Tuesday 29 May 2012

golden jewelled


Beautiful beading embellishment.

{Images:  Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012 via Vogue Australia}

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Friday 10 June 2011

Pensively Grand


I’m still dreaming of a weekend in the country ~ this time in France!

Saturday morning…

Whether your lazily turning pages in a cozy pelmet framed nook…

Usually used as decorative valances poised atop windows…

Scalloped pelmets in a half circle at the ceiling to create a bed crown, a ciel de lit.

They say that March comes in as a lion, goes out like a lamb…

Now that the growl of Winter is behind us, Spring is veritably gamboling down our garden paths.

Designer Rachel Riley‘s roses are nearly tumbling out of her full basket….

Rachel Riley, Loire 2006

“The valley of the river Loire is wide and open as an ocean’s estuary.

Stately poplar, dappled by the water’s reflected silver light, line its

banks, creating a shimmering view that Monet might have painted.

Along the river’s bluffs cluster sleepy pale stone villages or tracts of

verdant parkland elegantly punctuated with stately medieval châteaux,

eighteenth-century gentihommeries, and prim Second Empire mansions

where legions of Madame Bovarys must have sighed away their lives.

by Hamish Bowles (click for 1stdibs profile)

Words painting a picture in my mind…

François Halard photography

Vogue Living Houses, Gardens, People

{Images via Trouvais; top pic Château de la Roche Froissard}


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Sunday 2 January 2011

my Castle is my Home


Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg,

the Danish royal couple share inside the renovations of their new home,

and the six years it took to get things how they wanted.

I hope we get to see some pics after the boxes are unpacked!

Crown Prince Frederik noted that the refurbished rooms are a combination of contemporary design with an antique touch, modern art was painted on the walls next to Rococo style doors that have golden designs:

The interesting thing about modern art to provoke dialogue,” The refurbished rooms combine respectfully restored antiques with contemporary design and historical works of Danish artist with Modern Art, said Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

Being a modern couple, we have modern interests, so we try to reconcile this with the tradition, said Crown Prince Frederik. “About the renovation, we have decided to include contemporary art.”

Amalienborg Palace, built in the elegant style of the European Rococo, was modernized for about 30 million €. Since 1828, the so-called Frederik VIII’s Palace in a royal possession and served before the renovation only as a winter residence. The palace is home to the Danish Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary, and their children.

{Images via German Vogue. To view photographs of the royal family in-situ, visit my previous post.}

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Wednesday 29 December 2010

five gold things


On the 5th day of Christmas,

{Images: “That’s Amore” Vogue, July 2005 photographer: Mario Testino Natalia Vodianova chandelier, gold gilded interior, Venice, Italy via Trendland; Vogue Living,  Parisian Home Found by Location Scout Catherine Gamard via cool & chic style fashionAnthropologie catalog Oct 2010}

For more gold.

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Friday 24 December 2010

Chanel ~ The Paris-Byzance Show


Empress Theodora of Byzantine inspired the pre-fall 2011 collection from Chanel.

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show

“The theme of the collection, Paris-Byzance is a great inspiration on it’s own.

The links and associations with Chanel are rich and plenty. Karl gave Sam (McKnight) and me a sketch giving us a rough idea of the direction he wanted for the look, from then the tone was set. Karl also showed us the world-famous mosaic portrait of Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire Mosaic from the Saint-Vital de Ravenne Basilica, which very naturally became the inspiration for the show’s makeup. The portrait gave me a focus point : the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows. This look is all about light and rich textures. The choreography between gold, bronze, black and red can be easily personalized according to the desires of each woman.”

Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup

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Thursday 23 December 2010

Happy Golden Days


It was truly a golden day

~ I was surprised and spoilt  by a lovely friend with a pressie of golden earrings

that he designed and made from from off-cuts of his Anise lights.

with a little bejeweled dress, it would be perfect for the Christmas eve drinks

{Images:1 earrings, moi; 2 via Simply Seductive}

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Wednesday 22 December 2010

Christmas Carousel Countdown {3 days}


Glittering Gold

{Images by photographer chris everard;  numbered glass votives by cox & cox via bliss}

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Sunday 31 October 2010

white & gold for all hallow’s eve


Bring forth the raisins and the nuts -

Tonight All-Hallows’ Spectre struts

Along the moonlit way.

~John Kendrick

May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright

Of soft and golden hue

Pierce through the future’s veil and show

What fate now holds for you.

~ delicate garlands made of lacy dollies and white pumpkins among gold confetti, silver flatware on white linen and elegant packages for guests, tied in the most charming polka dotted ribbon . . .

{Images: re-posted from This is Glamorous}

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Wednesday 27 October 2010

Golden Quartermaine ~ her french home


    Designer Carolyn Quartermaine’s home in the South of France was a former art gallery.

    {Images via Moodboard}

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    Monday 25 October 2010

    All that glitters


    … can be golden

    {Images: Emily Chalmers. Elle Decoration UK; This is Glamorous; Kate moss by mario testino, vogue paris Jan 06 via fashion gone rogue; Cate Blanchett via tfs; design*sponge; Marie Antoinette}

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