Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a Rebecca Taylor blouse, skirt from Banana Republic, and shoes from Coach.
Happy Wednesday! What a week in history this has been so far. To go from the incredible win for Tiger Woods of the Masters on Sunday to the burning of Notre Dame on Monday. Extreme joy to extreme sadness in less that 24 hours. I got the heads up to turn on the Masters on Sunday...Tiger was about to win. I watched in amazement how he handled his last 3 holes to the final put and his emotional roar. The crowd went wild! To go from his horrible (on every level) fallen grace and back problems...... to pulling himself up from his bootstraps and with surgery and sheer determination coming back to win the Masters after over a decade of drought was a sight to behold. I am in no way comparing myself to Tiger Woods—-whose real name is Eldrick Tont Woods (bit of trivia!)—- but I had to think about myself and the situation I was in when I left my job and started Kay Genua Designs. I was running my own design company under the umbrella of The market and it was time to make the money for myself. I started Kay Genua Designs with $400 in the bank and holding God’s hand. Through my own sheer determination I now have a wonderful award winning design company and put my twins through school. My dream of having my name in bright lights on Camp Bowie came true in 2017. I love my job and my clients! Praise God for all my blessings!
Mackenzie showed me a video of Notre Dame burning in the afternoon. I watched in utter shock as one of the treasures of the world was a towering inferno. I was so happy to read in the paper yesterday morning that the fire was finally under control before it destroyed the historic art inside. I took a picture of the article that I included at the bottom of the blog about Notre Dame’s rich history . I pray that people from all over the world do pitch in to restore this fine, fine landmark. I have had the joy of visiting Notre Dame over 5 times.... I am so grateful. Many prayers for this cathedral.
I picked out the article for today before I knew Notre Dame was on fire. In the new Traditional Home the article is on an American in Paris. What are the odds of that!!! This Uber talented man who was a driving force behind the aesthetics of Pottery Barn, RH, and Williams Sonoma was hired away by Draeger Paris... so off to Paris he went along with his French antiques that he had collected over the years. The 19th-century apartment he found right off the Champs-Elysees with its 14 ft ceilings....oh my goodness... was the perfect place to call home. Enjoy this gorgeous apartment and have a great Wednesday. Prayers for the restoration of Notre Dame.
This living room would be gorgeous empty. Look at that ceiling molding!!!!!! If you examine all of the elements in the room.... nothing really matches but all flows beautifully. He says he has a passion for black-and -white photography that you can see all over the room. The mantel is stunning. The screen in the corner hides the wall-mounted radiator.
A straight on view of the marble mantel. I have always had a thing for antique mirrors....this one is stunning. Love, love the Hermes blanket on the back of the chair.
The zebra rugs in the entrance and the living room look marvelous next yo each other. A gorgeous , round antique table greets visitors.
This desk in the corner of the living room by the window serves as his in-home office area. I clan only imagine the view!!!
The kitchen is small... so he took off the cabinet doors and added thick wood shelves to display all of his white china.
This is how you live in small spaces! The bed is tucked into a niche surrounded by cabinets that serve as David’s closet. My Riley has a huge bedroom in New York with a fireplace...... but there is not closet. She has to use a rolling rack. This is smart, so attractive, and so functional.
David took out the medicine cabinet and uses the antique piece seen on the left for storage. I love the black-and -white bath. So classic. What a wonderful apartment head to toe!!!!
He designed a custom trellis to hide an old fence in full view. The boxwoods are placed in handmade terra-cotta planters painted white. What a glorious little patio.
“An American Design Visionary Shapes a Collector's Apartment in Paris” article featured in Traditional Home April 2019 Issue
Written by Sally Finder Weepie
Dinner last night was salmon served with tomatoes basil.
Love this song!