Archive for December, 2011

a country christmas

humble pinecones and garlands set the stage for a beautiful country christmas…simple yet sublimely elegant

photos from Country Living

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When he’s not dancing the part of Diesel in Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Gothenburg Opera, Magnus Lundgren is living out his other passion, buying and selling antique furniture…late Baroque, Rococo and Gustavian gems from 1750 – 1810 fill his lofty Malmo home…soft neutrals heighten the beauty and texture of aged wood and old painted surfaces…soothing, peaceful, beautiful…

“Just the idea that everything is completely done by hand, 100 percent natural materials makes them beautiful” ~ Magnus Lundgren

photos and resources from Skona Hem

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Winter came down to our home one night

Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,

And we, we were children once again.

~ Bill Morgan, Jr.

photo by me

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festive wreaths!

even the smallest city apartment can look dressed up for the holidays with a decorative wreath…whether you prefer the fresh scent of pine or the natural beauty of feathers, may these festive wreaths lift your spirits and fill you with cheer!

photos from Canadian House & Home

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In a 2009 interview with Diane Dorrans Saeks for The Style Saloniste, Jean-Louis Deniot eloquently describes what luxury interiors mean to him…to read the entire interview, click here

“Luxury is when it feels flawless. When you reach the right balance between all elements, there is a sense of luxury and calm. Luxury is having the perfect lighting, beautiful contrast and superb materials. I like very customized surprises and rarity such as black mother of pearl/burlap, fine marble/sisal, velvet/brushed oak, rock crystal/straw marquetterie, raw iron with a silk Nepalese carpet. Luxury can be understated but with a flourish of theater.
In a luxurious house or apartment, everything is in the right place. Doors are in the correct place, there are enfilades of rooms that open into each other. The thought behind the rooms is clarified, along with the logic, the way they make coming and going or being in a room graceful, easy, elegant. Everything is thought out for comfort and pleasure. That’s luxury.” ~ Jean-Louis Deniot

photos from Jean-Louis Deniot, Chantilly: Estate

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Paris-based decorator Jean-Louis Deniot thoughtfully re-invented this 18th century Paris pied-a-terre for a young American family…the asymmetrical layout was updated with an open, loft-like floor plan, perfect for 21st century living, while period details were added and/or re-created to retain the spirit of the original building…Versailles parquet, 18th century fireplaces, distressed mirrors, vintage faucets and elaborate paneling look as though they have always been there…a charming backdrop for the couples collection of furniture from the 1940s including pieces by Jean-Michel Frank and Gilbert Poillerat…the result is “dramatic, fresh, spacious, timeless, elegant and playful.”

C’est tres chic!

photos and resources from Elle Decor

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I am happy

“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees.  The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.  Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.” ~ Hamlin Garland, McClure’s, February 1899

photo by me

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