Friday, June 29, 2012

Shop: Astier de Villatte

A must visit shop in Paris.

I cannot resist a beautiful candle, and truth be told, it is likely that if you stopped by my home or studio at any given moment that a candle would be lit nearby. A tradition within my family that I have grown to love and appreciate as I get older is to start the day with music, coffee, and often, a candle. I love little traditions like these—they are a beautiful way to start the new day.

And while on the topic of tradition, Astier de Villatte, founded by Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli, and their traditions that are carried on today in the creation of their products are quite intriguing. In fact, their team of twenty ceramicists (perhaps the largest in Paris) create pottery in the very same fashion in which Benoît's father taught him and his siblings. Starting with black Terracotta, each piece is wonderfully finished with a milky glaze that amplifies the unique characteristics of the clay used—no two are alike. Their unique take on ceramics, paper goods, perfumes, candles, furniture, silverware, glassware and more are created in a Bastille workshop that used to house Napolean's silversmith. Do you enjoy their shops and products as well?

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Images: Garance Doré

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Designer: Vionnet

Vionnet: Resort 2013 collection.

Good evening! I hope that your week is going along very nicely. My week has been rather full, truth be told, and but this collection stopped me in my tracks this afternoon and made me long for many, many of these divine pieces! I will admit, I am head over heals for the draping—it's just fantastic. The georgette and other fabrics that were used seem to lend beautifully to the knots and ruffles and opening that are so well executed.

Hidden Escape: A White Washed Cottage

A sweet Summer cottage awaits.

Have you ever longed for a little cottage that is just your own? A sweet little escape where the walls breath in refreshing breezes and send them out the windows that are never, ever closed. A place to relax in and around, with a small stack of books that have been awaiting your eyes, and plush sofas so inviting.

A place that turns from open, vibrant living during the day to cozy and warm in the evening—ideal for black and white films, ice cream and lanterns, lit with candles. And as with this cottage as shown above, there are actually three little buildings that surround an inner courtyard of sort. A great place for parents and Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, friends, pets, anyone and everyone you wish to have, to enjoy…

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Images: (scanned) Coté Sud, J/J '03, captured by Bernard Touillon except for 05 via This Ivy House 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekly Finds № 49

This week's discoveries and links, starting with:

01 Meli Melo: Established in April 2005 by Melissa Del Bonoasa, in London, UK, Meli Melo is a British handbag label, with Italian heritage and lasting quality. Today, the company designs, develops and produces luxury leather handbags for premium retailers and discerning customers worldwide—including Olivia Palermo.

02 A.House, by No Coffee Architects: This intriguing project included the careful restoration of an 18th Century Colonial House and the refurbishment of its stable buildings into contemporary and functional offices. The heritage of the estate was carefully preserved and taken care of, with the restoration of the existing wood structure and addition of modern day elements. Indeed, even the new mechanical, electrical, AC, data services, and equipment have been carefully concealed to retain the authenticity and spatial quality of these beautiful historic structures.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Welcome, Summer!

A warm welcome to Summertime!

It is almost as if on cue, Summer has officially arrived… not only in the sense of the annual calender occurrence, but in weather as well—finally! Today, I am working in the studio with the windows uncovered and the door wide open, every once in awhile peeking outside to enjoy…

And yesterday, I happened to spot a few delicate monarch butterflies fluttering around the large mock orange tree in the back, and tried to snap a few pictures. They were too quick, and fled before I could make it with the phone, but I will try again—their bright yellow wings paired against the tree was truly a lovely site. And it was the very act of seeing them flurry around the blossoms, and myself, running out barefoot, that made me stop for a moment and realize that Summer is officially here—all of the little details added up; the lovely things that come along with the season, and make up "Summer" in our lives and minds… carefree birds, insects and animals… full and draping trees, and lush flowers blossoming, the warm, sunny days—it all came to light. And so, with warmth, we welcome Summer—here to stay and enjoy for an entire season!

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Images: 03, 04, 06 The Cherry Blossom Girl | 05 Patrice Binet et Frédéric Ducout: Art & Décoration | 09, 11, 12 Chloé | 01, 07, 10 This Ivy House | 02, 08 Cabbages & Roses | 13 Ambiance & Styles via Maison Déco

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Weekly Finds № 48

This week's discoveries and links, starting with:

01 Civico Quattro: This wonderful Italian design studio not only creates stunning spaces but they also have a wonderful online shop that sells unique and handcrafted pieces for the home. Below, you see an example of some of their glass and porcelain designs. Additionally, we see a beautiful Bed & Breakfast that they have decorated, called Malatesta Maison. Set in the countryside, this escape offers just five bedrooms to guests for a relaxing getaway.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Designer: Brook&Lyn

Detected: A beautiful jewelry collection by Brook&Lyn.

Mimi Jung's beautiful creations and art/direction representation had me lost within her website and e-shop for several minutes, bordering on a full hour—completely consumed by the variety of designs, styling and of course, the beautiful leather bag in which all pieces are gifted in. A refreshing designer in so many ways, Mimi's journey into designing for her own brand all began with a self-initiated project—one necklace in fact—that then lead to an entire collection called "Surrounded"; her fist of a number to follow…

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Color: Soft Ambiances

As soft and subtle as butter.

Sometimes, we crave bright, full colors are vibrantly fresh and offer the intensity and zest for life to wake us up in the morning with a punch of life. And yet, other times, the softness of a more subtle space is exactly what we need to calm the senses, and just relax. Relax with a cup of tea in a curtained bed, or while walking indoors and out with flowers from the garden—windows and doors open to the elements—or in the bath, soothing with lavender after a long day. What do you like to do to unwind and simply rest?

Images: (scanned) Tuscan Escapes, Caroline Clifton-Mogg, photographed by Chris Tubbs

Monday, June 11, 2012

Designer: Chloé

Chloé Resort / Pre-Spring 2013.

Good evening, friends! I hope that the new week is off to a wonderful start! Today has turned out to be the most beautiful day, despite all predictions of rain—a cheerful way to start to a new week. Do you find that sunshine aids in a more productive day? I find that it truly does, especially when paired with the soundtrack of Under the Tuscan Sun. I work away, and yet imagine rows of friendly sunflowers, rolling hills, and green grass…

Weekly Finds № 47

This week's discoveries and links, starting with:

01 Lizzo, Fabric Editor: These captivating interiors created with the company's beautiful fabrics evoke such a feeling—feelings rather—of mystery, creativity, and romance; transitioning from soft tones and gentle light, to warmer hues and deeper lighting, to mysterious ambiances of moody colors, textures and natural light. (or lack of, supposedly) The spaces perfectly showcase and reveal the personality of the products in such a seamless manner. Divine.

02 David Arias for Kitchening & Co.: I am also very happy to share some recent photography by (my) David, captured concurrently with the re-branding project that he has just recently completed for Kitchening & Co.—a favorite local specialty food company. All-new packaging is also soon to be designed and revealed for their delectable macarons, which can be purchased at select specialty shops and lovely cafés throughout the city. 

(a sneak peek of the *new* branding here)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Photography: Prue Ruscoe

An interior that certainly calls for a second look.

Perhaps thanks to the intriguing details in shape and texture—the oversized key and intriguing vignette alongside the sofa, the heavenly neutral mantle, the bright red metal chairs around the grand kitchen table, and the gorgeous outdoor living area—this home certainly requires a second look, don't you think?

I find myself quite intrigued by a home that takes pleasure in juxtaposition and combining objects and surroundings in unique and intriguing ways. Furthermore, every space, every corner, really, seems to hold pleasure in the element of surprise and delight. And while there are some pieces that are not favorites, the overall look and feel is certainly lovely. What are your thoughts on this home?

Images: The Names Agency by Prue Ruscoe
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