Month: March 2017

safari outfit options

Ever since I can remember, going on a safari has been in my bucket list.  For some reason it feels like a far place to go.  While living in Munich we contemplated going to South Africa but even that felt a bit of a stretch when it comes to travel time.  It sounds funny when we used to regularly take over 13 hours flight while living in Brazil.  Whenever we decide to stop making up excuses, I would definitely take this awesome looking pants, pair them with this top and these green booties; would not forget my hat and a cross body bag.  For a more fashionable day I would opt for this modern-take-on-safari skirt, combined with this safari style jacket
and these comfortable but stylish booties.  I would carry everything in this Globe trotter suitcase and go here.  Bon voyage.


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Jean Louis Deniot entryway the use of black in interiors via belle vivir blog

Jean Louis Deniot design

The color black can elevate the most a simple decor to a more elegant and austere one.  There is probably no other color as classic as black and it never goes out of style.  The competence of the color black has been forever a favorite of many well renowned designers and it has been a permanent and constant choice in interiors as well as in fashion.  No wonder black is well known as Cristobal Balenciaga’s preferred color as it’s demonstrated by the exhibition ‘Balenciaga, L’Ouvre ou Noir’ (All in Black) taking place at Palais Galliera in Paris now.  It’s neutrality provides the flexibility of being paired with almost any other hue in the rainbow.  Either employed as a simple accent such as a decorative object or for
covering all the walls in a room the effect of black in interiors is strictly elegant and timeless.

entryway with antique mirror and chandelier the use of black in interiors via belle vivir blog

Entry way via Architectural Digest.  Can you picture a colorful sideboard here instead? Neither can I.

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Decorate Shiplap Ideas, black shiplap in a barhoom- bell-vivir

 Dark-painted shiplap in this powder room gives it a cozy feeling.

It took a while for urban dwellers to get caught up with shiplap.  Thanks to Joanna and Chip of HGTV‘s show Fixer Upper, lately everyone seems to love a room with shiplap.  Either painted or left unfinished in the color of the wood the effect of a wall in shiplap can bring texture and interest to a room.  It can make a room appear bigger if the boards are installed horizontally.  I personally love it when there is a little more space left between them as the shadows create the illusion of more pronounced lines making great contrast.  Definitely, shiplap has thought us the notion that “darn, country can be chic.”  The traditional shiplap boards have a rabbet on each elongated side to overlap one another.  But either you use the
original or you decide to use plain, straight wood boards and nail it next to each other the final visual effect is pretty much the same.  Actually the latter one could be also very eco-friendly if you decide to use reclaimed wood.

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I thought it was about time for a post about 2017 Home Decor Trends since it is already April, yes time is flying and so are some excess in design that are saying “boy bye”.  This list is solely based on my perspective, a result of my own market research, so let’s get to it.

6 Home Decor Trends You Will See in 2017

A Joan Michell painting hangs in a dining room designed by Aman and Carson via Architectural Digest.

Over the weekend my husband and I took a short ride to Cleveland where we had a great time.  Besides getting to know a little bit about the city, we paid a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art, enjoying the temporary exhibit Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks.  So I guess this is a result of a major inspiration from it.  The must see exhibition runs through April 23rd.

A Robert Motherwell painting.  Design by Thad Hayes

Lauren Santo Domingo Paris Apartment.  Photo by Norman Jean Roy, Vogue, September 2012.  I posted about this gorgeous home here.

Ellsworth Kelly

Josef Albers painting in Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes home.

Cy Twombly

A Steven Gambrel Design with an Andy Warhol silkscreen print.

James Nares

Aerin Lauder home designed by Jacques Grange.  I have posted extensively about this amazing designer.  You can read about his home here.

A Willem de Kooning in Valentino’s New York City apartment designed by Jaques Grange via Vanity Fair.  To see another Manhattan apartment designed by Grange click here.


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