FROM THE RIGHT BANK explores ideas for living la belle vie or, the good life which I define as a life that is filled with both beauty and meaning.

It all began with my lifelong obsession with homes and interior design. In 2009, I was decorating a new house and wanted a place where I could think out loud, get feedback and share inspiration with others who were as consumed with design as I was.

As a design fanatic who is also a frequent traveler, the only thing that can rival my love of home is a well-designed hotel; they are my greatest source of inspiration. You can find my favorite design hotel experiences and best travel tips in the FTRB Mini Travel Guides.

Apart from beauty in our physical environments, I also like to explore ways to bring more meaning and ultimately, happiness into our lives. I hope that your visits here might inspire and help you to live your own version of the good life wherever you may be.

Since starting FTRB, I have presented a segment on Headline News, contributed to Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Houzz and Anthology and been consulted and quoted by Huffington Post Home, the Independent (UK), Refinery29, HGTV, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle, ElleDecor.com and many other publications. I have also been cited as a Tastemaker by One Kings Lane and a featured blogger in Rue. Finally, Rachel Zoe’s the Zoe Report had this to say…..

For a lucky few, decorating is in their DNA. Such is the case for Ally, the blogger extraordinaire with an impeccable eye for design….


So about the odd name….. FTRB was started after we moved from the right bank of Paris to the west coast so I named it FROM THE RIGHT BANK TO THE LEFT COAST. I thought I was oh so clever….. until we moved to Atlanta. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming. So for now, it’s just FROM THE RIGHT BANK and we’ll see what happens when we move again!

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