Category: Interior Designers

Loft living

My husband and I have recently been thinking about converting some warehouse space to live in, and while I’m obsessing over how I would furnish it, I was reminded of this amazing duplex loft apartment in New York that is the home of architect/designer James Mohn and his partner. The space was published back in the Feb/March 2004 edition of Elle Decor, but its been firmly planted in the back of my mind ever since. The high ceilings and sheer amount of light is definitely appealing, but they’ve used the space so perfectly I think. Plus, I’m in love with the artwork and their furniture…

a floating paradise…

A reader kindly sent me images of this stunning Yacht, “NUMPTIA”, which was on show at Monaco Boat Show recently. The interior was done by someone unknown to me, Achille Salvagni, an Italian Architect. Definitely one to watch. It seems from his website that he specialises in boat interiors, so If I decide I’m in the market for a boat anytime soon, he’ll be the man for the job!

Be still my heart

Purple lacquered library by Haynes-Roberts, photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor Nov 2011. There are no words…

Absolute perfection (again)

I think San Francisco based designer Steven Volpe might just be my new favorite designer. His work ticks all the boxes for me. This particular home, which was featured in the latest US Architectural Digest, is amazing. I’m personally not keen on the faux neo-classical outside of the building, but Volpe has updated the inside of it perfectly. The interior is clean and minimal and every last detail has been distilled down to its very essence.

Let’s start with the entry. Imagine coming home through those doors every night..!? They’re heavenly. As is the Anish Kapoor sculpture (on the right), and the Ado Chale table (centre)…and the list goes on…

The dining room, with its Zaha Hadid dining table, is stunning in its simplicity. Interestingly though, the artwork in this image is different to the piece photographed for the AD shoot. I think I prefer this piece…what do you think?

And then there’s the lounge. I love the minimal detail around the inset bookshelves. Is that bronze? The shot of colour at the back is simple but effective. And if you’re going to have a billiard table, why not have one restored from 1915… seriously, I think I’m in love.

Photos from Steven Volpe’s website, feature in AD was photographed by Pieter Estersohn.

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy

This, just in case y’all were wondering, is what I’ve been obsessing over this week (wouldn’t want to leave you hanging!). Orlando Diaz-Azcuy fabulousness from Veranda magazine. Add a dash of colour and I could move right on in.

Brazillian beauty

I’ve fallen in lust with these images that were sent to me of a hotel suite inside the annual ‘Casa Cor’ show house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Designed by the talented team Juliana Vasconcellos and Carlos Maia of Vasconcellos Maia Arquitetos Associados, the show house will be open until next month. I love what these guys have done with the space, only 85 m2 and it feels quite spacious from these images.

I wish I could head along and check it out, I’ve never been to South America and am very keen to go. So if you’re in Rio, get on down and let me know what you think!

Absolute perfection

I’m so in love with this vignette in the home of designer Steven Volpe, I just had to share.
Photographed by William Abranowicz for Elle Decor September 2011.

Pinto in print

I recently, somewhat reluctantly, subscribed to the electronic format of bunch of magazines that I regularly buy. Until I get myself an ipad I’m going to be reading them on my pc, which is just not the same as holding a magazine in your hands. I will miss it, however, I decided it was finally time to put my money where my mouth was and stop participating in the destruction of so many trees. That, and I am running out of space for them (I have 10 yrs worth of some, and I just can’t bear to part with them)…and I’ll save a little money in the meantime.

So I was pretty thrilled with my in print version of Architectural Digest this weekend, and in particular the dressing room of Alberto Pinto’s own Rio de Janeiro apartment. Not so much with any other of the rooms, but the bleached mahogany pretty much made up for the rest of it in my eyes.

I’ve long been an admirer of Pinto’s work, so its a little surprising that this is my first post about him. I also don’t own any of the many books he has published. However, I noticed today that he has a new one coming out that looks interesting, and I think it just may feature this apartment. Its available for pre-order on Amazon now….so do yourself a favour and reserve yourself a copy like I did!

Photograph of Pinto’s dressing room taken by Ngoc Minh Ngo for AD USA, September 2011.

Rees Roberts

I think my heart almost skipped a beat when I saw these images of a recent project by NY based firm Rees Roberts + Partners. The firm’s website has been recently updated and contains all manner of loveliness. I love the clean lines and elegant simplicity in this apartment. I’m hoping to move apartments soon, and I only wish it was to a place that looked like this! *sigh*

Turkish Delight

I think I’ve caught the travel bug. Either that, or its my up coming trip to India that has me constantly daydreaming of far off exotic and quixotic places. Turkey has been high on my go to list since it didn’t quite make it on the itinerary of our European expedition a few years back. Needless to say I was excited to see these images land in my inbox of the work of Turkish designer, Deniz Tunç. Based in Istanbul, Tunç designs products and interiors that are modern and elegant and infused with a little bit of ottoman flair. This is just a small selection of the products and interiors she has designed. If you want to see more, head over to her website

After a host of very cool hotels have opened in Istanbul and Antony Todd has an outpost there, I think I need to get myself there post haste!


This week I’ve been a little preoccupied being smitten with this Parisian apartment by Francis D’Haene of New York based firm D’Apostrophe Design. I’m loving the clean lines, the mix of art and furniture (its always about the mix) and the choice of colours. The warm walls vs the light floors is an interesting choice which I was surprised that I liked, but mixed with the dark built-in bookcases and doors is an unusual but great combination. I spy pieces by Royere, Murakami, Lalanne, Basquiat…am I missing anything?

All photos taken by Eric Laignel for Interior Design Magazine Nov 2010. Wow, 2010 – feels strange typing that already!

Mark Cunningham

OK, I’ll take a quick break from the London lowdown to give thanks to Elle Decor for bringing a few much deserved glossy pages of Mark Cunningham’s work to us. I won’t post all the images in case you haven’t seen the spread yet. To die for. All I can say is, I can’t wait to see more from this talented designer, and what Russell does with the US Architectural Digest…

John Minshaw

Are you tired of the London themed posts yet? Sorry, I have a few more planned before my trip (and lets face it, probably a few after too)…so bear with me folks!

London-based designer John Minshaw‘s work made appearance on my radar a little while ago – and I’m so glad it did. Minshaw’s work is timeless – both modern and classic at the same time. Each room is a study in expertly composed pieces and perfectly balanced colour. Of his work, Minshaw says “My style is to buy good antiques and design bespoke cabinetry, then put them into pared-down interiors”. In my opinion, the results are just stunning.


One of the highlights of my upcoming trip to London (other than the wedding I’m attending, of course) will be going to Decorex. John Minshaw is speaking on Tuesday 28th – the day I’m planning to go. I’m looking forward to hearing him talk about “Space and Detailing” – and possibly picking up a copy of his book.

For more beautiful images of the project feature in the last image, check out the latest issue of the German Architectural Digest.

LA style in London

I fell head over heels in love with with this London home by L.A. Designers Carole Katleman and Daniel Cuevas when I first saw it published in Belle magazine this time last year. Needless to say I was happily surprised to see it published again in Interiors, this time with photos of spaces not previously published. The bones of the house are grand and beautiful, but to me its the colour palette, the mix of furniture and the artwork that make this place truly breathtaking. Enjoy!

The stunning Drawing Room (maybe too much white for me, but I love the crispness of it) features custom furniture by the designers, the painting above the fireplace is by Ugo Rondinone, to the right is a piece by Christopher Wool.

A view of the Dining Room leading into theDrawing Room. The painting on the right hand side is also by Ugo Rondinone, the table is French Deco paired with neoclassical chairs.

The chaise at one end of the Drawing Room is by the designers, the painting is by Richard Prince.

A view of the opposite end of the Drawing Room. I love how fresh and crisp this room feels. The carpets are by Patterson, Flynn & Martin and the painting is by Bernard Frize.

Looking into the Library from the Entry. The chesterfield sofa is by Linley, the photographs above are by Marcelo Krasilcic. The chairs flanking the doorway are by Gio Ponti.

Looking into the Office from the Library (I am particularly in love with this room). The regency chair on the left is from JF Chen and the stool is 60’s French. The painting over the fireplace in the office is by Maurizio Cattelan.


The Master Bedroom’s Office has a Jacques Adnet desk and chair.


A view of the Master Bedroom looking towards the lady of the house’s Dressing room. Seating on either side of the cabinet is custom by the designers.

And last, but definitely not least, this stunning room…which I can’t find any specific information on. The walls appear to be leather-lined, which is paired beautifully with a gloss paint finish and metal fireplace. The colours are breathtaking and compliment the art perfectly.

Photographed by Richard Powers for Interiors magazine Aug/Sept 2010, and Belle Australia Aug/Sept 2009.

Revisiting old favorites…

My impending trip to London has me revisiting some old favorites from my files…this one is a family home decorated by Paolo Moschino.

Pale neutral walls teamed with dark wood floors, great art and a mix of furniture is always a winner in my eyes. The dining room is a great mix of old and new, and the touches of pink are subtle but chic. To be honest though, any room with a Francis Bacon hanging is going to be good as far as I’m concerned. I love the colour palette in the living room, as well as the 4 Vipers series by Philip Taaffe. I fell in love with his work after seeing a piece from the same series hanging in another incredibly chic London home by Jacques Grange. That’s not all these two home owners have in common…they’re also both friends of Valentino – as if they’d be anything other than chic!

Images photographed by Simon Upton from the April 2009 edition of Elle Decor.