One of the places in our home that we enjoy the most is our banquette in the kitchen. We surf the web, color with Lucas, eat, have our coffee in the morning, you name it. I think a banquette is one of he most functional features anyone can incorporate in their home. Not only does it offer a lot more space for seating than individual chairs but it also instantly warms up any space. All these images are absolutely beautiful but my favorite is the very first one because of all those slick antique-looking iron windows, the adorable French mattress (a post coming up on this by the way), and the accessibility to the banquette itself. I just love it. Barry Dixon's space, last image, is quite interesting with the church-looking banquette and all the use of global chic accessories in a very personalized way. Enjoy!
Two images below, Pietre Dure on table.
Below more images of modern patterned floors.
Above Osterley Park in London by Robert Adam. Amazing resemblance to Mary McDonald's dining room below.
I adore the kitchen cupboards (top & second image) with its fretwork doorsThis is Jacques Grange's vacation home in a very private area of Portogallo, Portoguese. I found these new images at Marie Claire Maison Italy and some of the things I was able to interpret was that the house was previously a fisherman’s house and Grange did not change any of the exterior features. "Fa tanto rustico-chic" he says and I agree. Casa Nina was decorated in a very basic but sophisticated way, respecting the originality of the house and using whites and many tones of wood, Moroccan carpet and Jacques Grange's characteristic use of African textile. Grange's own ceramic collection from Portugal, Turkey and France are displayed throughout this exquisite house. Enjoy!
Photos by MG de Saint Venant
This area was where the ceremony took place. So well adapted to nature!
Her hair style could not be more suitable. A lovely bride.
I keep a lavender stem in my journal that my mother in law gave me last year. It has dried by now, but the smell is still strong and every time I smell it reminds me of that beautiful field of lavender where she picked it from. Amazing how a specific smell can make you re-live a whole experience again. Lavender has a very special presence, one of understated and classic elegance and a smell that usually brings a lot of happy memories. Don't you agree?
image via Blood of the Ocean.
Top image via Garance Dore