the story behind the hermès scarf

the story behind the hermès scarf

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.

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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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Bergdorf Goodman's 2014 Holiday Windows

Bergdorf Goodman's 2014 Holiday Windows

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.

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Total Indulgence :: Hand-Painted Wallpaper

Total Indulgence :: Hand-Painted Wallpaper

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.

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How to Display Collections

How to Display Collections

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.

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Great Find :: Murano Glass

Great Find :: Murano Glass

Retro, vintage and antique glass art and glassware are great additions to your décor and make fabulous gifts. Swanketsy and 1stdibs are great sources to find Murano glass -- there is so much to look at and drool over I had a hard time selecting images to include below.

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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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Out of Africa: Home of Tonio + Anna Trzebinski

Out of Africa: Home of Tonio + Anna Trzebinski

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.

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Affordable Art: Wall Decals Part Deux

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

I love the cheekiness of these decals -- they would be great if you have not purchased nightstands for your room, or if your bedroom is too small to accommodate any more furniture than your bed!



Acte Deco - La Femme Papillon

The 70s vibe of this decal is so fantastic -- it kind of reminds me of the artwork for Air's "Virgin Suicides" soundtrack.  Couldn't you just see it in hot pink or orange or some other psychedelic color?  It would be fun to put it on a wall in a smaller, unexpected space like a powder room, a reading nook, or near a vanity.




Acte Deco - La Grande Savane

I was recently talking to a friend of mine who is expecting her first child and the topic was how to decorate a nursery.  Her main concern (and I totally agree) is that the child would quickly outgrow any "cutesy" nursery décor and she was not really feeling pink, blue, or yellow with cutesy ducks, sheep, etc,  An African Savannah mural would look great in a child's room; not only would it not look too "babyish" but as the child gets older the mural would serve as a great source of inspiration and creativity!  This look does not need to be reserved for childrens' rooms -- it would be a fun addition to any wall in your house.




Acte Deco - Fil Graphik 2

If you love the idea of wallpaper but are a bit of a commitment-phobe, this design is perfect for you!   This design gives the look of wallpaper with zero commitment.  You can customize the look by ordering several different colored decals too!


Acte Deco also offers glass decals that mimic the look of frosted glass.These are great options if you want some privacy but don't like the look of window treatments in that particular window.  I live in a Mid-Century ranch home and window treatments like curtains are not traditionally used in this style of architecture.  There are several windows on the street-side of my house where these will definitely come in handy!



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.




Acte Deco - Dame Nature

Baroque motifs soften otherwise hard or severe modern designs and look great over beds, especially if you do not have a headboard.

Definitely check out the Acte Deco web-site at http://www.acte-deco.fr and let your imagination run wild!