Parisian Perfection

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 04, 2011 | 10 Comments | Category: Magazines

“Glamour,” is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit – myself being very guilty in describing practically everything I’m drawn to as, “glamorous (which actually irritates me)”  My personal design mantra is, “comfortable glamour,” and honestly I’m still drawn to gilded mirrors and Lucite like a tween girl to Justin Beiber.

In a design age where “Hollywood Regency” has been watered down and commercialized ad nauseum, it’s hard for me to find glamour dens that really speak to me.  My jaw practically hit the magazine page when I saw Sally & Michel Perrin’s Parisian Flat in the latest Harper’s Bazaar (HB happens to be my favorite fashion magazine with a dang good monthly home editorial called, “A Fashionable Life”).

The custom marble patterned carpet perfectlybalances the marbled-top gilded coffee table.  Mercury glass mirrors everywhere apparently reflect the floodlights of the tourist boats that float the River Seine.  In short, it is my dream Parisian pied-a-terre.  The gray and teal color scheme feels fresh and true glamour ooozes from this flat.

Okay, I’ll stop talking and just show you the pics!  The apartment was designed by Chahan Minassian and all photos are from his website – make sure to check out the rest of his portfolio!

{Sorry for the poorly scanned image – Elle Decor December/Jan 2010 photo by Simon Upton}

The top right vignette in this spread about a London flat designed by Alex Papachristidis for a chic divorcee had me at Highland Court Leopard.  DYING to make throw pillows for my sofa out of this fabric.  The image pretty much sums up the formula for my personal aesthetic…great vintage furniture with a pop of gold, fabulous art, a dash of animal print, a little pink and lots of books.


Posted By Lauren-Houston | Nov 02, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Magazines

Go buy the new November-December Veranda.  It’s amazing – Miles Redd to Saladino (see above).  My personal favorite is the London Residence of designer Veere Grenney. 


Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 16, 2010 | 10 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Designers, Magazines

{Southern Living}

Hello, color!  This cheerful Southern Home belongs to Interior Designer Megan Young and her husband, Erik.  Though grounded in Traditional roots, the punchy colors freshen up their one-level home in North Carolina. 

Between the turquoise chair and chartreuse lamp shade, the most formal room of the home still manages to “pop.”

The brown “Chivari” chairs upholstered in a turquoise and lime green toile around the modern Ikea table is like a shot of adrenaline to the white kitchen.

You don’t see a lot of white formal dining room tables, but this one is a great contrast against the orange walls.  Time to have Grandma’s table lacquered! 

Master Bedroom vignette.

When is doubt – create your own artwork!  That’s what Megan did here.  The canvas reiterates the turquoise and teal hues throughout the home.   

For the complete article, visit here.

Reader Help Requested!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Nov 09, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Fabric, Magazines


Reader Request: can anyone identify this chair fabric or suggest something similar? 

While you are thinking, check out this model condo designed by John Oetgen for The Brookwood in Atlanta.  I love how he paired traditional Queen Anne chairs w/ graphic cushions with a sleek table steel and glass table. 


 The plush draperies soften the clean, modern feel of the space.  I love the slipper chairs! 


This extra tall headboard and beautiful bedding have a slightly more comfortable, traditional feel. 




 To view the AH&L story click here. 

I really hope someone can help identify that fabric!


OMG not even half way through the NEW Lonny Online Magazine and I couldn’t be more excited – it’s AWESOME!  Congrats to Michelle Adams and Patrick Cline and their team for putting together such an amazing product – I don’t want to spoil too much so go check it out NOW!


Speaking of Traditional Home, I also loved this story on Barbara Barry’s Los Angeles Office. She kept her office clean without a lot of decoration in order to have a fresh palette to work with.  I can attest to the fact that a cluttered office equals cluttered design.


As much as I love color, this all-white palette is really striking a chord.


Even her bulletin board is glamorous.


One more shot of their fabulous work space.  Ms. Barry said she’ll even curl up on a couch in the conference room to brainstorm with her staff of 14.  Sounds like a great practice to put into place!  I wish I could keep my desk that uncluttered.  Decorative hardware samples, countertop remnants, door samples, and drawings galore usually end up covering the surface!  Looks like I could take a tip or two from the Barbara Barry offices!


Now You Don’t!


Gorgeous and Practical!  I love this octagonal paneled wall that conceals everything from a bar to electronic equipment! Designer Yvonne R. McFadden and colleague Ed Belding of Summerour Interiors designed this Atlanta home in a neutral palette, and it could not be more glamorous.  I just had to share these photos of the home as seen in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.











House Beautiful brings beautiful images into our homes every month, I know I can’t hardly contain my excitement when my new issue comes in the mail.  You can imagine how honored we felt to be featured as one of their, “Sites to Love.”


Their website is a great tool, if you haven’t visited please do!  Everything from Room Finders to Paint Advice can be accessed with just the click of the mouse!  I for one like perusing all their “Kitchen of the Month” photos.


The website also contains their regular monthly magazine features like, “Everywhere we Look.”  One of my favorites was when they featured Quatrefoils.

So if you are looking for a little fabric inspiration or would like to browse through photos of bathrooms, keep the House Beautiful website in mind…I know the Material Girls do!

Seeing as how my apartment is a chock-full of furniture, I’ve decided to put further furniture acquisitions on hold until we finally find a place to call our own (although I might get crafty with a headboard). My focus has been shifted towards accessories. I’ve spent way too much money snagging up accessories that are just so-so from major big-box chains and then hating them 6 months later. In fact, I have an entire walk-in closet full such impulse purchases. Now I’m focused on buying things I really love – flea market or high brow. Here are a few pics of my favorite accessories that I’ve had my eye on…

{I’d kill for these obelisks from Mrs. Howard – and the lamp for that matter}

After seeing Paloma’s post on these Penguin Classic books, I think these are a must have.

I’d take a Nola lamp in either color!

This lamp would be PERFECT in our Master Bedroom – I’ll take a pair!

I call these the Poor Man’s kaleidoscope! Great for on a wall or on a table.

This Iomoi tray is on my birthday list! It’s hard to pick just one tray!

Designer Gary Spain (see amazing photos – here) uses busts and boxes in this tablescape and I love both!

One of my favorite coffee table-scapes ever!

Last but not least, they may be a little creepy but these vintage glove molds are perfect for draping jewels!