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Having posted this magnificent Paris home back in December of 2010, I was thrilled to rediscover its beauty on the pages of the October 2012 House Beautiful! Designed by the virtuosic Robert Couturier, this interior is a masterclass in color! While the living room’s liquid blue walls draw inspiration from the sublime hue of a dutch delft tile, the overall use of this color somehow feels fresh and contemporary ~ boldly simple with an air of elegance and sophistication. Divine! And if that wasn’t enough to knock your socks off, check out the red lacquered dining room! The high gloss lipstick red breathes new life into the gold framed antique oil painting, upholstered banquette and modern brass and glass dining table. What a glorious setting for an intimate Parisian dinner party! Light the candles and pour the champagne!

photos from Robert Couturier and House Beautiful

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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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On the heels of yesterday’s post, I thought you might enjoy a more intimate look at Robert Couturier‘s Connecticut garden…landscape designer Clive Lodge, of Cornwall, Connecticut, rose to the challenge of creating a miniature Versailles on ledge and in a cold climate…Lodge brought in 2,000 winter beauty boxwoods to create two parterres divided by an allee of clipped hornbeam…

“The challenge here was to run it into the woodland…it’s a blend, a complete contrast between ultra-formal and natural woodland…” ~ Clive Lodge from an interview with Luxe Interiors and Design, Winter 2011

“I love being here in the country…the dogs running around, the cozy fires, and the smell like wet ashes when you come into the house…I walk in the garden with the dogs all day long…” ~ Robert Couturier from an interview with House and Garden, June 2012

 “I use urns because they remind me of my grandfather’s house, which had a lawn that sloped down to a big lake. At the end of the terrace, where the lawn started, he had large marble urns that would frame the views. His white peacocks liked to perch and show off their beauty to whoever was around. To me, the image was of such perfect beauty, peace and timelessness that when the time came to punctuate my gardens with ornaments, urns were a natural choice. I do not use them in an orderly fashion. They are a personal decision based on my sensibilities and what I feel my gardens need. My inspiration throughout was French gardens. In France, our gardens are peppered with garden ornaments—they help civilize nature, and they tell stories about us.” ~ Robert Couturier from an interview with Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, June 2012

photos and resources from Luxe Interiors, House and Garden, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and Veranda via Robert Couturier

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“Although what I usually do is very different from what she wanted, she recognized that I have a demanding eye and a knowledge of design…I always love and welcome a challenge.” ~ Robert Couturier

This spectacular Manhattan home was designed by the one and only Robert Couturier and is featured in the June 2012 issue of Elle Decor…to enhance your ED experience, I’m posting additional photos from Robert Couturier’s website that feature spaces and angles we don’t get to see on the pages of ED…I always enjoy a closer look!

The design of this light-filled, glass tower embraces the clean, modern aesthetic his client was looking for yet is sublimely sophisticated, graceful and elegant…what could quickly turn cold and sterile, feels warm and welcoming…Couturier’s brilliant choice of furnishings and art, and where they are positioned in the space, enhance the breathtaking city views and encourage long conversations…my favorite piece is the stunning Marcel Wanders Crochet Chair (pictured above)…the grid-like windows and natural light provide the perfect backdrop for its delicate pattern and curvaceous form…I would never tire from that artful composition!

To read the ED article, click here

photos from Robert Couturier

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In celebration of Veranda‘s March/April 2012 issue, I’m re-posting a favorite from my archives, Robert Couturier’s Connecticut home…I hope the photos and text from this post will enhance your Veranda experience, allowing you to savor the details of his exquisite gardens and interiors…

The four photos above this text are a sneak peek at his garden party from the pages of Veranda…chilled Veuve Clicquot, boiled lobsters glistening with butter and fresh flowers all in a heavenly setting…welcome spring!

above, the formal dining room, photo from Robert Couturier

Every weekend, New York designer Robert Couturier and architectural historian Jeffrey Morgan head north to their pastorale neoclassical country home in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The house is a series of pavilions, complete with an octagonal library and a new wing featuring their state of the art kitchen with GE Monogram appliances. Every detail of the new wing is in keeping with the original home ~ cedar shingle roof, limestone and black slate floors, architectural doors, windows and mouldings. The classically laid out garden features terraced boxwood parterres giving the landscape a year round architectural structure. (it must be breathtaking in the winter!) This heavenly home is a place for them to enjoy nature, family, friends and their beloved shih-tzu’s Hercules, Henriette, and Bess.

“Home is my house in the country. My dogs and my boyfriend are there. Things are of no importance, I mean I like to look at them but things come and go; people don’t. Home is a place where you can rest and I don’t think anything in New York is restful.” ~ Robert Couturier from an interview with New York Social Diary

below, the new kitchen, photo from GE Monogram

below, photos from Robert Couturier

below, photos from House and Garden

below, photos from The Magazine Antiques

below, photos from Architectural Digest French Edition

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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~ Charles W. Eliot

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Hallberg & Wisely


J. Randall Powers

Jacques Grange

James Huniford

John Minshaw

John Saladino

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Kara Mann

Karin Blake

Lars Bolander

Lauren Gold

Luis Bustamante

Magnus Lundgren

Mary McDonald

Meichi Peng

Michael Smith

Michele Bonan

Miles Redd

Nina Griscom

Richard Shapiro

Robert Couturier

Sheila Harley

Steven Volpe

Suzanne Rheinstein

Ted Tuttle

Thomas Jayne

Thomas O’Brien

Tricia Huntley

Vicente Wolf

William Frawley

Windsor Smith

Yves Saint Laurent

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The first time I experienced a Ron Agam photograph was back in May of 2011 on the pages of Elle Decor…the interior, Robert Couturier‘s brilliantly re-designed SoHo loft…the flower portrait’s larger than life presence took my breath away and I have been a fan ever since…my photos from yesterday’s post were inspired by the Ron Agam piece pictured above…I couldn’t imagine a more thoughtful environment for this stunning work of art…maestro Couturier works his magic with scale, color and light…a true artist himself, he brings forth its timeless beauty…a heartfelt thank you to both Robert Couturier and Ron Agam for inspiring me to take a closer look at the natural world around me…what a wonderful gift

Please enjoy this look at Robert Couturier’s SoHo loft! To read the entire Elle Decor article, click here

And for an extra special treat, click here to view a video of this masterful interior with the designer himself! En Francais!

photos from Elle Decor, May 2011 via Robert Couturier

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“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti

Wishing you a joyous weekend!

John Saladino

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Lars Bolander

Luis Bustamante

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Meichi Peng

Richard Shapiro

Robert Couturier

Studio Ko

Suzanne Rheinstein

William Frawley

William Sofield

Windsor Smith

Yves Saint Laurent

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Today’s post is a very special thank you to Robert Couturier…I had the privilege of conversing with him via email this morning! “A thoughtful eye” made this dream a reality…to be in communication with one of the greatest designers of our time is almost impossible for me to fathom…I am truly grateful…to celebrate this wonderful day, I chose to post some new photos of one of my favorite Couturier designed interiors, a London Townhouse brimming with sophistication, wit and elegance…absolutely breathtaking and truly inspiring

a most heartfelt thank you to you, Robert Couturier

photos from Robert Couturier

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It is my sister Karen’s birthday today! To celebrate, I’m posting interiors from her favorite designers ~ Robert Couturier, Michael Smith and Bunny Williams! I’d like to think of this as her birthday card and a most heartfelt thank you for all her love and support. She is truly the definition of “a thoughtful eye”…artist, textile designer, innovator, historian, humanitarian…my inspiration…my sister

Happy Birthday!

below, Robert Couturier, Town House, New York

below, Michael Smith, Town Home, Eaton Square

below, Bunny Williams, Country Retreat

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