My friend Poodle's all-cream apartment was in need of a little TLC to warm things up, but her strict landlord won't let her change much. With her exotic past addresses including Morocco and Tunisia, (and belly dancing skills like you've never seen) I thought it would be fun to reference North African decor. She had a pile of unused gold frames and a beautiful heavy wooden Moroccan coffee table. I thought a gold door would look great with the frames and really light up the room with the amazing sunlight they get in the daytime.

Instead of just painting it I thought it would be interesting to cover it in gold leaf. The real stuff is way too expensive, so we got some imitation gold leaf, some glue, sealant, and a small bottle of gold metallic leaf paint from Blick. We needed five packs to cover one side of the door and the frame.  We first covered the door in a thin layer of glue, and waited about 40 minutes before beginning to apply the leaf.

 The gold leaf was challenging to work with.  We chose to start at the bottom because I knew that our first few might be a little experimental. It took a few curse words and some interesting collage-like patches to get the hang of it but we finally got the technique down.  Make sure all the windows are closed and the fans are off, because any drafts can cost you dearly. I patched up any scars or parts we missed with the gold paint, which I was a little nervous about at first but wound up giving it a really nice finish.

Voila! Less vanilla, more riad. The golden glow of the door adds a great feeling to the room. I'm really excited to have learned how to work with the gold leaf, I know this will not be the first time. Also, a new doorknob is soon to come. Sorry about the terrible quality of the photos. I took them on my iPad.


it was freezing!


My sister Arielle and I were walking through New York and we decided it was time to eat again. A week earlier I was at dinner at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills and Giacomino, the owner/chef told me to check out this place, Eataly in New York.  I love this man's food and trust him completely,  so when I saw we were only a few blocks away it was a simple decision.

From the outside, this place looks like a small storefront for a gelato place, with standing room and a few tables. Once you walk inside and maneuver the crowds, you enter heaven, pretty much.  Floor to ceiling shelves of the most incredible Italian oils, vinegars, pastas, breads, olives, sweets, vegetables, meats, wines and beer... Plus specialty counters (Il Pesce, La Rosticceria, La Pasta, I Panini...) where you can sit and eat.  Arielle and I grabbed a glass of wine, gathered our bearings, and sat down at Le Verdure counter, because we are both lifelong vegetarians (with Arielle's exception for bacon) and we were really excited to see an all veggie menu.

We ordered the Scarola alla Griglia (twice!), blistered shishito peppers with fleur de sel, roasted tomato and pesto bruschetta, eggplant parmesan with spaghetti squash, and the Piatto Misto which had a little of the lentil soup, the fritto misto, and two different salads.

Le Verdure

200 Fifth ave  New York, NY 10010
(646) 398-5100


Some photos from August in Paris, when there's nothing to do but walk!

All photos by Tessa Platner.


Olivia, Alienor and I all went to London for a weekend while I was in Paris.  I was lugging my collection around and was not in the mode to take photos, but luckily Alienor was snapping away with her disposable the whole time. Take a look here.


Shot in Paris by Olivia da Costa for Please! magazine's 'Styled People' section. Check it out here.


Soon I'll be able to show you what's hanging on those babies! Like my DIY custom hangers?

Sous Style Buratta Night

I prepared a Burrata Night, one of my favorite dinners, for the newly launched site Sous Style.  Everyone gets a burrata, and picks and chooses from lots of delicious side dishes: roasted bell peppers and zucchini, prosciutto, chanterelle mushrooms, caramelized onions, mache green salad, and heirloom and cherry tomatoes with basil. Balsamic reduction, crusty baguette and good wine as well.  We shot this in Paris back in July. Check out the rest here. Let me know if you want the recipes!