The Style Files: Peter Pennoyer

Peter Pennoyer is one of the most talented American architects working today. He is the principal partner of his eponymous, New York-based architecture firm which has sixty members and handles commissions the world over. Peter “has made the study of history a generating force in his work and believes that by mastering the interpretation of architectural history, he and his colleagues design projects that are both modern and classical.” Peter’s firm is currently designing projects spanning from Hong Kong to Florida and include residential, institutional, and commercial buildings. Peter serves as adjunct professor in the Architecture and Urban Studies program at New York University and works as an advocated for historic preservation. Peter has co-authored five books, including, Harrie T. Lindberg and The American Country House which was just released in November and focuses on the hugely influential, yet often overlooked architect whose steeply sloping roofs, modest materials, and eclectic traditionalism have had a massive impact on the American country house as we know it today. Peter lives in Bronxville, New York with his wife, interior designer, Katie Ridder and their three children. I recently had the opportunity to interview Peter and have truly enjoyed learning more about this incredibly talented architect, including the fact that he has a very sharp sense of humor. Enjoy!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Peter Pennoyer: Trailing current trends by one decade (at least) saves me from the perils of being fashionable.

PC: How has living in New York influenced your aesthetic?

PP: New York has always given me inspiration. I admire the great landmarks like Ralph Walker’s One Wall Street but what really speaks to me are the buildings that join to make great streetscapes like Striver’s Row. Most of all, New Yorkers give me energy – from my NYU students to my artist friends.

PC: What does your home say about you?

PP: My home shows that I like to take familiar, classical architecture and transform it into something unexpected, but comfortable.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

PP: We have almost 10,000 books in our library but my deepest inspiration comes from traveling and experiencing buildings first hand. My first trip this year was to Naples (Italy) a font of inspiration.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

PP: Scott Disick … but seriously, Whitney Warren, the architect of Grand Central Terminal and my friend, Madison Cox, the esteemed garden designer.

{Grand Central Terminal | Photography via Condé Nast Traveler}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

PP: Honesty and a tendency to a romantic commitment to an architect’s vision – a fundamental trust in the creative process.       

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

PP: Breaded pig’s foot at Pied de Cochon in Paris or just about anywhere hog is served.

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

PP: My former teacher, ex-employer and life-long friend Bob Stern has inspired me to look at the world with an analytical eye while taking joy in the beauty around us.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

PP: Our new book Harrie T. Lindeberg and the American Country House is just out. This unsung architect designed some of most elegant and comfortable country houses of the first decades of the 20th century. We are designing an exhibit on the Architecture of Rosario Candela at the Museum of the City of New York and we are finishing a house inspired by Czech Cubism. We recently launched a Peter Pennoyer Architects-designed custom architectural hardware collection executed by Lowe Hardware in Maine. 

Go-To Outfit: I have worn a necktie every weekday since first grade and I’m not about to drop that.

Style Mantra: Simplicity is complicated to achieve.

Scent: Vetiver

Piece of Jewelry: My red leather lapel button embossed with a gold “18” identifies me as member number 18 of the People’s Committee for the Preservation of Fine Bindings.

Color I Never Tire Of: Red

Flower: Peonies

Indispensable Design Element: Arches

Era for Design: Regency

Dream Project: a house for Prince Charles

Fabric/Textile: Tiger stripe hand loomed silk from Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua in Venice

Hostess Gift: A copy of whatever I’m reading. Currently: Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner

Meal: Stuffed Quail or veal kidneys

Drink: Pomerol

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Read

3 Things I Love About My City: The view from my office of jazz-age skyscrapers. The New York Public Library. Townhouse side streets on the Upper East Side.

Weekend Destination: Millbrook, New York

Hotel: Ett Hem in Stockholm

City: Rome

Museum: The Morgan Library & Museum

Artist: Winslow Homer

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Almost anything by Cole Porter

Actor/Actress: Téa Leone

Prized Possession: My baby blue Vespa

Greatest Extravagance: Dry-aged when chuck steak would do

Go-To Color Palette: Brown with sharp green

Rule to Break: Walk, don’t run

Movie Set Design: The drawing rooms in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship (2016)

I can never have too many…Books

{Photography by Eric Piasecki, Courtesy of Peter Pennoyer, Unless Otherwise Noted}


The Style Files: Dara Caponigro

Dara Caponigro is a force in the world of design and interiors. Dara is currently the Creative Director of one of the most well-respected fabric houses in the industry, F. Schumacher & Co, where she directs and oversees product development, advertising and marketing, visual merchandising, and the website. Dara’s presence at the company has seen a total change in the marketing and branding at the company, both of which feel fresh, editorial, and inspiring. Prior to joining Schumacher, Dara held a slew of illustrious positions as a magazine editor. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Veranda and before that, she was the founding editor at the original Domino and held several senior editorial posts at House Beautiful and ELLE DECOR.

It is probably a safe assumption to say that Dara has just about seen it all in the design world. As such, it is no surprise that her latest endeavor, writing the recently released The Authentics in collaboration with photographer Melanie Acevedo, is a celebration of those who march to the beat of their own drum, doing things their own way, blazing new paths, and sharing their unique perspective with the world. The Authentics profiles luminaries from the worlds of art, design, and fashion including Kelly Wearstler, Ashley and Katalina Hicks, Nicky Haslam, and Joseph Dirand among others, who go beyond simply living stylishly, but also apply a sense of authenticity and individuality to everything they do. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dara about the things that inspire her, her career, and her favorite things. I hope you’ll enjoy the first Style Files interview of 2018 as much as I enjoyed working on this feature. 

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Dara Caponigro: Very edited.  Classic and clean with a bit of an edge.

{Designer Veere Grenney’s London Apartment which Dara Published while she was Editor in Chief of Veranda– Veere also has a fabric line at Schumacher now, where Dara serves as Creative Director.}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

DC: I grew up in a beautifully designed (and very neat) house – my mom was an interior designer and constantly thinking outside the box so our place was her idea laboratory.  My best friend’s house was charmingly cluttered and brimming with interesting things – amazing photographs, letters, books — her dad was the photo editor of Time magazine in its heyday — and there were always cool stories/people/things to experience. I like to think of my own home as a combination of the two – designed, yes, but also full of objects (some with pedigree, some without) that have stories to tell.  I like it to get a little messy. Then, when I can’t take it anymore – I do a big cleaning and start again. To sum it up, I guess it says that I’m passionate about design and love beautiful things, but that I know what’s important in life. 

{A Beautiful Vignette from Dara’s New Book, The Authentics | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

DC: Travel, museum exhibitions, nature.

{The Beautiful Fabrics from the Vogue Living Collection for Schumacher Draw upon Inspiration from Nature}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

DC: My mom.  Albert Hadley.  Geoffrey Beene.  

{Albert Hadley}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

DC: Kindness

{Kata and Ashley Hicks at Home in England as featured in The Authentics | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

DC: Ebay and Etsy

{Nicky Haslam’s Home as featured in The Authentics | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

DC: Louis Oliver Gropp, the legendary editor-in-chief:  House & Garden in the 80s, then Elle Decor and, finally, House Beautiful in the 90s – he taught me what it means to be a journalist and how to let people run with their strengths. . Deborah Needleman – the genius behind domino who was so ahead of everything.  She  transformed how Americans think about decorating  by giving them the tools to find and express their personal style.

{A Home Designed by Joseph Dirand as featured in The Authentics | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

DC: Not being in a rush.  Having time to do things well – whether that’s cooking, flower arranging, parenting or working. 

{Miles Redd Relaxing at his Home in Shelter Island as featured in The Authentics | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

DC: At Schumacher, we have so much happening.   Did you know that we have new collections coming out every single month?  I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished  — we’ve completely re-energized the company with gorgeous product (everything from sophisticated cut velvets to classic prints to artisanal fabrics that really speak to handcraft), editorially-driven marketing and social media that is super fresh and engaging,  a new showroom in San Francisco, renovated showrooms (we just finished Boston. Laguna, Dania and LA are next), a groundbreaking website and apps that we are forever improving, and exacting customer service.  We never take our foot off the pedal! 

I’ve also been moonlighting and released my new book called The Authentics in late October.  I worked on it with my co-author, Melanie Acevedo, who is a photographer extraordinaire and also a dear friend.  It was a reaction to, what we see as, a world that is becoming increasingly homogenized and a lot less interesting.  We wanted to focus on true creative originals who march to the beat of their own drum and who do what they do because they are driven to do it, not because they are searching for mass approval.  Filled with gorgeous original photography by Melanie, it is a style book, for sure, but it is so much more than that because we delve into what makes our subjects tick.  They are absolutely inspiring and there is so much to learn from them about finding one’s own voice.

Go-To Outfit: Any kind of dress.  They’re so easy when you’re a working woman.  You don’t need to think about it.  Just throw it on with a great pair of shoes and a piece of jewelry and you’re done.

Style Mantra: Style it up and then take one thing away

Scent: Citrus

Piece of Jewelry: A great cuff, or jewelry from the 19th century. 

Color I Never Tire Of: White, probably because I’m surrounded by color all day.

Flower: Daffodils because they’re so happy, hopeful and unpretentious

Indispensable Design Element: Light, and Fabric (of course!)

Era for Design: I love all of them, even a fussy Victorian piece can be cool treated in the right way.

Fabric/Textile:  They’re all my babies so it’s hard to choose.  I will tell you that I just ordered Talos for our house in the Bronx as well as Design 501 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Schumacher. Magical Menagerie is going in our country house.

Hostess Gift:  Anything at Thomas O’Brien’s and Dan Fink’s new store, Copper Beech,  in Bellport, NY.  I also love Neue Galerie.  They sell a fantastic set of wrapping paper with designs by Josef Hoffman.  Or, lavender wands made with velvet ribbon in the host’s or hostess’ favorite color.  

Meal: Anything that you can only get once a year: fresh figs, soft shell crabs, pumpkin pie.  

Drink:  It depends on the season.  At Christmas, vodka with soda with a splash of pomegranate juice and an orange slice

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work:  Turner Classic Movies.  I’m currently obsessed with Italian and French film from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

What I Love About My City: Sadly, I’ve fallen SOMEWHAT out of love with New York City for the reasons that I did my book. However, I recently went to the South Street Seaport and was charmed by its transformation from a touristy destination with tons of chaos stores to a real neighborhood with fun, cool shops and cafes. How refreshing! 

Hotel:  Lately, it’s The Beverly Hills hotel because it’s so authentic.

City:  Naples, also because it’s so authentic, but I don’t think it’s for everyone. 

Museum: I’ve taken The Met for granted for years but I was just there seeing the Irving Penn and Rei Kawakubo shows.  For some reason, I saw it in a whole new light.  Wow, is that place amazing! I just got back from Edingburgh and I found the Portrait Gallery there mesmerizing. Not only are the portraits evocative, but the stories of the various sitters are unbelievable.  It made me realize why we’re all so obsessed with royalty – their stories are like soap operas – you can hardly believe they are true.

Artist:  Lucien Freud 

Actor/Actress: Elizabeth Taylor, especially in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf

Prized Possession: a Robsjohn-Gibbons dining table that is hard to place stylistically.  It could be modern or it could be classical.  I like that it’s hard to peg.  

Risk Worth Taking: Speeding

Rule to Break: Symmetry

Movie Set Design: I can’t say its my favorite but I love how stylized, glamorous and fantastical the sets are in Top Hat. Pulling those sets off required ingenuity and hutzpah.  

I can never have too many…dishes



The Style Files: Anne Wagoner

I first came across Anne Wagoner, a talented interior designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina on Instagram about a year ago. I instantly identified with her refined, traditional, and pretty aesthetic. Anne believes in feminine details, the power of a beautiful chandelier, a perfectly executed drape, and a stunning wallpaper. This Fall, Anne and I became fast friends on an antiques shopping trip to Paris with Huff Harrington. We bonded over our love of classic, timeless details and quickly learned what each of us gravitated to as we shopped our way across Paris’s flea markets. Anne finds small, old paintings in gilt frames impossible to resist, in case you were wondering!

Anne’s love of antiques spans her entire life as she grew up admiring her grandmother, who owned a very well known antiques shop in Raleigh, North Carolina and would take Anne along with her on shopping trips to England when Anne was a teenager. Prior to opening her eponymous design firm in 2010, Anne worked for Ainsworth-Noah in Atlanta and for two interior designers in the Southeast. In the time since, Anne’s work has been featured by Architectural Digest and Traditional Home. Anne is kind and thoughtful, but she is also driven and incredibly passionate about her work. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her as much as I have!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Anne Wagoner: Classic, timeless, refined, inviting, curated. And most important of all, thought-provoking.

PC: How has living in Raleigh influenced your style?

AW: Living in the South has influenced me tremendously. I was exposed to Otto Zenke’s work at an early age and learned that antiques and architectural details add soul to any space. In the South, hospitality is paramount, so a well-appointed home means open doors for family and friends.

PC: What does your home say about you?

AW: Currently, it says we’re on the heels of a major, year-long renovation. It also says we value entertaining and spending time together as a family. We completely redesigned the kitchen with that in mind, transforming it from a dark galley to an open, European-inspired gathering space. Other upgrades include painted floors, bronze windows and two bluestone porches with Chippendale fretwork. I’m looking forward to furnishing the new spaces, but somehow my house always ends up last on the priority list. I pour my heart and soul into my clients’ homes, and when I return home, I pour my heart and soul into my family. Stay tuned for the install, which will finally happen in the new year.

{A Shot of the Pretty Exterior of Anne’s House via her Instagram @annewagonerinteriors}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

AW: I transport myself into the past through design and architecture books. I search for unique elements that stand the test of time. I also look for opportunities to reinvent a historic element through modern interpretation.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

AW: My grandmother. She’s a true Southern spitfire, but she also epitomizes class and elegance. This question sparked my curiosity about her personal style icons, so I called her and guessed Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Scarlett O’Hara. “No! Absolutely not!” she said, horrified. “My mother always had good taste. She had a great eye for proportion and scale and she always knew the right thing to do. But when it came to style, I just stepped right out and took over.” All along, I assumed she had been influenced by famous tastemakers. As it turns out, confidence and a strong sense of self was her recipe for style.

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

AW: A sense of humor

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

AW: My work.

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

AW: My grandmother. She started and ran a successful antique business during a time when women’s roles were clearly defined within the home. She broke that boundary in pursuit of her passion.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

AW: My husband often reminds me how lucky I am that my profession and my passion are one and the same. I suppose that’s my idea of “la dolce vita”.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

AW: We have several exciting full-house projects starting in the new year, including a historic renovation in Chapel Hill, a new construction in Raleigh, a makeover on the North Carolina coast and — when I find the time — my own house! I’m looking forward to making it all happen in 2018.

Go-To Outfit: Black pants and top, a camel wrap, gold jewelry

Style Mantra: “In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic.”

Scent: Alaïa or Chanel Sensuelle

Piece of Jewelry: Sheila Fajl hoops

Color I Never Tire Of: Black and ivory

Flower: Ranunculus

Indispensable Design Element: Thoughtful architecture

Era for Design: 1920’s

Dream Project: Clients who trust me and a space that challenges me

Fabric/Textile: Wool sateen

Hostess Gift: Wine

Meal: Traditional caviar service followed by Dover sole

Drink: Chardonnay

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Sitting by the fire with a glass of wine, laughing with my husband

3 Things I Love About My City: Proximity to the beach, amazing people, direct flight to Paris

Weekend Destination: Charleston

Hotel: Zero George

City: Chicago

Museum: The Met

Artist: John Singer Sargent

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: RENT “Seasons of Love”

Actor/Actress: Bradley Cooper & Catherine O’Hara

Prized Possession: My daughters’ portraits by California-based artist Jennifer Welty

Risk Worth Taking: A new interpretation of the past

Greatest Extravagance: Hotels

Go-To Color Palette: Layers of neutrals with a pop of color and an accent of black

Rule to Break: Mixing new and old

Movie Set Design: It’s Complicated

I can never have too many…pieces of art


The Style Files: Gil Schafer

If you are drawn to this blog because of your love of design, then chances are, today’s interview subject, Gil Schafer needs no introduction. The third-generation architect has designed some of the most beautiful, thoughtful homes in the American vernacular for the past twenty five years and is one of the most revered architects amongst the savviest of design circles. Prior to starting his eponymous firm, Gil worked for one of the top firms in the country, Ferguson, Murray, and Shamamian for nearly a decade. I recently attended a talk given by Gil and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in which he mentioned how much the houses he grew up spending time in during his childhood would spark an early interest in architecture. These homes stretched from California and the Midwest to the Northeast, Georgia, and the Bahamas. While completely different from one another, these houses would all become imprinted in his memory, influencing and informing his style and love of architecture for the rest of his life. Gil has completed beautiful homes all across the country and has a true gift for architectural details that make a house feel as if it has always been there, even if it hasn’t. The vernacular of the house is always appropriate and inspiring. Gil recently released his second book, A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House, published by Rizzoli.

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Gil Schafer: Traditional, Understated, and Comfortable

PC: How has living in New York influenced your aesthetic?

GS: I love the energy, pace, and sophistication that comes from living in New York. It means that you have to bring your “A” game to everything you do, every day. The visual reference points all around you every day are highly sophisticated and refined—from the interiors you experience to the way people dress. Having grown up in the countryside as a boy, that relentless urbane energy was an initial adjustment, but now I love it. I also love, though, taking a break from it, back to the country on weekends, to escape all that just a little.

PC: What does your home say about you?

GS: That I am a hopeless collector, that I love memories, and that I need things to be comfortable.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

GS: So many different place: to places discovered while traveling, to books, magazines, and movies, and to the homes of people who know how to live beautifully.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

GS: Living: Lauren Santo Domingo—an amazing sense of style in both her houses and the way she dresses. Dead: David Hicks, for all the obvious reasons.

{Lauren Santo Domingo at Home in Paris | Photography via ELLE Italia}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

GS: Generosity and humility

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

GS: A new house on the coast of Maine

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

GS: My former boss for nearly a decade in my formative professional years, Mark Ferguson (Ferguson & Shamamian Architects). He taught me the importance of professionalism, being organized in your thinking, flexible in your solutions, and to nurture talent.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

GS: Staying at a really good hotel when traveling for pleasure, price-be-damned.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

GS: My new book A Place to Call Home was just released and I’ll be touring around the country over the next 6 months. The best part of a book tour is getting to see some of the cities I love and meeting the wonderful people who live in each of them. You can find my full tour schedule here: In addition to that, I’m working on a number of projects that are really exciting me, spread all over the country—from family compounds on Block Island and in Shelburne, Vermont, to new houses in Florida, Maine, and California. It’s a blast to work in so many different places because you are compelled to find unique solutions for each, based on the sense of place for each.

Go-To Outfit: Navy blazer or grey suit, and always a tie

Style Mantra: Always make an effort, but never try too hard.

Scent: Never wear one.

Piece of Jewelry: Watch—either IWC’s chronograph “Portuguese” or a large diameter dial watch from Swatch in a peppy color

Color I Never Tire Of: Just one??

Flower: Lilac or Peony

Indispensable Design Element: Moldings

Era for Design: First half of the 19th century in America

Dream Project: a house somewhere in the tropics—or Montecito, California

Fabric/Textile: Linen or wool felt

Drink: Diet Coke

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Watch stupid television (The Bachelor or Bachelorette or an old Seinfeld rerun)

3 Things I Love About My City: The energy, the sophistication, the talent to be found here

Weekend Destination: My house in the Hudson Valley, in Upstate New York

Hotel: Ballyfin in Ireland

City: London

Museum: Musee de la Chasse in Paris: the hunting thing is interesting, but what brings me back again and again is the chicness of the interior.

Artist: Franz Kline, Vuillard, Fairfield Porter

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: “That’s the Way of the World” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Prized Possession: Old photos

Risk Worth Taking: Love

Greatest Extravagance: My house in Maine

Rule to Break: (once in a while…) Perfect correctness

Movie Set Design: “I Am Love”

I can never have too many…Ties

{Main Photography by Eric Piasecki, Courtesy of Gil Schafer}


The Style Files: Amy Meier

Amy Meier is a talented interior designer based in Rancho Santa Fe, California, near San Diego. I met Amy many years ago at a design event and we have been friends ever since. With a fierce eye for editing and ability for creating warm, luxurious spaces, Amy has completed projects throughout California and back on the East Coast, where she is from originally. Amy earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder and subsequently earned a Master’s in Fashion from Parsons School of Design, a foundation which has had a clear emphasis on her design work. Amy has an innate ability to mix pieces from various periods beautifully. She is adept at bringing together unexpected pairings with great style. Amy founded her design studio in 2009 and her work has since been recognized by Luxe, House Beautiful, ELLE DECOR, and Traditional Home who recently named Amy to their New Trads list in 2017. 

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Amy Meier: Edited, tailored, refined, but also warm and inviting.

PC: Has living in Rancho Santa Fe, California influenced your aesthetic in any way?

AM: I am hugely influenced by my surroundings; but apart from me, I believe every home’s design should be informed by its environment. Specific to Rancho Santa Fe, I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about and blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. Plus, with our proximity to LA, my aesthetic has definitely been influenced by my access to wide array of artists, artisans and craftspeople.

PC: What does your home say about you?

AM: It says I love my family, antiques, and change. Sometimes to my husband’s chagrin, my home is ever evolving, creating layers organically as I collect and edit.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

AM: I find great inspiration from my design peers. I have been lucky in forming great relationships and finding wonderful platforms that open lines of communication between design.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

AM: Rose Uniacke and Rose Tarlow. I Guess I just love Roses.

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

AM: Sincerity.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

AM: Definitely “The Bachelor”.

PC: Who has been your greatest professional influence?

AM: Rose Uniacke, and not just for her transcendent design, but for the ways she has combined different aspects of her life: family, passions, and businesses. Take her antique business, for instance… her parents were dealers so she grew up loving and learning about antiques. So of course, after building a fabulously successful design firm, she creates a separate antique business that operates both independently and in collaboration with the design firm.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

AM: Having a great team and inspirational projects, and a healthy family… basically it’s about loving what I am doing, where I am doing it, and who I am doing it with!

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

AM: We just finished a great collaboration with Stone Yard, Inc. on a line of custom geometric sculptures and I cannot wait to see how designers across the country use and style them. Also, last week we installed a fabulous loft in Tribeca which I will be revealing on the blog soon… and we have some fantastic upcoming projects including one in Jackson, Wyoming!


Go-To Outfit: Navy and blue stripes

Style Mantra: Edit

Scent: Gardenia

Piece of Jewelry: Engagement ring

Color I Never Tire Of: White

Flower: Tulip

Indispensable Design Element: Window Treatements

Era for Design: Late 20’s

Dream Project: Old estate in wine country

Fabric/Textile: Bouclé

Hostess Gift: Wine

Meal: Cheese & crackers

Drink: Hendricks Gin

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Rosé

3 Things I Love About My City: Equestrian history, year-round indoor/outdoor living, proximity to the ocean

Weekend Destination: Montecito

Hotel: Ojai Valley Inn

City: Boston

Museum: Cooper Hewitt

Artist: Margaret Boozer

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: The Climb by Miley Cyrus

Actor/Actress: Julia Roberts

Prized Possession: My Kids

Risk Worth Taking: Online dating

Greatest Extravagance: clothes and hotels

Go-To Color Palette: White on white

Rule to Break: White after labor day

Movie Set Design: Great Expectations

I can never have too many… Shoes

{Photography Courtesy of Amy Meier Design}