Lundi Love: Un appartement parisien

July 28th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

 

Au coeur de Paris, une chenille est devenue papillon. L’appartement qui a subi une transformation majeure l’a fait tout en respectant l’époque et les détails architecturaux pour métamorphoser cette résidence en une maison d’exception! #OnAimeOnAime

Ce qui fait la différence, à mes yeux du moins, entre une maison “jolie”  et une maison “mémorable” est l’attention qui sont portés aux détails. “Le diable est dans les détails” dit l’expression…

 

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Alors qu’avons-nous ici qui mérite autant d’éloges de ma part me direz-vous? Primo, une impressionnante collection d’oeuvres d’art côtoient, de façon décontractée, des meubles design choisis avec attention.

Deuzio, des planchers, haaaaaaa les planchers! Je vous laisse constater leur beauté par vous-même. Moi qui aime les carpettes, je trouve que c’est presque dommage ici de cacher en partie de si beaux planchers.

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Tertio, toutes les suspensions de la maison, avec leur air vintage et leurs formes singulières, mais surtout le lustre majestueux qui trône dans le salon.

Quarto, le sofa Chesterfield en velour bleu nuit, le choix de la céramique dans la cuisine et dans le coin déjeuner, la partition vitrée entre la cuisine et la salle à manger, les accents de fuchsia sur le lit de la chambre des maitres autrement dépourvue de couleurs… Alouette! Oh lala, je pense que j’hyperventile.

 

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Bon et bien sur ce je vous laisse pour le moment, car mon mari et moi quittons à l’instant pour New York, histoire de profiter de petites vacances entre nous mais aussi question de bien se gaver de déco et de bonnes idées transfos! Comme quoi, je ne suis jamais totalement en vacances. Et je compte bien vous en donner mon compte-rendu détaillé à mon retour!

xox

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great_parisian_kitchen_decor   pink_accents_bedroom   Source: Elle Decor EspañaDesigner: Sandra Behaumou, Photographer:  Montse Garriga

Coveted List: Spotted

July 25th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

 

Sometimes (often actually) I wish I was born in another time. You know when women wore their hair up in elaborate buns and men wore hats, when everyone knew how to waltz, when sunday family dinner was sacred, when curtesy was still trendy, &  when TV was black and white. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the discoveries and comforts of our modern world, after all I am a true consummate addict of my portable electronics, but there was something very elegant about that time.

So, while a little part of me dwells in nostalgia, I figured I might as well be current with the times and reflect… in black & white.

Have a great weekend lovelies.

xox

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Shopping List

1. Hive & Honey easy dotty soft pants

2. Girls’ peasant top

3. Pink dalmatian vegan tiny TOM’S

4. Moroccan wedding basket

5. Black and white spotted pillow

6. Riviera armchair

7. Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper

8. Cocktail napkins

9. Dalmatian art

Design Icon: The Wegner Chair

July 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

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Everyone has a wish list for their dream home filled with “must-have” items. In this series, I’ll fill you in on my own “must-have” items – and hopefully show you that in some cases they’re more attainable than you think! - Gabrielle, Savvy Home

 

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Hans Wegner, probably best known for his iconic wishbone chair, is the undisputed mid-century master of Danish chair design. He was discovered by Americans thanks to his classic Wegner chair (or elbow chair) in the 1950′s. Today, though his designs are still sold in specialty design stores around the world, they have also been adapted, copied and served as inspirations for many mid-century style dining chairs. That’s lucky for those of us who can’t fork out 500-1000$ on a single dining chair. I especially love wishbone chairs used in breakfast nooks in light finishes. Which Hans Wegner inspired chair would you choose?

 

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1. Wegner The Chair 2. Wishbone Anniversary Edition 3. Neils Natural Dining Chair 4. Wishbone Style Chair 5. Fox Oak Arm Chair

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Cottage Life

July 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Let’s just say that I am in a vacation & cottage kind of mood these days.

To quote Will SmithSummer, summer, summertime, Time to sit back and unwind” (a classic for those of my generation!) Cottage life can mean many different things to different people, but in terms of decor it is safe to say that cottages are synonymous with easy living & natural comfort. Cocktail hour is also a must!

Here are a few of my true rules when it comes to enjoying cottage life:

 

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1. Warm welcome: Every home, especially the cottage, should be welcoming. After all, we are seldom alone, as guests and family members visit often.  I love Aerin Lauder’s Hampton’s nautical stripes front door as it is so elegant and yet very laid back and inviting.

 

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2. Casual cooking: This farmhouse-meets-nautical kitchen is both fresh and well thought out, without anything too fussy. Perfect for cottage life!

 

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3. Keep it Simple: Sometimes simplicity is the best recipe. In this boy’s room case, it is all about comfortable textures and a soft palette of greys, whites, & blues.

 

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4. Fun, fun, fun: Girls just wanna have fun! Plus the aviator glasses are a true summer classic.

 

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5. Outdoor dining: Dock or deck dining sits high on my priority list when summer comes around. The rule is: Every evening, always! We are lucky enough to have a covered portion to our deck which means that even rainy evenings are spent dining Al Fresco outdoors. #cottagelife at it’s best!

 

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6. Cocktail hour: A well stocked bar is a must… extra points if you can cart it onto the patio.

 

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7. Restful yet whimsical bedrooms: The cottage is the ultimate place to have fun decorating. At our own family cottage, we have a colour code for every bedroom making it easy for guests to find where they are sleeping. Hence we have the green bedroom, the blue one (with bunk beds or the children), the yellow (that’s ours), the red (when my sister and her beau come visit), & white one (for my dad).

 

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8. Make it all about the sports: Whether you’re seaside and surfboards are all around the house, or you are by a lake and enjoy water skiing and Paddleboard, sporting gear should not be a decorative nuisance. Integrate them in your decor, even better, find vintage relics and display them as art on walls and in rooms corners for a feel of the casual and fun lifestyle that is the cottage’s M.O.

 

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9. Nature inspired colour palette: Get inspiration from the nature surrounding you to decorate the cottage. You’ll never run out of ideas.

 

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10. Maximize space: We are often 10 or 12 sleeping at the cottage so every bed counts. Bunk people together in a stylish way whether the rooms hosts children or adults. You’ll see, the sharing a room thing is pretty magical when it comes to making memories.

 

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Enjoy your summer lovelies!!

xox

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Sources: Aerin Lauder’s home shown on Quintessence, Fox Hollow Cottage, Remodelista, Christina Narese,  Interior Magasinet, NY Times, Inside Out Magazine on Poppytalk, The Home, Architectural Digest, Indulgy

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