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Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Reimagined Townhouse in Amsterdam

Our President Asieh had a fabulous summer visiting friends around the world.
The next few posts will feature her thoughts and musings on her travels. 

Friends of ours are serial home renovators. They are able to see the true potential of a home - no matter how neglected - and turn it into something special. Their first project was a two-floor apartment in the Kensington section of London. Now, having relocated to Amsterdam, they are tackling a four story townhouse, circa 1905. (It's not one of the buildings above but I thought the photo would help relay the charm of Amsterdam).
When they purchased their home last year, it hadn't been touched for the last 40 years. Caroline, a former bond trader, took the lead and worked with her general contractor for the next four months to transform the place.  What caught my eye in particular is what she did with the main floor.  They gutted part of the first floor and the basement and turned two floors into one area.  The kitchen and dining area now have nearly 20 feet of soaring height.  The back wall is comprised of folding windows that open up the entire space into their garden.
A view from the garden in -- the windows partially folded opened.
Caroline and her husband Hugo have two young, active children.
They took this into consideration and built an in-ground trampoline in the garden. 
You can just see it behind the hedges.
Hugo loves to cook so naturally the kitchen was a big priority.  The result is a chef's dream.
I loved her clever use of the wall behind the stove - a chalk board that has their family's schedule and a favorite recipe for aioli. 
The home is an ongoing project. I look forward to visiting again soon to see the continuing transformation. 
 One final photo - his and hers wooden clogs!
All photos courtesy of Asieh Kehyari.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Few Favorite Rooms of Late...

Lately a few beautifully mixed rooms have caught my eye.  What makes these spaces so interesting is the un-apologetic mix of varying textiles, colors, textures, patterns and historical styles.  There is always something new to see.

Bright lacquer painted finishes mix with natural stained wood and bamboo.  Mid century furniture mixes with Indian motif textiles, cowhide and soft pink walls.  Empire and Queen Anne side tables are mixed with bold Ikat and Indian motifs.  Natural woven rugs keep things from feeling too formal. 

To me these rooms embody comfortable chic that is sophisticated and equally welcoming.  Worldly and bohemian as well as timeless and classic....
Unexpected and delightful at first sight. 
Tory Burch

Peter Dunham via House Beautiful

Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

And here is a thought for the day:

Until Next Time,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Christopher Spitzmiller Lamp Sale

It takes a lot to get us excited and this pretty much did the trick!

If you aren't familiar with these luscious and voluptuous hand thrown - hand painted -  hand wired lamps, they are the darlings of the design world and are frequently spotted in interior magazines...
photo via tobi fairley
inside the workshop
This is your chance to snag one at over 1/2 off....
so whip out those credit cards pronto!
You can thank me later :)
Until Next Time,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Effortless Chic of Bar Palladio - Jaipur India

Most of you remember TOCCA the romantic fashion house launched in 1994 who introduced us to the ultra-feminine gardenia based fragrance "TOUCH" and went on to create a well known fashion and beauty brand. 
The women behind TOCCA are Dutch designer Marie Anne Oudejans and her business partner Emma Fletcher. 
Victor Alfaro Spring 2001 Ready-to-Wear Marie-Anne Oudejans and Carolina Herrera, Jr.
Anne Marie on the left pictured with Carolina Herrera Jr.
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It seems that while living in Jaipur, India, Anne Marie was asked to design Bar Palladio in the hotel Narain Niwas Palace Hotel.  With this project she certainly proves her unique style and feminine mystique translate easily into distinctive interiors.  
Inside and outside the bar, classic Indian motifs combine with dressmaker details in the most charming way.  It is sophisticated but comfy....exotic yet welcoming and exudes a certain jet-set panache.  Carved marble, lacquered wood cutouts, cut crystal glassware, glowing lanterns and beautiful upholstery all combine to create a mysterious ambience. 
Luxurious lounging never had it so good!   
Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie-Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
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Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie-Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie-Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie-Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie-Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
Bar Palladio Jaipur India designed by Marie-Anne Oudejans | Remodelista
Hopefully we will see more interiors from this talented designer....
You can learn more about Anne Marie's TOCCA line
Until Next Time,
photos via Remodelista and Trust and Treasure Heritage

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stylish NASCAR Wives - Chandra Johnson & Niki Taylor

There are two things that come to mind when I think of NASCAR....the deafening roar of engines driven at top speed and the shaking and spraying of giant champagne bottles but two ladies married to drivers Jimmie Johnson and Burney Lamar have brought other visions to mind.  Very stylish visions is!
Enter Chandra Johnson and Niki Taylor
Two NASCAR wives with style to spare. 
Chandra Johnson- a former model - is an American beauty who hails from Oklahoma.  Her taste is exquisite and she always looks fantastic despite the intense heat and stress of watching Jimmie race around the track at speeds over 200 mph. 
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Chandra Johnson Party In The Poconos 400
Jimmie, Chandra and daughter Genevieve Marie
Here she is looking demure and sophisticated at the New York Stock Exchange...
(L-R) 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion winner Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and his wife Chandra walk around the New York Stock Exchange on December 3, 2008 in New York City.
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Chandra looks gorgeous dressed down as well as dressed up and her homes aren't too shabby either.  Here is the old Johnson NYC pied-e-terre which features their own art collection.  It is simple yet luxurious, was designed by Shawn Henderson and features mid-century furnishings.
The apartment has since been sold and the Johnsons have purchased a larger apartment on a higher floor to accommodate their growing family.  

Chandra founded the Jimmie Johnson Foundation with her husband in 2006 and was recently interviewed for PEACHY magazine where she shares her beauty tips among other details about her childhood and life as a wife and mom.  She also mentions her "addiction" to 1st dibs and her affinity for the arts in Charlotte.  Sounds like my kind of woman.  Here is the link....


You can follow Chandra on
Pinterest HERE
Twitter HERE

Next enter a classic beauty we all know and love, supermodel Niki Taylor who has graced countless covers and innumerable ads throughout her ongoing modeling career. 

Niki hosting the people's choice awards - photo via zimbio

I had the privilege of designing two homes for Niki. 
One in Florida and one in 2002 at the gorgeous Governor's club in Tennessee.  I can say that in person, without makeup, Niki is stunning and she has a beautiful personality to match.  Warm and gracious she is truly a lovely woman inside and out who is happiest at home hanging with her close family and friends.  She generously supports numerous charities but closest to her heart is the Red Cross who she credits with her recovery after her car accident and subsequent blood transfusions.  

photo via in style weddings

Many years after I worked with Niki she married NASCAR driver Burney Lamar and has since given birth to two children - a daughter Ciel and a son Rex all the while managing to make motherhood look glamorous!  However it is her honesty about being a mother as well as her own personal struggles that keeps her real to her fans and followers.  Recently her husband Burney, ever the speed junkie, has a new career as a pilot and has been flying jets commercially. 

Niki Taylor Gives Birth to Son Rex Harrison!
photo via US magazine

photo via zimbio

with her daughter Ciel - photo via celebrity baby scoop
Niki and Burney with Niki's older sons Jake and Hunter - photo via people magazine

You can follow Niki on
Facebook HERE
 Pinterest HERE
Twitter HERE

We wish the best to these inspiring, stylish ladies and their beautiful families.

Until Next Time,


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