Camp Cooking

When you plan for a weekend in the great outdoors, the perfect menu is paramount. With fewer resources for meal prep, cooking, and cleanup, you must be creative. I’ve done the legwork for you by putting together these tasty campfire recipes that can be cooked over hot campfire coals or on a camp stove. Prep some ingredients ahead of time, and pack the essential accessories: oven mitts, tongs, aluminum foil, a cast-iron skillet, and a coffee pot. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, campfire cooking helps makes for a deliciously memorable vacation under the stars.

Continue reading

Omaha Nebraska – Visit This Midwest City for More Than Steak

There’s a reason billionaire Warren Buffett holed up in Omaha, Nebraska and never left—he is still living in the stucco house he bought for $31,500 in 1958. It’s because Omaha is a pride of the plains, a hipster treasure trove of toothsome restaurants, exquisite shopping, and cultural offerings that would fit right in on New York City’s Museum Mile, all within the welcoming comfort of the Midwest.

Continue reading

structure and style

How to Use Texture and Pattern in the Garden


Creating a pleasing landscape or garden for your home is an opportunity to express yourself creatively. Two design elements that contribute enormously to the success of a garden composition are texture and pattern. The truly great gardens use these elements, along with unity and harmony, proportion and scale, light and shade, and mass and space to create a garden that has a delightful tension between restful and stimulating.


Continue reading

Playfully Modern.

A Colorful Collaboration for a San Francisco Family


Katie McCaffrey was excited. When she and her business and design partner, Martha Angus, were interviewing with clients for a potential project, the duo learned that their good friend and colleague, architect Andrew Mann, would be heading up the home’s renovation. “We were over the moon when we learned Andrew would be a part of this project,” says McCaffrey. “We just work so well together and know each other’s styles so well.”

Luckily, McCaffrey and Angus of Angus McCaffrey Interior Design, Inc., landed the job and soon began their collaboration with Mann and the homeowners on the renovation of their traditional, 4,000-square-foot, San Francisco home. Mann previously worked with the clients on the renovation of the top floor of their three-story home, which houses the master suite and their three kids’ bedrooms. The goal with phase one was to maintain the integrity of the home’s traditional architectural details but inject more natural light and clean, modern lines and finishes to the space. “That meant being creative with skylights,” explains Mann, who added one in the master bath and master closet. “It creates a glow whether it’s sunny or foggy outside.”

Continue reading

Light & Laid-Back.

A Canada Bungalow Meets California Midcentury Modern


As cofounder of The Coveteur magazine, Erin Kleinberg was used to seeing the home interiors of some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities including Khloé Kardashian and Hugh Hefner. The magazine, which gave an inside look into tastemakers’ closets, was a natural outlet for the Canadian-bred Kleinberg, whose style career included her role as fashion director for W Magazine and designer of her own fashion line. “The Coveteur really took this voyeuristic approach by showing celebrities’ intimate spaces like their closet[s],” she says. “It was just another way for me to cover fashion.”

It was also how Kleinberg’s love for interior design began. So much so that when the mompreneur and her husband, Mickey Lungu, were looking for a home in their native Toronto, she knew exactly what she wanted. “The most important thing to me was natural light and high ceilings,” says Kleinberg, who is now cohead of the creative brand agency Méteir Creative. Kleinberg found her perfect home in a 3,200-square-foot bungalow in Toronto’s Cedarvale neighborhood. “It was such a cute home,” she says. “The exterior looked almost like a surf shack with all-white wood siding and a little peaked roof. It reminded me of a James Perse pop-up store.”

The bungalow needed updating that went beyond finishes and color schemes. So the couple enlisted the help of architect Brenda Izen of Izen Architecture to help reimagine the home. “There wasn’t much that was salvageable,” says Izen of the bungalow. “But we did take a lot of inspiration from it. White painted brick, little flowers, everything about it was evocative of what they later wanted to build.” And what they wanted to build was a home that had a laid-back, California vibe with an approachable, modern design. “Mickey and I vacation a lot in Palm Springs, even got married there,” says Kleinberg. “We adore midcentury-modern homes and all of the art deco and colors and vibes of the desert. A lot of the homes in Toronto are dark and a lot of people think that’s what you should do in this climate. But for me, I need to feel tons of natural light and feel like I’m at the beach.”

With that in mind, Izen and Kleinberg began their collaboration. “From the very beginning, natural light has always been a driving force with this project,” says Izen. In the kitchen, the architect strategically placed two, six-foot-wide-by-two-feet-high windows above the range flanking the hood to introduce natural light into the space. In lieu of traditional cabinetry, Izen added open shelving to complement the sleek marble that runs the length and height of the wall. “It still provides plenty of storage while also letting in a lot of natural light,” says Izen. “Cabinets are really formal, and this is not a formal, traditional home.” White Caesarstone counters complete the modern look.

In the master bathroom, Kleinberg was inspired by the design of 11 Howard in New York City. “I travel so much for work that I would often pull ideas from hotels I stayed in knowing I might one day incorporate those ideas into my own house,” she says. “I spend so much time getting ready in the bathroom that I wanted it to be this sanctuary.” Izen designed sleek, white oak millwork to complement the white porcelain sinks and counters and all-brass hardware and accents. “It’s not a utilitarian bathroom,” says Izen, “it’s a destination.”

For Kleinberg, designing the interiors of her home was as much about that laid-back, California vibe as it was about reflecting her personal style. “Our home is very modern, but we made sure that there are a lot of warm elements,” she says. “I feel very lucky to have done this. To get to build something from scratch exactly to your liking is something very rare.”

Full article here.

Burns Bespoke.

A British Family Reinvents Their Longtime Home

There’s only one problem with being to the manor born, as the expression goes. Occasionally, the manor is unlivable. Perhaps it’s filled with one-too-many breakable antiques or a dowdy chintz scheme that makes it feel like a stuffy, doily-strewn bed-and-breakfast. That was exactly what London-based designer Oliver Burns, who owns this late Georgian/early Victorian brick home in the British countryside, was trying to avoid. He and his family had actually been hoping to move but ended up overhauling the house they already owned instead. “We spent four years looking for another Georgian house to turn into our forever home, but couldn’t find what we wanted. So we recreated as much of what we wanted as we could in our current home and in turn fell in love with the property all over again.”

Continue reading

Lifeline Color, Texture, and Culture Infuse This Mumbai Residence

From cabinet hardware to book stacks to photo arrangements to vases filled with fresh flowers—not a single detail is overlooked in this residence, located in the Wadala area of Mumbai. That is by design. “Attention to detail makes all the difference in an interior space. Good design maximizes even the smallest features,” says Priyanka P. Mehra, principal architect at PS Design. Mehra and her design partner, Piyush Mehra, lead their Mumbai-based architecture and interior design firm. Mehra notes that most designers ensure flooring, finishes, and fabrics work together as a whole, yet it’s the finer features that enliven a design and reveal the hand of a design professional. “It’s the sofa cushions that link the fabrics used in a room. It’s wall art that reflects colors in the rug to make an impact. It’s the door handle that finishes the door,” she says.

Continue reading


When you think of toast, you likely picture a quick, no-frills breakfast item that’s easy to eat on your way out the door. But that’s what toast used to look like. Today, toast isn’t just toast. Crafting the perfect slice with a tower of toppings is a modern-day art form. There are websites all about toast, books written about toast, and innumerable Instagram pics capturing #toast from every angle. In the beginning, I wasn’t quite convinced this artisan food fad would last. After all, it was just . . . toast. But elevated breakfast bread is so much more multidimensional than the simple buttered slice. It can be a festive, savory starter for a dinner party, an indulgent brunch addition, and even a drool-worthy dessert. If you haven’t given this trend a try at home, you will be inspired by these playful recipes. From starters to a main dish to dessert, I’ve got your toast-centric meals covered.

Continue reading

Making the cut


Whether a stately container overflowing with fresh-cut blooms or a simple bud vase showcasing a single rose, floral arrangements are a perennial fan favorite. Bouquets are thoughtful gifts and a beautiful way to share your flower garden with friends and family. If you want to add flower gardening and arranging to your repertoire, get started with some artful advice from the professionals. Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms(Chronicle Books) is a practical how-to disguised as a coffee table book. The beautiful photographs by Michèle M. Waite will garner your attention, but the well-written, informative text will keep you turning the pages. Continue reading