trompe-l-oeil doors

What a great idea! Trompe l'Oeil door stickers. Printed in real size on adhesive fabric. How come no one thought of this before?
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Happy Retirement Mr. Hadley

I was told by a very reliable source a few weeks ago that the legendary Albert Hadley is retiring. I felt happy for him but also sad that I won't get to see more of his always admirable work. I called his office in an attempt to prove me wrong and they confirmed that this week will be the last week of Albert Hadley Incorporated. Nothing I could say about his work, his legacy and his mayor influence in the design world would be enough so all I'm going to do is wish Mr. Hadley a very Happy Retirement. Below are photos of the last work designed by Albert Hadley and Britton Smith published by Elle Decor.


Bellow is a shot of Albert Hadley's dining room in his Connecticut house.
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Effortlessly Chic vs. Effortfully Chic

I could learn a thing or two about fashion but one thing I know for sure is that nothing sounds more appealing to me than the word Effortlessly Chic when it comes to dressing. More for the comfort side of it than for the actual chic other. Nothing explains more an Effortlessly Chic concept than dresses, skirts, comfortable tops and fabrics like cotton and cashmere. On the other hand, please get ready for this, I may be the only person who you've heard saying this, but I dislike jeans and find them extremely uncomfortable. You must be reading this and thinking that I'm from another planet. But the fact is that I would only wear them like Europeans do, loose enough. Don't take me wrong I've seen many Effortfully-put-together-drop-dead outfits out there like the ones Anna Dello Russo wears; but having a two year old who decides to get mamities whenever I happen to wear one of my Thakoon silk dresses it's not fun, trust me. So I've been searching for inspiration on how to dress comfortably and still look Effortlessy Chic. Below are a few photos that caught my eye.


Effortfully Chic outfits below. One too tight, the other too big and probably too heavy also.

Some images from The Sartorialist.
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Kips Bay Showhouse, news

If you have already been to this year's Kips Bay Showhouse you must agree with me that the rooms look stunning. For those of you who cannot make it to the House you can go here and take sneak peaks into the beautiful rooms. Then, on November 4, Gilt will sell the furnishings that are being used in some designers' rooms as well as giving everyone the chance to win a two-hour consultation with one of the featured designers like 2Michaels and Jennifer Post and $1,000 credit to shop at Gilt Home. To enter, you simply need to visit http://on.fb.me/KBContest and register for this unique opportunity. Head over to Gilt's Facebook page to see photos and videos of The Kips Bay rooms.
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While in Turkey

I wanted to share with you some images of my trip to Turkey.  Istanbul treated me with a lot of what I love the most: a mixture of old and new, innovation and tradition and I couldn't be happier to absorb it all in. On the first day, our discoveries of Istanbul started at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, more famously known as the Blue Mosque (first 3 pictures). The neighborhood, also called Sultan Ahmet, is situated on cobble-stoned sloped streets were you can also spot the Golden Horn part of the Bosphorus. It's a non-ending contemplation of beauty.

 Above, Hagia Sophia's opulent Byzantine architecture where Islamic influences meet the original Church with Christian-depicted golden mosaics. Surrounding the center of the structure is a loggia supported by magnificent marble pilasters and arched yellow and gray geometric design mosaic ceiling.
Below are images of the Topkapi Palace which is located on one of the highest points of Istanbul's shoreline overlooking the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The palace, today a museum, is divided in many courtyards and buildings among which you can see a mixture of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Eclectic Europeanized architecture.


Porch of Imperial Divan at the Topkapi Palace.

Above, Grand Kiosk constructed in an eclectic europeanized style.
 A tromp-l'oeil on one of the doors that lead to the inside of the Imperial Divan.

Above, Ciragan Palace where my lucky husband had his High School graduation ball.

The Gates of The Dolmabasce Palace.

A view of Sultan Amet neighborhood.

After 5 hours of absorbing the awe-inspiring beauty of Topkapi Palace we headed to Ortakoy neighborhood which means middle town. There, the girls and I went into a small store specializing in hats, while the boys went to look for a restaurant. While trying on almost all the hats in this small open shop which is surrounded only by old buildings and with the calling for prayer as our background I couldn't help but feel as if we were the main characters in a James Bond movie.

Below, pictures of the beautiful interior of The House Cafe.

A view of the Ortakoy Mosque from our table.

All images are property of and taken exclusive by Bellevivir.

Munich Review
When traveling dress accordingly:  The Hamptons
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A Charming Farmhouse

Good morning, I hope you had a great weekend; mine was a very busy one. There are so many unfinished projects around our house that I think being busy over the weekends is going to be the norm for a while. I recently added this picture to my files because images like this farmhouse entrance in Walton, N.Y. of the painter Sean Scherer, is the reason why every now and then I wish I had a farmhouse- no animals included of course, where I can go and escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. To see more country living inspired images of this home go here. The rest of the house is even more beautiful.
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The Warm Side of Wicker

One of the things I enjoy the most about the Fall season is to hear the crackling of our fireplace. Although it needs a face lift; mantel, new fire utensils etc, I'm getting ready to take my wicker basket out and fill it up with fire logs. Have a fabulous weekend!!

Francois Halard for House and Garden
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A little goes a long way

Purple has as many shades as anyone can possibly imagine but my favorite shade is, that it could almost be confused with pink.

Image credits: 2 via teen vogue 3 Eugenio Recuenco
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Classy in Newport

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