I want to move in and hang out on the couch with the cat…
Have a look:
The photo spread features the house of Myriam and Dominique, who traded in their life in Paris for a more spacious abode in Nimes. According to the story: “Not only did they earn square meters, they also gave new priority to their life: freedom, fun and creativity.”
I can’t decide which room I like the most: Maybe the library? But the bedroom is pretty wonderful too.
(Photos by Vincent Leroux.)
I love the modern touches in this room mixed with old fashioned textiles:
This kitchen is so cute with the vintage stove and the incredible staircase.
I imagine it leading to a little sleeping loft…
World of Interiors is such an interesting magazine. The houses they feature are never over stylized. You get a realistic glimpse of peoples’ living spaces. Sort of like Domino, but more eclectic.
This little house is one of my favorites.
I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday. I’m reading magazines at the moment, which I guess is obvious from this post. I need to stop procrastinating and do chores…
I love French decor magazines and this week I’m completely enthralled with the new issue of Côte Paris. This edition features the 6ème Arrondissement apartment of Charlotte de La Gràndiere, the owner of a furniture and clothing textile store called Rue Herold, near the Jardin du Palis Royal.
The beginning of the Côte Paris story is very Ludwig Bemelmans: “Behind a gate of the VI Arrondissement, high enough to let in the carriages, the paved courtyard of a mansion now houses the bikes of its tenants…” Charlotte de La Gràndiere noted that detail — and many others at the charming garden estate — when she was looking for her new home. Her second-floor corner of the building is tiny, only 30 m², but she’s creative and resourceful. Here’s a look at her place:
The apartment is very much like Charlotte’s beautiful store: White with accents of black and gray. Since she lacks closets, she’s clever about how she uses the space.
Her shoes are lined along a wall. Papers are stored high on a shelf in black boxes. I adore that wood chair, and of course that herringbone wood floor is magnificent.
Everything is color coordinated (toothbrushes included!) I love how she displays pieces of clothing. And her inspiration boards are treated as wall art.
A number of the walls are lined with shelves, housing books, trinkets and the sort of objects that give a place soul. I’m intrigued by the collection of mechanical mice. I would love to know the story behind them.
She’s used a canvas curtain to turn a hallway into a closet and she’s built shelves for her shoes, openly stored in cardboard archive boxes, each tagged and decorated with a black silhouette of a shoe. With the exception of her bedroom, the apartment is basically one large room.
I have a friend — also skilled at living in small places — who only buys furniture that can serve several purposes. Charlotte’s chaise lounge chairs could also be beds. Her dining room table serves as both a desk and a display surface for some of her books and magazines.
Some of her other resources:
Bed linens by Adele Shaw for Society Limonta.
Books from L’Ecume des Pages in the 5ème arr.
And ribbons and such from Shindo Paris.
The house is filled with treasures from Ms. Bawnager’s store, Affär, in Copenhagen.
(The store has a website featuring a selection of beautiful things that you can order via email.)
I especially love the hallway filled with art!
(Photos by Jonny Valiant)
An article in the September issue on designer Frédéric de Luca’s Paris apartment is a perfect example. Writer Marie-France Boyer, detailing every nook of the apartment, observed: “(Frédéric’s) charming and welcoming three-roomed flat is full to bursting with a hotchpotch of furniture, paintings, fabrics and colourful knickknacks that give it the feel of a box of bonbons or a treasure chest.”
Have a look:
Frédéric’s esthetic muses: Una Troubridge, the Marchesa Luisa Casati, Nancy Cunard, Colette, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolfe. Boyer notes: “The last two have pride of place in a photo on his bookshelves. In the decorative arts too, his two main references date from this period: the Wiener Werkstätte and
the Bloomsbury Movement.”
While I’m writing this I realize that I have to remember to tell my friend Susan the she doesn’t need a PO box to get her World of Interiors. Copies are now available online for subscription and download on Zinio.com.
See the September issue here!
(Photos from the magazine by Roland Beaufre).
Shella’s home will be featured in a new book, called “Homespun Style,” by interior stylist Selina Lake and photographer Debi Treloar. This is going to be an amazing collaboration. Lake co-authored “Romantic Style” and “Bazaar Style” for publisher Ryland Peters & Small. And Treloar photographed “Modern Vintage Style,” “Flea Market Style,” and about ten other books on my coffee table!
In between tidying up for the photo shoots, Shella is getting ready to open a teahouse called The Loft in the seaside village of Tollsbury, England.
PS: We’re finally done moving…Now comes the hard part: unpacking the boxes.
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I am so sorry.
Have a look:
Turquoise paint and vintage satin pillows. Outstanding!
Have a look:
The enterprising editors have also done this fantastic video:
Yesterday, the hematologist gently asked him to open his eyes.
“Mr. Daunt, can you tell me what I look like?”
My father lifted his head, opened his blue eyes and answered: “You’re a handsome man.”
This horrible disease will inevitably rob him of his life but it has not yet stolen his sense of humor. And because of this I have hope…
Photo above by Dicky Jiang
Important PS: I am so grateful to the Liss, LenoreNeverMore and the other guest bloggers who have kept English Muse going. And thank you for reading. Love you. T.
I spent most of the weekend on the couch with a box of tissues feeling such a profound sense of loss. I was semi-prepared for my layoff. After so many of my dear colleagues had lost their jobs before me, I had vowed to only keep at my desk what could be packed in five minutes. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for the realization that we could no longer keep the house.
I am heartened tonight knowing that the house will soon be owned by a family who loves it as much as we do.
She writes: “Just because something failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Just because something has ended doesn’t mean it was all a mistake. Just because you’ve been rejected doesn’t mean you’re worthless and unlovable.”
I know I’ve been talking a lot these days about my layoff. It’s weighting especially heavy on my mind because — like Browning — we’re selling our house to start anew. This is how it goes: first you lose the job and then you lose the life.
I’m not exactly sure how my new life is going to shake out. It will be different — and maybe even better.
I would like to write a missive here about my layoff….I’m just going to say this: We spent nearly 12 happy years in this house. I’ll miss the roses and the clawfoot tub.
Life goes on…
(Photo from Yay!Everyday)
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