Month: May 2009

Jamie Drake interiors

Because beige is too easy and because a tremendous amount of character and sense of style is needed to accomplish some of his fantastic interiors, Jamie Drake is my number 5 innovator. “Where some see disparity, Drake sees semblance in line, pattern, spirit, or concept.” Interior Design. His interiors are full of colors, the more the merrier, coziness and texture. The use of modern furniture mixed with fantastic antiques and his greatest statement “color”, make his interiors astonishingly transitional.

Jamie Drake design

“What’s really important to my work is injecting a sense of personality. I call it personality-plus design.” says Drake. Two main ingredients for success. His unique style is what have granted him important clients such as Mayor Bloomberg and Madonna. Drake keeps his interiors harmonious by using one to two colors in different shades and adding accents of contrasting colors. In the above room for instance, he used light green on the walls, striped curtains in a darker green, a tick striped green tablecloth with some blue in it to bring out the blue in the colorful art wall. Then he used the white chairs to make a statement and to probably brake with green and bring out some white from the art wall and chandelier shades. The ebony leather upholstery on the chairs keeps the attention on the gorgeous tablecloth fabric and art wall. We can see the same technique used in the blue room below. This time with two main colors, different patterns of blue and green were used to make the room fresher and more modern. The Turkish-inspired copper table is a very unexpected touch in a room covered with a very tropical sea grass wallpaper.
Jamie Drake associates

So many times have I heard how unappealing a purple sofa would be. That is probably before they see this room by Jamie Drake where purple is the canvas and the colors of the pigments used as well.
Jamie Drake

Not only for his marvelous interiors is Drake worthy of admiration but also for his great heart. “Volunteer work is something I’m truly committed to.”

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Would you dare? Would you dare to be a different bride and wear a wedding dress in a non-conventional color? I think I would. If I were to re-marry my husband I would definitely consider wearing a wedding gown in a different, more subtle color as we see in these designed by Georges Chakra.

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Maybe a nude asymmetrical gown or a strapless gown in silver.

Georges ChakraGeorges Chakra, wedding gowns
Or perhaps this sky blue dress or this gorgeous dress with jeweled dickey in gold?

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A City Hotel that feels like it’s on a tropical island” The New York Times.

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 The Standard Spa Miami BeachThe Standard Hotel Miami Beach
The Standard Miami
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is a holistic Hotel specializing in hydrotherapy. The contemporary architecture and interiors meet the ancient bathing traditions of a Turkish-style Hamam, Aroma Steam room, Finish Sauna and Mud baths.

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A beautiful crystal chandelier can do to a room what the appropriate fashion accessory can do to an outfit. That often-underestimated chandelier can add that final touch to your room and infuse the mood you are looking for.  Chandeliers are considered ambient lighting, a technique that is used to illuminate that specific space and its close surroundings. Far are the days when this type of lighting was used only above our dining rooms or in our living rooms. Now-a-days we can see chandeliers in bathrooms, foyers and kitchens. Its openness and crystals make them a great alternative to add sophistication to a small space without compromising visual space. A chandelier’s versatility is endless; it can be used in traditional or modern rooms. In this first room below, designed by Tom Scheerer, blends effortlessly with the romantic mood.

Crystal chandelier in a roomCrystal chandelier in a roomFor those of us who love modern design, this room below shows us how much this type of lighting can enhance a modern-furnished room and add that special touch of elegance.

Crystal chandelier in a room

I love the romantic touch that this chandelier adds to this French inspired decorated space below.

Crystal chandelier in a room

In the living room below, a touch of ambient lighting creates a very smooth and fresh atmosphere. Chandeliers are not only for traditional design spaces anymore they can be applied to any home decor style.
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Crystal chandelier in a room

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I would take everything in this bathroom. The big mirror, the furniture piece converted into a vanity, the wicker baskets, the standing tub and the shutters… Oh those shutters give such a beautiful feeling to this bathroom.


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La Cornue Chateau Range


The first time I saw one of these gorgeous ranges was at WS. I have to tell you that even when I had seen them often at Magazines and online, it was nothing compared to seeing one of these in person.  To me La Cornue range is the Hermes Birking bag of ranges. It’s made to order by hand and there is a wait of three months to get it. Each range is made of the best quality materials: steel, iron, cast, solid brass, nickel and enamel. La Cornue was founded in 1908 by Albert Dupuy. If I had an extra $35,000 sitting somewhere I would get one tomorrow or maybe one of its little sisters which are somehow more affordable? CornuFe and Albertine. In the US they are sold by Purcell-Murray and William Sonoma.

image from here.