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The Stuff of Life


  I don’t think of myself as a collector. To me the term implies a conscious hunt of items of a certain quality and financial value.  My collecting is really an accumulation of things that make me smile or remember something or someone fondly. (Some of my Napoleonic collection arranged with books and china) Here

A Few of My Favorite NYC Restaurants


(Photograph taken at La Biblioteque, NYC) Who doesn’t appreciate restaurant recommendations, especially if you planning on spending a long weekend in NYC, as I did recently. I always enjoy hearing about new restaurants from friends, especially when I’m traveling.  The three restaurants that I’m about to tell you about are not new or trendy but

Leos Oyster Bar


all photographs taken by Ashley Urban When I stepped through the imposing black and gold doors at Leos Oyster Bar, I couldn’t help but smile at tropical wall paper,  mother of pearl chandeliers, a long pink onyx bar with an oyster container at the end and a neat row of tables set before pleated banquets.

Bold Strokes and Artful Wear


All photographs were taken by Ashley Urban What better way to pay homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat, the late Neo-Expressionist and downtown-cool artist than to wear one of his art works – this time in the form of a printed A-line Dress, from the 17 piece capsule collection, by Alice and Olivia’s designer Stacey Bendet.  Some

Inside Averell’s Bedroom Makeover


  I find that as my children get older it’s harder to surprise them. That’s why I was so excited to redo my daughter Averell’s bedroom in anticipation of her coming home from London for the holidays. I couldn’t wait to see the surprise on her face when she walked into her old room again.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…


One of my family’s New Year’s Day traditions is to take a walk together on Chrissy field. Located in San Francisco’s Presidio, it’s the perfect place to take in some of the iconic sights associated with this City by the Bay. From there, you get a bang up view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz,

All I want for Christmas…


Just in case any of you out there are wondering what to get me this Christmas…here is my 2016 list. Sending you thanks in advance! This glamping tent would be perfect for my back yard in San Francisco! amazon.com Did you know that Anna Karenina met her Vronsky at a train station and that Tolstoy

I’m Boycotting Halloween


I’m boycotting Halloween this year. Not for any “Ba Humbug” reasons, because I completely endorse this magical holiday full of whimsy and creativity. It’s because for the first time in 27 years, none of my children will be home to participate in the festivities. Boo Hoo! That sad fact, combined with the prediction of rain

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