December 31, 2010

Favorite Finds Friday: Porta Romana


As we head into the weekend, enjoy a few of my favorite pieces from London based furniture and lighting manufacturer Porta Romana.  The combination of metal and wood or stone is such a nice way to provide visual interest within your interior...and with a quick ship program, this vendor is every designer's dream!

Enjoy!










December 29, 2010

Toile La La La La

A few more toile inspirations to tickle your fancy during this holiday season!

I love when wallpaper and upholstery embrace the same, large-scale pattern ...toile is certainly one way to achieve this ...




  For those of you who love the idea of toile, but shy away from traditional interiors, try a pattern with a fun color palette...




...and when in doubt, simply wear toile!  




December 27, 2010

Toile Spotting in Hong Kong



If you should find yourself in the Sheung Wan neighborhood of Hong Kong,  208 Duecento Otto should be on your list for a culinary...and interior delight!

Turkish firm, Autoban, brings together walnut paneling, graphic floor tiles....and the most delightful blue and white pagoda toile wallpaper!  Throw in minimalist swing arm lights and simple wood slat chairs and tables and you have a conceptual effect of Brunschwig et Fils meets BDDW!




  






December 24, 2010

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate



Growing up in North Carolina, having the Biltmore Estate at my fingertips has provided a source of inspiration many times over.  Considered the largest residential project of its' time and spanning the course of six years, architect Richard Morris Hunt and a bevy of craftsman worked to build the country's premier estate.  On the property itself was a brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three mile railway to transport in materials to the site.  Inspired by various French chateaus, the residence boasts four acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 53 fireplaces. The grounds of the 125,000 acre estate was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for which you're probably more familiar with another project of his, Central Park in New York City.

The estate served as a country residence for the Vanderbilt family and it was on Christmas Eve 1895 that George Vanderbilt officially opened the home to friends and family; therefore, it only seems fitting to share the wonder and beauty of Biltmore on this joyous day.

Many warm memories of laughter, love, and happiness this holiday season!










December 22, 2010

A Doorway in London

As I sit here in London, counting down the days until Christmas, I have to share a doorway that I came across today.  

My stroll started off with a chocolate croissant at Cocomaya...

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...and as I turned the corner onto Connaught Square (with a quick glance at Tony Blair's house) it was as I was noticing the drapery detail in a neighboring townhouse when the front entry caught my eye...




So simple, yet such a great statement....the red door, matching red sconces, limestone checkerboard floor ... perfection!



December 20, 2010

Trimming the Tree...

... has never been so easy!  While flipping through this month's House Beautiful, I came across the website for Artful Home.  With over a hundred glass ornaments to choose from, trimming the tree will take no time at all....not to mention, a glass ornament makes the perfect stocking stuffer!  Enjoy!












December 17, 2010

Ooh La La, The Royal Monceau Hotel, Paris



Philippe Starck did it again with the newly reopened Royal Monceau Hotel in the Eighth Arrondissement of Paris.

With our favorite RED accent, the hotel comprises an aesthetic of modern meets tradition, crystal meets marble, and chic meets comfort...









Enjoy the weekend!



December 15, 2010

Thanks for the tip Ben!


As a follow up to today's post on the Chatwal, one of my readers suggested that for one who adores things red, the main desk at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia was something I was sure to fall in love with ....he was right!  Red + nailheads + globe shaped chandeliers= love!


The Chatwal Hotel



The next stop on the "RED express" is the newly renovated Chatwal Hotel here in New York City.  

Once a 1930's hangout for the likes of Fred Astaire and Irving Berlin, the building, previously known as the Lambs Club and originally designed by Beaux-Arts architect Stanford White, has now been converted into an 83 room hotel and designer Thierry Despont has put an updated twist on the Art Deco decor...using our beloved RED as a main theme throughout.  If you're in the City, come take a peek!  132 West 44th Street...










December 13, 2010

A Library in Vicenza


I'm knee deep in an installation this month, so what better way to keep sending you visual inspiration while I'm otherwise occupied, than with a lead up to the holidays featuring our favorite color ....RED!

Let's begin this journey with a peek inside the home of Piero Bisazza, CEO of the world renowned glass mosaic tile company.











Crystal chandeliers, leopard print fabric, RED accents....love it!





December 10, 2010

Favorite Finds Friday: Iittala


I first came across this Finnish design house a few years ago when I added three of Taika's glass birds to my decorative collection.

This season, Iittala has a lot of wonderful gifts for the home...yours, and others of course!  Enjoy the weekend!