Month: July 2012

J.Randall Powers, living room via belle vivir blog

 This is the shot that was used in the cover of Elle Decor.  The cabinet and coffee table were designed by Powers.

Now that we’re moving into a new home, I’ve been revising my favorite homes and this one designed by J. Randall Powers is one of those.  One of my favorite things about this home is how none of the furniture actually relate to each other but the combination of all of them is pure genius, fresh and elegant.  How is it that Elle Decor described it? “Cool and Elegant”. The image above made the cover of Elle Decor magazine when the house was published and no wonder why… J. Randall Powers style is one that is transitional.  He perfectly combines furniture of different styles and eras and make them look cohesive and most importantly livable.  His interiors are free of excess and useless items instead they are full of comfort looking items.

J. Randall Powers, living room design belle vivir

Lovely composition of upholstered, bare wood and mirrored furniture.   The symmetry in the art and convex mirror brings stability to the informality of the furniture placement.

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This top picture is not the best picture of the folding screen I’m referring to, but you get the idea.  I believe, correct me if I’m wrong, there is no standard size for the width of the panels of a folding screen,  but there is a need for the thickness to be at least 1-1/2″ in order for the screen not to tilt over.  I had the frame custom made (cut-assemble-paint) by my carpenter and then I wallpapered it myself.  Now, here is the trick of how I did it.  To make the entire process a lot easier for me I asked my carpenter to make each panel the same width as the wallpaper.  That helped me to avoid cutting the wallpaper along the sides, which is very complicated and time consuming.  The size of the screen is 7′ tall with four panels of 20″ wide.  I fell madly in love with the Block Wallpaper by Erika Wakerly in brown, gold and beige. 
I can’t believe that exactly four years ago we moved into this house and started remodeling it slowly.  And just when it’s finished it’s time to pack up and move to another country.  I look forward to moving to Sao Paulo and start designing our new home.  Nothing like having complete autonomy when decorating a home.  Below are two more shots of vignettes in our home.
On a separate note, the genuine and sweet Ada from Classiq invited me to be part in her beautiful Chic Files series and I’m more than flattered.  If you want to see me pretending to be an important person and answering a few fashion-related questions and wearing my loving stripes then head over there.  Enjoy!

In case you’re interested.  Above, an ebonized inlaid commode from Italy and it’s from Lerebours Antiques at E 60th St.  The alabaster candle sticks are by Jardins en Fleur, the Greek key base is a Home Goods find, the brass sculpture, the marble lion sculpture and mirror are from a local vintage store.

A vignette of my vanity.  The necklace and scarf are from Anthropologie, the cross is custom made (my mom’s), the coral and the pill case are from Turkey,  two of the bangles are from C. Wonder and the one next to the watch is from the Antique Garage Flee Market.

I’m all about feeling good in my clothes.  Baggy pants, loose dresses,
boyfriend jeans is all I am craving this summer.  The top outfit is my
favorite because has the right balance between tomboy, feminine and
chic. 

 images via Refinery29, The Sartorialist and Fashion Edit

I have an eternal love for everything classic that looks young and when I think of owning an Hermes bag, someday, I can only think about a Kelly.  For me it looks younger and more versatile than a Birkin.  They are both equally iconic and classic but a Kelly bag is like the perfect redish nail polish that still looks hip and young.  Enjoy!