26/11/2012 § 3 Comments
A lovely little rabbit hole I discovered in the New York Public Library Digital Archives: a collection of butterfly cigarette cards that inexplicably swap out the insects for jazz babies, giving new meaning to the term social butterfly. If you’d like to see the whole set, hop here.
16/07/2012 § 1 Comment
Quite taken by this West Hollywood home by California interior designer Schuyler Samperton. The eclectic mix of the old with the new, the feminine and the masculine, the west with the east, strikes a stately balance that seems arty, intelligent and worldly. Some of my favorite bits include the inlaid box above, and the zebra skin rug and bamboo bookshelf below — lovely touches, indeed. And that library!
23/03/2012 § 3 Comments
While it remains one of my absolute favorite pastimes to meander through the rich imagery of high-end design magazines and websites (for which my House & Home board on Pinterest has become an essential accompaniment), I personally am not yet a member of that rarefied club that can actually purchase such luxury items. Please note the “yet”! That said, I still think there is plenty of inspiration to be had by looking at gorgeous places (like the East Village apartment of Ralph Lauren Executive VP Alfredo Parades that I found over on Habitually Chic today — swoon!) for lower-budget households like my own. But what is absolute tops, is finding a home that is decorated not only in an aesthetic that I appreciate, but also with furnishings within the reach of my own pocketbook.
Whilst my head did explode upon my initial view of this lovely home, featured on Skona Hem, with its empire touches and rustic feel, it exploded a second time after I translated the text and discovered that this home had been furnished with a combination of antique treasures and new purchases from Ikea. Ikea, people! Does this not give you hope that with a little eBay stalking, flea market wandering and a trip to your local Ikea, you too could have such an amazing nest?
Big items from Ikea include the canopied bed and the couch. Really love the restrained palette here, which calls to my mind sepia photographs, and the open storage of the china, in varying shades of off-white. The space is a hodge podge, but one with continuity.
In fact, I’m rather ashamed to admit that I thought Ikea didn’t really have anything to offer me, other than picture frames and Swedish meatballs. Obviously, I need to take the water taxi to Red Hook and put my creative hat on. I also must mention another source I’ve recently come across that is oriented toward affordable decor: Copy Cat Chic. Best part? When founder Reichel chooses a high-end home item (rug, chair, lamp, etc.) and then finds a virtually identical, more affordable item.
What about you?
Got any secret decor sources you’d be willing to share with me?
08/07/2011 § 1 Comment
There is a certain romance about trains, no?
Obsessing this morning over how a young Danish family has converted a train station built in 1901 in Ormslev, Denmark, into a simply gorgeous home. Aside from the design choices I am usually drawn to — white walls, painted floors, mismatched chairs, patinaed surfaces, a dash of the modern, interesting vintage touches, a jumbled gallery space — I love how the couple kept some of the features from its former life as a station house: the ticket office, the safe and the waiting room bench. While I sometimes have trouble with the conversion of public spaces into private spaces (most frequently the “church to house” conversion), this space pulls it off beautifully while retaining the romance of old-fashioned travel.
All images via Sköna hem
26/05/2011 § Leave a Comment
While Gelskov Gods, a manor house on the island of Funen in Denmark, is a touch on the barren side for my taste — were this my manor house I’d need some pictures on the walls, lots more fresh flowers, well-loved tsotchke and curiosities tucked into the corners, dozens of richly colored rugs strewn about, and (of course) a peacock or two — there is something about the stripped down surfaces and the masterful mixture of the classical, the baroque, the rococo and the modern that draws me in for hours. Feminine without being precious, masculine without being overbearing, this is an aesthetic that I would love to immerse myself in. Luckily, the couple who owns this beautiful home have added a bed and breakfast, gallery space and antique shop — so at least I don’t have to go doing any breaking and entering. I’m unfamiliar with Danish law on the subject, but I have to assume it’s frowned upon…
14/03/2011 § 5 Comments
I have been finding interior inspiration in all sorts of places lately. I am loving dramatic lines, bright colors, luxurious fabrics and exotic hides, cherie, and I have been thinking about one of my favorite films, Indiscreet (1958), starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. Indiscreet is a lovely film about a famous actress (Bergman) who has given up on the hope of finding and marrying her true love. She then completely falls in love with a suave American business man (Grant) who leads her to believe he is married, when he in fact is not. The truth is discovered and hi-jinks result. It’s a completely lovely film, but the reason my bold interior inclinations have reminded me of Indiscreet is because of the gorgeous living room of Bergman’s London apartment.
Completely in love with the mixing of modern art, bright colors, classic shapes and obvious luxury. You can see a wonderful little clip of Grant and Bergman in white tie attire engage in a bit of witty repartee in the darling living room here. (Bergman’s best quote: “I like a man with a glass in his hand, it’s becoming.“)
I’ll also include the following clip, not only because you can see a good deal of the living room, but mainly for the following quotes: “Oh, shut up!” “How dare he make love to me and not be a married man!” And of course, “Daaaamn!”
My mind is being drawn on a colorful, glamorous safari and I’ve got a bad case of spring fever, most definitely! I think some bold pretty things are essential for le maison, and I have been stalking the treasures on 1stdibs for ideas. Yes, the beauties below are definitely spendy — hence I’ve placed them in my inspiration files and not on my shopping list — but I’ve also included some less expensive “real life alternatives” alongside my finds below to help kick start your creative flow.
All images via 1stdibs
Vintage dream: Hollywood Regency chairs in gorgeous striped silk
Real life alternative: Reupholster a Craigslist find
Vintage dream: Bronze sea horse from the front of a Venetian gondola
Real life alternative: Cast iron horse bust
Vintage dream: Billy Haines faux-bamboo mirror
Real life alternative: Vintage faux-bamboo mirror
Vintage dream: Zebra ottoman
Real life alternative: Zebra stenciled cowhide rug
Vintage dream: Pineapple lamps
Real life alternative: Shiny chrome lamp base
Vintage dream: Art Deco clock
Real life alternative: Art Deco clock
Vintage dream: Antique crocodile trunk
Real life alternative: Vintage steamer trunk
Vintage dream: 19th century Chinese porcelain vases
Real life alternative: Hand painted Chinese vase
Do you have a few bold pretties? Where did you find yours?