Tuesday, May 12, 2015

At Home with Stella Jean

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Stella Jean is an Italian fashion designer, but she seldom designs her creations, not many drawings in fact… because instead she loves to play with fabrics until she produces what is already in her mind.



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Stella’s father is from Turin, the mother from Haiti and she grew up in Rome!  No wonder that her house, which she shares with her antiquarian husband and their children, is very eclectic and full of colors.



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Dining table is an original by Carlo Mollino, the superb architect-designer from Turin.  I love the trompe-l’oeil on the wall and the skirt on Stella paired with a simple jeans shirt is fabulous.

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Black and White photography invites the eye to rest and it is always an elegant touch even in the most colorful surroundings.



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A classic sofa becomes contemporary with a vivid color textile draped asymmetrically over it. What an inspiring idea!



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A modern kitchen by Arclinea is ideal to prepare Italian and Haitian dishes.


Stella Jean with one of her colorful creations.

Photography of interiors by Helenio Barbetta

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

It is back! The Bar cart…

 

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“My nerves could stand a drink” a young Grace Kelly said in the romantic thriller To catch a thief.

Either for offering a drink to a guest or indulging in one after a stressful day at work, most of us have some bottles stashed somewhere, hidden in a cupboard or displayed on a counter.

If you are of a certain age…you certainly remember a bar cart in your parents’ home and now it is back with a vengeance.

Brass, wood, chrome, steel, either vintage or brand new created by designers with a more contemporary look, the style could be classic, modern, industrial, chic, rustic…the choice is ours.

Fall and Holiday Entertaining: Cocktail Hour @Targetstyle #targetentertains #targetstyle

 

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Industrial carts with casters, repurposed as bar carts, add an edge to a very sophisticated proposition. Here are five that will create an instant party vibe wherever you take them.Remodelista-Industrial-bar-carts-wood-utility-cart

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The bar nook in your home should be a place of sophisticated socializing and fun. Instead of just...

If you don’t drink you can certainly use it to serve tea, coffee, lemonade and present everything beautifully arranged in a practical manner.

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Spring Bar Cart Styling: a mint, pink and gold bar cart display for spring!

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A bar cart is something useful and practical but also a colorful accessories, sometimes fascinating because it reminds us of the past.

Martini anyone?

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Cabana, a Brillante choice

Ask any Milanese, including myself, about his city, …and you’ll have the same answer:  Milan treasures don't come toward you, but you must go find them. Same applies to the old generation of authentic Milanesi who never liked to show their wealth but cultivated more the taste for stylish understatement.

For all these reasons we consider Milan still like a "secret" city that wants to be discovered slowly and now an amazing tour of Milan’s hidden passages and fabulous residences could be found on the new biannual interiors magazine Gianluca Reina started publishing a year ago: Cabana.

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In this era of mass market mentality, it is a real pleasure to come across a unique magazine that  is about style on many levels. Cabana explores the “intellectual and emotional intimacy with buildings and their surroundings … the intense relationship of thought, place and the person.”

All the amazing interiors reflect an intimate, comfortable feeling, which is the vision behind Cabana, as editor in chief, Martina Mondadori says in an interview:

“Not only big and grand rooms, but that corner, that detail, that object that makes a room feel unique and yet personal (…) People need constant inspiration and nothing more than a beautiful interior set can inspire you for the combination of colors, objects and materials (…) Cabana is an inspirational magazine, a snapshot of an ideal lifestyle where aesthetics have a central role. It is dedicated primarily to interiors (…)”

To give you an idea, one of those articles presents a story by Taiye Selasi, accompanied by the following photos by Guido Taroni.

photo by Guido Taroni in Cabana Magazine

 

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photo by Guido Taroni in Cabana Magazine

photos by Guido Taroni in Cabana Magazine

A stunning home, full of fearless style and personality…somewhere behind the closed doors of Milan.

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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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