I saw this fabulous bathroom on Pinterest the other day & added it to my bathroom inspiration file straight away. That ceiling light! I love this style of art deco style flush ceiling light – they look so glamorous.
Fancy one for yourself? At the top end of the scale, Vaughan do a really fantastic version – I love the nickel finish but they are available in other finishes too:
But there’s also this one from Jim Lawrence, which comes in at a very affordable price point.
Did you see the Vogue video interview with Sarah Jessica Parker? It’s a speedy 5 minute whip through of 73 fairly light hearted irreverent questions, but the sassy thing about it is that it’s shot at SJP’s brownstone home in NYC & we get an inadvertent tour of a few rooms – cue me glued to YouTube!
You can see the tour (and the interview, of course) by clicking on the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL2B5AE51E1FA2530F&v=W511rtnnlZM
I also attempted to take some stills from the interview so we could dissect the details….
OK, first up: The main door & entry hall:
“Hello, I’m Sarah Jessica – won’t you come in to my lovely house for a snoop?”
- why thank you Sarah Jessica, yes, yes we will.
Black gloss front door, white & black hallway with kerrrrazy black/white/gold retro stair runner. Cute little white table with ceramics and gorgeous slightly retro looking brass lamp & black lampshade. Smart but kinda kooky too.
Here’s a better shot of the table:
The mirror above the table looks like it’s a glass frame – gorgeous! And a huge scented candle too. Love it.
At the other end of the hall is another cute little table:
Another lamp (great work SJP – hallways are almost always under-lit), this time in black with a pretty pale blue silk shade and a bunch of photo frames. Homely…. I like it. And what’s that in the bottom LHS of the photo? Baby gates! Yes, SJP is a real live human being who uses useful mundane things such as baby gates. Presumably to keep her shoe collection at bay.
OK – now for the sitting room area – brace yourselves for kooky awesomeness:
Ladies & gentlemen, we have an olive green velvet sofa (one of my favourite choices for sofas is green velvet – big tick!), a pink leopard print ottoman (just visible in the RHS bottom corner), green walls, brass bar cart full to the brim of amazingness, bookcases stacked to the ceiling, and a huge cabinet with globe lights perched on top of it.
And here’s a glimpse through to the adjoining room, which is accessed via this amazing archway which hides pocket sliding doors. I like the paired floor lamps which peek above the back of the sofa – the perfect height for reading. The girl’s got it all figured out….
And so here’s the adjoining room, which I suppose was once designed to be a dining room but is now a pingpong/sitting room/piano room/art showcase. Note the stacks of art – I love how it’s propped up along the walls on top of piles of books, & I like the fab light box/floor lamp which gives off a homely glow but has a really modern vibe.
More art, and that ping pong table:
You can see from this shot how the green theme carries (ha – no pun intended) through to the front of the house, but whereas in the sitting room at the back of the house where it’s naturally darker she has a deep hue on the walls, and at the front where it’s light, it’s all bright & white. Check out the giant floor lamp in the LH corner.
This shot shows the furnishings – white & green floral on the sofa, another floral/leaf motif on the coffee table, and a chartreuse throw. Pale rug, white walls, white art and a fabulous white lamp & white shade.
And this just kills me – check out the colour on the side of that door which leads back into the hallway. Turquoise! I am guessing the whole back of those doors is turquoise so when the doors are closed the room is a feast for the eyes in white, chartreuse, olive & turquoise. Killer combo.
I love SJP’s expression here – she looks pleased with herself, and so she should do with a fab home like this!
Did you like Karlie’s home I posted about the other day? If so, then I’ve pulled together a few ideas so you can get the supermodel look….
Clockwise from top LHS: Lamp, available from Jessica Buckley Interiors; Brass etagere, The Old Cinema; gilt wall sconce, Porta Romana; Jute & leather rug, French Connection Home; Table, French Connection home; Cushions, from a selection at Vanderhurd; Hexagonal wooden dish, ebay.
Karlie Kloss’ 1st home was featured in US Vogue’s March issue – a house in NYC’s West Village which was decorated by the legendary Nate Berkus. There are several of Nate’s signature looks throughout – plenty of brass, a gorgeous etagere and statement lamps and a mix of furniture styles – but the end result seems to reflect Karlie perfectly.
The 21 year old supermodel said that she wasn’t really sure how to begin with the decorating but Nate helped her mix high end with low end to achieve a youthful layered mix:
“I wanted to mix and match the same way I do with fashion—wearing, say, a beautiful Saint Laurent tailored blazer with an H&M T-shirt”
And what a great result! I love the sconces, and that fabulous mirrored wall & brass etagere…..
I absolutely LOVE Jemma Kidd’s country house which was featured in the latest edition of Elle Decor. It is simply beautiful – much like the lady herself. The house is in Hampshire, in the grounds of her husband’s family estate – and it is really lovely.
What makes it even lovelier is the interior design which was carried out by the talented Penny Morrison. I adore Penny Morrison’s signature style of indian cotton prints mixed with ikats and kilims and glorious colours all piled in next to each other (her fabric range is to die for: I just bought some stunning fabric for some cushions in my bedroom – stay tuned).
She has a magnificent sense of style as you can see from these beautifully composed rooms. The look is typically English – somehow mashing together colonial & exotic influences in the colourfully patterned textiles with the subtle & muted colours of the chalk paints on the walls. I especially like the quirkiness of having uber-modern polished concrete floors in the otherwise traditional kitchen & breakfast room – it’s perfect a juxtaposition of new & old. And a house with a drawing room, a sitting room and a library all decked out in squishy comfortable sofas and beautiful textiles? What a dream…..