We were first attracted to this house is really because the doses of lavender that the designer injected to the spaces to make the home so sophisticated and romantic. And then, we fell in love with its indoor-outdoor living vibe and practicability. Let’s take a tour together.
A glamorous home is quite often well balanced which means there are interesting contrasts between muted and vibrant, texture and plain, vintage and contemporary, classical and modern. And at the end of the day, it is all about who live in the home and what is their story. We came across this glamorous New York family home and simply love its vibes–interesting but quiet, glam but elegant, vintage but fresh, classical but modern. Here are some of our favorites.
Trends come and go in fashion and interior design. The most important thing is to have your own touch and your own personality. But the number one thing here is to be curious, open-minded and to be exposed to all kinds of things. More often, you will start to appreciate things that are so different from your point of view.
When design this modern living room, our thought is to make it minimalism in the form but keep it fun and full of character by introducing some classical elements like chinoisere wallpaper, silky pastel plush pillows to have that glamour and softness.
If you have to be constrained in a house for 3 or 4 months just like we have being through right now in this pandemic crisis, what kind of house you would rather choose to live in, a minimalism house or a house full with vibrant decor. I guess different people will have a different answer. It is just like that some artists need a busy urban social life to get inspired while others need that isolated quiet environment to really tap into their creativity fountain. Today, we are going to tour a newly restored historic French manor which is owned and designed by Paris-based ELLE Decor A-List architect and interior designer and his partner the 1stdibs.com co-founder William Holloway. The reason we chose this house today because we truly want to have some fun. Too often, people fear to take a bold step to play big and they are very strict on what they like and what they dislike and they will fortuitously follow the rules. But life is fun and it is more fun to take it is easy and to be open-minded. So this is kind of the vibe the house we are going to tour today indicate–an easy-going French country house with all kind of things that make you wonder.
TGIF! It is just another busy week–designing, specifying, placing order , following-up and yes , tons, tons of paperwork. And weird enough that there are people out there whom we can only communicate through emails. Anyway, we all definitely need some inspiration. Lucky enough, we found these awesome rooms when we browsed internet today. So sit back and enjoy:
The famed French architect Philippe Starck is perhaps best known for designing numerous hotels, restaurants, and even yachts. Presently, some of his work is on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, among others. Would you like to know what his home looks like? Today we are goIng to tour his first U.S. house in LA, which just hits the market. Philippe Starck lived in the home between 2004 and 2007.
Alothrough the architec didn’t design any furniture in this house, we can feel his aesthetic influence–cool, glamorous and one-of-the-kind.
The shaded elegant chandelier brings in a touch of glamor and warmth to this highly polished white-on-white kitchen.
We celebrate patriotic colors of blue, red and white at home this week. We talked about blue yesterday. If you haven’t read it, you can click here to learn more . So, today we are going to talk about color of red at home. Red is one of our favorite colors—it can be romantic, feminine, warm, energetic, cheerful, happy, fashion-forward. When used in kitchens and dining rooms, color of red can sure enhance our asperities. Red has the longest wavelength of any color. It’s the first color babies can see and it’s the very first color to vanish as the sun sets.
Alessandra Branca is one of our favorite designers who master using color of red in their work. We love her classical and whimsical way to decorate her clients’ home with color of red. Read on to take some inspiration from her gorgeous projects.
Red textured wall-covering often gives a room a sumptuous and sophisticated classical vibe.
“Spring Fever Exquisite botanical illustrations by 16th century Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel inspire the playful and decorative motif of Spring Fever. The interpretation of Hoefnagel’s drawings provide the foundation for the repeated design, which transforms the wallcovering from a delicate pattern to a powerful visual experience.” Timothy said that his Spring Fever collection has spirit of chinoiserie. We couldn’t agree with him more.
The beautiful China Porcelain vintage blue, the graceful and intricate details of hand-painted botanical blooms and butterflies are rather fascinating. The term chinoiserie, which comes from the French word chinois, or “Chinese,” denotes that chinoiserie did not, in fact, come directly from Asia but is instead a European interpretation of Asian culture and decorative arts. The style originated in the 17th century, in tandem with Europe’s flourishing trade with China and other countries of East Asia. As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style. Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure.
From traditional to modern, chinoiserie goes well with every look and adds a sense of timelessness and sophistication to any space.
We love the more modern approach for Chinoisseire wallpaper design in the past several years. It feels so fresh and chic in terms of color, scale and motif applications.
The Major Motifs in chinoserie include Foo dogs, pagodas, nature scenes and dragon.
Foo Dog: These date back thousands of years to Imperial China. And despite their name, foo dogs are actually lions, made to stand guard outside palaces and temples. Foo dogs typically come in pairs—one male and one female—to represent the balance of yin and yang.
Pagodas:While an integral part of East Asian architecture, pagodas actually originated as sacred sites in India. The spread of Buddhism brought them to China, where they were assimilated into the regional style.
Nature scenes: As wallpapers became popular in European homes, the upper class turned to chinoiserie designs, many of which were handmade and often very costly. Lighthearted nature scenes were all the rage, including lush garden vignettes and sprawling floral motifs.
Dragons: Symbolizing strength and good luck, dragons hold a prominent place in Chinese mythology and folklore. Historical emperors favored dragon motifs in clothing and interiors; today, they surface on all manner of ceramics, silk screens, and works of art.
Ready to add a touch of chinoserie chic at your home for this summer? Shop chinosserie furnishings and objects We handpicked for you(click each image for details):