Belle Époque Paris Apartment

When it comes to design, the Art Nouveau era is my favorite. Art Nouveau is a style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe during the latter part of the Belle Époque era (1871 until the outbreak of World War I). Art Nouveau is usually characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms. And after seeing The Danish Girl, which features some incredible Art Nouveau locations, I'm on a kick.

Home Tour | French Painter Christian de Laubadère

This week, I sold the large queen bed that was taking up most of the real estate in my art studio. Not only was it completely in the way, but it was only functional a few weeks out of the year. Granted, I love hosting family at the house and I understand that they need a place to lay their head at the end of the day, but I think that can be accomplished without undermining the integrity of my creative space. I'll be brainstorming sleep arrangements in the near future, but until then I have my studio back!

Today, I'm reclaiming that space and setting up my various work areas. I want it to be comfortable with all of my materials at my fingertips. For inspiration, I have been pouring over photos of the home of French painter Christian de Laubadère. Laubadère's Shanghai home, pictured below, is filled with mandarin portraits, blue and white Chinese porcelain, carved wood frames and a host of other oriental artifacts. I love the fusion of layered textiles, objects displayed only for their beauty, his heavy use of blue and red all wrapped up in discreet functional spaces. This is bohemian aesthetics at it's best.

Photography by Ricardo Labougle for the World of Interiors

I'm in love with this linen sofa...

This sofa is from my latest home tour on  I think I'm in love.  Thank you to the Wilcox Family for sharing their lovely home with me and my readers!  If you wake up tomorrow and this sofa is missing from your dining room, you'll know who took it.  

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THIS home is ridiculously beautiful.  What was this space?  A ballroom from a bygone era?  First of all, the crumbling plaster on the walls is so beautiful and the soaring architecture - astounding. But the manner in which the inhabitants have filled this cavernous space is brilliant.  I love all the intimate seating areas, dinning area, books, large scale art that sets off the space, rather than competing with it - all of it is so well done. 

French Sailor Shirt

Based on the keen 
fashion sense of others....

Like this cute street singer in Paris...

This smoking French sailor...

The contemplative, milk-drunk James Dean...

The brilliant Pablo Picasso...

This random couple kissing in front of their dog...

This sweet, sad-eyed Gallic fisherman...

The ever fashionable Coco Chanel...

The Audry-Hepburn-ish Audrey Tatou playing the role of Coco Chanel...

The super duper cute model, Jean Seberg...

And a young Marlon Brando...

... I decided to buy this shirt. It was difficult to find one that I liked in a plus size,
but good old LL Bean came through for me. I can't wait for it to arrive in my mailbox.
And because I'm a mother of two, who wears the same outfit for 6 days in a row,
it may end up being my summer uniform. I'll pair it with a pair of draw string,
wide legged linen pants and call it good. 

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Two by Two

I don't know about you, but I find great comfort in the use of symmetry.  Whenever I see an out of control corner of my home, or an overly disheveled area, I use a little natural symmetry to restore a sense of calm and order.  Maybe this is due to my OCD nature, or maybe as Paul Valery pointed out, "The universe is built on a plan of profound symmetry, which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. "



"I don't know if it's a sign of all the chaos that is happening out there or not, but I've lately craved the structure and order of classical music and the balance and symmetry."   - Helen Reddy



“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful."  - Aristotle



"The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. "  - Herbert Read


And I wanted to thank Laura of Built With Dreams for featuring my home this weekend on her lovely blog.  According to Laura's About section, Built With Dreams is dedicated to "real homes, where real people live – not “homes” that have been put together for a decoration magazine, but homes that people put together to make of them a cozy place to live."  So head on over and check out the new blog on the block!

Collaging my Dream Home

Did you see Lauren's (Pure Style Home) guest post at La Dolce Vita yesterday?  The question was simple, "What is your dream home?"  She posted all sorts of lovely, serene, photos from her inspiration file - really beautiful stuff.  That girl knows how to live!  I started thinking, of course, about my dream home.  I am inspired by so many design styles that I couldn't really envision my dream home.  I love Moroccan, Modern, French, Craftsman, Art Nouveau, Scandinavian... its a long list.  But what would I really want to live in?  Deep down - or not too deep, really - I am a boho francophile with an insatiable habit for collecting books and tchotchkes.  So i guess my dream home should encompass these qualities.  As my three year old would say, what is my "for-really-real", livable dream home? I think this might be it:

Paris apartment
tall ceilings
elegant architecture
ethnic rugs
heavy on the art
velvet and tufted furnishings
pops of red, blue, gold and brown 
and all well lit with natural light

The front door opens into the tiled foyer...

 ...which leads into the main living space.



The windows have bench seating and face the usually calm city street.


There is a large breezeway with french doors leading to the dining room.


The dining room opens to this wonderfully ornate kitchen.


Instead of the little slip covered table and chairs in the photo above, 
my kitchen has a little sun room which is used for a breakfast nook.


Off of the living room, there is a hallway...


...that leads to a guest room.


Another room has been turned into a library and study.


My desk looks out over something beautiful.


The study and guest room are across from this bathroom.


And the boys also have their own bedroom...

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Further down the hall is the master bedroom. The light is a little different because of the foliage on the terrace.  This room is the most serene in the house and isn't cluttered with all of my books, art and ephemera.


There are a few girly accents...


...and the master bath.


And of course, the aforementioned terrace,
which runs the length of the master bed and bath.


As usual, I love to have visitors!  
Won't you come over?

White and Gold for Winter

The severe weather conditions across the globe announce that winter is upon us.  If you live in one of the earth's colder climates, you may look out your window this morning and see the sun's rays attempting to break through that thick layer of foggy white and gray.  Every once in a while a golden beam shoots through the frost and mist only to disappear as quickly as it came.  That moment of muted gold and white is today's inspiration. 

via Swoonworthy

via This Is Glamorous 

via Vogue

Belinda Merrie Photography

via Bijou and Boheme

via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Olsson + Jensen

Finola Inger

Rachel Whiting

via Home Sweet Home

via Sweet Sweet Life

Toast Christmas Catalog

Rachel Whiting

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Lavender + Gray

I have recently fallen in love with this wintry color combo.  Lavender and gray.  Hydrangea and fog.  Lilac and stone.  Heather and heath.  I love every subtle incarnation of these two colors.  I think that this might be a gorgeous color choice for my master bedroom.  I've already got the gray walls, I just need some lovely lavender bedding.... and a different bed... oh, and some different furniture... and new art... and... and...

via Keltainen Talo Rennalla

source unknown to me

via Angelo : HOME

via Bijou and Boheme

Giovanni Boldini

via Head Over Heels

via Material Girls

Pia Ulin

Pia Ulin

via The Lennoxx

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The Illusionist

Nothing says luxury like a pair of long, floor to ceiling window panels.  I love long drapes.  I have them in every room of my house, except for maybe the kitchen.  Because they require so much fabric, you can really change the look and color scheme of a room with drapes.  Also, depending on how you hang them, you can make your ceilings look higher, your windows look bigger or your doorways look wider.  Long window panels make everything appear a little bit grander than it really is.

Nuit-Art Decor

This Is Glamorous

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source unknown to me

Head Over Heels

A Life's Design

The Diversion Project