DESIGN | Layers upon Layers.

Interior Images of an apartment

I'm a little bit in love with the home of William Mclure, a southern designer and painter. First of all, its very traditional, which now seems fresh compared to all the Scandinavian simplicity we've been seeing, second, its really well appointed, and third it looks like a really great place to live. I love the mix of elements, the layering of art and books, the abundance of chairs and I've always been a major sucker for a dining table set up with books that way in the middle of the room.  The bedroom, black, just the way I like it. A lot of the big abstracts are Williams own paintings... … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo

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Suffice to say this may be the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been in. Monsieur Bleu, the restaurant in the Palais De Tokyo (It's kind of hard to find as there are two other eateries on site. This one is on the Avenue de New York, on the river, around the corner from the entrance to the Palais.) French architect Joseph Dirand envisioned and shaped the space around a fictional character, Monsieur Bleu. Elegant and cultivated, mysterious and suave, Monsieur Bleu is a true bourgeois gentleman, artist, gastronome and dandy that lives simultaneously within and outside the codes of the … [Read more...]

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | DIY HAND PAINTING DRAPES.

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Welcome back! Hope you all are having a great week! Last week I laid out some of my final fabric choices and nailed down the direction of the room. In a bedroom, fabrics in all their different forms are obviously super important. Well, not ten minutes after I posted my ORC post, I find out that the Miles Redd for Schumacher Watercolor fabric I chose for the drapery was out of stock. (Of course, arriving the week after the ORC is over.) I scoured the internet for a replacement. I got ten samples hand delivered to me from the lovely folks at DecoratorsBest the next day. There was nothing I … [Read more...]

BEFORE AND AFTER | A ONE WEEK MAKEOVER.

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A few weeks ago, my good friend Beca - founder of Fashion Indie and Socialyte - called me to help her out with her new apartment. Beca and I go way back - Socialyte and I used to share studio space way back when. Now Beca had just been separated and this was the first time in her adult life that she was living alone. While many design people love fashion and many fashion people love design, sometimes people just know what they like or don't like, but don't know how to get there. I met up with Beca at her new place, she had been there for a few months, and she had a few really great pieces, but … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Monochrome and Wonderful.

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Casa Horta is a 1920's home in Barcelona that was renovated by its most recent owner designer Guillermo Santomà. The lovely spanish tile floors coexist with monochromatic, color dipped rooms. It's all kinds of beautiful. Santomà used the geometry of the house and creative paint and color combinations to create amazing little paint vignettes, they are like little moments where the house itself and the way the paint plays off itself is the art. The house was featured in Apartmento Magazine and these  photos are by  José Hevia. I love the 80's color schemes of green and pink... and as you guys … [Read more...]