Author: studioannetta

EJ Victor Furniture

I came across the Randall Tysinger furniture collection for EJ Victor over the weekend and fell head over heels for a few of the pieces. My favorite ones so far are:

Love this armchair. I think the lines are great, and the legs, and I’m always a sucker for studding.

What a fanastic china cabinet. I need something like this at home. It’s quite grand looking, but not completely over the top.
This is a great sofa, very grand looking, but with a few cushions could be quite comfortable in a library room perhaps.

I think this loveseat is so pretty. It’s very feminine and elegant, and would look fantastic in a powder room. It’s also available as a single chair.

I like the simple clean lines of this ottoman, and the oval shape is something different. Upholstered in a soft fabric it would also provide extra seating when needed.

I LOVE this table. I guess you probably all know by now that I love anything deco looking…

I like the idea of this tiered table, not sure how you’d go putting a lamp on top, but in the right room I think it would be a great side table. Could look great as a nightstand in the right bedroom too.

Pascal Van Der Kelen

I discovered the work of Belgian Architect and Interior Designer Pascal Van Der Kelen today. I just had to share this image of a living room he created. I love those deco inspired chairs, and that cabinet – the woodwork is amazing. I also think the colour palette is very warm and inviting, while to some it would be a little too neutral.

There are lots of great images on his website, most of his work is very minimalistic – which is pretty typical of modern flemish design – so it may not appeal to everyone.

Today I’m loving…

..these new Art Deco inspired “Strande” bathroom accessories from Restoration Hardware. They’re made from glass and polished nickel, and I really want a set for my bathroom!

Ellie Cullman

I received an email update today informing me that Ellie Cullman is Frette‘s designer of the month. I had not heard of her before, but I love the bedroom she has created.

“Searching for the ultimate signature pieces” and “maximizing the functional possibilities of a space” are among the most exciting aspects of a project for Ellie Cullman. The flair and pragmatic approach in Ms. Cullman’s elegant interiors have made her one of New York’s most notable designers. She has also been named one of Architectural Digest’s “Top 100”.

I can’t find a website with her portfolio, so if anyone out there in the blogosphere has more info on her I’d be interested to see it!

Kelly Wearstler update….

I just read on Kelly Wearstler’s website that she has teamed up with Bergdorf Goodman to create a retail store for her new home accessories line – due to open on October 19th!

I feel another trip to NY coming on….

Small space style II

I found these images of Roger Lussier’s Boston apartment in the House Beautiful book “Decorating for Small Spaces”, from the library in my new office. Interiors from this book have been blogged about a few times, including interiors by Greg Jordan and Miles Redd (both by Peak of Chic), but not this one (to my knowledge). I love the simplicity of the colour palette, and how he has displayed his art collection without worrying about lack of wall space. Very chic indeed!

A little night music…

A post on one of my favorite blogs, Things That Inspire, last week on the Tate Modern Gallery in London got me thinking how much I regret not going when I was there a few years back. Our visit to London was at the end of a 3 month trek through Europe and my husband and I had seen just about as much art as we could possibly deal with. Had I known at the time though, that the Tate houses my favorite painting, by one of my favorite artists, I would have been there in a flash. “A little night music” (above) was painted by Dorothea Tanning in 1946. I’ve always been a fan of the surrealist movement, and have recently discovered other female surrealists whose work I admire. For anyone that might be interested, there is an amazing gallery in San Francisco (never visited, but have spoken to the gallery owner on the phone) – they are one of the only – if not the only – galleries worldwide to specialise in female surrealists. Frey Norris is definitely worth the visit if you live in or are visiting the area.
So thanks to Sarah for the inspiration – I have been checking out cheap flights to London ever since and am happily thinking of our next trip!

Ralph Lauren Home – the new collections

I was taking a look at the 3 new home collections from Ralph Lauren over the weekend – has anyone else seen them? I’m usually so excited by all the images that they put togehter, they have such a creative team – many of whom go on to become respected interior designers in their own right – but this season was a bit of a disappointment for me. All of these collections look like they’re a pastiche of recycled looks – particularly “St Germain”. Perhaps I’m being too critical, I’m sure it would not be an easy task to create 3 new collections per season (? or biannually – not sure), but this collection looks so re-hashed to me. Apart from the name, there is nothing that stands out as being french to me about this look either. It looks tired to me. Anyone else have an opinion about the new ranges?

More chinois chic

Here are a few more ‘chinois chic’ images that I’ve had on my mind lately. This interior belongs to the Melbourne manager of Brunschwig & Fils. It has a masculine feel about it, and I love how he’s mixed styles as well as the origin (some of the furniture is Japanese, some is Chinese).

Bedhead is upholstered in Gaston y Daniela’s “Tap Astorga”, wallpaper is “Orientala on Bamboo & Cotton” also by Brunschwig & Fils.

Bedroom chair is covered in “Bandipur Silk Texture” from Brunschwig & Fils.
Chair is covered in “Balthazar Silk Velvet Stripe” Brunschwig & Fils, cushion is “Leopardo” by Rubelli, and the stunning wallpaper behind is “Yunnan”, also by Brunschwig & Fils. This is probably my favorite of all the images. The combination of the wallpaper, chair (and those fabrics) and the chinese cabinet is perfection.

Chinois chic

I’ve had this image in my mind lately, even though it’s quite old, because I’ve been thinking about whether or not (and if so, how much) I would incorporate a chionois style into our decor when and if we buy a place here in Hong Kong. I think this is a great example of how chinois style can be done tastefully. I love this combination of colours too – so I thought I’d share!
If anyone is interested, the wallpaper is “Loyang” from Brunschwig & Fils.

Image from Vogue Living (Australia) September 2005.

Beale-Lana Interior Design

I discovered the work of New York design firm Beale-Lana on one of my favorite blogs, Desire to Inspire, this week. Here are a few images from a living room in a Manhattan apartment they did. I really love how they have used so many traditional elements together and yet managed to create a room that is not old or stuffy, but still warm and cosy. They’ve used a great mix of fabrics, really modern graphic designs and what I would call “granny” designs, with an Aubusson rug. I certainly would not mind coming home to that sofa with all those cushions every night!

Parisian prints

I thought I would share some images with you all of some art that I finally had framed over the weekend. I bought these prints (actually, they’re lithographs) at a flea market in Paris – over a year ago – and I got to hang them up last night. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited! Heavens only knows why it took me so long, but they’re up now.


I have recently discovered, and fallen in love with, the work of a mid-century design firm from L.A. – Monteverdi-Young. I’ve never really been much of a fan of mid-century, I could never understand all the hooplah about it, much preferring design from a decade or two earlier. But the work of some American designers is making me understand why there are so many fans of that era. I didn’t like the Jetson’s- like futuristic looking style of some mid-century, and I still don’t really, but I’m realising that there were designers who still worked with classical lines, but in a more modern and refined way. 1st has been a great source of information for me, especially about less written about designers or firms, and I have learned a lot since I’ve started perusing their weekly updates. Monteverdi-Young is one of the firms I’ve discovered this way. I have not been able to find out much about them (so if anyone reading this has any please pass it on!), except that they were conducting business under another name until the 1950’s, they were quite a well respected producer of furniture, and they were Italian modernists – well, the Monteverdi part of the partnership was at least! I see some details that are reminiscent of Andre Arbus (see the legs on the red sofa and the mahogany buffet), but also a modernism that is quite unique. I’m noticing more and more of their work on 1st Dibs and other antique sites, and they are still quite reasonably priced. I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that perhaps those prices won’t last for long. Considering the prices ‘designer’ modern furniture can fetch these days, it’s only a matter of time that lesser known designer goods will be the next big thing. My favourites of this design house so far are:

This chair was designed for Monteverdi-Young by Maurice Bailey in the 50’s. Its very modern, but it’s uniqueness is what is so appealing to me. The ebonized wood legs with brass sabots are classic, and I love the faux-croc leather.

A mahogany coffee table from the 60’s is very mid-century modern, but very versatile. I especially love those highly polished brass legs.

Mahogany buffet from the 60’s (love those legs!), with leather-inlay handles. Stunning!

Button-tufted settee covered in mohair from the 50’s. Again, love those legs. Very sexy, and I think this could work is a lot of different interiors too.

Another sofa that I love, it has great lines, and I love that wooden base.
All images from 1st

Thomas Hamel

The apartment of Sydney-based interior designer Thomas Hamel and his partner, antiquarian Martyn Cook, was featured in this months Vogue Living (Australia). It definitely has a very masculine feel about it, and I’m loving their ensemble of mixed antiques and the neutral colour palette. This to me has an Australian feel (although not uniquely) about it – the furniture is from various parts of the world – and the colonial pieces definitely look right at home.

In the living room two gild Italian Neoclassical side chairs (c 1790) and a French bureau (c 1890) in front of an imported 19thC Chinese wallpaper panel.

A syrian teak and bone inlay coffee table on a woven leather rug from Nth Africa. Portuguese mahogany bureau (c 1750), flanked by a pair of Anglo-Ceylonese carved ebony armchairs (c 1880) on the back wall.

Four antique doors open up the living room to the sitting room. On the far wall is an English neo-gothic bookcase.

18thC chandelier hangs above the dining table, behind is an English George III neoclassical mahogany chest on chest.

English Goerge III giltwood mirror (c 1750) hangs above the fireplace. Wing chairs are French, and upholstered in linen.

Sth African mask sits on a wicker chest in the guest bedroom. The hanging lamp is Recency style.

The guest bedroom features a 19thC Anglo-Portuguese carved ebony bed which is flanked by custom-made georgian-style bookcases. The bed sits in a niche that was created to showcase a 1730’s map of Paris printed on cork (what an ingenius idea!).
This article got me thinking this week about how many stunning homes we see featured in magazines around the world that are owned by gay male couples. I love that magazines feature interiors based on the style, regardless of whose they are, but I’m beginning to wonder why I have never seen an apartment owned by a gay female couple. Where do they all live? Do they not have equally the same style as their male counterparts?