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Posted on September 22, 2015

Design Inspiration: Maison Tara Shaw

Interior Design

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Tara Shaw’s jaw dropping New Orleans home is featured in the September/October issue of Veranda Magazine and it is nothing short of breathtaking.  A few years ago, I read how she began her business by saving up enough funds to travel Europe and purchase antiques to ship home and sell out of a warehouse.  Upon their arrival, she contacted every designer and antique dealer she could find and everything sold within minutes.  Due to the enormous success, she continued to purchase and sell antiques to-the-trade, thus, Tara Shaw Ltd was born.  Since that time, she has begun Tara Shaw Maison, an European antiques reproduction furniture line.

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Posted on November 13, 2014

Décor Inspiration: A Chic Saint-Germain Apartment

Interior Design
Apartment in Saint Germain

Thank you for the get well wishes on FB and here on the blog while I was under the weather this week.  First, a cold and now, snow flurries outside today.  I’m not ready for winter, are you?
I fell utterly in love with this stylish apartment designed in 2013 for a client in Saint Germain, Paris.  I love every aspect from the floors to the paneling, and the mix of furniture styles.  If I ever move to Paris, my apartment will look like this…

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Posted on August 4, 2014

For the Love of Lucite

Design & Décor/ Ghost Chair/ Glamorous Interiors/ Helena Rubenstein/ Interior Design/ Lucite

I hope you had a lovely weekend!  I was able to catch up on a few projects and enjoy downtime with my family.  A perfect way to begin a new month…
Lucite has been one of my favourite materials for years.  It is often associated with Hollywood Regency glamour and iconic furniture designs such as the beloved Helena Rubenstein, both favourites of mine.

Helena Rubenstein Chair
  First developed in the early 1930s by DuPont and Rohm & Haas, it is created from synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate, also known as polymethyl methacrylate.  During World War II, Lucite was common use for military applications such as airplane windshields and submarine periscopes.

mirrored mantle + light fixture + lucite coffee table + creamy white walls and drapes
Little Bits of Lovely: Wednesday Workspace {understated glamour}

Branded as Lucite, this colourless, highly transparent, and solid material has high dimensional stability and good resistance to weathering and shock.  Today, Lucite is used in interiors of varied styles.  One of it’s wonderful uses is that it’s a perfect solution for small spaces, disappearing from the eye and making them feel larger.

Luxury dining room with large marble floor & stunning ocean view! It's clean, airy, bright & so elegant!!!
La Maison Gray - Interiors ....pretty corner
 Manufacturers like Kartell are keeping acrylic furniture around the design scene.  In 2002, they produced Philippe Starck’s wildly popular Louis Ghost collection.
Less expensive to produce than Bakelite, Galalith, and Catalin and more chemically stable than celluloid, Lucite made these earlier jewelry plastics obsolete.  In its pure form, Lucite is translucent, resembling glass or rock crystal, but it can be dyed in a wide range of colors and opacity.

This Lucite purse was made in the 1950s by Charles S. Kahn, a Miami, Florida-based manufacturer whose showstopping bags were often designed with a solid metallic color and spun silk-like finish. Plastic handbags designed by Kahn are often identifiable by a distinctive clasp, which features three metal balls. Kahn's paper labels were placed inside the purse below the hinge of the lid.
1950s handbag by Miami based manufacturer Charles S. Kahn


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