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Friday, April 29, 2011

Pillow Talk!

Good morning everyone! Thesis handed in. Katherine and William married. A great day. After my post at House of Turquoise earlier this week, a number of readers expressed interest in the assortment of blue pillows in my apartment--thanks to everyone for all their kind words. So in honor of all the "pillow talk" I thought I would share some of my favorites that are "on the market" right now. The links are embedded in the store names, enjoy! 

Off to Charleston for the weekend and some well deserved rest ... 

Monday, April 25, 2011

My Not So Lacquered Life ... and a Guest Blog Post!

Hey Lacquered Lifers, sorry about my lack of posts of late. I am handing in my thesis this week, and taking finals ... at which point I will be done! So look for a post on Friday. In the meantime, I'm wishing I were looking at a similar scene to the one above, instead of at a book and my computer screen. Even though I can't promise any posts here this week, tomorrow I have a guest blog post at House of Turquoise - Tuesday, April 26! Check it out! I will see you back here on Friday. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Good Bones

As a preservation student, and ardent preservationist, I am always pleased to see old homes reused. You see, I think of houses like people, and when they are ignored and not treated well, the results are not always favorable. It is especially exciting to see people bring homes into the 21st century without taking away from some of the building's original character or details. And as we have talked about before, I do love the juxtaposition between historic architecture and modern design. Enter Dinder House. Although much of the decor here is too modern for my tastes, I love how the family managed to insert their 21st century lifestyle into this grand Georgian home in the English countryside, without taking away from the home's good bones. A good preservation tactic to be sure. 

The exterior of Dinder House, Somerset, England. Completed in 1801.

 Dining Room

 The Ballroom turned kitchen. Perhaps my favorite part of the house. They simply dropped the kitchen into the magnificent space with very little impact.  

 Living Room

 Master Bedroom 

 Kids playroom

This mudroom has managed to maintain a lot of its original character, which I love. What do you all think? 

Photos courtesy of the New York Times Magazine
A big thank you to Cara for sending me this link! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Let them Eat Cake!

Which is what I feel like saying to my thesis, although perhaps not in such appropriate terms. In the vein of  "let them eat cake" thought I would post some kitchens I love. You all have seen most of these, as I have posted them in the past, but they make me happy just looking at them - and I could use it. From now until a week from Friday, do not expect many involved posts from me, I am slammed at school! But hey, a week from Friday I will be a free woman, done with graduate school. April 30th, is not only my birthday, but the first day of the rest of my life. Pretty cool, huh? 

Photos courtesy of House Beautiful, Elle Decor, GP Schafer Architects, Martha Stewart

Friday, April 15, 2011

Olivia's Inspiration Folder

Just a sampling ... TGIF.

Images courtesy of House Beautiful, Elle Decor, G.P. Schafer Architects, Town & Country

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Let's Brighten Things Up!

Second day in a row of gray-ness. I know that April showers bring May flowers, but I do enjoy a day where it is sunny and warm in April. Below are some colorful photos to brighten everyone's day! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Triomphe

You know those interiors which you look at and you absolutely love, and yet perhaps you don't see yourself living in the space, or perhaps the style isn't really something you aspire to? I absolutely love interiors like this--interiors that I really really appreciate, but quite often don't see myself inhabiting. Often I find these interiors in one of my favorite magazines, Elle Decoration (UK edition). There is something about the interiors in this magazine that tend to strike this chord with me, and typically its because they're European, or better yet, Parisian. There is something about the casual, spartan, modern yet old-world, elegant interiors of Europe, which we can't quite get a handle on. Perhaps its the architectural backdrop, perhaps its the lack of perfection that actually creates perfection. Who knows, but I love staring at the photos. 

Such was my feeling about Alfonso Valles and Virginie Denny's apartment, located in an old button factory outside Paris. He's an artist, she's a writer. They both work from home, and require little nooks of solitude within this vast open space. The result is industrial chic, and yet somehow cozy. And very French. 

And of course, breakfast and pastry. How very chic and Parisian. The perfect complement to this wonderful apartment. Valles did most of the interior work in the apartment himself, as Denny was pregnant with their first child at the time and they couldn't afford a full scale renovation. According to Denny, "Our style is a poetic factory aesthetic with a real vintage mood." Love it. 

Photos and quotations courtesy of Elle Decoration 
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