Posting today and being super organised rather than tomorrow as I leave at the unearthly hour of 4.45 for a journey up North for a meeting with our potters – and know I will be flying around the house like a mad thing tomorrow morn and forgetting to post.With Paris still in my mind I wanted to post images of a Parisian artist who is truly an inspiration – her work has been coveted by everyone from Chanel to Anthropologie and crosses a vast range of products including dinner ware, ceramics, rugs, clothing, jewellery and books.
Nathalie Lete’s work has a fairy tale quality about it – nostalgic, naïve, poetical and fabulous. Animals, folk art, flowers and landscapes predominate in a whimsical, vibrant way. I may have said it before (possibly a zillion times) but am saying it again – add, add, add and add again the odd vibrant, bohemian, playful, quirky piece. You up the kudos and style ratings in an instant. You don’t need a big artsy home – you just need a little bit of confidence. Add to that a happy jumble of colour, some texture and fab lighting and you will have created yourself something very different amongst the sea of sparsely decorated spaces that I see so often.
Nathalie at Maison Objet last September – her stands was one of the most intriguing there.
Rugs, art, ceramics are all given the same magical twist.
Nathalie in her studio – a truly inspiring place. I adore the fact that she follows her heart and paints and makes what she loves. Need their be a better advocate than Nathalie to follow your heart be that in your career or your home, it may be difficult but to work at something that you love or live in a house that lifts your spirits when you return home every evening is I think as good as it gets.
Yesterday late afternoon snuggled up on the sofa with Maud, a fire flickering in the hearth and an early glass of wine (it was 6pm and I felt I deserved it after Paris) I came across the work of someone quite extradinary – Heidi Lender. Heidi has led an international life as a fashion writer and photo stylist in New York, LA, London, and Paris, and then changed directions not so long ago to become a photographer. Her pictures are whimsical, magical and inspirational. Not purely for the composition but for the fabulous juxtaposition of so many patterns and textures.
I have decided I need to embrace pattern in a far bigger way this year – patterns truly transform a space like nothing else I know. Yes you need a bit a confidence but see here how beautifully it all works. The hottest rend in decorating today is eclecticism and you can only achieve this look if you surprise the eye. Acres and acres of solid hues just won’t do it, so this year I am going to knock it out of the park and create truly tantalising spaces that are pattern lead – not crazy but balanced, harmonious and unique .
All photographs Heidi Lender:
Pattern upon pattern – beautiful
First up apologises for not keeping up to date with the blog. The days were just too crazy in Paris to keep up with everything and we were rather overwhelmed on the stand with the response to our lights.
Now I am back, rested (well sort of) and inspired – there is nothing like escaping to another city for being inspired. The interior below is not actually French although the vibe is so French but its actually the downtown NY loft apartment of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch – super doper designers. I saw it on Habitually Chic’s website and it pretty much personifies what a great many of the stands were doing at Maison Objet – mixing things up. Juxaposing modern with traditional – very little matches and yet it all makes perfect sense. Art (my latest obsession) is everywhere in this apartment and yet is doesn’t feel overwhelming- nothing transforms a home more than a slap of dark paint and some fab art I say.
Ok so its not dark – but its beautiful and its beautiful because it feels relaxed and informal. As for the art it doesn’t have to match start with one painting and add over time to your collection and before very long you will have yourself a lovely little gallery.
This is the couple’s library or snug a lovely haven in which to relax and it makes me want to redo my living area all over again. My sofa swamps the whole room something like this is way more perfect. Talking of sofa’s I saw one to die for in Paris which I ordered for the store (and I can’t quite believe didn’t add one on for me) – its like nothing else I have seen – a sectional (and I normally hate sectionals) boho, patterned faded velvet low slung piece of fabulousness. As soon as it arrives which regrettably is not until May I shall post an image if I can stand to wait that long.
Not much from me today regrettably we were so tired with all the building of the stand that have now woken up rather late and have had to toss up writing my blog or going out and ordering a cafe a lait and sorry guys coffee wins out. If anyone happens to be in Paris this weekend do come by we are in exhibiting at Maison Objet Hall 7 Stand C78. In the mean time I leave you with a beautiful image shot by the fabulous Damian Russel to brighten or I should say darken your day.
Moody, eclectic and in my mind heavenly. Just goes to show although there isn’t a lot of stuff going on by painting your walls a dark hue furniture and accessories just look way more interesting. Lecture over I will not keep preaching and trying to convert – new plan shall just blast beautiful dark images all the time.
Building our set all day yesterday at Maison Objet from bits and bobs of mdf and chipboard and seeing the space in a mater of 11 hours transform from an ugly empty nook into a mini panelled country room got my thinking. How simple simple simple it is to revamp and reconfigure a space in a matter of hours. The big boys here build whole houses more or less – marble counters, beautifully polished wooden floors, grand entrance ways, shimmery ceilings from which a zillion chandeliers hang all in a matter of days. Retailers like me caring about the space in which we are showcasing our products to a global audience.
So why are so many people scared off DIY – its intoxicating stuff especially when the results look so phenonanal . Here in Paris its literally Graham and I, constructing walls, building chimney breasts, panelling walls and laying a floor. So I guess what I am trying to say is don’t be scared – if you have a boring wall and no art panel it, if you hate your floor buy super sized floor boards from any DIY store paint them the same colour as your walls and you will see how suddenly you have brought a room alive. Intoxicating stuff – and I’m addicted.
I leave you with a image of a store that I adore – Astier de Villiatte – here at the show they have literally built the same store that stands so beautifully in Paris in the exhibition centre store front and all.
Astier in all its glory – beautifully constructed with beautiful products.
Please excuse spelling mistakes beyond late and have to run
First up apologises for lack of posts – no trains to Paris meant being 6 hours behind schedule and its gone a little crazy. Still its lovely to be here in the middle of the Marais even if I only get to see little glimpses. Recently I came across this image which immediately appealed as I am all about customising stuff revamping it and giving it bit of a rock n roll vibe.
Simple to do you can literally scrawl on anything and its transformative. I have taken an old piece of rust and in barbie esq pink scrawled the wife is always right! Everyone who visits thinks I have brought the piece from some super doper gallery. Talking of rust I am a little obsessed – one large piece hangs in the centre of my winter living room. Excuse the boring picture below of my pad its was early days before any furniture but I wanted to illustrate to start a collection you can surround yourself with fabulous things that don’t cost a fortune. Happy Wednesday – late already must dash. x
It looks like a painting and thinks its a painting but nope just one big old piece of beautiful beautiful rust.
The easiest and probably the most fun way to jazz up your pad is to use things you already have stashed away and forgotten about. Some pieces might need a little updating others items may simply need to be displayed properly.As you may know I am a big fan of transforming something old and boring into something stunning simply with a fresh coat of paint. If you also happen to be into spray painting double gold star as whatever you are transforming will look even more rock n roll. I must confess with a pretty frantic schedule I spray paint less and less – instead I take my finds to a car sprayer who has transformed mirrors, frames, consoles and desks into items of fabulousness.
Over the holidays I ventured into the loft and found a ton of stuff that I had forgotten about it – photos, art etc which leads me onto my next pointdisplaying art whether that’s family photos, auction finds etc is a fab way of transforming a room and adding personality. Its only recently that I have started collecting in a big way – and am now obsessive about it. My hallway being Victorian tall and narrow is about to get transformed with a whole hodge podge of oils, water colours, sketches and prints that I have picked up from all over the place. The art I have amassed has not been purchased from an investment point of view I’ve simply brought what I love. And that dear freinds is the key – a little revamp and update every now and again is the perfect way to create a space that makes you happy – after all home is where the heart is.
This little collection is fabulous because its not limited to any one period, artist or medium it is a hodge podge a beautiful hodge podge.
Nope this isn’t me although I wish it were – pottering around in a space full to the brim of beautiful things is my idea of heaven.
For the next two weeks I am in Paris showing our collection of dog lights and art. Shall attempt to post everyday although not necessarily first thing so please bare with me. The plan is to jog along the Seine at the crack of dawn each morning providing I haven’t eaten steak tartare, chips, bread and wine the night before.Have a feeling my plan may not last very long x
Recently I came across the Flatiron loft of Lauren Santo Domingo and her husband Andreas. Its full to the brim of unusual finds, some eBay sourced others super expensive. Grown up and sophisticated it fuses quirky with super glam. – take for instance the hippo bar which is a bit of a show stopper and the office which doubles up as a closet.
Since this space is dual functioning all the doors close to look very French salon and no one would know a zillion pairs of shoes are hiding behind . Lauren apparently had the idea of creating this tongue-and-cheek Marie Antoinette Petit Trianon look to the room which just goes to show your home office doesn’t need to look bland and borring.
Not to mention the music area which is genius Lauren got the carpet fitters to lay the regular striped carpet diagonally thus creating a very cool effect. I would love a music room like this with all this vinyl – there is no CD player or iPod dock in the house apparently.
Adore this space, eclectic, intriguing and fabulous, how exciting to feel this inspired about interiors so early in the morning hey.
All Photographs by Claiborne Swanson Frank
I vote nay call me odd but I don’t get the appeal of houseplants inside. The enduring appeal of flowers real or otherwise I absolutely adore but plants just look and feel quite dated in my very humble opinion. Maybe it reminds me too much of my childhood in the 70’s – but there isn’t one interior I have come across where I think that works. Even Mr Adler’s pad in NY doesn’t quite pull it off I hate to say (sorry Mr Adler). Two occasional tables with fabulous blooms would look far more fabulous I feel. Different strokes for different folks I guess if we all decorated the same what a dull old world it would be.
Am off to Maison Objet next week where Spring/Summer and a load of house plants will be everywhere – prosaic and Evian are my plan in getting through the days.
Branches and blooms in big old vessels would have been my plan the trees just feel rather cold – even though they seem to becoming more and more popular, I am seeing them everywhere. So new additional campaign as well as going door to door convincing people to convert across to the dark side I shall also advise the elimination of houseplants. Pity the people living in my neighbourhood!
It’s not just for little girls rooms you know- pink can add drama and sophistication to almost any room. Scary stuff I know and even slightly out of my comfort zone and yet I am strangely drawn to the work here of Miles Redd, illustrated below. My top tip would be to paint out all the architectural elements the same colour – that way there is no longer any colour differentiation to distract the eye. It drives me a little crazy I must confess to see so many ceilings painted out in white or cream when the walls are a different hue altogether. Here’s the thing its so much easier on the eye if walls and ceilings merge – by eliminating contrasts in colour it simplifies a rooms lines making it way more sophisticated.
Lecture over for the day (its only Monday my my) I shall do my best to rein back for the rest of the week.
Adore the combo of red and pink infact have a bunch of faux roses in pale and deep pink that I have just clustered together from the store so inspired was I by this combination.
This is a beautiful detail – black and pink are beautiful together. I have just borrowed well actually pinched from our warehouse one of our Barbie esq. bright pink coffee tables for Graham’s office. His walls are now black (got sick over the holidays and didn’t have the strength to colour zest a zillion new colours) – and yes he will moan and groan but as I shall succinctly point out – you cannot work for Atelier and not flirt with pushing it to the edge.