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 Today’s post focuses on the humble yet sublime palette from In Wikström’s Studio painted by Anders Zorn in 1889. Layered earth tones of stone, clay and putty provide a subtle backdrop for his female subject’s luminous gold skin and vibrant red hair. To some, this palette may appear quite neutral, void of “color” if you will, but for me, this highly sophisticated canvas speaks to all that I love about color and texture. It has opened my eyes to an infinite number of artistic possibilities…

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Feau & Cie

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Mariann Johansen Ellis

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photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna

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Elephant Seal Mother and Pup ~ Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott

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photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna

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Anne Packard

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Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna

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Silk Road, Kyrgystan ~ Vincent Bonnin

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Antique egg print

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Feau & Cie

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Winter ~ Arkhip Kuindzhi, 1895

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Nicole Franzen via the gifts of life

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Provins, France ~ Jules Gervais Courtellemont

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hybridlava.com

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Feau & Cie

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Snow and Mist ~ John Atkinson Grimshaw

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Jac for Valentino Fall/Winter 2012

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Antique egg print

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Libeco

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Lioness, Kenya ~ Ramesh Ratwatte

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via the gifts of life

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pashtundukhtaree.tumblr via the gifts of life

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Pamela Pierce

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Dior Homme “Shadow” Fall/Winter 2012

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Darryl Carter

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Artists, Dordogne River ~ Jules Gervais Courtellemont

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Haynes-Roberts

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Pagoda Steps, Nepal ~ Bas Uterwijk

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Charles Spada

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African Spurred Tortoise ~ Glenn Nagel

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Andy Newcom

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Death Valley National Park ~ William Lee

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Belstaff Spring/Summer 2013

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Antique egg print

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Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna

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Cheetah Cubs, South Africa ~Dumith Fernando

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Bobby McAlpine

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photography by danielle boudrot

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Anders Zorn’s studio in Mora

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With autumn just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a taste of what’s to come…how about a warm cup of apple cider by a roaring fire?

photos from Birch Coffey and Chas Miller, Pauline and Jerry Harrison, Axel Vervoordt, Bobby McAlpine, Steven Volpe, Tine K Home

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Whether you love them for their grace and beauty or for their unwavering loyalty, dogs are truly a man’s (or woman’s) best friend…here is a sampling of some of my favorite designers with the love’s of their life

Bobby McAlpine with his Greyhound Joe

Darryl Carter with his German Shorthaired Pointer Otis

Robert Couturier with his Shih Tzus Henriette and Chuck

Alfredo Paredes’ Labrador Retriever Sid

Tara Shaw with her Whippet Jack

John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross with their Great Dane Cooper

Grant K. Gibson with one of his two Westies

Todd Romano’s miniature dachshund Bunny

Stephen Shubel’s Papillon Coco

Nate Berkus with his Border Collies Henry and Emma

Fitzhugh Karol with Olive

Yves Saint Laurent with his Chihuahua

Michael S. Smith’s Wheaton Terriers Chubbs and Shortcake

Greet Lefevre with Mango! (ok, not her dog Ralph but most definitely a huge love of her life!)

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This gorgeous interior was designed by Susan Ferrier and published by House Beautiful back in July of 2008…its timeless beauty feels as fresh today as it did four years ago…artful vignettes compare to that of an artist’s canvas while large gestures respect movement, contrast and cohesion…the result, a feeling of peace that would calm one’s nerves even on the most stressful day…take a deep breath and relax into this artful interior…

photos from House Beautiful, July 2008 via McAlpine Tankersley

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It seems everywhere I look, the design world is embracing color…vibrant hues in wild combinations…I, on the other hand, can’t seem to shake my passion for gray…rich charcoals, feather weight pale blue grays, I’m drawn to them all…may you find beauty in these expressive interiors…

photos from Diana Kelly, Bobby McAlpine, Dransfield and Ross, Ruby Beets, Haynes and Roberts, Edouard Vermeulen, Frette

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the gorgeous pair of high back and high arm sofas from yesterday’s post inspired me to write a themed post today…I’m passionate for this cocoon like form…many of my favorite designers either create their own version or incorporate this sofa style in their interiors…I hope you enjoy this closer look at the architectural beauty of a tall sofa…makes me want to curl up in the corner with a great book!

above and below, Heiberg Cummings Design

below, Alex Papachristidis

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Dransfield and Ross

below, Hallberg & Wisely

below, John Saladino

below, Richard Shaprio

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With all things Belgian on my mind, I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my long time favorite designers, Bobby McAlpine…when I look at a McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier interior, I feel as if I am home…always inviting, soothing and romantic, they hold a special place in my heart and mind…this spread of Bobby McApline’s Montgomery Alabama home, from Veranda March-April 2003, has been a great source of inspiration over the years and happily, it is filled with many Belgian influences!  Artfully textured walls, sumptuous fabrics, a carefully edited palette, honed stone finishes, simply divine wood paneling and cabinetry, all accompanied by the perfect mix of antiques and newly upholstered pieces…gorgeous! Also, how fabulous are the chairs in the photo below! Almost like people having a conversation…different shapes, sizes and personalities, thoughtfully united by his choice of fabrics and finishes…amazing that this interior is almost 10 years old…it feels as though it could have been designed today (of course that is the sign of a great designer!) Enjoy!

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there is nothing like a roaring fire on a cold winters day…wishing you a cozy sunday evening filled with love, beauty and laughter…

below, Maria Beatrice Garagnani and Leonardo Ferragamo ~ Villa Le Rose

below, Birch Coffey and Chas Miller ~ Connecticut country home

below, Pauline and Jerry Harrison ~ Sussex farmhouse

below, Susan Chalom ~ Park Avenue Apartment

below, Alex Vervoordt

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Steven Volpe

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above, Alex Papachristidis

I made it! Today is my 100th post! When I started “a thoughtful eye” back in September, one of my goals was to write one hundred posts before the end of the calendar year and happily I achieved that goal with a few days to spare! To celebrate, I’m sharing with you my top twenty favorite interiors! Each and every one of these images brings a smile to my face along with a vivid memory of the first time I experienced their beauty.

This is my special gift to you, my loyal readers…thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to join me on this personal journey…I can’t thank you enough…there is so much I have yet to discover and explore about our visual world…I hope you continue to join me, it wouldn’t be the same without you…

below, Antony Todd

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Bunny Williams

below, Charles Spada

below, Darryl Carter

below, Jacques Grange

below, John Saladino

below, Kelly Wearstler

below, Miles Redd

below, Richard Shapiro

below, Robert Couturier

below, Stephen Sills

below, Studio Ko

below, Susan Ferrier

below, Thomas O’Brien

below, Veere Grenney

below, Vicente Wolf

below, Windsor Smith

below, Yves Saint Laurent

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Yesterday’s post featured the ultra chic Miles Redd and his iconic mirrored master bathroom. I couldn’t help but think about mirrors and the important role they play in architecture and interior design. From grand to petite, circular to linear, simple to ornate, they have the power to transform a space from dull to dazzling. I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite mirrored interiors! Enjoy!

above and below, Miles Redd NYC master bathroom from David Adler’s Armour Estate in Chicago ~ photos from New York Social Diary

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below, Yves Saint Laurent ~ photo by Pascal Chevallier for Vanity Fair

“A pair of undulating lily-motif mirrors, crafted in bronze and copper by Claude Lalanne for the upstairs music room, led, between 1974 and 1985, to the proliferation of over a dozen more, floor to ceiling. “I can’t live in a room without mirrors,” Saint Laurent said. “If there aren’t any, the room is dead.” The effect in the music room of their multiplying reflections was vertiginous—a touch of Mad Ludwig of Bavaria, as seen through the lens of Luchino Visconti.” ~ Amy Fine Collins for Vanity Fair

below, photo from Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Vicente Wolf

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below, Veere Grenney

below, Susan Ferrier ~ photo from House Beautiful

below, photos by danielle boudrot for Spero Home

below, Richard Shapiro

below, Paul Corrie

below, Lisa Luby Ryan

below, John Minshaw

below, Jacques Grange ~ photography by Vincent Thibert for Architectural Digest

below, Darryl Carter

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below, Antony Todd

below, John Saladino

below, Michael Kors ~ photo by Douglas Friedman

below, Miles Redd

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