Month: January 2011

I’ve been dreaming of this kitchen ever since I saw it here. A little bit rustic, a little bit urban and a little bit industrial. Uhm… I wonder if it’s my constant love for stripes or perhaps those shelves that make my heart throb…?

If you’re in the lookout for inspirations to help you conceptualize your personal style then The Allure of Women may be the book to have. “This book showcases our era’s most well-known icons, women recognized all over the world for their style and elegance.” editorial review

I hope you had enjoyed your weekend. I met with family and friends on Saturday and Sunday and we had a great time. Last night I did something I love to do from time to time and that’s going into fabulous photographers websites and browse around to get inspired. At Simon Watson‘s website I found these images of a house designed by Elsie de Wolfe in 1936 for the Countess Dorothy di Frasso. The house was then sold in 1947 to the Spanish pianist Jose Iturbi who never changed one single thing in the house until his death in 1980. These are the actual images that were featured in House and Garden in 1997. It’s amazing how the eternally classic elements such as Chinoiserie, mirrored walls (even the fireplace wall is mirror covered), mother of pearl inlay furniture and clean lined furniture make this house look like something that could have been done recently. No wonder Iturbi never changed a thing, neither would I.

Between the essence of lavender, warm open fire and breath taking vineyard views is La Bastide de Marie, Sibuet Hotels and Spa, located in the French Provence region. By the way if you think you recognize this place you’re not wrong. This magical place is where Marion Cotillard’s photoshoot for Vogue’s July issue took place. I don’t think there is anything else I would need other than being here in a cold Sunday Morning. Maybe a few croissant au chocolat…Brunch anyone?

You are exactly where you need to be. Embrace it and give your best. That way if what you’re waiting for takes longer than anticipated, you’ll know that all the way you’ve been your best.

“Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important.”
Albert Hadley, The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer



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