Editor's Note: Today I am wearing Joe's swede jeans, leather trim top by Ann Taylor, my vintage sterling silver belt buckle, and J.Crew flats.
Happy Friday everyone! I can't believe I flew home from Palm Springs a week ago and some ways it feels like I have been home for two seconds and other ways I have accomplished a whole lot on my first week back. Today I wanted to write about this incredible home in London built in 1820's which once belonged to W. Somerset Maugham. This wonderful article in this month's Elle Decor is full of vibrancy and color! I love the fact that the Barcelona based designer Patricia Sanchiz kept the original floor plan and the architectural details in tact even though the design elements of the home are more transitional. Sanchiz brought in her 28-year-old Blanc Fabre as a collaborator on the job to bring "freshness and a young spirit." I hope you enjoy this gorgeous home as much as I did! Make it a great weekend! I will be addressing Christmas cards and attending a dinner on Saturday night. I look forward to accomplishing as much this weekend as I did this week!
What an incredible Living Room?! If you will notice the ceiling is curved with beautiful molding! The orange drapes add such incredible drama to the room. I love the placement of the art in the molding details in the wall. The round banquette is topped with a 1940's French bronze sculpture. How cool is that?! The fabrics in the room from Donghia and Jim Thompson are perfect in the setting! They used Farrow & Ball color Cornfort White on the walls--if you have never used Farrow & Ball paint you must! It transformed with a different light during the day and it is incredible! It is available through Lee Jofa showroom.
A full view of this gorgeous room! I love that sassy chair!
The top picture is another end of this tremendously large living room. The custom chairs are done in a wool from Dedar, which I often have a hard time placing in hot Texas but makes up beautiful in upholstery. The circa 1850's consoles on either side of the fireplace are stunning! The bottom left image is the library, features a beautiful chair covered in a Pierre Frey fabric. Any Pierre Frey fabric in any room adds a spark of whimsy. I love the ladder for the bookshelves! I do this every time I can in a home. I think it is such a conversation piece and is so useful! The bronze lantern and the marble floor in the entry hall image to the bottom right are original to the house. I love how they have kept these elements in the house. I also love the three different walls that have a collage of art--it is one of my favorite things to do!
Here is a close up image of the library! So stunning!
This Dining Room contains several different element of design. The table is Victorian, the transitional dining chairs are covered in an eel skin, and the chandelier is 19th century. The custom rug and gorgeous teal walls pull the whole room together with the look that Sanchiz was going for.
The walls in this Master Bedroom still the show! The walls are a Jim Thompson silk with hand sew red silk borders. Wow! How unique?!
Transitional elements carry into the Master bath with the incredible double console for the sinks and faucets and beautifully shaped free-standing tub.
Article featured in Elle Decor "Gold Standard"
Text By Dana Thomas
Photography By Ricardo Labougle
Interior Design By Patricia Sanchiz
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Dinner last night was salmon from Central Market seasoned with garlic, butter, lemon, and Tony Chachere seasoning served with an arugula and spinach salad. Delicious!
Boy can Michael Buble sing a song! I love this one even though it is a tick sad.