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!
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.
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.
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?
I stumbled across the interior of P.Johnson Tailors‘ Melbourne showroom on instagram and couldn’t resist sharing. Decorated by Patrick’s wife, Tasmin Johnson, the decadent space certainly pulls at my traditional heartstrings. From the chesterfield sofa to the orchid basket to the modern lines of the stone coffee table, it strikes the perfect balance of opulence and restraint.