When I first started out in design, I considered myself a minimalist. I loved the clean, pared down version of life that minimalism offered. In many ways, I still do (I will never stop hating clutter!). I think the initial love of minimalism had to do with being in school and studying those masters that designers and architects love to love (Mies van der Rohe, Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, etc.).

Now that I’m five years in, I’ve noticed how my tastes have evolved. I’m much more confident about what I like and don’t like and what is and isn’t good design. But even though I’ve come far from minimalism, I can still appreciate a good, minimalist space! I still love the crisp, clean lines and feeling of there being nothing extra or unnecessary in the space. Take, for example, the following spaces designed by Donald Billinkoff.

This light fixture is a favorite of mine. I also love the way the kitchen is broken up into large blocks of space.

These bookshelves are great. I love that wood!



The Man Chair


Listen up men.  We ladies have nothing against a big comfy chair for you to claim, put your feet up, and relax in.  Really!  We don’t!  We’re happy to give you a spot of your own.  Unless it looks something like this…..

Remember Martin Crane’s wrecked chair from Frasier?

Or how about the boys from Friends?

Their upgrade wasn’t much better…

Maybe Red Foreman’s chair was fashionable at the time….

Gentlemen, it’s time for an upgrade!  A man chair must have certain characteristics.  In my mind, it’s usually leather, but it could be cloth too – just not white.  The light colors just seem too dainty (and not forgiving) for most men.  Next, it needs arms.  The men I know, they like to lean.  (I get this – I like to lean too!)  And finally, they need a place to put their feet.  Whether it’s a recliner or an ottoman, you have to give them something, or those boots are going right up on the glass coffee table!

I’ve liked the Addin Armchair at Pottery Barn for quite some time, but it needs the companion ottoman!

The Petrie Chair from Crate and Barrel strikes a nostalgic note without looking like it’s suffered the ravages of time.

I think the Manhattan Chair from Pottery Barn is a timeless classic.  (The whole line is on sale now!)

Or if there’s some extra change lying around, he could spring for the classic Eames Recliner by Herman Miller at Room and Board.

So men (or ladies who know what men like) – did I miss anything?