Thursday, March 19, 2015

Indoor–Outdoor

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Now that the season allows it we can start living more outdoor and what is best than having a few friends over for a simple lunch on a terrace, a patio, a balcony or if we are lucky to have it…in a garden.

This beautiful house in the South of France can give us some inspiration, even if we live in a much smaller place, we can be inspired by the mix of styles, the palette, the use of simple objects to create a vignette.

 

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The whole house presents a neutral and soft palette with pale greys and off-whites, powdery tones that allow the greenery outside to shine through large windows and to diffuse the strong light of long summers.

 

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Last year I visited Luberon region, in the south of France and I was enchanted by L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Avignon, Uzès and the numerous brocante and antiquarians in the region, not to mention the flea markets full of treasures. I am sure that in this house some objects were rescued from those places, and they mix so well with contemporary or more expensive  pieces.

 

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The classic Le Corbusier white leather chairs are produced by Cassina, the floor lamp is an original Serge Mouille. In the large living room there are also white linen sofas and XVIII century original decoration and antique accessories  blending so well with contemporary style.

 

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Another floor lamp designed by Serge Mouille, near an antique small table.

 

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Beauty sometimes is very simple, old stones, ivy, perennials, no need for vibrant colors, just quiet and harmony.

Photography by Nicolas Mathéus

©2015 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Once upon a time…

Most beautiful stories of our childhood start in a castle and today we dream a little while we are visiting the Chateau de Varennes, in the Burgundy region of France.  After extensive renovation the château is now a place for grand events or just for relaxing and pretend to be a Princess for a day.

 

Inside the castle every room has superb details, as in this sitting room with the inlaid parquet, the delicate paintings above the double doors, the elaborate stucco on the ceiling, the exquisite white marble fireplace…

The Princess is having tea while waiting for her dreams to come true.

 

A different marble for this fireplace, a Murano chandelier, a modern glass coffee table and antique chairs make the room very inviting and precious.

What is the Princess reading? A manual on how to cook?

 

One of the suites in the Chateau de Varennes has ivory wall paint and an elaborate gilded molding. The 18th century sofa in orange silk velvet is part of the family’s collection of antiques.

The Princess is still trying to decide what to wear!

 

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Another suite has silver-mauve wallpaper and the soft furnishing and accessories play with pink, lilac, purple, silver. I particularly like the two shades of silk for the rich draperies.

Too bad we can’t spy on what is on the desk…

love letters or only bills to be paid?

More antiques in a corridor.

The Princess is ready to go downstairs and meet her destiny.

 

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Antique tapestry and interesting marble stairs

where it is better not to lose a Louboutin  slipper.

 

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But while Prince Charming is waiting for her… the Princess indulges enjoying breakfast in the garden…

Will she ever be ready for him?

The story (may) continue!

 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Contemporary Rug Art by Jan Kath

 

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A new showroom in Vancouver opened a few days ago in the Design District with a great party and a display of unique rugs and pillows.

They were all designed by Jan Kath, a third generation of a family of carpet dealers. When he was a young boy he used to visit manufacturers in Iran and Nepal with his father. Many trips later on his own and long periods spent in Asia and the Middle East the connection with the “world of carpet” was reestablished.

 

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Now Kath is bringing back classical elements of Oriental and Middle East carpets with a twist of contemporary, minimalist design.

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The huge showrooms was filled with diverse styles of rugs, some were homage to traditional Oriental rugs from the collection Erased Heritage others were vibrant florals from the collection From Russia With Love then monochromatics from Le Maroc Blanc and charming simplicity of the ones from The Lost Weave.

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Perhaps the great Vancouver muralist Stefano Piccone (on the right with a friend) will  be inspired even further by all the patterns seen on these walls?

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Jenny Thomas, of Jan Kath company, chatting with guests.

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I loved the rustic drawers with natural wood on the front, when open they display many colorful samples.

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The beautifully radiant, six months pregnant Shannon Heth of Heth PR was modeling for me against a fantastic textured silky rug.

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We all went home with a treasure of books about Jan Kath’s rugs, even if we all wished to squeeze instead a rug in the gift bag…

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Jan Kath, a true master of carpet design with a defined style and uncompromised ethics.

Photography by Albarosa Simonetti

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paris: classic soul, contemporary function

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In this elegant and charming Parisian apartment the classic soul of the building shines accompanied by contemporary comfort and style. Fireplaces, frames, millwork of late 1800 were restored to create a background for a young couple lifestyle. The sofa Groundpiece is designed by Aldo Citterio for Flexform.

 

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Many pieces are vintage, like this amazing desk and the re-upholstered green chair in the main bedroom. The scheme color for the whole apartment envelope goes from off white to luminescent grey to charcoal grey. Great choice to make colored pieces pop unexpectedly.

 

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Danish 1960’s chair surround a table made of oak and natural stone designed by Studio Double G, the unusual suspension light is Mykiss Fish by Minke Van Voorthuizen.

 

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In the modern kitchen the cabinet has mirrored doors to maintain the antique atmosphere.

 

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Another vintage discover at Flea-market Paul Bert: the red-orange leather chair and stool. A pop of vibrant color against the charcoal walls and millwork.

 

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The bathroom is stunning, pure luxury, with a carved fireplace mantel, antique mirror, chandelier.

 

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Devon & Devon tub, Stella faucets.

 

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3 dimensional art on the wall, found at Marché Paul Bert, like the black leather chair and industrial lamp in the previous image.

The young couple has obviously a good eye in discovering treasures to add interest to an already stunning surrounding.

Photography by Helenio Barbetta

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Six Years of Blogging

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Let’s celebrate together, you my faithful readers and I:

the sixth anniversary of my Blog.

On October 15th, 2008 my first attempt to write a post resulted in a short description of my intent…six years later I still love to talk about Italy, books, art, old and new design, food, lifestyle.

Classical eye, contemporary flair: you can see them in some of my posts on different subjects. Clicking on the links below each image will bring you to my posts and from there to other posts and from there…well you know…

 

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Unusual houses

 

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Art

 

Music (enjoy the concert)

 

Designers' houses

 

Sandro Chia house in Tuscany

Artists' houses

 

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Books

 

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Old houses and new design

 

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Travel

 

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Milano

 

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Venice

 

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Food

 

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Lifestyle

It has been a wonderful journey, through my Blog I connected with many people, I made friends, I received awards and recognition in the design world, I wrote articles for magazines, I discovered new paths, I learned every day something new and …most important…I had FUN.

A big thank you to all my followers.

 

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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