|Original photography by William Abramovitch|
Have you ever found a new shelter magazine in the mail, drooled all over the cover, made yourself wait to open it until you were comfortably nestled with a cozy throw and a glass of wine, and then flip, flip, flipped to the end without being stopped by anything inside? That did NOT happen today when I got the December Elle Decor in the mail. I was so excited I actually put down the wine and took photos of the photos in the magazine. I know. There were a few homes and designs that, while I appreciated the aesthetic, did not appeal to me. But the St. Bart's beach house of Parisian interior and furniture designer Christian Liaigre pictured above had me already feeling the humid breezes and hearing the sounds of the surf. Who knew a beach house could be sophisticated? I love the kitchen and the bathroom especially, and the outdoor eating area (which I didn't show - you have to look at the magazine for that one - trust me it is beautiful).
It could be that the editor Michael Boodro's letter hit the nail on the head for me - I have often wondered how I could be attracted and happy with so many different styles of design. Shouldn't I have one signature style? Michael says no. Boo-yah Michael.
For example, I would have no where to put this amazing light fixture - it does not jibe at all with the things I have in my home - but I covet it none-the-less. How does this make sense? Sooo shiny...
My photo does not do justice to the rich, yummy, deep velvety green on this sofa in the ad for Ochre. It is actually much darker. I tried to find it online but no dice. It's that amazing mossy forest green that you feel like you could fall into and dream of fairies and sprites in magical German woods. Or something... But when I saw it I knew immediately that THIS is going to be my colour this Christmas - this rich deep velvet green, with cream and gold and white and lots of sparkly little lights. Think Value Village has any deep green velvet...? Perhaps velour will do in a pinch, provided I maintain low lighting at all times.
|Original photography by Eric Piasecki|
Much of this "cabin" (monstrous home) in Colorado designed by Caroline Sarkozy was a little contrived for my taste - too much birch bark, antlers, and pine cladding for my liking. But for some reason I enjoyed this cozy home office pictured above - a photo tucked away on the contents pages ...maybe I would just add some books to those shelves.
|Original photography by Jean-François Jaussaud|
Another little snapshot from the contents pages was this beautiful curved nook found in a chateau in Provence owned by the designer Pierre Yovanovitch. The rest of the chateau was very nice in an overt modern-minimalist-luxury-in-an-historic-French-chateau kind of way, but everything about this image appeals to me much more. The curved wooden shelves on the curved wall, the rustic dishes, the wooden-framed painting, the two-toned wall, the delicate antique rocking chair - c'est parfait.
|Original photography by William Waldron|
However, the home I could move into in a heartbeat and change NOTHING is this fishing cabin-turned weekend house designed by Amy Mellen, creative director for Calvin Klein Home. Just look at the mix in this kitchen. Sleek cabinets, faucet, stainless appliances, and Calvin Klein windsor chairs - with their modern angles and lines - pair so perfectly with the antique table, original pine floors and dark-trimmed sash windows. And such great styling by JC Garcia Lavin!
And that bedroom is just so serene and right up my alley. In fact, I think that might be the colour of my bedroom walls. If only I didn't kill those weird ferns every time I buy one. Again the mix and styling in this photo (or at least the actual photo in the magazine) are great. (Wait, wasn't that fern on the mantel before? Maybe they aren't meant to live - maybe they're just for styling!)
So thanks for letting me read the magazine for you, and thanks to Elle Decor for actually inspiring a blog post. That's no small miracle these days!