22 September 2017


I've been anxiously awaiting this book from photographer Miguel Flores Vianna. Appropriately, Vianna named it, Haute Bohemians, as he's divined with his crystal clear lens today's interiors that defy the slightest whip of trend or kitsch.

These rooms, through this wonderful book, will remain long after trends are gone and forgotten.

Miguel could be considered a happy wanderer-the book finds him traversing four continents to find Alexander Twombly's Italian farmhouse, Madison Cox's 1930's Tangier house, Carolina Irving's Paris apartment, & to the Hudson River Valley cottage of Marian McEvoy. There are twenty interiors in all with each one totally unique.

Authentic is a word batted around incessantly these days to the point that we sometimes wonder if it's lost its meaning.
Haute Bohemians renews our belief in the word.

Carolina Irivng~ Paris

Vianna an elegant, yet down to earth man, introduces each of his Haute Bohemians with brief but insightful storytelling, giving us a glimpse of the inhabitants living their bohemian lives. Cleverly, Miguel hasn't photographed any of these haute inhabitants-we see them through his prose, but more importantly through his keen and magical eye.

Madison Cox~ Tangier

Never styled-at least not so that we know-the rooms appear to be captured as if someone just walked through, the faint presence of its creator. That's no coincidence, it's all just part of Miguel's genius.

Alexander Twombly~ Italy

"...It is the geography of a life, that renders them unforgettable because they, like unforgiving mirrors, reflect who their owners are in a most personal way. They are like maps of their desires and like images of how they see themselves. All the houses in these pages are poetry." 

Marian McEvoy~ Hudson River Valley

These interiors can be studied, put to a fine tooth comb-but can't be copied.
Inspiring us---Yes!

And should you begin your quest for finding what makes your interiors tick...Haute Bohemians gives hours of inspiration, and pages for study.
Individualism is the underlying message from Vianna. This book might just make you get up and start moving things around, pulling things out, and celebrate your creative mess.
There's an Art to it of course, and that's what makes Haute Bohemians so remarkable.

all photographs are from Miguel Flores Vianna and used with permission

thank you Vendome Press for this wonderful book!

19 September 2017

the Rose of Youth

To thine own self be true,
Must one be 17 too?

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing- Shakespeare, Sonnet 98

A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent--sweet, not lasting;
The perfume and suppliance of a minute;
No more. -Shakespeare, Hamlet

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. - Shakespeare, Sonnet 98

Shakespeare mostly always got it right, none more so that at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Kieran Shipka, 17, wearing Mui Mui~ Millie Bobby Brown, 13 in Calvin Klein by Appointment, decidedly under the influence of Raf Simons~ the beautiful Yara Shahidi, 17, in Prada. 

26 August 2017


In celebration of How They Decorated's third printing I am giving away three books through Amazon.

Here is the Link if you'd like to enter! The giveaway ends Aug 28, 2017 11:59 PDT 
Good Luck!

18 August 2017

Quintessence & How They Decorated...

I read Stacey Bewkes' great blog religiously.
If you love design you already know about Quintessence and Behind the Q.
Stacey put together a video montage of How They Decorated narrated by yours truly.

I hope you enjoy it!

Special thanks to Stacey at Quintessence here, and Barbara at My Dog-Eared Pages here


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