Someday when I become rich and famous I want a townhouse in London. I mean, who doesn’t? And surely it’s the in thing to have when you are of the upper class… for all wealthy folks have a townhouse in some major city — and for me it shall be London. If you were rich and famous where would your townhouse be? Well dreaming aside for a moment, let’s peek at the home of Christine d’Ornano in London’s Notting Hill who comes from a truly royal cosmetics family… Her grandfather co-founded Lancome; her father launched Orlane, and later he and his wife started Sisley.
Christine currently oversees the operations as Executive Vice President of Sisley in the UK and her modern eclectic townhouse is in the current issue of Elle Decor (April) and is fantastic in every way. Have a peek and read the article and see more photographs here.
I love the splashes of bold color, the combination of red, pink, royal blue and green in the living room, and all of the gorgeous books and flowers. The massive windows are also to die for. This place makes me think of the summer when I was a nanny many, many years ago for the daughter of the CEO of Laura Ashley and how much I loved hanging out in their exquisite townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay. That summer was the closest I ever came to townhouse life and let me tell you… it was everything you’d imagine and more. All three floors and a roof deck more.
(Photography: Simon Upton for Elle Decor)
I want to work on regularly featuring the portfolios of interior designers in addition to the many photographers and stylists that I talk about. I think that as magazines fold it’s important to give designers an additional outlet in which to share their work until the economy picks back up and magazines begin to blossom and launch all over again (because I believe they will – they simply must!). Today we will look at the portfolio of New York City designer Amie Weitzman.
Amie graduated from Parsons School of Design and has also worked in fashion and fabric design and was the designer for the Ralph Lauren Home Collection at one time. She launched her design practice 11 years ago and her modern classic style has been featured in publications such as Elle Decor, Beautiful Homes, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, New York Home and more. I love the mid century living room in the lower right and also the kitchen eating nook in the top right corner — I love wire chairs (I only own one but would love a pair) in white — I never tire of them!
Sorry the image quality isn’t the best — her portfolio photographs are quite small and no photographer is listed so I’m unsure as to who took them. But they’re lovely still!
(images: amie weitzman)
I’ve died and gone to heaven. Only it’s not white as I had thought, it’s greige! You know, I think the first time I heard the word greige was in a copy of Domino magazine. I think some market editor threw it out and it just stuck, sort of like those arrows that they put on everything to show you exactly where that IKEA cabinet is located in this room. The Domino arrows, who can forget those! Ha! Oh, the Domino days and the color greige!
But yes, greige — the color that is gray and beige combined — but take note: it’s not just some hipster word it’s in the actual dictionary. Greige is a legitimate color and it’s also a very legitimate blog that I found yesterday via Elle Oh and wow – it’s so great I’ve added it as my blog of the week.
In addition to the blog, Greige is also the design firm of Christina Fluegge based in Orange Country, California who also has a shop called My Sparrow. If you love beige, gray, greige, white, black… clean and sophisticated design well then this blog is for you. Your own slice of heaven awaits…
I’m on my way out to the farmers’ market now for veggies and flowers so I’ll meet you back here in a few hours. It’s super sunny and 60s here so I’m shopping outdoors today!
(images: skona hem, rum, roland bello photography and canadian house & home)
Today you’ll find a slight red and blue focus, a little nautical and a little Scandinavian… and some very sweet scratch “save the date” cards and giant speech bubbles on a stick, too! Today is all about color, color, color and some cheeky fun.
Goldy Locks is a Danish-American designer who designs and makes party crafts by hand. She has a background in magazine publishing in the U.S. and recently relocated to Copenhagen to explore her Danish roots. Her work is available via downloadable PDF files in her etsy shop — small toppers for cupcakes or larger ones to hold in a photo, Goldy Locks is fun and fresh!
Suzanne Nicoll is an artist in Connecticut who runs a small design studio along with her husband. I imagine these mermaid prints would be so sweet in a child’s room, don’t you? Especially with bedding in sea tones and a sunny yellow ceramic lamp on the bedside table. Can you see that too?
Samantha French is currently focused on painting swimmers both above and underwater. I can see these in a crisp blue, black and white bathroom with a black beaded chandelier. You can view more of her beautiful work here on her website.
Daniel and Valeria from the vintage shop Hindsvik live in a small town in Canada where they share their love of vintage wares through their sweet etsy shop. New items added weekly!
Scratch and save the date? Is this not the cutest idea in the world? Artist Leslie Hamer in Chicago is brilliant. See more in her shop, Unless Someone Like You
(images above linked to their source.)
Yesterday, even though I was on vacation, I managed to sit down and write about some great storage options on Real Simple that I found recently in the Pottery Barn catalog. I’ve highlighted 10 of my favorites if you’d like to see them, you may click here. A teaser is below…
And yes I want them both but Pottery Barn (wah!!!) won’t ship to Germany so I guess I have to watch you buy and enjoy them instead. :)
(images: pottery barn)
One favorite pastime of mine lately is to browse the submissions from over 1,600 members who belong to my Interior Styling group on Flickr. I am constantly amazed by the talent there and thoroughly enjoy it and think that you may too. Here is but a glimpse of some of the most recent submissions, these spaces are so nicely arranged — there’s nothing like the authenticity of a “real” home that hasn’t been fluffed and groomed to perfection. They are perfectly imperfect, with heart and personality, and this is so inspiring to me. Have a look…
Pretty shelves: 1. Haust 2. bigiork 3. ATLITW
Sweet little corners: 1. The Happy Home 2. tovemichelle12
Cozy bedroom inspiration: 1. The Happy Home 2. Lisa Airdrie
You can pick up so many ideas for decorating your own space from regularly visiting and participating in this group. We even have monthly challenges to keep it fun and interesting. To view more inspirational photos taken by members of their own homes, or to join (it’s free!), please visit Interior Styling on Flickr to view over 2,000 submissions!
(images: linked to their source above.)