Editor's note: Today I am wearing a blouse from Ann Taylor, shorts from Banana Republic, and shoes from Bettye Mueller.
Happy Thursday!! Well.... this week that I needed to run so smoothly has turned out to be nothing but roadblocks. Fabric has been lost.... cabinet man has to have shoulder surgery....and I cannot get the appliance quote to save my soul. Sometimes I just want to go out in the parking lot and scream!!! But what good would that do! Best to take a deep breath and carry on. Life happens... but my type A personality expects others to do what they are supposed to do. I have always said if I could do it all myself things would run so much smoother!!!! But I would need to be a drapery maker, truck driver, shipping company, cabinet man, appliance company.....the list goes on. My sweet Aunt Jan said I had a Wonder Woman belt that I polished all of the time. I don’t even think Wonder Woman could be everything I need. To quote Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind...... tomorrow is a new day. Somehow it will all get done. I feel like I need a peach switch to keep people in line right now!!!! Haha!!! That is what the baby sitter brought with her to our house to keep my brother Cove in line with. To say he was a handful would be an understatement. All she had to do was hold it up...and the behavior stopped. I might go find me one!!!!
The article today I found in September issue of Architectural Digest. Julie de Libran—. Who is the creative director of Sonia Rykiel in Paris—-had longed for an apartment with a garden for many years. Her dream apartment was close to home in an apartment that had a courtyard where her husband’s grandfather had a freestanding concrete archive for his published dictionaries. Her husband Stephane de Luze’s father and grandfather worked in this building as publishers of French dictionaries. The space was turned into an apartment and de Libran was invited for drinks. It soon came on the market—- and voila !! She had her dream home complete with outdoor gardens. With the help of architect Charles Zana she stripped the apartment down to the bones and now it feels more like a New York loft. Enjoy this cool apartment in Paris and have a super day!
The stairs go up to the third floor. She wanted to keep the stairwell open so she could speak to her son and husband easily. The railing was designed by her cousin. How sleek and beautiful!
Such a cool entrance hall with vintage Ponti tiles lining the wall. The bookshelf on the left wall was found in the Flea market.
Oh my—- what a cool custom sofa from Charles Zana!!! It separates the living room into two areas with it’s sexy curves. The large brass hood over the fireplace acts like a sculpture in the room. The bookcase was found in the Flea Market years ago and never had a home until now.
This garden was designed by Louis Benech . It gives de Libran one of her spots to be with nature and fill her spirits.
De Libran in her kitchen wearing Sonia Rykiel of course!! The brick wall was one of the finds that was uncovered when they stripped the apartment to the bones. The table is vintage and the chairs are from Charlotte Perriand. This truly does feel more like New York than Paris!
What an elegant bath!!! The double-sink vanity is made of Calacutta Verde marble—-absolutely stunning! The marble-elevated tub is so dramatic.
A moment in the entrance hall where a pedestal offers a perfect illuminated spot for flowers. Those tiles are glorious!!!
An antique mirror lives among the exposed brick and modern furniture. De Libran had the idea for her interiors in her head—- just as she has designs for her clothing designs. What a talented woman!!!!!
"Hidden Treasure" article featured in Architectural Digest September 2018 Issue
Text by Joshua Levine
Photo by Ambroise Tezenas
Styled by Carolina Irving
Interior design by Julie de Libran
This is so true...it made me giggle!
For dinner last night I had grilled salmon and vegetables from Central Market.