Pierre Yovanovitch Chateau in Provence

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Pierre Yovanovitch is an exceptional Interior Designer I have posted about, many times before.  In one of the posts was a sneak peek of his Chateau Fabr├Ęgues in Provence, where his austere and minimalist, modernistic aesthetics are set inside a 17th-century old property.  Recently The WSJ Magazine featured the entire Chateau giving us a complete view of the property.  The eight year restoration project which started in 2009 when Yovanovitch purchased the estate, included the restoration of a handful of buildings on the deteriorated 990 acre property.  One of the buildings was the guesthouse La Ferme, a three floor building that was completely redone inside, taking three years to complete.  The landscape was designed by Louis Benech whose Gardens are appreciated in six continents. 
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My Husband's Birthday and London Flowers

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It's impossible to not feel our heavy hearts after such a tragedy.  This time it happened in Manchester, England at Ariana Grande's concert.  Parents, family members and friends are suffering the loss of loved ones for absolutely no reason what so ever other than crazy minded people, who also happen to be big time losers...  I agree on that one.  Sometimes the best way to escape mentally from the chaos is by getting inspired by dreamy scenarios like the Chelsea Flower Show that is currently happening in London.  
On another note, today also happens to be my husband's birthday which is an occasion to celebrate in the middle of disturbance, some level of happiness and hope.  Happy Birthday to my husband, the best man I could've ever asked for.  I love you to the moon and back.
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Chelsea Flower Show 2017 The sketch restaurant entrance 
Sketch London Restaurant where The Mayfair Flower Show is hosted this year via Architectural Digest.
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Palm Beach Sophistication Designed by David Kleinberg

David Kleinberg Design in Palm Beach dining room
This Spanish Style home in Palm Beach, designed by David Kleinberg exudes a modern sophistication rooted in the classics that stands the test of time.  Traditional coffered ceilings take a modern turn with geometric shapes in cypress wood, in many of the graciously spacious rooms, traditional line furniture get an up-to-date feeling with shimmery and leather upholstery fabrics. David Kleinberg's design has a great modern take on traditional Interior Design and I always get very excited to see his work.  David has worked with these clients before, so many of the furniture fit seamlessly in this new home.  There are many reasons why working with an Interior Designer is a good idea and choosing the right furniture that can be passed on though generations is one of them.  David redid the entryway by replacing the iron railing and honing the limestone floor.  The entry of this Palm Beach estate is actually my favorite part of the house for its modern interpretation of classic elements. 
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The entry way is a spectacular showstopper.  The graphic floor in geometry shapes is a master piece.
David Kleinberg Design in Palm Beach living room with coffered ceiling
The living room with its modern coffered ceiling, Ives Klein table and comfortable upholstered furniture.
David Kleinberg Design in Palm Beach interior courtyard
The interior courtyard with its original Spanish home influences.
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A gorgeous view of the garden with ocean views and stunning boxwood display.
David Kleinberg Design in Palm Beach loggia design
The beautiful loggia with arches ceiling-height doorways and modern coffered ceiling
David Kleinberg Design in Palm Beach bedroom
This home is in the current issue of Veranda Magazine.  Photos by James Merrell, scanned by Belle Vivir Interior Design blog.
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Sunday Quote and Pippa Middleton Wedding

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In a beautiful lace dress designed by Giles Deacon, Pippa Middleton married James Marshall yesterday at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.  The Duchess of Cambridge, Pippas's sister wore an elegant and soft pink dress by Alexander McQueen.  All the images that have surfaced the web are so dreamy and beautiful, they are like a breath of fresh air especially in these days when everything seems to not make much sense. 
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The 6 Must-Have Summer Fashion Items

I feel like winter flew by, even skipping Spring in the process.  Now is the time to seek exciting and cute Summer items to add to my travel bag, with time running short.  Many major Fashion Websites are already introducing the Pre-Fall Fashion.  But it's too soon to even start about going back to the cold.  The warmer weather is here and so is the need for comfortable summer items.

The Monogram Slides

A pair of monogram slides is the cherry on the cake a.k.a the epitome of chic.  
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The Rattan Basket

Nothing says more Summer than wicker, rattan and straw and with this year's trend of rattan baskets, this cutie by Bembien had to be mine, so I went ahead and ordered this romantic and very summer rattan bag for our trip to Provence and I can't wait to have it.
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The Gooseberry Swimsuit

It's all 90"s reincarnation in this Gooseberry Swimsuit and just that thought makes me happy, after all 90"s Fashion was all about Casual Chic. 
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Chic Monogram Canvas Bag

This monogram canvas by Rae Feather is made of 100% cotton canvas for those who would like to take them outside the beach for a stroll in the City. 
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The Monogram Palm Straw Beach Bag 

And while you're at it Rae Feather also has the Chic Monogram Straw Basket.
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Embellished  Espadrilles

And since summer is all about fun fashion, these espadrilles by Tory Burch are pretty and also has a pretty good markdown. 

 


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A Dream Black and White Kitchen

black and white kitchen design, beam ceiling, black stove and hood and glass upper cabinets
While searching about this black and white kitchen in the image above,  I came across the sitting area of another kitchen that looked as they belonged together, sort of like a Dream Kitchen.  The black and white kitchen with ceiling-high subway tiles and dark grout was designed by Tamara Magel while the would-be other side of the "Dream Kitchen" with a more neutral, earthy tones was designed by Huniford.  Their aesthetics and atmospheres are very similar to each other, especially when the exposed beam ceiling is a shared interior architectural detail.  The shared color in both kitchens is white, especially in the first two images where white is on almost every surface except for the beam ceiling and the black range hood.  This is a very relaxing and clean kitchen, however I believe that the tones in the last two images are a bit more soothing and warmer due to the use of earthy tones such as grey, browns, black and the touch of nature in the form of indoor plants.  Such details make a difference when it comes to creating an atmosphere in interiors. 
Black and white kitchen design marble island, whitewashed floors
The choice of glass doors for the upper cabinets give this kitchen an open feeling.  It also softens up the exposed beam ceiling.
Black and white kitchen breakfst room design with earthy tones
I especially love the windows in this kitchen sitting area.  The details of curved edges soften up the brick walls and metal windows.
Black and white kitchen breakfast room design with beam ceiling
Lovely warm and modern inviting sitting space.

Two top images via Tamara Magel. last two images via Rikki Snyder.
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