the story behind the hermès scarf

the story behind the hermès scarf

I purchased my first Hermès scarf at a resale boutique in the 16th arrondissement on my very first trip to Paris and couldn’t contain my glee as they passed the signature orange box to me at the register.  Since then I’ve started my own collection of Hermès scarves and regularly incorporate them into my outfits and love learning new ways to tie them.

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The Art of the Thank You Note Shouldn’t Be Lost

The Art of the Thank You Note Shouldn’t Be Lost

Long before Jimmy Fallon started writing them on his show, thank you notes have been a thing.  A very important custom that is too often ignored or forgotten.  The importance of thank you notes was hammered into me at a very young age.  I have memories of my mother standing over me as I painstakingly wrote out thank you notes in a childish hand on personalized stationery.

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Swooning over the set-design of Blake Edwards' "The Party"

Swooning over the set-design of Blake Edwards' "The Party"

A few years ago I was introduced to the Blake Edwards movie “The Party,” starring Peter Sellers. The movie is set in a 1960s party house with a sunken conversation pit, a mechanized bar, a giant birdcage, indoor waterways and an indoor/outdoor pool area.  

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Recipe :: Gluten-Free White Chocolate-Covered Thin Mint Cookies

Recipe :: Gluten-Free White Chocolate-Covered Thin Mint Cookies

A couple of Christmases ago, my brother and sister-in-law were visiting her sister's family in Oceanside, CA and I was lucky enough to get invited to join them for the festivities.  Not one to arrive at a party empty-handed {see my post on hostess gifts} I decided to bake some Christmas cookies.  I had slightly selfish reasons as well, I wanted gluten-free cookies so I could get my sugar fix in!

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Christmas-time Traditions :: The Nutcracker

Christmas-time Traditions :: The Nutcracker

Yay!  We made it through the longest, darkest night of the year {thanks Winter Solstice} and Christmas is only three days away!  Everyone has their Christmas traditions and like so many other little girls out there, mine was always The Nutcracker.  As I mentioned in a previous post, it is always hard for me to feel Christmas-y in Southern California weather with no cold winter breeze to turn my nose red or snow crunching underfoot, so I went searching for something to get me more in the spirit and ran across George Ballanchine’s The Nutcracker movie on YouTube performed by the New York City Ballet.

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Time to Start Thinking About Holiday Décor

Time to Start Thinking About Holiday Décor

Thanksgiving is only a few days away so I feel like it is time to start thinking about decorating for the Holidays.  I walked into Coffee Bean the day after Halloween and it was already decked out for the Holidays and I started screaming “Too soon!  Too soon!” {it was in my head of course, I’m not one for making a scene.}

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A Killer Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust

A Killer Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust

This pie is killer.  I mean it.  The last two Thanksgivings that I made it, the pie disappeared in an instant, even before any of the other desserts were touched.  In fact, this Thanksgiving it has been demanded {yes, demanded} that I bake two pies instead of one.  Just call me Betty Crocker {although I feel that I should have an apron for that role…}

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I Miss My Home Office

I Miss My Home Office

The old adage goes “you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone” (or something like that) and I must agree.  In my current living situation I don’t have a home office and I am at a total loss.  Nowhere for a printer, tear sheets, not even a place to hide the mail (read:bills) I’m not ready to look at quite yet.

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I'm Back!

I'm Back!

After a brief (ok, more than brief) hiatus (what can I say other than life got in the way) I’m back and I’ve rechristened my blog brettVdesign!  My goal is to consistently provide you with lots of cool, new content on interior design, style and a lot more as inspiration strikes.  My tag line is still "Design for the Modern Day Sybarite."  What's a Sybarite you ask?  Well let me explain ::

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