Style at Home

It was kind of a big deal, but not surprising, when Matches Fashion announced they were moving into the home goods category.  For now they have small accessories in their homeware studio but I am sure it won't be too long before their selection has much more depth.
Designers like Gucci and Missoni have long had a presence in the home category, but seeing the likes of Peter Pilotto, Preen and La Double J has me more than a little excited.  The product photos are fashionably shot which allows you to just practically "step into" the image.
Here are a few of my favorites off their site.


Maison Margiela Snow Globes

Pendleton blankets, Luke Edward Hall platters

Al Double J dessert plates

L'Objet ceramics

There's so much goodness!

GP & J Baker, the British fabric house owned by Kravet collaborated with H&M for a capsule collection.  The fabulous fabric house opened their archival library to the team at H&M.  Mixing the  beautiful florals, and adding geometric prints gives the look that has been popular for 100 years, a sense of history and a hand drawn quality unlike what we are accustomed to from the reasonably priced retailer.  The pieces are feminine and strong with an effortlessness to them.  Look for them in stores beginning August 2nd. They will go fast!

Another collaboration I took note of, no pun intended, is from the historic design firm Sister Parish and stationary company Dempsey and Carroll.  The popular Desmond and Serendipity prints that have made an impact in the design firm's decorating of interiors were a natural choice when deciding which designs to put on the stationary.  They make an impact and stand on their own as a design element.

"Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is useful, what is lasting" ~ Sister Parish

That sums it up!


Beauty is beauty, no matter the medium!

Box Store made Better

A client goes into a big box store .... ba da da... I think almost every designer has faced this situation  at one time or another.  Said client fills their home with furniture from one or two stores, in this case Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.  They were having a party and wanted the place furnished. Then they wondered why their home didn't feel homey?

Box stores have their place, they really do, but you need that next layer.  You need a professional, someone with an eye to create a curated consistency of color, texture and balance that a novice lacks, but that is necessary to bring a place to life, that expresses a family's personality and makes a house a home.

The owners of this Hamptons home learned first hand that walking into RH did not help them achieve what they ultimately hoped their home would look like.  Luckily, they knew they needed more help and called in designer Gregory Shano.

It was Shano's job to take the white box filled with Restoration Hardware furniture, with some Pottery Barn thrown into the mix, to new heights with wallpaper, color, and additional pieces that work in harmony with what the homeowners had already bought.  He was directed to warm up the place and give it character.  The first thing he said he did was add grasscloth to the walls to warm the space up and make it feel a little more intimate.

That next level of warmth is extremely important, otherwise your home, well,  just looks like a sales floor vignette,

There is a formality to the house that Shano wanted to respect, but still walk the fine line of also making it feel refined yet casual.  That takes a deft hand, and I think Gregory hit the nail on the head.

Ahhh, I could be happy here.

photos via Tria Glovan

Pas Possibility

I was going thru a past issue of Elle Decor and this caught my eye, in a story titled, Flights of Fancy:

"When an adventurous Californian fulfills her lifelong fantasy of owning a pied-à-terre on the Seine...."

"Pas possible" said the real estate agents when Pamela Mullin told them of her fantasy of having  a place in Île Saint-Louis.  The impossible became possible!

I want to hear about anyone living out their dream, especially when it involves a pied-à-terre AND Paris!  She must be a colorful character because her apartment sure is.  Can you imagine walking through the front door, what your first impression must be?

It's exuberant, it's whimsical and it's full of period furniture probably worth a king's ransom.
There is a joie de vie to the decor, the color, the taxidermy, the Hockneys (paintings above) that remind us to not take life to seriously.

The view of Notre Dame is to die for!

The article explained that Pamela had had a difficult childhood.  She came to America from Scotland with nothing.  She worked hard, then married a successful entrepreneur.  When that marriage come to an end and her children were grown, she decided it was time for an adventure, and it was to begin in prestigious Île Saint-Louis, an island in the River Seine in the center of the city.  I like the way this woman thinks!

When she found the apartment, it looked like it had not been lived in for quite a while.  For the next few years, Pamala embarked on the renovation herself.  With the help of friends, antique dealers and artists, small rooms were enlarged, the ceiling was lifted, pieces were accumulated from high end  stores as well as flea markets, but it wasn't perfect.  She sought out color expert Jean Parrot and hired interior designer Didier Benderli.  Together they injected the apartment with a jolt of energy.  Now it truly expresses Pamela's joie de vivre.

Another extraordinary view ~ the Parthenon, outside the bedroom window, OMG!  The (stuffed) tigers, from Deyrolle, seem to like it.  Pamala's life on this little island is fanciful and joyous.

Pinocchio sculpture by Hubert Le Gall.  I love how it is completely unexpected resting on the 17th century desk.

The tiny jewel box of a guest bedroom fully upholstered in a Pierre Frey fabric with custom bed and French and Dutch furniture is fit for visiting royalty.

Hold your dreams close ~ for they just may become "pas possible."

What dream do you hold close?

photos James Merrell via Elle Decor