I purchased my first Hermès scarf at a resale boutique in the 16th arrondissement on my very first trip to Paris and couldn’t contain my glee as they passed the signature orange box to me at the register. Since then I’ve started my own collection of Hermès scarves and regularly incorporate them into my outfits and love learning new ways to tie them.Read More
Design for the Modern Day Sybarite
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.Read More
A few <wink> years later, it’s the windows at Bergdorf Goodman’s that make me ooh and ahhh, and this year’s windows are another feast for the eyes. The theme is simply “The Arts.” There are eight large windows in this year’s display that range from performance to applied arts to fine arts. This year’s categories are literature, architecture, theater, painting, music, dance, sculpture and film. It takes a team of 30 designers, 100 craftsmen, two weeks to install and about 3,500 work hours to get to the unveiling, which happened on 17 November this year.Read More
Yesterday I talked about luxury being a personal concept. Luxury as applied to interior design can also be defined as something that’s the best in design, quality, craftsmanship, service and pedigree. Hand-painted wallpaper, which is like jewelry for your walls, falls squarely in that category.Read More
What do you collect? Seashells? Art? Vintage glass? Vintage barware? Why hide them away behind closed doors when you can use them as part of your design scheme or even a focal point of a room? But here is a very important thing to remember :: Don’t let your collections be mistaken for clutter! If you display your collections purposefully they can look like art.Read More
Perpetual Paris is a perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list as well as the Francophiles in your life! The calendar is $49 and is available through little brown pen’s website.
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.
When I first started studying interior design and collecting design books, one of the spaces that really caught my eye was the Kenyan home of Tonio Trzebinski in a book called “Safari Style.” Trzebinski was an artist who grew up in Kenya and whose mother Errol Trzebinski wrote biographies about Denys Finch Hatton and Beryl Markham (the first female licensed commercial pilot in Africa).
The Trzebinski home is a perfectly blend of the rugged and romantic nature of Africa with modern design.Read More
Elephants have traditionally been symbols of strength, wisdom and intelligence as well as luck. Buddha even chose a white elephant as one of his many incarnations. I've always loved elephants and this white porcelain statue from Pieces, Inc. in Atlanta has incredible detail at an incredible price!
A few weeks ago I wrote a post on how to use removable wall decals as affordable art. Today I came across an amazing source for wall decals and had to share. Acte Deco is a French company (bien sûr) and they have an amazing selection and color palette to choose from, I’ve featured some of my favorites below:
Acte Deco - Chevets Doubles
Acte Deco - La Femme Papillon
Acte Deco - La Grande Savane
Acte Deco - Fil Graphik 2
The frosted-glass decals above mimic the wall decal design above -- it kind of has a groovy 70s beaded-curtain feel to it, don't you think? (So Greg Brady's bedroom in the attic!)
Acte Deco also has a line of "Mirrored" decals -- this one would dress up a blah bathroom tout de suite! Place decals like this one over a counter top, chair rail, picture ledge, or large piece of furniture to ground the image.
Definitely check out the Acte Deco web-site at http://www.acte-deco.fr and let your imagination run wild!