Monday, 30 August 2010

LA style in London

I fell head over heels in love with with this London home by L.A. Designers Carole Katleman and Daniel Cuevas when I first saw it published in Belle magazine this time last year. Needless to say I was happily surprised to see it published again in Interiors, this time with photos of spaces not previously published. The bones of the house are grand and beautiful, but to me its the colour palette, the mix of furniture and the artwork that make this place truly breathtaking. Enjoy!

The stunning Drawing Room (maybe too much white for me, but I love the crispness of it) features custom furniture by the designers, the painting above the fireplace is by Ugo Rondinone, to the right is a piece by Christopher Wool.

A view of the Dining Room leading into theDrawing Room. The painting on the right hand side is also by Ugo Rondinone, the table is French Deco paired with neoclassical chairs.

The chaise at one end of the Drawing Room is by the designers, the painting is by Richard Prince.

A view of the opposite end of the Drawing Room. I love how fresh and crisp this room feels. The carpets are by Patterson, Flynn & Martin and the painting is by Bernard Frize.

Looking into the Library from the Entry. The chesterfield sofa is by Linley, the photographs above are by Marcelo Krasilcic. The chairs flanking the doorway are by Gio Ponti.

Looking into the Office from the Library (I am particularly in love with this room). The regency chair on the left is from JF Chen and the stool is 60's French. The painting over the fireplace in the office is by Maurizio Cattelan.

The Master Bedroom's Office has a Jacques Adnet desk and chair.

A view of the Master Bedroom looking towards the lady of the house's Dressing room. Seating on either side of the cabinet is custom by the designers.

And last, but definitely not least, this stunning room...which I can't find any specific information on. The walls appear to be leather-lined, which is paired beautifully with a gloss paint finish and metal fireplace. The colours are breathtaking and compliment the art perfectly.

Photographed by Richard Powers for Interiors magazine Aug/Sept 2010, and Belle Australia Aug/Sept 2009.

Friday, 27 August 2010

cool ceramics

I'm totally loving the work of London-based ceramicist Solomia Zoumaras. Her designs are inspired by 20th Century design and architecture and are not only mathematically precise - they fit together like lego blocks! I love the funky shapes and rich colour glazes on the insides...I might just have to track me down one of these when I'm in London...

Monday, 16 August 2010

Revisiting old favorites...

My impending trip to London has me revisiting some old favorites from my files...this one is a family home decorated by Paolo Moschino.

Pale neutral walls teamed with dark wood floors, great art and a mix of furniture is always a winner in my eyes. The dining room is a great mix of old and new, and the touches of pink are subtle but chic. To be honest though, any room with a Francis Bacon hanging is going to be good as far as I'm concerned. I love the colour palette in the living room, as well as the 4 Vipers series by Philip Taaffe. I fell in love with his work after seeing a piece from the same series hanging in another incredibly chic London home by Jacques Grange. That's not all these two home owners have in common...they're also both friends of Valentino - as if they'd be anything other than chic!

Images photographed by Simon Upton from the April 2009 edition of Elle Decor.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Spanish style

I love it when you see something done in a way that makes you rethink your original opinion. I don't (or should I say - didn't) like stone floors....but these? Beautiful. Who would've thought to put a border in the same stone but a textured finish? I have to be honest, I'm not sure I would have. And I love the narrow black border. Not to mention the bookshelves...

This image was originally posted by I Suwannee, and then by Habitually Chic, and I'm so glad the mystery was solved and we now know who is behind this room. The seriously talented Spaniard, Isabel López-Quesada, was already a fave, but this has cemented it. Go check out Nuevo Estilo for the rest of the images of this beautiful apartment.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

an eye on Hong Kong

Monocle - one of my favorite magazines - finally opened their permanent store and Asian news bureau last week in the cool Star Street district of Wan Chai. Stocking back issues of the magazines as well as a curated range of product collaborations including books, posters and CDs, its just another excuse to spend some time in one of my favorite neighbourhoods. If you're in Hong Kong and want to check it out the address is Shop 1 Bo Fung Mansion, 1 - 4 St. Francis Yard, Wanchai. The shop is open from 11am to 7pm daily.

And while you're at it, check out my friends store directly across the road - "Blouse-ripped". A range of stylish creations for women by a local designer - its at 15 St Francis Yard. Shop til you drop!