Inspired: Versailles in the Snow

December 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

What could be more inspiring than Versailles?

And since this is the season for snow and flurries and drifts and flakes that too quickly become slush and drudge and black ice… I thought that maybe I’d keep the fluffy white stuff as beautiful and magical as when it first lays down. Captured beautifully here in these photos, Versailles’ gardens are snow tipped and white capped.

Absolute magic.

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Inspired: Parisian Life

August 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

I came across these photos and was instantly transported to the ‘City of Light’, Paris. But I never really equate that tagline with Paris. Instead, I remember it being a million shades of brown, cream and slate grey. Robyn Thompson‘s photos are the closest representation of that memory for me. Check out her website… And, if you would like to experience Marrakech, make sure you click on her ‘Travel’ tab. Stunning.

Interiors: Joseph Dirand

August 21, 2012 § 7 Comments

I’m craving all things Parisian these days… And this flat was just what I needed.

That view overlooking the Seine! Fantastique!

The architectural detailing (inside and outside)! Merveilleux!

And, of course, that bath tub surrounded by black panelled walls… Magnifique!

I could go on and on. But seriously…. ooh la la!

Une Pause à Paris

July 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

CDG Airport, Paris

Between flights and yet this city still inspires me… even at the airport. Go figure.

More Than Just Shutters

June 29, 2012 § 6 Comments

This house is more than just steel and glass and shutters.

The shutters are more than just a mechanism for light diffusion. They are Art and Pattern and Fabulous.

The stairs are more than just risers and a means to travel. Cantilevered, they sit at the structural core from which all other architectural elements come from.

And the rooms are more than just walls with doors and windows. In fact, they’re not that at all! Instead… levels and landings that flow from one to another and meet right back in the middle again.

You can see MORE… here. ;)

Interiors: A Room with a View

June 28, 2012 § 8 Comments

I can’t seem to get past that first shot!! What a view! So beautiful. So striking. I’m sooooo jealous. :)

Although, there’s lots to ooh and ahh over in this Parisian apartment – namely that herringbone wood floor! It follows the star shaped footprint of the apartment. Or what about those onyx sliding panels in front of the windows? All glowy and translucent. And then there’s the glass wine fridge in the kitchen! Wowza!

Aside from the lovely views, this apartment oozes sophistication and warmth… a nice change for a modern interior, don’t you think?

Designed by S0-An, previously featured here. They seem to get all the coveted addresses! :)

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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