Happy weekend

I hope you can find sometime set-aside for yourself this weekend.
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Fireplace in the bathroom


I'm a big fan of bathrooms with a fireplace.  I can't think of a better way to unwind after a hectic day than taking a bath in front of a fire.

top image is from Home & Garden, second from Peter Dunham.
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Furniture in the bedroom

images from top Alberto Pinto, Kelly Wearstler and Barry Dixon.
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The origin of the Decorator

Did you know that, according to Interior design & decoration 6th ed., in Renaissance France (c.1500-1610) the profession of the Decorator was created due to the need of a constant or frequent knowledgeable supervisor capable to use the talent of each artist to the best advantage, to arrange every piece of furniture and position them to best effect. The decorator or ornemaniste was also an engraver who was able to facilitate his client with a vision of a final result through the medium of engraving. The Ornameniste Abbe Jaubert once wrote "To excel in this art, which has been born before our eyes, it is necessary to have a good eye, to have a good knowledge of design, to understand perfectly the merits of each piece of furniture, to show them in their true light, and to create an ensemble that will give pleasing impression".
No wonder France is been always the Center of the arts.

image from cartoon stock
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Le Palais rhoul

Dreaming of being in Hotel Le Palais rhoul in Marrakesh.
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An unconventional beach house

Kelly Wearstler did it again. This time in a non-predictable beach house she designed for her family. Every item and piece is a sculpture of its own. Many of them custom designed by Wearstler. I know this is not a house that it would be appealing to many people.  One reason I like this house it's because it exemplifies that not everything is made equal in design.

I absolutely love the inter lacking design of this sculptural staircase. Clever, the way Wearstler made of an often useless space into something stunning. Would you guess this is bleached-walnut?
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Have a warm weekend

Soothing and calming colors in this room.  The wall with corals above the bed is so clever. Don't you think?
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A beautiful weekend

I believe that what we look at on a day to day basis can affect our mood and health. Let's look at beautiful stuff.
Julia Yenicag Paulino
I just loooove this room by Scott Laslie.
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Happy birthday Cutiepie



It feels like yesterday when our little one was born. I can't believe we are already celebrating his birthday. It's been such a pleasure and happiness to have you in our lives. We love you Lucas very much and wish you all the happiness and health in your life. God bless you.

Image from vi.sualize.us
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My most recent project


I wanted to share with you a few images of my most recent project. I finished it last week and had it professionally photographed by Robert Levin for my up-coming website. My sweet client and myself are very pleased with the result. Ms. Whiton moved into this small pre-war rental apartment a few months ago and she wanted to make it feel hers as much as possible. Similar to many other pre-war apartments this one was lacking light so we decided to keep it as open, airy and clean as possible. This also served well for the extensive art collection to shine on its own. When I came to this apartment a few months ago there was only an old sofa and plenty of art resting on the walls. The sofa has been under Ms. Whiton's possession for quit a while now but it was in need of a complete re-do. I chose a neutral tone of damask fabric and added a few pillows in different textures to add some character. The curtains were done in gorgeous stripes that bring out the colors in the pillows and in the sofa. The two chairs are from ABC Carpet in New York. To make the light in the room multiply I painted the mahogany fireplace in white and added a layer of mirror around the inside. The dining room opens up from the living room but we wanted to make it look separate so we wallpapered the walls in Acapulco Sand. I had an inlay console custom made in a long but narrow shape in order for the space to be functional but not crowded. The magnificent sconces are from Lerebours Antiques. Once I saw them I knew they would be perfect for the sophisticated tropical ambiance we wanted for the dining room. Hence the beautiful Louis XVI-style caned chairs. The cowhide rugs used in both rooms are also from ABC Carpet. (you can click on the pictures to see them better)



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