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Friday, February 4, 2011

The New AD

First and foremost, I would like to recognize and welcome the new Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest, Margaret Russell

As much as it hurts me to say this, AD needed a minor face lift. The time has come, which has me and my colleagues, Jennifer Chamberlain and Susie Tass, at MAC II thrilled. We absolutely love the format, not to mention the spectacular architecture and designs gracing the new pages of the February and March editions! I can't put it down! I already have three new favorite projects I can't wait to share with my Dad.

Growing up, as far back as I can remember, one Sunday out of every month, my Dad and I would sit down and flip through the entire Architectural Digest commenting, critiquing, and praising each and every design. Embarrassingly enough, as mentioned in the below article from Oklahoma Magazine, I apparently admitted to building houses out of blocks as well.


I honestly don't know how or when I decided I wanted to be an interior designer. I don't ever even really remembering thinking about it, I just did it. Recently while watching home videos, on more than one occasion, my brother and I would be playing on the floor in our little San Diego abode with my Dad narrating. One particular comment he made I will forever remember, "Look at my little architect and my little musician!"

Apparently from the age of two, Andy and I were on the right track! How does this happen? I have no idea, but if I every find out, you will be the first to know. 

I would like to share with you three of my new favorite projects from the newly formated Architectural Digest February 2011. This is the first issue that I have really loved more than one project.

Capital Improvement

Simon and Hugh Newell Jacobsen give a historic Washington, D.C., residence a critical restoration—and a generous helping of space and light

February 2011

At the City’s Edge

Shelton, Mindel & Associates strikes a note of pure industrial grandeur in a downtown Manhattan loft

Text by Arthur Lubow/Photography by Michael Moran

Published February 2011

Point of View

B.A.R. Architects and the Wiseman Group collaborate on a hilltop home in Napa wine country

Published February 2011

I do not have a personal subscription to AD. However, now I need one as there are too many designs I would like to remember, keep for myself and share with friends! This could be a good birthday present...

I can't wait to share my new favorite designs from the March issue! 


  1. Ok, I admit it...I let out a big "awwww" when I read your dad's comment from when you were little. How cool that he already knew what paths y'all would take. :)

    I love the staircase in that first design. And the closet looks like something you'd find in Carrie Bradshaw's apartment. haha

    I also like the bedroom in the last design. I'd love to have doors like that in my bedroom.

  2. I'm going to get all mushy on you here, but I'm going to say you and Andy's success, I think, has something big to do with your parents and their amazing support. They have always been behind you guys 110%, ever since I've known you at least. We were still of the generation where so many parent's wanted us kids to be doctors or lawyers and there were no other options. For momma and daddy skib to be so confident and proud, gave you guys such a big extra push you needed to be great :) Maybe that'll be you one day editor of AD. XX