Happy 2013!

Wow, it's 2013--and not a moment too soon! A lot happened in 2012--some good stuff, some bad stuff. That's pretty typical, I guess. I was watching the documentary Happy on Netflix the other day (before Phoebe got bored and demanded [...]

Half Mast

I've been in a fog since last Friday. You don't have to be a parent to be horrified by the killing of innocent children, but when several seven-year olds are gunned down in their sweet little elementary school and you [...]

Design Star 7: Premiere Episode

First of all, my apologies for not completing my cast critiques for all of the HGTV Design Star Season 7 finalists before the premiere episode aired. I just couldn't cram it all in, especially in this "gap week" between the [...]

Mended Fences

I recently wrote an article for Williams-Sonoma's Designer Marketplace blog about how, when and why to fire a client. I was inspired to write the piece after firing a client myself.  Since I wrote publicly about the incident, it's only [...]

Back in the Saddle…Sort of.

After a lengthy recovery from my medical mishap(s) last month in Florida, I have finally started the process of re-entering the workforce. I'm not 100% yet.  I can only handle about an hour or two on my feet before the [...]

Fab Finds: African Baskets

So inspired by the colors, patterns and textures of African bowls and baskets... I'm always looking for great kid-proof accessories for coffee tables and shelving units, so these wire baskets really fit the bill. [...]

Language Barrier

I received the following note tonight from a reader named Leonard: Robin, I enjoyed reading both your Designer Marketplace blog and the "Hell, Fire and Brimstone" musings for difficult clients. This led me to your blog, where I began reading [...]