Editor’s note: Today I am in a dress from Banana Republic and Valentino shoes.
Happy Wednesday!! The last day of July......it flew by so quickly! I used to get a pit in my stomach on the 4th of July that Christmas was around the corner.....back when I spent over 2 weeks decorating client’s houses for Christmas after Thanksgiving. Now I just start to feel the pressure of a Christmas card and taking account of how many presents I still need to buy for Christmas. Call me crazy..... but I have to start early so I don’t cave in to the pressure of Christmas. I am so Type A personality that everything I do has to be as perfect as I can get it. That goes foe work and my personal life. I try to buy presents all year so I pick out something meaningful for the recipient. And my present wrapping is a little over the top with my bows and little ornaments that I put on top. My best friend Beast and my cousin Shelley keep my bows and reuse them. I get a chuckle when they return to my house with something that they wrapped!!! Riley, Harrison, and I are invited to a wedding on August 17th. What ever picture I get that night will have to be my Christmas picture!!!!! Riley is my picky one on the picture selection!!!
It will be a hot one in Dallas today but I have a lot to accomplish. I cant believe that I forgot to pick out the draperies for the library on my new job. !! I left the fabrics in another bag ... we are not reupholstering her sofas and chairs from the current house..... and it slipped my mind. I also need two king size beds. I have sold more beds and chests lately.....and they are hard to find if you want traditional. Also..... there is no such thing as a king size bed in the world of antiques. Either everyone was smaller in the 1800s of they did not mind close quarters.
The article today comes from the July/August issue of Architectural Digest. This 1930s home located in LA is a getaway for French designer Jean-Louis Deniot and his partner. The gardens were as important as the interiors to the couple. He said when it starts raining in Paris that he comes to LA where light “is the most beautiful in the world.” The 2800 square foot home is packed with incredible furniture that he has collected for years—- many pieces from the 1940s. Enjoy this gorgeous home and have a great last day of July. Tomorrow is Rabbit Rabbit day... the first of August!
My cousin Shelley grew up in a Tudor house that had a turret like this. I have such fond memories of that house! I love the entrance with the pea gravel and the box hedges.... the Darren’s were designed by Scott Shrader.
Love, love how the dining room opens onto the terrace. The chandelier is custom... and hangs over a a Piet Hein Eek table. The same hues run through out the house..white, black, and honey.
This is the library. Note the curved ceiling with the wallpaper arching up—- great detail! One of my first antiques was a daybed that mother bought me in Soho when I lived in New York. It had springs popping out of the seat.... but I could see how fabulous the lines were. I love this daybed at the entrance... something so romantic about it. You can tell that they like books by the stacks in front of the bookcase on the left!
A view of the fireplace in the library straight on. The wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries adds pizazz to the room.
This would certainly be my spot in the house with the incredible leaded glass windows. The game table is 1940s Jansen. The embroidered linen draperies are dreamy.
I love the free standing tub in the master positioned in front of the window. As I have mentioned many times before.....I am a bath girl. I would adore this spot!!! The arched opening over the sink with the large round mirror is lovely. The chandelier and sconces are vintage French.
I don’t know which aspect of this guest room is my favorite part...... the ceiling.....the Tony Duquette chandelier... or the 19th-century bed.
This outdoor terrace is out of this world wonderful!!!!!!!! Beyond the many cool aspects in the seating arrangements and the pea gravel under foot by the fireplace (I love the way it sounds when you walk on it!)...... the stone topped cocktail table once belonged to Cher. As my One Momma would say..... that is a conversation piece!!!!!
The living room is quiet in one sense and then packed with visual stimulation in another sense. I love the chairs flanking the side table behind the sofa...... and I love the fact that there is not the usual sofa table here. There are no oil paintings.....artifacts are the art in the room. The large trees on either side of the fireplace are SO dramatic. What an awesome retreat from the rainy season in Paris.......or any time for that matter.
“AD100 Designer Jean-Louis Deniot Reveals His Historic Los Angeles Abode” article featured in Architectural Digest July 2019 Issue
Photography by Simon Upton
Dinner last night was crab cakes with grilled zucchini.
This song is so sweet......