Interiors: Warmed Up Modern

September 13, 2012 § 5 Comments

A modern interior need not be cool, edgy and stark. It can be warm, rough-hewn and natural. Case in point… Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s home comes together with travertine, salvaged pine siding, hand-hewn oak and board-formed concrete. Warm shades of grey and tan and cream.

I love the fireplace and especially how it is mirrored on the exterior of the home. What a great setting for an outdoor room!

The artwork is key for me in the Master Bedroom. Scale… So important.

And what lucky kids to have such a great playroom! That Beni Ourain rug is simply beautiful.

Interiors by: Standard; Photos from AD.

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Wanting: AW Lighting

September 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

More cage lights… YES! I don’t know about you,  but I’m still ok with this industrial look.

These are newly released… by Bodie and Fou!

Interiors: Heaven For Industrialists

August 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

Died and gone to heaven. Me.

I love, love, LOVE the hex tile under the dining set and how it blends into the plank wood flooring… brilliant in every way.  Size. Colour. Application. LOVE.

Those wall mounted ‘stick men’ light fixtures, standing like soldiers in the hallway, a great way to make that wall a feature. Sometimes, all it takes is simplicity and repetition to make a statement.

The shower… oh boy… the shower. Those blackened tiles, deep and dark, offset by intricately patterned black and white floor tiles that extend out from the shower, underneath the vanity and freestanding blackened tub, melding it all together. So fabulous – did I mention ‘heaven’??

Sigh…Yet another beautiful interior by Paola Navone. Click here for more of me gushing about her work.

Interiors: Rue de Rivoli

June 8, 2012 § 5 Comments

When life gives you high ceilings and beautifully detailed mouldings… you make an Interior Designer like me, very giddy.

This 18th century building sits across from the Louvre and boasts high ceilings, detailed panel mouldings, mirrors that make you feel like you’re in Versailles, and a stunning marble bathroom. However opulent that sounds, this interior is actually softened by its contemporary planes and lines. Key features are brought forward while others are understated and basic. A real-life contemporary approach to living in an 18th century interior. Unless, of course, you really do have some Ladies in Waiting.

Details that I love:

  • full height panel mouldings and dado skirting, dutifully restored (anytime you do this… I’m in love… just sayin’)
  • large full height opposing mirrors in the living room  (bookends to the living in between)
  • floating staircase and mezzanine (i love that they float in front of the mirror)
  • marble bathroom with large black sliding doors acting as privacy screens
  • built-in lounger next to the built-in bath… luxe, luxe and more luxe (ok…this may not be the most discreet of details but I love it anyway)

So what does your home look like if you live across the street from the Louvre? Oh, right. See above.

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