From the Cutting Room Floor

Sometimes the best bits don't make it into a story. I went ga-ga for the jewels at Merriwether, and the owner turned out to be just as charming as the arm candy. (I'm dying over these bangles, with enough rose-cut diamonds to satisfy the greediest Maharani.) Here's what I wrote, which sadly didn't make the cut: 

Just Because It’s Pretty: Don’t miss browsing the vitrines at Meriwether for the finest estate jewelry, cherry picked by owner Meriwether McGettigan. She’s a descendant of Meriwether Lewis—and she keeps Nancy Pelosi in pearls. Dainty Victorian stacking rings with emeralds and rubies and diamonds start at $1,000, and prices go up—way up—from there. 3524 Sacramento St., 415-359-1111, meriwether.net. 

A Cover Mention!

When one of my stories gets a mention on the cover, I feel all sparkly inside. Check out the April issue of House Beautiful for the best places to scoop up covetable stuff in eight great neighborhoods across the country.

My kind of obsession...

Every once in a while, I encounter something that makes me see everyday objects in a whole new way. This amazing arrangement of keys at Greenwich Locksmith made me slow down, stop, and take a picture...something I almost never do while in the speed tunnel of New York's streets.  

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Cover Models

My latest collecting column for the September issue of Country Living. Osa Johnson, a gutsy pioneer and author of I Married Adventure, is my new style icon. I wouldn't mind following her across Africa, but at the moment I'd settle for a visit to the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas. 

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I took a walk

My story on a self-guided walking tour of Tuscany with my mom and sister landed on the cover of Budget Travel. I'm not sure what captured the journey better: my words or Aya Brackett's photographs. Click on the cover and check out her envy-inducing portfolio.