Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Inlay Furniture

The magazine luxe interiors + design LOS ANGELES recently showcased MAISON K with a fabulous illustration of our storefront and mention of our inlay furniture.


I consider inlay furniture and décor to be practical works of art that create interest and drama in a space. Whether you use a shell inlay mirror in a contemporary bathroom or an ornate bone inlay table in a traditional setting, they add a sensational touch of adventure and beauty.

I go directly to the source as regularly as I can because I get to find the more unique and unusual pieces that don’t always end up in the big importers' assortments.

And by the source, I mean Morocco and India. They are very different in styling, but equally beautiful. Typically, shell inlay is from Syria and is exquisite in its lightness and brightness. I love it all!


Bone inlay is often incorporated with fine wire work and set into wooden bases. We’ve had spectacular doors that people used to build into the homes. One couple chose a magnificent pair to lead to their master bedroom.

Another designer installed a gorgeous set of doors as the entrance to her clients’ walk-in closet. Wow, I want to see that closet!

For a more practical application, without a construction project, we typically have small and large mirrors, tables and decorative accessories on hand. There is really something for every home and budget.

The bone used in inlay furniture can be a natural, ivory color or dyed with henna and cut into small tiles. The tiles are then used to make intricate and bold patterns. The designs are so creative and beautiful the possibilities are truly endless.

Email me if you’re looking for a specific piece of inlay furniture and I’ll shop for it on my next trip — call Maison K at 805-969-1676.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Designers We Love: Elizabeth Slaught


I was thrilled to see my dear friend Elizabeth Slaught so beautifully featured in Santa Barbara Magazine. I love seeing Elizabeth in her element, in process in her studio, creating her wonderful art.

I recently asked her about what inspires her, because she inspires me! Here’s what she shared:

1. What distinguishes your art and design sensibility?
I depict the human form as a means to present my perspective on life. By working with live models and in a timed format, my art evokes a sense of emotion. Each pose is no longer than 25 minutes.

2. What inspires you? 
Energy inspires me, quietude, all the old masters, all the emerging artists worldwide, and all the life around me!

3. What compels your work? 
Knowing that the beginning of all art is the human figure.

4. What are the top three guiding principles of your art and design? 
·       Ethos
·       Moving forward
·       Believing in the process

5. How do you describe your own personal style?
Classic and impressionistic.

Drawn to unique style
I first met Elizabeth years ago as a customer at Maison K. She was always attracted to very unique and special pieces, whether a vintage mirror or a Moroccan belt.

Elizabeth loves beautiful things with soul and is extremely discerning in what she chooses to surround herself with. She has an innate artistic sensibility along with a sharp editor’s eye.

I am always fascinated to see what strikes her fancy. I was not at all surprised to learn that she used to work as a graphic artist, and now is a fine artist; this makes perfect sense to me.  

Elizabeth is the most lovely, fun, beautiful person and our friendship evolved over our mutual love of pretty things, art, French culture and travel. She lives her life with passion and focus, love and humor — she's a great inspiration to me!

Email me with questions about our unique Moroccan home décor and personal accessories or call Maison K at 805-969-1676.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Riviera Tote is Back...Again!

Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner. To prepare for the months ahead when you’re on the go, we just received a new shipment of the Riviera Tote.

Black, ivory or dark brown Riviera Tote available again at Maison K Santa Barbara
The beauty of this leather tote is in it chic simplicity and clean lines. It is sturdy, yet lightweight, and beautifully made in Italy of finely textured leather.

You won’t find heavy hardware and busy logos. You will find an easy-to-grab-and-go tote that works with your entire wardrobe whether you’re heading to the office, off to the farmers' market, exploring a seaside village or relaxing poolside.
Riviera Tote in many colors, call Maison K Santa Barbara, Montecito, CA
The Riviera Tote travels well
The roomy tote fits everything you can toss its way and includes a small, zippered leather pouch that attaches to the interior with a leather tie. This is so handy for your phone, credit cards and keys.

Additionally, the tote travels well. It folds flat so it's easy to slip into your suitcase, allowing you the extra room so often needed on a trip.
Many colors to choose from 

We have several colors: Ivory, Dark Brown or Black on our website and more in the store. Please call for availability. Typically people buy one and then find they love it so much they buy another color as well.

I discovered this tote in Paris and called it the Riviera Tote because it personifies the chic ease of the Riviera lifestyle, whether that’s Italian, French or American.

I hope you enjoy using this wonderful tote as much as I do.

Email us about availability of colors or call Maison K at 805-969-1676. 

The climate, topography, landscape and beauty of Santa Barbara is so reminiscent of of the Mediteranean, and the French Riviera in particular, that it has come to be known as "the American Riviera."  No better place to experience our coastal idyll is at the iconic Four Seasons Biltmore on Channel drive, just a hop skip from Maison K.  The Biltmore, designed by Reginald D. Johnson,  is the perfect holiday destination for locals and visitors alike, with stunning gardens, a luxurious spa and salon, as well, the expanded ocean side terrace with views to the sea.  This terrace is delightful at all hours of the day, a marvelous place to soak up the splendor of our lovely town.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Chic Cowhides for Your Home


As you can see from the photos above, these all-natural cowhides look amazing in any setting. All-natural means natural colors and natural patterns, no dyes are used whatsoever and no two are alike. They possess true naturally beauty.

Cowhides look dramatic under a sofa and add an unexpected look to a table top in a foyer. You may not expect this, but they are soft and luxurious to the touch and work well as a cozy throw over an upholstered chair.

View our brown and white cowhide.
View our black and white cowhide.



Cowhides remind me of milk and cheese!

Here is one of the most beautiful and delicious salads that has ever been placed in front of me. It was so original and inspirational, I had to just stare at it for a while before enjoying it!

The perfectly ripe tomatoes were still on the vine, the fresh mozzarella cheese was lightly drizzled with a balsamic/honey glaze. The caramelized onions and thinly sliced zucchini were a tasty addition rounding out the dish. Divine!