Gorgeous cap sleeve dresses with graceful skirts….
These doors were pulled out of a home in Beirut. Loving the rich velvets, abundant use of lucite and the exuberant use of colour
Her collection of Mui Mui sneakers in front of verre eglomisé doors. What’s verre eglomisé you ask? It is where the back of glass is gilded with gold leaf and then painted, giving a very beautiful effect. Old shop windows of the 19c often used this technique to do lettering.
Not sure how religious she is but a cool collection of votive items. And a pleasing hanging arrangement too.
A billboard-size photograph by Ruven Afanador covers a wall in Acra’s study; the image was used in an ad campaign for Acra’s eponymous fashion label in 1999. The sofa is upholstered in pink suede.
I wish I had a canopy bed. Gorgeous use of textiles and tortoisehell and ormolu chest in the front.
What a great itdea, Acra collected this old textile to cover a dining table and used a plexiglass table top to protect it. Note the mismatched chairs, unified with a coat of black paint.
images via nymag
If I ever needed a couture gown I think I might visit the atelier of Reem Acra. The Beirut born designer does not only make some of the best red carpet attire around but has beautiful taste in interiors too.
I always love interiors full of personal things that have meaning to an individual. Acra’s interior is a great example of this. It is clear that she is a master of colour: mixing greens, reds, purples, gilt and blacks with assurance. If you look at her dining table, each piece of tableware, from the cutlery to the table itself is such a personal choice- with unexpected details like the little Buddha candle lamps.
It makes me want to take a trip to Turkey or Lebanon to start collecting!
I love my books and dream regularly about having a library ladder one day.
Seriously plum walls work beautifully with that grey checked rug.
Oh, the fireplaces!
I recently used this Fornasetti wallpaper in an apartment in the gold/silver colourway- fabulous for a more masculine interior.
who loves yellow? we do!
Those headboards are pretty fab.
Painting the wall behind the headboard a toning colour is a great idea- it makes it appear much larger.
Images via Elle Decor
Okay, I haven’t managed to fit in a side trip to Belgium, but I was pleasantly thrilled to see the title of this article from Elle Decor about this cute townhouse in Brussels- the home of Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada, the founders of of furniture brand, Casamidy. Loads of layering happening here in this beautifully period apartment. The purple velvet sofas are very lush and I love the understated grey rug. I have always been fond of ottomans as cocktail tables too.
You can really tell the personality of the owners from this interior- they look like they would be fun to know, don’t they?
custom made brass and lucite shelves by eclectic cool , lucite shelves @700 per metre, brass shelves @1400 per metre
images by eclectic cool
We’ve been using these lucite shelves every where in our designs from nurseries to playrooms to living rooms. You can use them to create a stylish wall display for picture books or artwork. They are just attached to the wall using a set of screws and can be taken away and reused anywhere. We custom make the lucite shelves to order: HKD 700 per metre. We can even add decorative patterns to the front making them truly individual.
We have just developed a similar shelf in brass. These are incredibly stylish. We are using ours to display magazines and cards but we love them for the display of artwork. We can even change the dimensions a little to create stylish wall hung shelves for your bedroom. They are priced at HKD1400 per metre. The lead time is around 2 weeks.
Come and talk to us in store for your perfect solution.
What used to be called Saturday in Design has now been rebranded as Sydney Indesign. This used to be very much a trade show, but has opened up to the public as well. Led by design stores rather than brands, it is dominated by international design labels with a few local ones thrown into the mix. I didn’t manage to go but checked out a few design blogs to see what was happening.
The Yellowtrace design blog collaborated with KEZU, creating an imaginary space using a Milan interior. The floor pattern, a wallpaper by Porters and designer, Anna Spiro, looked great but was stuck down with what looked like MT tape which spoiled the effect.
The Jardan display looked great. One of the few really large furniture brands in Australia, I think they are the most accessible Australian design brand around, though pretty expensive once they have landed here in HK. The quality is very high and I love their leather ottomans. You can get Jardan here at NOOK.
Corporate Culture’s display was, as always, very assured. They have a huge operation & their showroom in Sydney, though off the beaten track, is well worth a visit. I liked all the dark walls and it really showcased the products well. I am loving the Adnet circulaire mirrors against the dark brown surface. The paint colours come from Murobond’s collaboration with Mr Jason Grant. One thing Australia does really well is paint colour, with Porters and Murobond, you can’t go wrong.
You can check out more about Sydney Indesign via their website
The view from Timberline Lodge
The magnificent Mt Hood
From the light fittings and furniture to the drapery you can see in the next image, everything was made on site specifically for Tmberline Lodge. Margery Hoffman Smith was the interior designer for Timberline Lodge and conceived hand-appliquéd draperies, hand-woven upholstery and draperies, and hand-hooked rugs for the public areas and guestrooms. She also commissioned or selected oil paintings, watercolors, hand-colored lithographs, opus sectile glass murals, and carved linoleum murals to decorate the lodge.
Ray Neufer supervised the woodworking shop that produced the furniture. Using inexperienced workers he designed and supervised the making of distinctive pieces of furniture.
The distinctive coyote heads are one of the motifs that Timberline lodge is famous for.
The andirons were made out of railway tracks.
O.B. Dawson was in charge of the metal shop, and his workers produced beautiful hand-wrought iron decorative details at the lodge. Dawson designed fireplace andirons, screens, and fire tools, using metal from railway tracks and reworking them into beautiful designs.
the exterior of the lodge
all images by eclectic cool
One of the design highlights of Oregon was the magnificent Timberline Lodge. Not only is it situated in a ruggedly beautiful Mt Hood, but both the building itself and the interior architecture within is worth the drive from Portland. It is also the only place in the US where you can summer ski. If that doesn’t convince you to make a trip, the history surrounding it is pretty compelling too.
The lodge was part of Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was a building commissioned to provide work for locals who painstakingly handmade not only the structure but a lot of the decorative elements of the Lodge, from the curtains to the rugs, from the furniture to the hardware.
The design of the building was heavily influenced by native American motifs, reworked in an art deco style. Lots of local timber and stone was used to provide the materials, creating huge wooden pillars and rough hewn chimney pieces. A standout is the quality and design of the metal work- where railway tracks were reworked as fire dogs and fire screens.
The combination of the handwork and the beauty of the design of the building make this a must see if you are ever in Oregon.
For those film buffs amongst you, you may recognise the exterior from The Shining, though the interior shots were filmed elsewhere.
You can find out how to visit Timberline Lodge via their website.
I just came back from my holiday in the US. We had a fabulous time travelling from SF up to Portland and back down again. We all scored the holiday a pretty unbeatable 9/10. It lost a point because of the amount of driving we had to do but I guess we could not have done anything about that! There will be more about the places we visited later. I did manage to post some images on the road but, as with all holidays, the postcards will arrive after we return…sorry about this.
So onto another hot topic, which a recent reader sent me an email about…HK loft living.
This creative type was looking to move to Hong Kong and asked if it were true that you could buy/rent a warehouse building unit and convert into an apartment for a fraction of the price of an apartment in a residential building. The answer is ‘yes, but…’
This scenario is pretty tempting when you consider that a pretty average apartment around 2000 square feet will rent from anywhere between HKD70K (USD9000) to HKD200K (USD25000) per month. For HKD25000 you could rent something pretty large and have the whole Brooklyn loft vibe thing going on.
However, this is not without its downside.
Firstly, it’s illegal. Hong Kong is pretty non-interventionist when it comes to government. However, the main exception is the use of property. There has been a few scandals recently, usually involving politicians and illegal structures. This has lead to a crackdown on the use of property especially in industrial buildings where owners have been enclosing outdoor areas etc for years. There are more and more building inspectors. In my warehouse, I have had building inspectors knock on the door and want to have a look around. They don’t go in very far, as the volume of boxes pretty much convinces them that I couldn’t possibly live there.
I have been told that people who do live in these buildings have got to the point that they have to pack up and disappear for a while if a building inspector gets too suspicious.
Secondly, it’s dangerous. Warehouses are full of people who are storing anything from food to furniture to flammable substances. Some of the goods are dirty, or may contain vermin and diseases. It’s HK and because we have don’t have a lot of import duties & because there is no agriculture, there are not the same amount of controls that may exist in Europe, the US and Australia.
Thirdly, it’s not so nice. Your apartment may be beautiful and have a lovely sea view but you have to go through sometimes pretty dirty and smelly corridors and lifts to get there. There is no real security on the weekends and in the evenings except at the entrances and exits. They are located in out of the way places. It can be difficult to get taxis. You may get pretty tired of hiding from building inspectors.
Have I put you off? But saying all of this, there are tons of people who living in industrial buildings and love it. You need to be a certain type of person-it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Any questions? Email me.
If I haven’t totally put you off, take a look at this beautiful loft style apartment in Brooklyn by designer and artist Alina Preciado. Absolutely gorgeous. Wouldn’t a place like this make those creative juices flow?
AD just published these images of the interior of the Trinity Clubhouse for the Samsung brand in South Korea. All the hallmarks of Liagre’s designs are here: from the use of beautifully figured woods to subtle lighting to the use of simple but luxurious upholstered furniture in beautiful fabrics. The coffered ceiling is gorgeous and has that sophisticated Asian influence that reminds me of the ceilings used in Japan.
Sometimes I wish my children would never grow up. These feelings surface when I see newborn babies, wander into Bonpoint or design other people’s nurseries and playrooms. They surfaced again when I saw Armadillo’s new Junior collection which has been released this month. I am looking forward to putting in an order for September. The colours are bright and lush and the designs would fit into small spaces as easily as they would into a kid’s bedroom. Look out for it in September….
You could be bold or subtle…
use sumptuous material- citrus green always looks good in velvet…try one from pierre frey or boussac
a green bottle or two or three is an easy green addition to an interior
images via pinterest and elle decor
I am loving this mix of citrus and aqua and grey at Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo in Paris
image via yatzer
The lushness of summer in Hong Kong has made me what to embrace all things green. Symbolic of life, green is refreshing and uplifting. Underused in interiors, an easy way to add some green is to include green glass or a plant. I love the simple graphic shape of a glass bottle. Green is also one of those colours where different shades look great together. I think this is because we are used to looking at different shades in nature. The interior of the restaurant, Monsieur Bleu in Paris is a good example of this.
And if you love colours like pink or red, green always looks amazing.
One of the best stands at this year’s Maison was Rick Owen’s home collection. Reknowed for his dark aesthetic, cuts and amazing fabrics, his interior collection was filled with fur, steel and wood. His clothes are characterised by simple shapes that are comfortable to be , but with understated details.
His home in Paris is no different. The location was formerly an office for Francois Mitterand and has been reimagined in his trademark greys and dark woods. The only colour is the gold accents of some of the decorative pieces. I love the unfinished walls, that contrast with some of the boiserie on the interior wall panels and the ethnic art pieces. I would love to design an interior like this for a cool, hip guy…