Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a top from Rebecca Taylor, shorts from Theory and shoes from Christian Lacroix.
Happy Wednesday! It is already Hump day and we just got started. May is surely going out with a bang with the 100 degrees starting. What did we do to serve this??? I certainly hope this is some weird weather pattern that will pass.......... In my life I have experienced months of 100 plus degrees and it is not pretty! But it is what it is and we will all survive. We are skipping Dallas today to get things done at home. The long weekend has put us a little behind. My fabric library is quite extensive.. and my intern is great at resourcing. In my years of having all sorts of people work under me... Adison is very talented with fabrics and color. I have known many a designer that were not great with fabrics—- their talents might lie in architectural details or in cad design— or maybe in commercial work. There is a need for all types of designers in the world. I think God either gave you the ability to blend fabric and place accessories.... or he didn’t. It cannot be taught in school. It has been fun to hear Adison see elements of what she is learning in school in her design major come to life. One of my work goals is to have designers work underneath me.... when I chose my studio I made sure there was enough room. I am looking forward to Mackenzie and I to be a great team for a long time and have young designers working with us!
The spring issue of Departures Home + Design has so many wonderful articles! The one I am covering today is an apartment in Paris on the first level. Many people shy away from the first floor because they miss the opportunity for the fabulous view of the Parisian skyline. But this couple longed for a garden. The apartment they found needed much work... but they were able to achieve their goal with the help of designer Sarah Lavoine. This apartment is gorgeous... but the coolest element to me is that they changed the entrance to the garden and hid the former entrance behind a secret door in the library. Enjoy the magic of Paris in this article and be safe in the heat!!!!!
Is this room happy or what!!!!! I love the strong yellow and black... and how they did not Center the room on the fireplace. Sometimes you just have to ignore the placement of the fireplace and keep moving when designing a room. The home owner Alix de la Comble has a background in fashion—in the 1980s she worked in the design studio of Christian Dior. Many of the pieces in the apartment had been collected over the years or were family heirlooms. The sofa she had owned for 10 years—- and doesn’t it work so well in this space!!the giant ant on the wall was done by her Moroccan artist friend Fathiya Tahira . Comble was insistent on incorporating it in the apartment . It is not every day that you see a giant ant hanging on a wall..... but what a conversation piece!!!!
The painting over the sofa has a wonderful story. It was partially executed by the famous 18th-century artist Francois Lemoyne who is best known for his painting on the ceiling of the Salon d’Hercule at Versailles. Wow!!!!!!!
Designer Sarah Lavoine standing in the original entrance. The 18th-century console you can see on the left is Venetian and is one of a pair that was purchased 30 years ago. I always tell my clients to buy what they love—- it is up to me to place it. You never know where a treasure will find a home!
The coveted garden! The garden was in horrific shape at the time of purchase and had a “ghastly” pond. They covered it with a wooden deck and landscape architect Pierre-Alexandre completed the garden with as many edible plants as possible. Imagine having a garden out your door in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris where you can pick part of your dinner!!!!! I know it is not an upper view... but I think the view of surrounding architecture from this garden is magical.
The kitchen was relocated to the front of the apartment . I love the space saving banquette running along the wall. The custom mirror is by Mathilde Labrouche . The chandelier by Marta de la Rica was discovered in a restaurant in southwestern France that was owned by de la Rice’s parents. The cabinets from Bulthaup are crisp and very architectural in the space.
One of my favorite rooms—-the library with the hidden door to the former entrance. The rug was purchased at auction without measurements to the room where it was planned for....... that was some kind of lucky that it fit!!! There is an 18th-century clock in this room that is not pictured that was also a family heirloom. The custom birch-plywood shelves are so pretty against the beautiful teal colored paint.
The bed was custom designed using raffia. What a cool shape— and I live that it spans the entire wall. The herringbone floor is gorgeous!. I also love the subtle green and pink in the room.
What an unusual sink by Alape with fittings by Dornbracht. The mirrors and sconces are vintage Gio Ponti. Note how the curvature of the console is Mo iced on the floor underneath— such a cool feature!
A close up of the the sofa by Arne Jacobsen. I love how the small prints are leaning on the moulins that spans the room. The cocktail table is full of sass!
Title: Designing Women
Publication: Ian Phillips, Departures Magazine
Designer: Sarah Lavoine
Photographer: Stephen Julliard
This song always gives me the chills!!
For dinner last night we had grilled salmon and baked asparagus- yum!!