Newport Lamp & Shade

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A slightly hidden hideaway among the cobblestones of Franklin Street is Newport Lamp & Shade Company. Their name is perhaps a rather apparent nod to their expert lamp repair service in their workshop – a space flooded with lampshades of all fashions that will surely make you swoon. The remaining square footage is a sea of carefully curated gifts and home goods – from an antique sign (I immediately had my eyes fixated on the “Punch” sign hanging from the doorway only to learn that it had sadly sold), to dish ware that would make a splash at any outdoor summer soirée.


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item0.rendition.slideshowVertical.allegra-hicks-naples-italy-penthouse-01item4.rendition.slideshowVertical.allegra-hicks-naples-italy-penthouse-05hicks_NaplesLondon based designer Allegra Hicks and her husband recently took up residence in a historic building in Naples, Italy. I’m gushing over her terrace (above), as shown by Architectural Digest this month. I’m a huge fan of rattan seating, it reminds me of my Grandfather’s breakfast table in his New York kitchen. He would shuffle into the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning in his bathrobe and slippers beckoned by his habitual breakfast, one that was routinely prepared the night prior. He was also surrounded by terra cotta planters like the above, full of geraniums he would nurture.

Above: Allegra Hicks’ terrace chairs are Verner Panton and rug from her own collection. Read more, here.

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2015 Lineup: San Francisco Decorator Showcase

decoratorThe venue for the 2015 Decorator Showcase (rendering above) has been selected and I’m quite thrilled to mark my calendar for one of my most favorite annual events. As I’ve posted before, the annual public event is a fundraiser for San Francisco University High School, raising over $700,000 last year. 3630 Jackson Street is located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and will play host as over twenty-seven interior designers have been selected to transform the home. Mark your calendar from April 25th to May 25th! Read more, here.

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