Posts by Mary Jo Bowling

Had he taken another path, San Franciscan Andy Diaz Hope might have been a tech titan. As it is, he is an artist known for unconventional processes and works, such as the pictures he makes by slicing photographs, rolling them up and inserting them into transparent gel capsules.

If Bridgid Coulter’s star-studded interior design career is any indication, her new textile line will be a hit. The designer, who is working on a home for Matt Damon and just finished a project for Alfre Woodard, has a client list that reads like the end credits of a blockbuster movie.

Like the couple who owns it, this Woodside garden is a cultural mash-up (he’s a native Californian; she’s from South Africa). In the gloved hands of landscape designer Chris Jacobson, the garden combines plants from both regions in an eclectic way—proving, as Maya Angelou says, that diversity has beauty and strength.

Through sheer chutzpah, the late decorator Frances Elkins won the West and went on to conquer the design world.