one of the most inspiring projects to date in my career.  Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.



This and That

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“Great design is eliminating all unneccessary details.” – Minh D. Tran

Antique Prints have always been a springboard for my inspiration.  From the start of my business 20 years ago (I can’t believe I’m saying that), I have been collecting everything from ephemera scraps,  antique wallpaper,  plates of ornamentation, architectural design and flora and fauna renderings to name a few.   We are constantly framing these for our design clients and many can be seen hanging in our stores.  The fact that they were hand drawn is mesmerizing and  first editions are so saturated in color, there is no comparison to the reproductions one can find in books these days.

The above print was one of the fabulous finds we acquired in Paris.  My ex-pat college roommate introduced us to a mother and daughter team who own one of the most intricate collections of antique prints we have ever come across.   After many hours, fabulous company, and some tapas and champagne, we acquired new friends and selections were made and a new DL Rhein pillow collection will be born.

A classic never gets old. We  had a blast noticing classic designs found within architecture around Paris that are patterns already in our current line.  We love modernizing old designs by changing the scale and repeat and choosing a bold color to embroider with.

 Shown Above: DL Rhein Greek Key Pillow in Metallic Silver and Zig Zag Pillow in Orange.


Greek Key and Chevron Flooring in the Passage Verdeau in the 7th arrondisement.

DL Rhein Turquoise Moroccan Tile Pillow


Moroccan style iron work in The Marais.  Even the security gates in Paris were inspiring!


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There comes a great satisfaction  when  finding a way to re purpose a well made item.  When I see a great piece, I snatch it up knowing I will find the right home for it once it has been reinvented.  Although this chair would fit in perfectly at Medieval Times Restaurant, it was in serious need of a face lift.

The frame was strong and had beautiful carved detail.  However, the worn out gilding and green velvet straight from a 60’s living room needed to go.  A fresh coat of grey paint and Schumaker’s Chiang Mai Dragon, (one of my  all time favorite fabrics) turned this arm chair into a modern beauty.  Replaced the antiqued brass nail heads with fresh silver ones and Voila!  A star is born.  To finish the space, a tufted garden stool becomes the perfect side table and I threw in an orange hide for a rug to add an unexpected pop of color.

I have yet to meet a piece of furniture that I couldn’t give new life to. Can’t wait to share with you what we’re currently working on…


Hello 2012 – Farewell 2011

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Farewell 2011. You brought me many creative challenges, surprising accomplishments, and blessed me with new and wonderful people.

Farewell to those that I have loved and lost; Mother(my 99 year old grandma), Bruce, and Alex. A year filled with true introspection and gratitude for health, family, and friends.

Hello 2012. Looking forward to new adventures(starting with Paris) and many more endeavors, both professionally and personally.

Hello to discovering new possibilities, embracing what really matters, being in the moment, walking beside my children, and to cuddle more, kiss more, and say lots more “I Love Yous”.

A big thank you to all of my clients, friends, associates, and family who continue to inspire and support me.


Hands On Salon Beverly Hills + A Makeover

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I LOVE a good challenge.  Nothing gets my juices going more than making myself accomplish the almost impossible in a short amount of time.


When I received the phone call from Missy, the new owner of Hands On Beverly Hills, I was intrigued.  Hands On is a day spa, catering to the elite of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Manicures, pedicures, facials, and overall beauty treatments are some of the best in the city.  After our initial meeting I was excited about the redo, but I was questioning if I could get all that needed to be done. With a tight budget and less than 4 weeks to complete the task, I had to think fast.

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