I really LOVE grey-greens. Think olive trees, lambs ears, French lavender…love. I also love chartreuse. PMS 390…PMS 397…you know. Well when I came across this post searching for tile – my newest obsession (more on that later)…I saw it and was in complete awe. Then I saw it was another amazing project from one of my favorites Joseph Dirand. Of course it is. Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. A palette of black and white, with grey-greens, soft greys, chartreuse and a fantastic punctuation of gold!!…I mean come on…Look at this space!! It takes a very special talent, and a very refined touch to pair those colors together with such elegance, subtlety, and vibrance at the same time. The lighting fixtures are just fantastic…and look at that amazing stone on the banquette – he clearly pulled his palette from the coloring…just stunning. Oh how I’d love to see the space at night, drinking a glass of champagne of course…enjoy.
Timing is everything. To be honest, I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately – maybe because summer is coming to and end…and though I love the fall, I dont think I am quite ready to say goodby to summer just yet. So just when this uninspired feeling was really starting to get to me ( you might note the lack of posts from me in quite awhile ) I get an Est email in my mailbox this morning and this space got me going again! This is my absolutely favorite palette – predominantly white, with touches of black, gray and neutral – and all done using raw and/or natural materials…it makes me happy just looking at it!! It doesn’t hurt that the architecture is modern, clean and simple, and that the location is to die for! I love the mixture of textures and styles; modern mixed with ethnic, natural, traditional, classic and even tribal…all pulled together magically…the overall feeling is just wonderful. Just look at those amazing black suede pillows on the sofa…and what looks to be the trunk of a eucalyptus tree…the colors and texture of that trunk are just beautiful – a piece of art in itself! Enjoy!!
images via Est & Les Interieurs
I have a love affair with Greece. It could be the people, it could be the food, it could be the clear blue waters, warm dry breezes and happy relaxed lifestyle…but my best guess is because its (mostly) a country washed in white. Check out this retail boutique on Mykonos…I am in love with those lighting fixtures – so carefully done and subtly placed – the one at the entry is just gorgeous! I love the iron detailing on the display pieces, the material choices & of course, the palette. The white washed exposed stone is amazing…This project was done with such restraint. The cultural architectural touches mixed with the modern edge is just beautiful. Απολαύστε!
Remember how I mentioned that my adorable husband often finds me inspirational swipe that he knows I will just love – especially a great modern or industrial farmhouse or barn? Well he has done it again ( apparently I have trained him well! ) …Look at this amazing ‘modern barn’ from Architect Judith Benzer. It does not require much description, instead it suggests total praise for such beautiful and subtle restraint. The perfectly clean and simple structural lines, the limited use of material(s), ever-so-slight and absolutely brilliant detailing, and of course – spectacular environment…Just incredible.
Images via ilikearchitecture.
I get dozens of great design magazines each month – I’m kind of a junkie that way. I have piles of them that I am just waiting to go through…In particular, waiting for the perfect warm afternoon to sit on the patio, under the grapevines with a glass of wine with time to slowly read though every one – or at least 2 or 3! When my Sunset Magazine showed up the other day – low and behold…there was an amazing destination hotel profiled that really caught my eye. Not Architectural Digest, not Cote Est, or Elle Decor or Interior Design Magazine…but Sunset Magazine. Check this out…what wonderfully clean, simple architecture – with a little nod to Neutra, that subtly ( the best part! ) tucks into the landscape…the interiors are wonderfully clean ( white! ) and simple as well. What more do you need when you are floating above the incredible valley and landscape below? What a view! So, so cool! And with further exploration, I find that they are part of Groupo Habita ( of course they are! ) – who also own a few other favorite hotels of mine…one favorite is Distrito Capito in San Diego. I have been a huge fan of their hotel design for so long…I love the minimal, industrial, sort of raw feeling of the spaces. How fun it would be to design for a group that does not hold back, or seem to have rules…Just love.
During my obsessive and relentless search through design blogs, interior and architecture sites, and all the other vast options for design inspiration and information, I came across a name that I didn’t immediately recognize, yet have known and loved his work for years! Joseph Dirand is a French Architect and designer. I thought I would post a few of my favorites from his residential and hotel work for those of you who don’t know him or just haven’t seen for a while. I think his attention to detail is incredible and his work is absolutely stunning…Enjoy!
I woke up thinking about black refrigerators. Weird? Perhaps, but I am working out some of the details of my clients remodel and we were discussing the possibility of ‘going black’ with the fridge…thus the early morning subject matter. I love the idea. But will it show every little fingerprint and puppy-dog-nose smudge? We are doing a black range hood and industrial black island pendants. Would the fridge be too much? It’s so damn sexy…!! This is a ‘modern farmhouse’ design…and it could be perfect or just slightly too much. I am right on the fence, so will have to do a little visual palette to see it in action. I will keep you posted on the outcome. Maybe I will just get her a little b/w goat and that will solve everything! I’m sure the kids will love it!
…Since I was talking black and white this morning, I just couldn’t help myself and thought I would throw in a few newbies that I spotted…Enjoy!
I am a huge fan of the use of black in interiors ( and exteriors ) and in honor of Halloween ( THE best holiday of them all, by the way ) and my newly painted finger nails, I thought I would post just a few of my favorite black inspiration images that I have collected over time…Our bedroom is painted entirely in Ben Moore ‘Black Top’ – it is a very neutral black – and we just love it…don’t be afraid to really embrace black, always best with a splash of white of course – its calming and elegant, yet bold and can be very, very sexy…it’s totally worth it!!
I have to apologize again for not knowing where most of these came from.