Flora Soames Interior Design

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How gorgeous is the above kitchen designed by London designer Flora Soames? Located in a Victorian townhouse in Notting Hill, the palette was inspired by a piece of art in the owner’s collection. The Shaker style cabinetry was a collaboration with Quartet Interiors and is painted Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’ with a memorable backsplash using Ashley Hicks Moroccan tiles by Popham Design. The ikat curtains, farmhouse dining table, and stately living room all add to the stylish space. I only wish we could see more!

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How I’d get the look:

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Blue Velvet Ikat Applique Pillow / Lavender Spotted Silk Pillow / Sputnik Chandelier / Suzani Salad PlateVictorian Cake Dome / Suzani Serving Bowl /Blue Swirl VaseVienna Dining Chair /  Isa Ikat NapkinsRed Ceramic Table Lamp /  Wayland Gregory Leopard Salt and Pepper Shakers /

(photography via Mel Gates for House & Garden, Flora Soames, and Quartet Interiors)

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Movie Spotlight: Testament of Youth

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Saturday night my Dorset boy and I went to see Far From the Madding Crowd and I absolutely loved it. Novelist Thomas Hardy was from Dorset and the book and film are set in its stunning countryside. They’re releasing a Penguin Classic version of the book this month and I can’t wait to add it to my bookshelf. The trailers included Testament of Youth, which hit theaters on Friday. Based on British author Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir (she left her studies at Oxford to serve as a nurse), the film looks fantastic though heart-wrenching. I just ordered the book in hopes of reading it first. You can watch the Testament of Youth film trailer here. Have you read the book or seen the new film…? Would love to hear.

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Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain

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Daily Wish List

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Happy Friday, friends! Any big plans…? I’m having tea at The Peninsula this afternoon with a girlfriend (a little splurge for her birthday) and will be spending time with my boyfriend and his parents (they’ve visiting from London and are so lovely and warm and say all kinds of funny British things). Above, an assortment of pretty pieces for the beach or pool this summer (who else is eager to read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman…?). Bon weekend!

Brigitte Tortoise Sunglasses / Malachite Stud EarringsStrappy Black JumpsuitUnderwire One-Piece Swimsuit / Go Set a Watchman: A Novel / Woven Tote Bag / Slide Sandal /  Pearl Cuff Bracelet / Gold Ring / Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum /

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Rime’s Paris Apartment on Inside Closet

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Do you know the French fashion blog, Inside Closet? I stumbled upon it yesterday and felt as though I’d fallen down a rabbit hole. Featured are stylish Frenchwomen at home in Paris and beyond. These photos are of Rime who lives in the 7th Arrondissement situated on Paris’ Rive Gauche. I love her apartment’s accessories—chunks of quartz, Diptyque candles, and copies of French Vogue.

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Michael S Smith’s Modernist Los Angeles Home

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I’ve loved the work of Michael S Smith since my early days in interior design and it’s been fascinating to see his work evolve over time. This modernist home that he and his partner, James Costos, currently inhabit in Los Angeles is a far cry from Smith’s more traditional, English country-esque early work (his books Elements of Style, Houses, and Building Beauty are among my design library staples). Built in the 1990’s, the house is over 3,000 square feet but has only one bedroom–the focus remaining on the sprawling common spaces and their glossy limestone floors. I especially admire how Smith mixes minimalist pieces (his handsome polished-nickel bed) alongside traditional ones (the massive Rubens-school oil painting) throughout the interiors. Care to see more…? The house will be included in his upcoming title, The Curated Home.

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Michael S Smith’s books:

(photography by Simon Upton for House & Garden UK)

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Jos and Annabel White’s West Village Townhouse

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The gorgeous Manhattan townhouse of Jos and Annabel White was recently published by House & Garden and I thought you might enjoy a peek. Jos is a British technology entrepreneur and Annabel is the former director of The Rug Company in New York. The gut renovation of their six-story West Village home took three years to complete. A landmark building, the1840s façade had to remain untouched, but everything else was completely transformed for the busy family of five. I think all bathrooms should have a disco ball, don’t you?

(photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo)

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