Category Archives: Inspirational Interiors

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Confession: I’m crazy about Halloween. I adore the costumes and ghost stories, carved pumpkins and everything draped in dramatic black. So to add an elegant air to this spooky season, I’ve compiled some fabulously fearless ebony rooms.

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Dream Weekend Retreat

The good news: we’ve made it to the end of a busy week . The bad news: we don’t have First Class tickets to Jackson Hole, WY being handed to us on a silver platter. (Trust me, I checked.) So, it seems we’ll just have to improvise via Madeline Stuart and lose ourselves in this glamorously rustic mountain retreat.

Images and product information available via Madeline Stuart

Van Cleef & Arpels: A Fairytale

I feel as though I should begin with “once upon a time,” because no other phrase better sums up the fairytale that is Van Cleef & Arpels. In 1906, the legendary Parisian jeweler opened the doors to its 18th-century mansion-turned-boutique at 22 Place Vendôme – the same address where it can still be found today. Since then, Van Cleef & Arpels has become one of the premier jewelers of all time, lending their creations to icons like Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, and Julia Roberts.

To mark it’s 100th anniversary, the renowned flagship store underwent a total re-design – a task entrusted to French designer Patrick Jouin. Jouin, who seems to have conjured his own magic, produced a breathtaking wonderland for the grand reopening in Autumn of 2006. The 2,500-square-foot space was opened up to create a main salon, accentuated by a majestic chandelier of hand blown Marino glass flowing through its center. Gentle architectural slopes and curves give the room a heavenly effect while signature fairies keep watch from their fanciful perches. Staying true to the spirit of romance and luxury, a neutral color palette allows the jewels to take center stage.

Stepping through the doors of 22 Place Vendôme is magical, whether you’re entering the VIP room to view exquisite precious jewels or popping in, like I plan to do, for a peek at the elegant boutique. Welcome to your own, personal, fairytale.

Great! Scott!

Let’s talk about Kathryn Scott Design Studio for a moment. Or…let’s not. Because I’m absolutely speechless. Kathryn Scott is known globally for her luxurious, high-end designs and after browsing her vast portfolio, I’m fully enamored. Not only has she conquered such eye-popping projects as designing the Imperial Egg dinnerware pattern for Fabergé, but she’s also been called upon to design some of the most prominent spaces in the world, including the Jin Jiang Hotel in Shanghai and the home of the President of Tartarstan in Russia.

One my my absolute favorite spaces is the Parisian Townhouse, which was featured in Architectural Digest’s November 2009 issue. It’s so perfectly luxurious, yet understated and restrained. I adore how the ivory furniture is balanced with dark woods and artistic details. If I die and go to heaven, this is where I want to live.

Photos courtesy of Architectural Digest and Kathryn Scott Design Studio. For the full AD article click here.

Future Icons: Grant K. Gibson

Grant K. Gibson is, in many ways, a modern-day version of Albert Hadley. Both display a fearless approach to design and masterfully strike a balance between sophistication and artistic originality. Like Hadley, Grant can seamlessly pull together a room that is breathtakingly unique yet so comfortable that clients never want to leave! Since being named on Elle Decor’s “5 Designers to Watch” list in June 2010, Grant’s career has shot to meteoric heights and, considering his impeccable taste, it’s no surprise. I can’t wait to see what else he has in store!

Photos (and a fabulous interview with Grant!) can be found on La Dolce Vita. And to get to know the man himself, visit Grant’s blog.

Pseudo-Industrial Chic

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I think it’s fairly accurate to label this nook “pseudo-industrial-chic”, considering the “industrial” elements have a glamorous spin: the sawhorse desk with mirrored legs, the gorgeous tiered chandelier, and the smoothed-out concrete columns. But pseudo or not, it makes me swoon. (Confession: any mirrored furniture has that affect on me).

Increasing the swoon factor are all the subtle textures playing on a calming, neutral palette, like that floor-to-ceiling cream drapery panel that adds a perfect touch of warmth. I’m not a huge fan of the bar stools, I must admit, but otherwise, this is one of my dream spaces.

The Fabulous Kate Hume

Beautiful marble hallway

Venturing to Russia several times over the years, I’ve come to adore the gilt and glamor of the country’s aesthetic. So when I recently came across this pied-a-terre in Moscow designed by Kate Hume, I was instantly captivated. Based in The Netherlands but commissioned all over Europe, Kate’s elegantly eclectic interiors are evidence of a well-traveled, richly influenced, fearless designer who clearly knows what’s gorgeous.

Kate’s clients in Moscow called on her to design a space to accommodate their busy lives, three children and collection of 20th Century Russian art. Quite a daunting request, I’d imagine, yet she makes it seem easy! Inspired by the metallic glow of Moscow’s architecture, Kate created an elegant yet functional space, done mostly in a neutral palette, that is simply stunning.

Entrance into the living room

Living Room

Whimsical, unique glass pieces are found all over the apartment

A Midcentury-style Egg Chair in leather

Kate Hume effortlessly combines past with present

Golden highlights were inspired by the architecture of Moscow

The dining room is enlivened by a glamorous chandelier and graphic wallpaper

The Study

Boyish yet stylish kids room

Luscious, warm kitchen

The Master Bedroom

A desk in the master bedroom

Attending a glamorous dinner party, perhaps?

Castle in the Sky

Henry David Thoreau said, “Don’t worry if you’ve built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” Looks like this castle in Southern Italy took Henry’s advice to heart! Shot by Danish photographer Pernille Kaalund, the fairytale location seems to hover somewhere between heaven and earth, with light, beautifully textured limestone interiors and sprinkled with Mid-Century Modern furniture. I’m enchanted. Happy sigh.

Photos courtesy of Skonahem and Bo Bedre

First Post to Greatness

There is nothing more luscious than inspiration and as an interior designer, I’m a lightening rod for it!  Everywhere I go, my creative mind is ignited by the world around me. So, with much excitement and a few butterflies in my stomach, I welcome you to GirlGoesGlobal – a blog about fabulous people, glamorous places and beautiful things. Welcome to the journey!