Sophisticated Nurseries

If you have a baby you know they grow fast and you know that the pleasure of them being a baby is pretty much about "enjoy it while it lasts."  And with all that said, a nursery is not about the grownups, as is for the little ones to come home to a place where they'll develop their senses, feel cozy, and be happily welcomed.  Here is to the sophisticated parents who choose to think about their child’s happiness without sacrificing style.  Enjoy!...

Love, love this nursery.  The carpet reminds me of this.
Love the retro vibe in this nursery.  I love it that the wood wall is very modern and not so dark. 
This nursery is over the top with a Murano chandelier and fancy curtains.  I think the crib has too much wood but the wallpaper is beautiful. 

Catherine Martin circus wallpaper is lovely for a nursery room. 

Oval cribs take less space than regular rectangle ones but they don't transition into toddler beds and they may turn a little bit smaller than usual once the baby grows but they are pretty though. 

And finally the very innovative nursery of Jenna Lyons's baby boy.  This is the room responsible for setting off a rage for striped nursery ceilings. 

Kitchen of the week: A French Kitchen

This French kitchen is tangible proof that a space with eye-sore obstacles do not scare the French away, not even slightly.  Instead, the challenge encourages them to make the best of it in a “when life throws you a lemon”... way.  This kitchen, with its stone hexagon floor, is not only small, but it has a very challenging, exposed steal load bearing column, right in front of the contrasting modern cabinets that would make anyone's head go wacky at the thought of working around it.  Even then, this kitchen looks awesome!  It's full of independent, interesting details such as the rustic beam ceiling, the crystal chandelier, the Luis XVI chairs and that very expensive glossy black  fridge. All pieces, even while foreigners, are mingling together as an adopted family which only grows stronger in love.  Enjoy!

Meet Costanza Pascolato

I got back from Sao Paulo over the weekend and guess who I met at the plane, coincidentally, none other than Sig Bergamin.  Remember I posted about him a few weeks ago.  We chatted while picking up our bags.  Amazing coincidence!

We had a great time while in Brazil and looked at as many houses and flats as you can imagine.  I have photos to share with you in a few days.  At the end of our hunt we were debating between two great contenders, one on a 28th floor -I'm afraid of heights- and another on a 14th floor.  No need to say which one we picked.  I could never sleep knowing I'm so high from the ground.
 Costanza Pascolato
 Please God make me look like Costanza when I'm in my 70's!  Amen!

On another note, while reading and trying to know more about Brazil I came across Costanza Pascolato.  The incredibly stylish Vogue Brazil contributor who is 73 years-old and looks incredible!  Italian-born, she is still photographed on the streets and very much admired by fashion bloggers.  I found some images of her home which is as stylish as she and wanted to share with you. 

“My home is where I focus a lot of my energy now."  Costanza Pascolato
I want to thank all of those who have sent good wishes to my upcoming move to Sao Paulo and also to the Paulistanians who have emailed me with recommendations and insights.  I truly appreciate it.
Photos by Luis Gomes for de vida estilo

food for thought

"A person who never made a mistake 
never tried anything new."  Albert Eistein
"A man who views the world the same 
at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted 
thirty years of his life."  Muhammad Ali

First image via Pinterest, last via SS

Six things you should have for Spring

Good Morning bellas and bellos we are in Brazil now, house hunting and I'm feeling the samba and the caipirinhas.  This is a happy country indeed.  Since it's almost Fall here I got to skip Summer and Spring.  Not really! I'll be back in the US soon to get things started for warmer and nicer days. Below are six things I would like to have for Spring.
A Citrus tree because spring is awakening, revitalizing, and energizing which is everything a citrus tree will do for your home.  If you like that top picture as much as I do then you are just a better person.  There are a number of websites that sell them online (search for "indoor citrus tree") and they'll come up, although, I think the best way to get them is in person at a local nursery.
A Spring modern jacket or blazer because it's time to put that trenchcoat on hold for the moment.  Really!  It's a classic, you  know it, so you'll wear it next year.  Layer that blazer on top of a cardigan and blouse or add an oversize scarf if you´re like me and get cold in a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Espadrilles.  Besides signaling days of sand and beach, espadrilles are also very comfy on your feet.  They'll be perfect for those flee market strolls.
A flamboyant pair of pants.  I don't usually go by what others are wearing or thinking, but if it´s Olivia Palermo then that´s another story.  Just by wearing them, you´re already proving your strong personality.  People with strong personalities go far in life!
Anything with stripes on it because that's a classic that you never want to put on hold.  An umbrella will come in handy for Spring season.
Anna Wintour
A neon clutch because they're easy to carry and they pop.  Don't forget your sunblock!


Food for Thought: Global Chic 6000.12: Elle Decor

"It takes little more than a few clicks of a mouse to fill your home with objects from distant lands.  But nothing can replace the experience of actually immersing yourself in another culture.  When the foreign becomes familiar and the exotic an element of the everyday, then you've mastered global style" Elle Decor, April 2012.
I uploaded this image to one of my Pinterest boards over two weeks ago not knowing it belonged to Lorenzo Castillo; a designer I have posted about a few times over a year ago, here, here and here.  The fantastic renovation of his "Hogar Madrileno" is featured in the April issue of Elle Decor. 
Maryam Montague
And if you don't know who else was featured in this April Elle Decor by now it's time to wake up from your hibernation.  Hello, Spring!  The authentic home of the lovely Maryam Montague from My Marrakesh, that is.  "Alas Maryam! what a great job you did, your home is unique and beautiful.  It honors and reflects its immediate mother earth" 
Have an international fabulous weekend!

I'm looking for: The It Bag: Satchel

Above, Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, which looks to me, like the cuter and sweeter sister of Celine Luggage Bag tote.   Celine's is a little more formal looking and more expensive than Phillip Lim's but they are both equally pretty and chic.  Enjoy!


 Philip Lim Pashli Satchel



Moving to Brazil! what!

My hubby has been assigned to an executive position with his company in Brazil and I couldn't be happier for him.  If there is anyone who deserves an opportunity like this, its him.  He is an ethical and hard worker man who has been working for this same company since out of college, and like in everything else he puts his effort on he gives it all.  I remember when our little one was born, I can't believe it's been more than three years, how hard he tried to break himself into three, having to be at work every day, going two and three nights a week to finish his MBA, and wanting to be here to help with the little one. All that meanwhile remodeling our home.  And somehow he magically did, even waking up with me almost every night to help me.  Looking back I know those days were though but thanks to his help and presence it almost felt manageable.  I'm very proud for him!
After weighing all the pros and cons we decided to finally grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity and move to Sao Paulo.  At this point I'm not taking any clients unless the client is willing to work via online but my lovely blog will come with me wherever I go.
At first I was very hesitant although never doubted about the move but it has slowly grown on me and now I'm extremely excited and anxious to see what we will learn in Sao Paulo.  We already have a few plans while being there, such as visiting Buenos Aires and Punta Del Este, two places I've been meaning to go to.
Looking back. Way back, I remember I always wanted to live in different countries and one of our priorities is for our son to grow up with knowledge and awareness of all the different worlds out there and if possible learn different languages.  It scares me to death for him to grow narrowed minded, so this will be an extremely important step in his raising.  My hubby once shared with me something he read about the first 5 years of a child's life being heavily influential in their lives; and I agree.  The environment as much as the people around them is fundamental so we will be paying a visit to Sao Paulo to house hunt soon, and I'll share the process with you.  There is a relocation company who is helping us with this but I'm too hands on to let go so I've been searching about rental properties, and unfortunately like in every other category in search engines, popularity doesn't always match quality.  Too bad there is no Pinterest for real estate.  Why doesn't someone come up with that.  We were also told that rental properties are usually gone in one day.  It's pretty much take it now or never. God help us!

Kitchen of the week: My own design in Manavgat, Turkey

When my in-laws asked me to help them with remodeling their kitchen in their vacation home in Manavgat, Turkey, the first thing they asked for was for a modern kitchen.  They had lived most of their lives in Istanbul so they wanted a space where they can come and rest their minds and eyes from the ornate and splendor of Istanbul.  They are also big fans of modern design and big collectors of glass in every shape and color you can imagine.  One main reason for the remodel was to make the kitchen more spacious and functional and to convert one full bathroom, next to the kitchen, into a powder room.   I made the floor plan and suggested the use of local material such as travertine, which was used on the kitchen floor as well as for the hallway through the entrance.  We did many Skype conference calls to make decisions and go over the details.  It's amazing all you can do with technology now a days!  There are still some things left to be done, such as window treatments and other stuff.
For the powder room I suggested a sliding door and you can see a tiny bit of it towards the right.

As many vacation homes in the Mediterranean, the washer/dryer is in the kitchen, the small microwave/ oven is a sentimental object because it belonged to my mother in law's mother so she made a point of keeping it. They are very happy with the result and am even happier that they love it.

All images by Belle Vivir.

Random Weekend: "The best makeup primer"

Sometimes I seem to have little fashion sense or better said, I favored my common sense.  Like over the weekend, when we went for a brunchy-bite at Pastis in the Meatpacking District and literately sabotaged my cute, Century21-find, Valentino flats with a pair of unattractive gray socks.  It was cold!  I much rather enjoy running errands on a pretty cobblestone street, even when aesthetically unmatched, than not doing so at all.  Like that, I went ahead and took care of a few things we needed to do, among them, replacing our router which apparently was getting old and visiting Kiehl's.

My husband has an obsession for stacking up on things.  "Stack up sweetie pie.  Get more." he oftentimes says, to which I always reply "Why? Should we be getting ready for a famine that I don't know about".  But this time though, I did stack up on Midnight Recovery Concentrate.  Because I don't only use it for it's over-night recovering effects but also as "the best make up primer" ever.  It really is that good!  I've had a longtime love and hate relationship with makeup, afraid that if using too much it will make my crow feet stand out.  But when I go out at nights or for important events I use this Kiehl's product under tinted moisturizer and what it does is that makes the makeup run as smooth as a kid sliding down a snowy hill and not to mention the glow it adds.  If you can, go to a Kiehl's store get a sample and try it.  You'll see what I mean.

This blog has never been contacted by Kiehl's, nor have we been asked to review any of their products. This is simply my personal experience.

Food For Thought

"What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give." ~ P. D. James
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live."  ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

Oversized photography

oversized photography use in home decor
I'm helping a very good friend of mine to decorate her apartment in the Hells Kitchen area of the City and one, if not, “the” statement piece of the room will be an oversized photograph flanked by two swing arm sconces.  Architectural photography works great in any design setting, bringing the much needed tension to a traditional room and/or lending visual weight to a very modern room.   Enjoy!

oversized photography use in home decor dining room
 Christian Chaize photography
oversized photography use in home decor
 A Thomas Struth photograph
oversized photography use in home decor
 Art looks amazing even in the kitchen.
oversized photography use in home decor
 Love everything in this room
oversized photography use in home decor
 Christian Chaize
oversized photography use in home decor
Below, two beautiful and big posters at a very good price available at Etsy20x200 is also an excellent site for good affordable art.
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