Posts by Michelle Konstantinovsky

Finding a boutique hotel that's chic, comfortable, and conveniently located isn't always simple. But with a prime downtown location and classic Art Deco design, San Jose's Hotel De Anza manages to tick all the boxes.

If Hannah Cecil Gurney’s early educational pursuits (physics and accounting) seem unconventional for the leader of a wallpaper empire, it’s because they are. But transcending the norm is standard practice in the Cecil Gurney bloodline.

1. How did you two meet and how did you decide to go into business together?Barbara: We met on Bastille day in 2001 at a friend’s party in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. William’s sister was studying abroad in Buenos Aires and I met him on his second night there. It was definitely love at first sight.

Even if you don't know the Mayfair Hotel by name, you likely know its legacy. In 1929, it was the site of the first Academy Awards afterparty, and Hollywood stars like Joan Crawford graced its halls.

1. How did you get your start in the modern furnishings world and how did the decision to open DZINE come about?I earned a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 1999, after which I worked for several architecture and design firms in San Francisco.

1. How did you get your start in design? In college, I got a job at a fabric store where my best friend (now our Director of Procurement, Jennifer Latimer) was working as a bookkeeper.

I am not a camper. I have never been a camper. My friends make great fun of me for my distinct lack of camper qualities. However, with the advent of "glamping," I have been gifted a second shot at wilderness credibility (well, sort of).

San Francisco's Hayes Valley doesn't exactly have a shortage of great restaurants. But what the bustling neighborhood was lacking was a pizzeria owned by a 100% Italian-born team specializing in a culinary artform only 18 other eateries in California offer.

1. How did you two meet and what was the journey like to start Homework?We met in New York at a house party during our days as first-year designers just starting out after grad school, through mutual friends in the field.

Miami's South Beach is world famous for being a white sand paradise during the day and an electric party playground after dark. It's also home to the renowned Art Deco District where design and architecture take centerstage.

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