July 29, 2011

Thoumieux Hotel


If you find yourself in the 7th arrondissement of Paris this summer, the Thoumieux, a 15 room hotel, with an interior designed by India Mahdavi, should be a delightful place to stay!







...I could stay a night there!

The lotus wallpaper featured in the first image is fantastic!  Farrow and Ball would be your go-to vendor to recreate the look!  Below are a few of my favorite colorways...

The Lotus Papers BP 2017     The Lotus Papers BP 2025

The Lotus Papers BP 2055     The Lotus Papers BP 2059



July 27, 2011

3 Rooms and 10 Corso Como


It's a mathematic equation that has no logic, yet it is Milan's greatest numerical solution.  At the address 10 Corso Como, not only will you find a delightful restaurant and luxury lifestyle store, but the 3 Rooms Hotel is also located on the compound.

I joined Mr. O on a business trip and thoroughly enjoyed this home away from home...






Our room in this boutique hotel felt so chic with the rich tones of chocolate brown, cream and brick red....the chandeliers were too perfect!





It was with the large sliding door to the bathroom that I discovered a great design solution.  If you notice in the pictures below, there is a large air vent above the door, so this would make an interior or buried track, very difficult.


The solution was to create an exterior track housed in a casing that mimicked the casing for the closet just beyond the entry.  Stained the same deep espresso as the door and it seamlessly flows together.


Molto Bella!

July 25, 2011

Let's Head West to the Getty Villa


All of this reminiscing about villas in the South of France led me to pull out the images from the Getty Villa in Malibu, which we visited last Christmas while spending some time in LA and Palm Springs...




Most notable for me, were the amazing capitals on the columns...



I just love the intricate beauty of the marble columns and painted ceilings...



A designer in her element!













July 22, 2011

Summer in Bloom..



I've taken the opportunity of the long weekend to organize a lot of my photos and some of my favorite have been the various blooms and blossoms that I have encountered in my travels.

So as I head out to celebrate the holiday, I leave you with a few of my favorite "summertime blooms".  Happy Weekend!




















July 20, 2011

Tea Anyone?


Headed back to London for some time with Mr. O.

One of our stops will definitely be afternoon tea at The British Museum!


We've got the sincere pleasure of having one of the managers as a dear friend and we've hosted a few celebrations on the private wings of The Court restaurant.  I think we can all agree, the architectural backdrop of the museum is amazing!  The majority of the museum was designed by architects Sir Robert Smirke (c.1823), Sydney Smirke (c.1825) and Sir John Taylor (c.1882) but it was famed architect Norman Foster that designed the glass and steel structure that provides an awe-inspiring ceiling over The Court restaurant...





.... English gentleman not included!

July 18, 2011

Let's Take a Bath!


One of the most remarkable elements of Villa Kerylos were the bathrooms!  Coved ceilings, intricate yet delicate mosaics mixed with  marble slabs ...and the fittings, amazing!









For fittings as lovely as this, I have two go-to vendors.  The first is P.E. Guerin...





... and Sherle Wagner is also a great vendor for outfitting your bath!





Taking a bath has never been so beautiful!