two bottom images, Elle Decor and Architectural Digest
"Ah, if I were not king, I should lose my temper" Louis XIV (1638–1715)" For parading without a license each of you gets thirty days. For planning to knock me off, you get the guillotine." Louis XV (1710-1774)
"I was a queen and you took away my crown, I was a wife and you liked my husband, a mother and you took my children away from me. All I have left is my blood. Take it. But do not make me suffer long." Marie Antoinette (1955-1793)
Have a very Royal Weekend!
images via Pinterest
Recently I paid a visit to TJ Max and came across these very thin velvet hangers called Closet Complete a lot more affordable than other similar ones and got a bunch to replace my original wooden ones. With the wooden hangers some lightweight blouses would slip off but now these velvet-covered ones hold them so well and the best part is that because they take a lot less space it gives me more room. You can see the difference in the two pictures of how much space is empty now that I switched the hangers. What girl doesn't need that?
Photos by me
images via T Magazine
Photos by Juergen Frank
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” Pablo Neruda
Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde
Happy Valentine's Day!"Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939
Niches are another way of adding functionality and storage to your home. Pretty them up with decorative paper or mirror and they become a point of interest as well.
Over the doorway storage like this one is very smart and interesting too.
Two last images via Pinterest and Apartment Therapy.
Tommy Smythe, co-host of Sarah's house is very much like a perfect dessert where the red vintage lantern plays the role of a cherry on the cake. Tommy revamped a classic Victorian home in what he calls the new "Victorian look" and I can see why. Painting the molding kitchen cabinets with three very traditional colors, paneling the ceiling and using red throughout is a genius way to modernize the Victorian style. The beautiful floor is painted in a Roman style geometric pattern. That custom made range hood, how handsome with that gleaming brass accent!
Images via House and Home.
Posted by Julie at Belle Vivir at 7:15 AM
Jardin à la Française is a garden design based on harmony and balance born during The Late Renaissance in France. There is one French Landscape Architect named Andre Le Nôtre who has received all the credit for The French Formal Garden. He got the accolade after he was responsible for the transformation of the gardens of The Castle of Vaux le Vicomte, which after that became to be one of the most spectacular Chateau in France of its time. This Garden design has its origins in Italy during the Renaissance revival. Andre Le Notre is also responsible for the famous The Petit Trianon's garden which he designed while working at gardens of Palace of Versailles, the beginning of what is today The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Chateau Fontainebleau and many other spectacular gardens not only in France but also in England, Italy and Germany. The Jardin à la Française style combines the use of parterrre or bed of greens in geometric shapes divided by gravel walkways, topiaries, fountains or pools in symmetrical patterns in an attempt to create a perfect integration to the Architecture of the Chateaus resulting in a perfect perspective view from miles away.
Below, modern versions of Gardens based on Jandins a la Francaise style.
Below, Oscar de la Renta's famous garden.