Designers delight in San Francisco

Yesterday I had the privilege of spending the day with the fabulous Kelly Moriseau  who is style defined.   Her wit, knowledge and generosity are so engaging.

Looking up while lounging in the Fairmont lobby

We met in China town for Dim Sum, which means to touch your heart.  Sundays were made for heart touching tiny bites and trolleys ringing as they pass. Making a noise to be heard, is part of celebrations.

Cocktails at the Cafe

We met to celebrate our published books.   Kelly created this wonderful kitchen book  – Kelly”s Kitchen Sync: Insider Kitchen Design and Remodeling Tips from an award-winning expert.  Read before you renovate.   Kitchens are so important for the way we live.

So lovely to toast our mutual achievement with Jasmine tea.  We met through Twitter.

Escaping the din we strolled up the street to Cafe de la Presse. Coffee, while talking interior design, & publishing. Suddenly in the mood for bubbles, we indulged in a decadent afternoon champagne cocktail.

Then we hiked up the hill, me in heels, glorying in the details. Every building tells a story.

Art deco and streamline moderne meet with Asian twist in San Francisco


to visit the Fairmont Hotel.  What a grande Dame of class.  Still.  Elegant, delicious design.

Glorious views, tantalizing details, photos of the feasts of yesteryears.

Merry Go Round bar in Farimont Hotel in the thirties, photo from a photo

Back down to Chinatown to sniff tea leaves with exotic names and to get caught up in fireworks and the new year drums banged out, calling welcome to the aspicious Year of the Dragon.

Welcoming the New Year of the Dragon

What is your favorite part of San Francisco?  Please share in a comment below.

if you are interested in reading more about my book “Le Chic Cocoon” check out the reviews on Amazon.


Joie de Vivre,



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