Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Balanced Home, Balanced Life, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Deborah Hutton’s amazing river cruise of Burgandy and Provence is sending my French senses into overdrive (for more info go to www.balancebydeborahhutton.com.au) and I recalled reading a story a few years ago in Harper’s Bazaar about an Australian family, the Waters, who purchased Chateau de Gudanes in the small village of Chateau-Verdun in the South of France which they found on the internet. The Waters have taken on the challenge of restoring the Chateau de Gudanes to it’s former glory and you can follow their restoration journey at www.chateaugudanes.com.  If you dream of owning a chateau in France, you must visit the website and read their amazing story.  Perhaps I may pop in after my river cruise with Deb!

[Image credit:  www.chateaugudanes.com, www.harpersbazaar.com.au]

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Collecting eggs, stepping on children’s toys and patting a llama (well maybe not patting one), all in beautiful white Alberta Ferretti, Nicole Kidman’s takes you on a tour of her and Keith’s Aussie country pad (aka mansion) in the Vogue 73 Questions series on www.vogue.com.

Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI2ucw7hP34 to see the complete tour of  Nicole’s home.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Balanced Home

I first saw this house years ago in a Vanity Fair article about Nicole Kidman.  I was struck by it’s beauty and seemingly sensual ambiance and seamless flow between indoor and outdoor.  The ‘cool’ interiors including the black Eames sofa atop a fur rug, the giant paparrazzi picture and the stylish ‘constellation’ light fixtures were due to the very cool and sexy owners, actress Kelly Lynch and her husband Mitch Glazer.  Advertised in the 90s as a ‘tear down’ in the at-the-time unfashionable LA hills of Los Feliz, it so happened that the house was in fact designed by renowned American architect Frank Lautner and one of the houses known as the ‘Midcentury Modern from the golden age of Southern California’.  Lynch and Glazer have opened up the house to the public hosting regular tours of the property so that many others can enjoy and walk through this very cool and very chic residence.

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Balanced Home, Fashion, Lifestyle

On the subject of wardrobes they don’t get much bigger than this.  Reported to be Amercia’s biggest closet, fitness guru Theresa Roemer spent a whopping US$500,000 to renovate her closet into a 3-storey, 3,000 sq ft ‘she-cave’ to house her luxury items in her home in Houston, Texas.  After hosting a ‘closet party’ for her friends Roemer decided the closet needed to be bigger.  “You can never have a big enough closet” says Roemer.  Four months after it was completed, Roemer was robbed of US$1m worth of luxury items and has decided to put the luxury home up for sale – and is planning to build a closet twice the size in her new abode.   Romer stated that the closet was built “as a means for raising money for charity”.  Thankfully luxury used for good.

[Image credit www.harpersbazaar.com]

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

In the spirit of the glamourous and successful working woman, I’m sharing with readers my absolute dream home office/boudoir.  It is in the Park Avenue apartment of the ever-stylish Aerin Lauder and I sigh a little every time I see it.  Designed to be her dressing room, closet and home office, it was inspired by rooms in her grandmother’s, icon Estée Lauder, homes.  Complete with a chandelier by Baguès, a gold circa-1970 desk by Gabriella Crespi and venetian mirror and console given to Aerin by her Grandmother, it is a feminine and glamourous haven for dressing and work.  But it is the Gracie 1930’s chinoiserie hand-painted silk wallpaper featuring a floral and bird scene that is my favourite.  What a beautiful space to dress and check your emails.  Sigh ……

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

I have a secret obsession.  Pools.  I love them.  Not your ordinary backyard kidney-shape version – but the glorious, glamourous pools in the homes of the rich and famous.  Sunbathing, sipping cocktails or evening soirees around the shimmering water, poolside glamour is at the top of my list.

It goes without saying then that one of my favourite books is Poolside with Slim Aarons by American photographer Slim Aarons.  Aarons spent the bulk of his career working for publications such as LIFE and Town and Country taking pictures of high society in America and Europe in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  He once said his mission was to “photograph attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places”.  Not a bad way to make a living. [Published by Abrams, buy from www.foliobooks.com.au]

[N.B.  Repost – this article was originally posted on frocknet.com on 02.07.15]

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