Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a dress from J.Crew and sandals from Stuart Weitzman.
Happy Thursday!! We have had storms--to sun--to rain--to looking like storms again. I have a quiet girls night out dinner tonight with my high school friends--I will have to make sure to wear "rain proof" shoes. A girl just cannot ruin her shoes in the rain you know! Steve Prada the VP of Product and Development from Kravet/Lee Jofa along with our rep Jana this morning gave a great presentation of new products! Steve kindly invited me to dinner when I am in New York finishing Riley's apartment and sourcing rugs for a large job. I look forward to my NYC trip putting a "bow" on Riley's apartment and bobbing around New York. It sends electricity through my veins when I am there! Today's article I am featuring I found in the September issue of Elle Decor. It is on a villa in Roquebrune on the French Riviera. The property has such a cool history as to how it was developed in the 50's by two men who fell in love with it--added on--and created incredible gardens. I will highlight features of the article but you should look it up and read the article. I loved it! Happy Thursday--the weekend is around the corner!
The tri-level gardens is spectacular! What a fabulous second home for designer John-Mark Horton to own with the view of the Mediterranean. When the garden were created by the original owners--Raymond Poteau and Henry Clarke. A mid-century community of British gardeners in the village bought cuttings from around the world to Poteau to plant in the garden. What a treasure!
The original owners added floors above the original house and a three thru story annex separated from the main house. The "entire village" is described to be like a large beehive. When John-Mark bought the property he turned a storage room closet to the dining room into the kitchen. The kitchen used to be a several floors away from the dining room--I guess the servants did not mind having to travel that far! What a cool structure in every way!
John-Mark recreated the home in the same flavor as the original house since the furnishings were all auctioned off. Raymond Poteau was a decorator and antique dealer from the North of France--so the original furnishings were wonderful. John-Mark replaced the furnishings with the pieces he inherited and flea market finds. My favorite piece in this living room is the 20th century cabinet with the Italian Baroque carved door. So beautiful!
Wonderful custom banquette in the annex house. The folding table is from North Africa. I love tight spaces like this--so intimate! The clay tile on the floor are from Les Terres Cuites des Launes. So lovely!
What fabulous Portuguese tiles in this entry! The tiles are from the 60's (my childhood years!) and still look fabulous to this day!
Oh my--such an incredible master bedroom as far as the design and color and it is in the penthouse apartment---so high up. Wow! The bed features a mohair blanket from the French alps and the hand painted wallpaper is 19th century English.
The color of the walls in this loggia is so wonderful--so rich with it's 50's red ocher paint. The settee used to be part of a 19th century bed.
The walls in this master bath are lined with English tiles from the 60's. The mirror above the tub is 18th century Italian. Only in Europe do you have access to such fabulous elements.
First of all--the terrace looks like a small piece of heaven with the Senateur la Follette roses framing the space. A pair of 19th century cafe tables with marble tops are pushed together to make the dining table and that view--super wow!!!
"Paradise Regained" Article Featured In Elle Decor September 2017 Issue
Interior Design by John-Mark Horton
Photography by Ricardo Labougle
Text by Peter Terzian
Produced by Mieke Ten Have
Love these quotes!
Dinner last night was salmon served with a side of steamed okrya. Delicious!
Great song by Stealers Wheel. I just love their music!