Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Inside Style, Lifestyle

Stunning. Dreamy. Glamourous. Opulent. Enviable.

Just a few words to describe Aerin Lauder’s luxurious dressing room in her Manhattan apartment, inspired by similar rooms in her grandmother Estee Lauder homes.

Glamourous luxury labels hanging in the closet, a Gabriella Crespi gilded desk, a crystal chandelier found in a Paris flea market, mirrored chest of drawers that Lauder inherited from her grandmother Estee, and most of all the Gracie bespoke, hand-painted blue/green silk floral wallpaper.

In an interview with Harpers Bazaar Lauder said “I had dreamed since I was a little girl of having a room of my own, a place to hide. This room was perfect: It is my dressing room, my closet, and my home office”.

Some girls have all the luck.

[Image credits: Harpers Bazaar and Elle Decor]



Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Inside Style, Lifestyle

Fashion and lifestyle designer Tory Birch’s Southampton home is as polished and chic as the designer herself. At 15,000 square feet, it’s one of the biggest houses in Southampton.

I have a serious case of house envy 😳.

[All images from www.architecturaldigest.com]

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Inside Style, Lifestyle

I want every single one of Dolce and Gabbana’s latest collection.

For the second time, D&G have teamed up with Italian appliance company SMEG with a collection of small kitchen appliances including a toaster, coffee machine and a kettle.

The collection, called “Sicily Is My Love”, is decorated with brightly coloured depictions of Sicilian folklore that includes cherries, lemons, floral motifs and even a picture of Mt Etna.

The collection will be released in October and with no word on the price as yet I’m figuring that if I combine birthday, anniversary, Christmas and Mother’s Day, I might just be able to afford the kettle.

For more info, go to www.dolceandgabbana.com.

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

One of my favourite interiors.  When I first spied this image of the beauitful Sally Perrin on top of her marble table in ball gown and heels back in 2010 at at harpersbazaar.com, I was awed by her beauty and elegance – and her dreamy apartment.

Located in the Quai Voltaire, the apartment is owned by Michel and Sally Perrin.  Michel Perrin’s great-grandfather founded a leather-glove-making company in 1893 and three generations he and wife Sally Perrin are founders of what is now Perrin Paris Accessories selling luxury leather accessories.

Sally calls the apartment boîte à bijoux, a French term for “jewel box” and the apartment certainly is as splendid and shining as a precious gem.

(See full article at  https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/interiors-entertaining/advice/a620/perrin-family-apartment-interview-0111/

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

I’m still loving the Megan Hess/Designer Rug colloboration launched a few years ago and with spring just around the corner, Hess’ collection ‘The Vintage Jewels’ consisting of three hand-tufted rugs called The Palazzo Jewels, The Lost Vault and The Emperor’s Pearls, may inspire you to spring clean your decor and add a touch of Parisian glamour into your home.

Of the collection Hess said “I’ve always loved classic images from a bygone era where women wore elaborate jewelled turbans and sipped champagne! When designing the collection, I imagined beautiful rooms filled with antique jewels, velvet chaise lounges, gilt mirrors and beautiful buttoned upholstery. The tones of gold, silver and peach felt very old-school glamour and reminded me of the classic Parisian Atelier.”

Go to www.designerrugs.com.au or www.meganhess.myshopify.com for more information.

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

No fear that Australian fashion icon Collette Dinnigan has disappeared into the clean NSW country air with her latest design colloboration with Porter’s Paints.  Dinnigan has designed a collection of wallpaper inspired by “the rare and the natural, the whimsical and the opulent, her eye travels from the flower bed of her country home in Milton, NSW to the winding paths of the Boboli Gardens in Rome, always catching the subtle detail, always searching for a refinement of the beautiful” as stated on the Porter’s Paints website.  Dinnigan has included references from her passion of delicate craftmanship and use of artisan materials, particularly the traditional Indian craft of wood block printing on fabric.  The collection includes three designs Paisley Botanique, Fleur Diamant and Le Napoleon, each available in three different colourways including black, gold, pink and aqua.

I’m sure the colloboration of two esteemed Australian design companies will be a success with customers eager to have this stylish union in their homes.  Go to www.porterspaints.com to see more of the collection.

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