Editor’s note: Today I am in a dress from Banana Republic and shoes from J.Crew.
Happy Wednesday! It has been SO lovely to see the sun for days in a row! I am off to Dallas today to meet clients to look at art. I ran to Dallas yesterday to pick up some antique lamps.... so I have been zooming back and forth. Lacie Rue got to go yesterday ...but sadly not today. It is too hot for my 14 year old puppy. The remodel in my Arlington job is underway... and the early morning phone calls from the contractor, tile man, and fabricator have started. I am going to have to start giving up 45 minutes of sleep so I can get all underway in the morning before I go to work. I work from 10-5 very day.... the workers like to keep the hours of 9-4 if not sooner. There are a lot of balls being juggled during construction or a remodel—- and I never want to slow the process down. Thank God I can do business in my robe and curlers in the morning !!!!! I am going to sneak in a 4 day weekend to help my Riley move and get settled the 6th of June. I am praying that nothing needs my attention that Friday and Monday. My faithful cell phone will be in my apron so I should be able to trouble shoot from New York City. Mackenzie and I are trying to tie a bow on everything that we can before she leaves for the wedding and honeymoon. So many details flying around!!!!!!
The article today is from the May issue of Architectural Digest. How cool to read about two artists who live in Paris wanting a home to relax by the sea and a place to display their own art. The small city of Sete is “still under the radar and affordable.” They bought a house built in 1840 for the family of painter Frederic Bazille...... who was friends with Monet, Degas, and Cezanne. I cannot imagine those famous painters all being friends and sharing time together. That gives me the chills!!!! Enjoy this place of relaxation for these modern artists... following in the footsteps of famous artists before them. Can you believe the month is half over????? Where is the time flying to??? Have a super day!
They kept a lot of the original house and the transformations during the years. Here in the kitchen the original tile was saves. It is of the the city of Sete’s coat of arms. Amazing!!!! I love the collection of majolica...one of my favorite things to collect for clients.
The frosted-glass window , moldings, and the Art Deco skylight are original to the house. The iron and wood stair railing is magnificent.
Here on this sunny veranda is a fireplace that was inspired by a sculpture in the Gardens of Bomarzo in Italy. Creten ...one of the owners... created the andirons. The mosaic table is from the 1950s.
The owners hard at work creating! On the left is Johan Creten from Belgium and the right jean-Michel Othoniel from Paris. Othoniel is known for his works in glass. He has designed for a metro entrance in Paris, a permanent installation in the gardens of Versailles, and will have a small exhibit this summer at the Louvre. Creten is known for his ceramics and his works have been shown around the world. What greatness!!! The floor, the Murano chandelier, and the huge mirror over the fireplace are outstanding.
The living room is both simple and dramatic. Works by both artists are in the room. Another fabulous Murano chandelier .
The city of Sete is bordered by a saltwater lagoon. I love the architecture with all of the colors.
The large tapestry is 16th-century . The chandelier is by Tony Duquette Abalone ... breathtaking! The bedside lamps are by Creten. Note the design of the hardwood floor. Fabulous !!!
The glass-and -stainless steel sculpture at the foot of the stairway is by Othoniel. The glazed stoneware sculpture in the niche is by Creten. What a fabulous house to visit to relax, create, and unwind. Their own art just adds to the complete ambiance. How wonderful!
“Sculptors Jean-Michel Othoniel and Johan Creten Create Their Seaside Escape in Sète, France” article featured in Architectural Digest June 2019 Issue
By Gay Gassmann
Photography by Simon Watson
Styled by Sebastian Sergeant
Magical morning light!
Dinner last night was grilled chicken from Central market, squash with garlic, and pesto sauce.
This song always makes me so happy!!!