Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a blouse from Banana Republic, shorts from Ann Taylor, and shoes from Tory Burch. I am dressed today to do bookcases and be on a ladder.
Happy Friday!!!! Well... we so needed the rain. But the timing for me was not wonderful. Unloading 10 bags of accessories in the rain was less than delightful. We went to a client’s house and did bookcases for 2 hours this morning. My hair transformed —-like only my hair will do—- from the time I left home to the time I started the bookcases. Doesn’t take my hair long to become a frizz bomb!!! Oh well.... the bookcases turned out great! The weather staying in the 70s all morning and early afternoon was a real treat. I might take cooler weather over a good hair day........I think. I just wont look in the mirror! Even Lacie Rue looked at me funny. I am still the same designer on the inside bad hair or not—- so carrying on with the day! Busy , busy Friday afternoon since we were gone all morning. But it sure makes the time fly and brings the weekend on. I am bummed that one of my last summer weekends might get rained out.....but I love to sleep in the rain. Maybe calm will be a good thing for me. We are going to see Mission Impossible tomorrow—- it beat out Christopher Robin last weekend in ticket sales... so it should be worth the price of admission. I will report back on Monday! My Riley comes home next weekend and I will get a rare Harrison sighting while she is here. His 80 plus hour work weeks right now don’t allow for much else than work. Accounting has it’s pluses and minuses —— I don’t think right now would be a good time to ask Harrison how much he loves it. I have always told my children that nothing great in this life comes easy—- carry on and hold your head up high!!!!!
Today’s article comes from the new issue of Elle Decor. This article is fascinating—-telling the story of Yves Saint Laurent’s home in Marrakech. This magical place has never been on my bucket list... but now it is. This compound was originally started in 1923 by the French painter and plant collector Jacques Majorelle. The “Villa Oasis” comprises 6 acres of land with gardens and a private home. The gardens were opened to the public in 1947. Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge bought the property in 1980 and continued to allow the gardens for public viewing. What is in this article is the private side. Berge died last year... and now the entire property will be open to the public next year. The colors inside are magnificent. Enjoy this glimpse into the private residence and have a super weekend!!!!!
Madison Cox who was a longtime friend of Saint Laurent and Berge—- and is the widower of Berge —- created the landscape design. The path is paved with Moroccan terra-cotta Bejmat tiles. The tall palms are so majestic leading to the house.
Yes please and thank you to this outdoor setting!!! The tremendous bougainvillea tree and the shell shaped chairs are out of this world !!!!!
Incredible hand-painted and hand-carved cedar door. It does not say if this is one of them... but there are still several doors and consoles that Majorelle created that are preserved in Villa Oasis.
This is the “blue salon.” Architect Bill Willis helped refine the architecture of the salon and Grange decorated the interiors. That blue tile mantel is what dreams are made of!!!!!
Lemons from the garden fill the bowl on this cloth covered table. What a magical setting.....those walls!!!!!!!!!!! And windows!!!!! The plethora of pillows say “come sit for a while and enjoy!”
This is the grand salon. The room was inspired by Majorelle’s travels throughout Morocco. What a true piece of art!!!
This room is not for the faint of heart. It is an explosion of color and a mix of design. My favorite moment in the room is the built in nook with the outstanding extricate opening. WOW!!
This is the master bedroom. The headboard was hand-carved and hand-painted to match the incredible existing space. The walls are amazing.
Another view of the master bedroom. The details on the walls and ceiling are so intricate that I coul;d probably study them for a week. The coolest thing in the room though is the antique bench that came from the Chateaux de Ferrieres which was Baron Guy and Marie-Helene de Rothschild’s Henri Samuel-restored former home outside Paris ( that is a long story!!!)
This is the top floor that Saint Laurent personally designed and painted. He sketched his fashion collections at the 19th-century French bamboo table. I can only imagine the chills I would get in this space!!!!!
This is a nook in the entry hall designed for musicians to serenade visiting guests. The magic starts here and doesn’t stop. What an utterly amazing home!!!!!!!!!
"Oasis of Color and Calm" article featured in September 2018 issue of Elle Decor
Text: Marian McEvoy
Photographer: Miguel Flores-Vianna
For dinner last night we had leftover grilled chicken and shish kabob vegetables.
Love this song!!
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