I’m calling this Personal Style, even though its a profile of an interior designer, because her work seems more like an exercise in style than in interior decorating… and what do I mean by that? Well, she’s french, actually she’s a polish princess, but she decorates in france and she was profiled in this weekends NY Times Style Magazine… (The whole issue was steeped in francophila, I already posted the article about Isabelle Hebey and how she helped shape 20th century france). Personal style is about having things look like you, everything around you has a certain aura, a something that makes the people around you know- oh that looks like x’s type… and it looks good on her. Its about making what you have work for for you. I have one friend that can make a bandaid look cool- no joke. And that kind of style can’t be taught. But we can be taught how to figure out what we like and who we are visually and not be fashion victims and trend mongers. People who don’t have it look like they are wearing costumes: “21 century girl!”… “Secretarial sweet but sexy girl from the office!” “Serena Vanderwoodson is my idol, I wake up at noon and have a trust fund girl!” or my worst “Im wearing a headband across my forehead GIRL!” You know those trying too hard people, we all do. But then there are the Jennifer Aniston’s and the Angelina Jolie’s (Why am I talking about them as a pair?!? Or even at all!) and hell, even the Kim Kardashians, who ALWAYS look like themselves. And maybe its awesome, and maybe it is not… but there is something to be said about a woman that looks both stylish and like herself all the time…. and whose house looks like her too.
Anyway, now that I went on a rant about personal style, lets see the apartment, shall we! It sits above the Tuileries in Paris, so it would have to be filled with 1000 cats for me not to like it.
The Be@rbrick bear is dressed in Chanel sitting next to a little drum kit? Who cares! Look at those windows!
Love the green wall, the lighting, the orange boxes… frames propped on radiators…
I usually find candles to be quite offensive… but they aren’t totally killing me here.
Pop star husbands polaroid collection.
Don’t you love the Yves Klien table, just casually thrown up against a wall as a makeshift bench? All I can see is a wire. Not kidding. Its staring me in the face.
Jamie Drake used this same hat like chandelier in his Decor by the Shore Showhouse room… which I wasn’t too fond of, but I know a lot of other people liked it.
Ive always loved that gigantic sconce.
There is just something so european about all those wires hanging out places- do you know what we americans go through to have our wires hidden? Outlets in the floor and chiseling and snaking through concrete walls… I’ve even rejected pieces of furniture because they wouldn’t cover the wires properly. AND in my den, where I have a tv in open shelving, I cut a whole in a box and put all the wires into the box with a lid- all to hide the wires.
And then there is the completely unstyled kitchen, looks like the photographer left his cup of coffee on the table so he could take the shot… I dunno. Theres something I like about it there… its cool girl decor, if you know what I mean… Unpretentious and stylish.