Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a dress from Don Castor and shoes from Frances Valentine.
Happy Friday! My Riley comes home this afternoon and we are all going to Lonesome Dove tonight to celebrate Harrison’s new job and Riley’s promotion....... and also a belated birthday dinner from June 22nd. I will personally be celebrating yesterday.... which was my first day in WEEKS that I did not have a problem. I was really starting to think that the Devil was after me..... and I most certainly was not going to let him win! I have moved so quickly on the new house I am working on.... I have almost selected all of the fabrics ,wallpapers , tile , and stone tops. The husband has retired and he is on me like a June bug to get these decisions made. This couple have been clients of mine since their daughter was 3 years old....she is now 29. I know them like a book.... why my selections have been easier to make. I even almost have in all of the quotes. Lightening speed I tell you!!! I am proud of myself! Lacie Rue and I woke up in the dark this morning and made the appointment with the electrician at 8:30. The contractor failed to show up and the electrician was not even expecting me. Needless to say I was not one happy blond for beating myself up to make an early appointment! I made the most of it while I was there and gave the electrician a copy of the floor plan for the can light placement....which experience has taught me the contractor would forget. Thank God I did since he did not even show up to this meeting that he called for. If I had two bodies and more time I would be a contractor and do exactly what I said I would do at all times..........but sadly I am just one person with 24 hours in a day. I will stick with design. I adore it and Lacie Rue does not like job site visits.
The article today comes from the July/August issue of Elle Decor. This article blew my hair back.... it is on a turnkey home in London. I was not aware that this is a new trend ...designer Jean-Louis Denoit is doing them “from Hong Kong to West Palm Beach.” It is fascinating to me that he keeps some things to a lower cost but puts a whole lot of money in the entry. “First Impressions last.” He said “his goal is to concoct a timeless look, but with just the right amount of personality.” He imports fabrics from Thailand and Morocco and reupholsters furniture to create a lush effect on a lower budget. I was amazed that he adds in antiques in his rooms.....a fact that thrills me because I have never abandoned them. I think antique pieces add a patina to a room that just cannot be achieved with all new furniture. Even Riley and her roomie Becca liked the antique dining table that I found. Enjoy this home that is mostly neutral with a little color.... created for someone he does not know. Amazing! Happy weekend! I have lost so much weight that I am planning on eating until I cannot eat any more tonight at Lonesome Dove!!!
I think I would love this room empty with the heavy molding and the mirrored doors. The sofa is from George Smith. The chair on the left is 18th-century English. I love the full draperies that you can see in the reflection of the doors.
Another room that I would love empty.... that coffered ceiling——WOW!!!!!the chandelier is Louis XVI —- very traditional—- paired with more contemporary sconces from Hamilton Conte. The marble mantel is custom . The draperies using Groupon a Jab fabric add a layer to the room while blending into the walls at the same time.
Denoit says he like a dramatic entry hall....... and he certainly achieved the WOW effect in this one. Those doors are amazing!!!!! He adds an antique with the Venetian lantern and creates a dazzling floor with Carrara and Nero Marquita marbles. This home used to be three separate apartments that he turned into a four-bedroom home. The location is prime in the Belgravia neighborhood.
The custom cabinetry glistens in the kitchen along with the Calacatta waterfall island. I love the barstools by face Design...... so fresh. I would love to cook in this kitchen.
Quiet yet stately master bedroom. The walls are upholstered in a Pierre Frey fabric....something I love to do . There is something so quiet about a room with fabric on the walls. The night stands and bench are custom. I love the draperies installed in a pocket. The Lalique chandelier is sumptuous.The blues that Denoit uses almost become a neutral.
Here in a guest room he adds his touch of an antique with the Louis XVI mantel. I have a real thing about antique mantels.....even though they present code problems due to their size.
Yes please and thank you for this tub moment with a view. I am SUCH a bath girl......I would die and go to heaven to get to have this for my bathroom. The tub and fittings are from Kallista—- so stunning. The mid century Italian armchair perches perfectly next to the tub... perfect to lay your robe. What a master at his art this keen designer is——creating the perfect setting for a future homeowner.
“TOUR A LUXE TURNKEY TOWNHOUSE IN LONDON” article featured in Elle Decor July 2019 Issue
BY IAN PHILLIPS AND PRODUCED BY CYNTHIA FRANK
This is so true!
My dinner last night was salmon with lemon butter and lentils.