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Favorite List. Crystal Gentilello, Founding Editor in Chief of Rue Magazine. Rue is a fantastic online interior design magazine filled with tons of ideas and inspiration.

We had the honor of spending the day with Crystal when Rue did a photo shoot on Meet the Designer for their April issue at the Twig Floral Shop in Danville. Rue Issue #4

Crystal is not only beautiful and charming, she is down to earth. We had a great time. I love her self made story – she was 27 years old, unfulfilled in her career and wanted to get into interior design. She decided to launch a magazine! Crystal also has an interior design blog called the Plush Palate. Enjoy reading her favorites!


Jan Showers is known for understated glamour. She combines a variety of periods and styles and creates comfortable spaces which are the foundation of Jan Showers’ style. Jan is inspired by art, travel, fashion, fine antiques and objects, as well as nature. Her design firm is recognized as one of the most distinguished in the nation as is her antiques business.

Jan also makes custom pieces that she has been designing for her clients available to showrooms across the United States, thus creating The Jan Showers Collection. The Collection is available through showrooms in Dallas, Dania, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Atlanta. Enjoy reading her favorites!

Paloma Contreras is the founder and editor-in-chief of High Gloss Magazine as well as the creator of the style blog, La Dolce Vita, which has garnered attention from loyal readers around the world and has been featured in multiple publications including The Washington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, 002 Houston, and AOL’s ShelterPop.

La Dolce Vita was founded in the summer of 2007 as a summer respite from Paloma’s former career as a high school Spanish teacher. Paloma’s passion for the sweet life is reflected in the topics she explores daily from interior design, fashion and intriguing people to fabulous food and travel destinations. An enduring love of magazines, creative writing and the pursuit of a stylish life prompted her to create High Gloss magazine: an online publication with the mission of providing readers with stylish inspiration for every facet of life. High Gloss has been featured on Curbed National, Casa Sugar, AOL’s ShelterPop, and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com.

Paloma lives in Houston with her husband Fabian and their adorable dog, Tate. Enjoy reading Paloma’s favorites.

I have admired Vicente Wolf’s work for years. For the past three decades Vicente Wolf has created a global brand through his interior design projects, photography, art collection and his global travel. He has an amazing spacious light-filled loft in New York City where his company is headquartered. Wolf and his team build on his passion for design, maintaining an impressive portfolio that spans multinational conglomerates and private homes to hotels and restaurants across the globe.

Vicente is an award winning designer, international speaker, book publisher, lauded retailer and celebrated business partner, the designer now heads up two companies: VW Home by Vicente Wolf and Vicente Wolf Associates. He also has formed international partnerships with some of the world’s top luxury brands. In addition, Vicente has been very generous with sharing advice on his blog to fellow interior designers. Thank you Vicente. Enjoy reading his favorites!


Eddie Ross has a great knack for giving new life to old things through flea market find and DIY projects. From decorating and entertaining to food styling and flowers, Eddie produces beautiful stories that relate to a variety of peoples tastes and budgets. He worked at House Beautiful as an Associate Decorating Editor and Martha Stewart Living as the Senior Style Editor. Of course, when I first discovered Eddie he was on season two of Bravo’s Top Design show. Enjoy reading Eddie’s favorites….

We recently started a new favorite list featuring some of our favorite designers, tastemakers and anyone we would love to invite over for a dinner party.  Tobi Fairley has a signature look that is fresh and simple combining colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for a beautiful and functional result.  She was selected by Traditional Home Magazine as one of the Top 20 Young Designers in America for 2009.  We asked Tobi to share some of her favorites…thank you Tobi!  Enjoy.

Since establishing her firm more than a decade ago, Tobi’s projects have spanned the southern region and the nation from Charleston to Los Angeles. Her award winning designs for high-profile and celebrity clients have been featured on HGTV and have been published on the cover of House Beautiful and in Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens special publications and have graced the cover of At Home in Arkansas Magazine 7 times.

Tobi’s unique combination of degrees in interior design, accounting and an MBA from the prestigious Sam M. Walton College of Business, gives her a competitive advantage in the design industry.

In 2010 Tobi introduced her online design service, InBox Interiors, and launched her popular design camps, both catering to the DIY market. Designers and Design Enthusiasts alike have attended camps from across the nation with rave reviews. Tobi is currently working on product designs for several companies and she is a popular speaker at industry events across the nation sharing both her business and blog successes.

We thought it would be great fun to feature some of our favorite designers, tastemakers and anyone we would love to invite over for dinner
and ask them what their favorites are….

Enjoy. I think you will find the list very uplifting and inspiring. It will make you want to shop, travel or both!

Grant K. Gibson is a local designer based in San Francisco. He works on projects around the country from Palm Beach, New York and Los Angeles.

His work has been featured in numerous publications, including: The New York Times, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, 1st Dibs, San Francisco Magazine, The SF Chronicle, Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, 7×7, California Home and Design and two television programs for HGTV. In 2009 Domino magazine selected Grant as one of the “10 Designers to Watch.” In 2010 Elle Decor magazine named Grant as one of “5 Designers to Watch.”

When not working, Grant is often found in the kitchen, walking his two Westies or writing his blog, where he chronicles his adventures in design, food and travel.
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