Swooning over the set-design of Blake Edwards' "The Party"

Swooning over the set-design of Blake Edwards' "The Party"

A few years ago I was introduced to the Blake Edwards movie “The Party,” starring Peter Sellers. The movie is set in a 1960s party house with a sunken conversation pit, a mechanized bar, a giant birdcage, indoor waterways and an indoor/outdoor pool area.  

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Parisian Dream :: The Apartment of Patrick Gilles + Dorothée Boissier

Parisian Dream :: The Apartment of Patrick Gilles + Dorothée Boissier

Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier's dreamy flat on Boulevard Malherbes in the 17th arrondissement in Paris has totally caught my eye. The 300 sq meter apartment was rich in 19th century Napoleon III details and is the epitome of classic Parisian architecture with large rooms and floor to ceiling windows. The couple painstakingly restored the gorgeous herringbone floors and amazing boisierie. 

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Shipping Container Homes Part Two

Shipping Container Homes Part Two

Yes, it’s another post on homes built from shipping containers, or “cargotechture” {a new term I came across while putting together these posts.}  My last post got rather long so I wrapped it up without including this amazing home in Brisbane, Queensland Australia and the home really is worth checking out.

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Adaptive Reuse :: Shipping Container Homes

Adaptive Reuse :: Shipping Container Homes

I've always been fascinated by the idea of adaptive reuse -- the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was built or designed for -- why tear a structure down (especially if there is architectural significance attached) when you can re-purpose it? 

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Fabulous Hotels :: Pershing Hall, Paris

Fabulous Hotels :: Pershing Hall, Paris

Once I arrived, I made my way past the two-story living wall designed by Patrick Blanc to the upstairs bar/lounge where I made friends with the bartenders and some of the other local patrons who showed this petite Américain some amazing hot spots after the bar closed {who says the French are rude!?,} which made for a very memorable evening {but that’s a story for another time <wink>.}

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Adaptive Reuse: Colorado National Bank in Downtown Denver to Become Hotel

I have always been a fan of adaptive reuse, the practice of taking a building or structure that has outlived its original purpose and converting its use while retaining their historic features. So I am soooo excited that a developer purchased the Colorado National Bank Building in downtown Denver with plans to convert it into a hotel!

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rachel ward and kate spade new york

kate spade new york collaborated with artist Rebecca Ward on some design elements in the new store. Ward’s preferred medium is colored tape due to its intriguing texture and the fact that it is available in a wide range of colors. Tape also allows Ward to bring her creations into the third dimension, as opposed to two parallel lines drawn or painted on a wall.

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sound like a designer: enfilade

Pronounced “on fee LAHD,” the term refers to a straight, axial relationship between rooms. Essentially, rooms are aligned one after another through connecting doorways. The open doorways draw the eye through the attached rooms, creating a sense of discovery as you progress. The sequence of the rooms typically goes from the most public to the most private.

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Cinematic Inspiration: Blake Edwards' "The Party"

I really wish I had been around in the 60s as my personal style is so highly influenced by that decade -- the clothes, the interior design, even the hair and make-up! I came across some stills from "The Party" starring Peter Sellers today and immediately fell in love with the house it was filmed in

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