If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? An actor on Broadway or a pastry chef. I strongly debated pastry school, but decided design school would be much better for the waistline.
What are you most inspired by? Travel, unique artisan furniture, and gorgeous flowers.
Whose style do you admire? I’m a huge Michael Bastian fan. His all-American, comfortable style with chic tailoring fits my design sensibility perfectly.
Who is your ultimate design icon? So many—David Hicks, Jamie Drake, Yabu Pushelberg, Kelly Hoppen.
What’s on your nightstand right now? A vintage Murano glass lamp, an iPad mini, Town & Country magazine, and the book 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton.
What’s your go-to hostess gift? We have a fantastic selection of candles at Cavalier called La Manufacture des Châteaux—my favorite is Feu Souverain. I’m very particular, and other than Hotel Costes candles this is the only scent I burn in my own home.
Your favorite restaurants? A new San Francisco favorite is Aster, but my go-to is Zuni Café. I’ve been eating the chicken there for 23 years. In wine country, I’m loving Archetype in St. Helena—fantastic food and we can ride our bikes there. And Les Sarments in the south of France is a must when there.
Your favorite hotel? Las Alcobas in Mexico City—stunning! I’m so excited they are opening one in the Napa Valley next year.
The movie interior you’d move into if you could? I love the apartment in Auntie Mame and the Hamptons house that Diane Keaton owns in Something’s Gotta Give.
Your favorite album? George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice.
Your favorite cocktail to whip up? The Boulevardier (made with bourbon and Campari) is current favorite—served on a big rock, not up!
What colors are you loving at the moment? Emerald green and plums.
What’s one thing that every room needs? Dimmer switches on everything (including lamps), a scented candle, and a bar cart. Okay, maybe no candles or bar carts in children’s rooms…
What materials and patterns are you into right now? Heavily veined marbles and simple geometric patterns.
Your favorite decorating cheap thrill? Paper pom-poms hanging from a ceiling.
What paint color are you obsessed with? I am loving Adriatic Sea by Benjamin Moore—it’s the perfect mix of blue, teal and green. I am using it in displays for the product line we are launching with Arteriors in September in NYC.
One decorating technique you’d never use? Sponge painting.
When decorating, where should people splurge and where should they save? Splurge on public spaces—the foyer, living room, dining room, and kitchen. Save on the spaces that will get the most use and probably need updating sooner, like the family room and bedrooms.
How do you overcome decorator’s block? A glass of Cabernet or Champagne and working at my house in St. Helena.