Let them have their "wedding" cake and eat it too!

Aren't these wedding cakes magnificent? Creations of Cakework in San Francisco. Yummy yummy...

A dream Kitchen

kitchen cabinet, kitchen decor
I love everything this kitchen has. Coming from the Caribbean, I grew up with stone floors, cane chairs, wood beams and antique wood tables. So every time I see an interior including all or some of these favorite things of mine my heart suddenly starts to gallop.
kitchen design
images from Veranda.

Attic rooms

Who needs master bedrooms with attic rooms like these?
images from Elle Decor, Atlanta Bartlett.

Its Raining Yellow Curtains

Isn't it beautiful how these gorgeous puffy curtains add some kind of glam and sumptuousness to these rooms? I particularly find myself drawn to the beautiful sight of that magnificent curtain hanging on the bedroom.  By the way it seems like yellow is slowly coming back.

Coffee and Flowers in bed

Oh...how I would love to sleep-in on the weekend and wake up with a cup of coffee and flowers in bed. But, back to reality. It's not up to me anymore what time to get up, it's up to a small but determined 6 month old baby boy. Have a fantastic weekend.

Dining al Fresco

entertaining outside
Although today is a very rainy day here in New York.  I couldn't help but dream of the summer days ahead to come. I don't have a big outside space like one of these, but I have a deck and I'm determined to make it as cozy as possible.  Coming from the tropical I love outdoor eating and entertaining. Enjoy!
outside decor
dining al fresco
outside kitchen
backyard decor
garden design
top image from Garden Room. others from village rentals.

Scott Laslie

I love how Scott Laslie combined many different elements together, such as the Asian armoires, Lucite and glass table, modern painting, Murano chandelier with those one of a kind bamboo chairs.   I could live in any one of Scott's interiors happily and comfortably.  Enjoy!

And the winners are...

 Each and every one of the contestants were so original and exited, describing how they would use the chinoiserie book cover in an original way. I picked Becky from Memphis and Joy from of Amity and Allure because I love their ideas on how they would use it. Below is what they wrote.

I had to think a lot about this one but here goes:
I would actually use the print (if I could) as upholstery on antique french dining chairs around a distressed shabby chic dining room table or I would use pieces of the wallpaper, framed in cute frames as a wall display in another room possibly. But then I would use the colors as a color scheme for the whole room.... soft cream on the walls, pale turquoise on all the trim and mouldings (usually it's the other way around but I think this would have more punch) and of course huge pink roses or poppies maybe as a centerpiece for whatever table is in the room.... oooh maybe this pattern as a huge are rug in a little girl's bedroom (also with the above color scheme!! And sheer white or lacy curtains at the windows are also a must!!!
Good luck to all and congratulations to the winners! :)


I would love to use this wallpaper in a little girl's room. I would cover the ceiling with it and paint the walls in a light lacquered green. The room would be complete with silk pink taffeta puffy curtains and a white distressed french bed on top of a brown shag rug.

Thank you,

As you can see these two ladies had great ideas and great style. Congratulations to Joy and Becky.


Paella with the family

This is a shot of a delicious paella my father-in-law made for us yesterday. We enjoyed it with the family and built more precious moments around it to remember.

Happy Easter

I wish you a very happy and relaxed Easter among the presence of family and friends. I'll see you back here on Monday when I'm going to reveal the 2 lucky winners of Domino book giveaway.

A Bohemian Lifestyle

Bohemian life encompasses comfort, youth, beauty, free spirit.  When I think of bohemian lifestyle I think of Chloe flowy dresses, pillows, soft rugs and sheer curtains.  The boho-chic style is one that speaks to the girl who appreciates comfort, country living and meaningful company.  It's an effortlessly romantic way of living where everything calls for a going back to basics without sacrificing style.  A very Brigitte Bardot kind of style.
a Bohemian lifestyle guide and decor via belle vivir blog
Bohemian life encompasses comfort, youth, beauty, free spirit.  When I think of bohemian lifestyle I think of wearing flowy flowery dresses and pillows, soft rugs and sheer curtains for a bohemian home decor.
Above, a selection of furniture and clothes that will help get inspire for a perfect bohemian style.
Dress, Sunburst wall accent, sofa, rug, chair, floor lamp, table and chaise lounge.

Shades of Pink

top picture by Adam Flipp.

The most beautiful children's rooms

Who wouldn't like to be a child again and sleep in one of these gorgeous rooms.   Don't you love the colors in this youthful but glamorous room...? by Jonathan Adler.

Designer Katie Ridder made great use of one of Lisa Fine's textiles in this fantastic headboard in her daughter's room.

We all have seen children's rooms decorated in blue, red, and white over and over again but I love how Wayne Nathan and Carol Egan were able to make them look new and innovative here. Fantastic wallpaper and fabric and how clever and creative to re-create a theater stage. I am a little bit skeptical about bunk beds, but that's only me. I am an over-protective mother.

This room is classic and comfy by Charlotte Moss.
Gwyneth Paltrow's fortunate daughter's room.
Belle Vivir is offering E-Design service.  Design by Mail by Julie Paulino Design.  For details please click here

domino Book Giveaway

domino, The Book of Decorating is the result of the very and still mourning magazine's philosophy; Making living with style more approachable to those who love living beautiful within a budget. Anything I say wouldn't be enough to describe my disappointment when I found out that one of my favorite magazines was closing. Lucky for many and me they left behind a fantastic book with all of their greatest rooms ever featured.   It explains how to decorate your home and which pieces to select depending on the look you are going for. Because I love this book so much I was so happy when the generous people at Simon & Schuster decided to giveaway two copies to two fortunate Belle Vivir readers. The winner will be selected on April 10th, Friday. To enter, all you have to do is e-mail me at bellevivir@gmail.com describing how you would decorate a room using the gorgeous green Chinoiserie wallpaper on the book cover. The two entries with the most original use of the wallpaper will win. Good Luck!

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