Thursday, July 2, 2015


Nothing shouts summer like the texture of rattan, wicker, seagrass or for that matter natural wovens of any kind. Whatever that object may be, a straw hat, a rattan chair, a woven tote or a wicker chaise - it is always fresh, crisp and ever so graphically textural. These things forever evoke memories of long summer days and sultry summer nights. I hope you all are planning to spend a long, languid weekend  at the beach, on the lake or wasting the day away in a hammock on a mountain porch sipping a summery cocktail in a warm breeze for this 4th of July weekend!
       "Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
Henry James

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I find myself speechless actually when it comes to finding an adequate description of my recent trip to Cuba. As much as I've been asked what makes this trip different from others I've taken of late, I find myself struggling to answer. Bottom line is it was a visceral experience - powerful and poignant. Much akin to seeing Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe for the first time, it was one Stendhal moment after another! That was what Havana was and is, all of it, start to finish.
My deepest gratitude goes out to Soane Travels, the Design Leadership Network and Academic Adventures Abroad for the journey of a lifetime. Many, many thanks as well to Hermes Mallea, author of The Great Houses of Cuba, for sharing your insights on all that is Cuba! I feel so very fortunate to have been able to go, now, to see this extraordinary country on the brink of change.
As many have asked for additional imagery via Facebook and Instagram, I've collected many images to share AND for even more to go Instagram #soanetravels and #dlntravelscuba. 
Viva la Cuba!!!!