Month: July 2011

Our outdoor patio will have to have a place to eat Al Fresco, cushions, there must be a bunch for comfort, evergreen and of course flowers among which there will be wisteria, lavender and roses. ummm…that sounds like a lot of purple.


French style bathroom eclectic design

We’re starting to renovate Lucas’ bathroom and this time I’m going for a more eclectic French approach.  It’s for a toddler this bathroom, but it’ll also be shared with guests so it’ll be eclectic and rooted on tradition.  I love how French have proven their immortal style so much so that sometimes they throw this here and that there and they know that the result will be as close to perfect as if they had planned it more carefully.  I’ll just try and see what comes out.  After all Belle stands for my love of everything French and Vivir for my living, feeling and experience through design since I ever remember.  Enjoy the eye candy!

French style bathroom design
French style bathroom design white marble
French style bathroom design floating concrete  sink with oval mirror

French style bathroom design patterned floor tiles and freestanding tub


French style bathroom design
French style bathroom design


French style bathroom design blue tiles, white sink and venetian mirror

 Chastleton House, Oxfordshire

Flamestitch or Florentine stitch, not to be confused with zig zag,  is believed to be originated in Hungary as Hungarian stitch or embroidery.   The design that is as old as you can imagine was first found and created as embroidery, which was called in Italy Bargello Arts Stiching, hence the Bargello chairs.  It consists in straight up and down uneven zigzag resembling flames.  Back in the 1600’s Anne Fettiplace, wife of Walter Jones, had a bedroom and closet ” The Fettiplace Closset” in the Chastleton House, Oxfordshire covered completely in Flamestitch.  Mary Mcdonald anyone?  You see how nothing is really new?


 Mary Mcdonald’s closset
David Hicks

Flamestich pattern became huge in the 70’s and it’s the type of pattern that can either be hated or loved, no middle ground here.  David Hicks was a fan, as is Mary Mcdonald today.



 Alex Papachristidis
 Kelly Wearstler
 Dona Remember


 I am completely madly in love with Sally Benedict‘s sophisticated work.  In her work, full of soft and delicate colorful strokes, I see a little bit of Matisse and Williem de Kooning’s influence.  Now, when all I can think about involves sand, sunblock and sun, her beach abstract landscape paintings are calling my name and I think they would look stunning in a beach house.

Abstract Expressionism is my favorite type of painting.  Below are two of hers which I think are breath taking.