Interiors Magazine? One word: Wow.

I had the pleasure of attending a panel hosted by Interiors Magazine editorial director Michael Wollaeger while at BLOGFEST 2012 . Guests included designer extraordinaire Miles Redd, architectural photography pioneer  Peter Aaron and style editor/blogger Marisa Marcantonio.

Back in my Boston area office,  I opened the June/July issue. My jaw dropped. I turned a few more pages.  No, this was not a dream! One word: Wow.

Reading through this magazine is like reading a beautiful Art book. One needs to savor images slowly, taking regular breaks in the process. The interiors are absolutely breathtaking, and the photographs are pure and transparent, showcasing the rooms perfectly, as if one were standing very still, taking in the space.

Here are five interiors in this issue that struck me as being powerful:

French Interior Designer Pierre Yovanovitch, who used to be a Fashion Design for Pierre Cardin,  created this lovely built in sitting area for a Parisian couple in their 17th arrondissement flat.
Designer Kevin Dumais created a textural, soothing and minimal look for this modern Nashville home. Dumais draws inspiration from the Seventies. I love how the oak library shelves and paneling contrast with the metal fireplace, the mohair sofa and clear coffee table.
Sitting area in the same house by Dumais. I love the blues and pale camels and the interplay between the architectural perspectives in the wall art and the geometric rug.
Capri kitchen by Architect Guilano Andrea Dell’Uva. White lime was applied to the ancient stone walls, creating depth and texture. I love the gigantic cut out of the  black windows against the zippy white and yellow. A brilliant composition.
Candace Cavanaugh designed this glamorous bedroom in San Francisco. The color scheme in this bedroom is very attractive and restful : citrine , black and greys. I like that this bedroom is not too grandiose, and maintains a sense of whimsy (ie: the bathing suit painting, unusual bergère and general textural interest of materials )

And finally, I’d like to post a WOW of my own selection, I’d love to share this gorgeous interior by Windsor Smith, one of my favorite designers:

Windsor Smith Interior. A master of balance, color, shape and texture.

My apologizes for taking mediocre photos of the Interiors Magazine photos: I hope this article entices you to check out their wonderful magazine, which exists in a paper and an online version!

A la prochaine!

 

 

 

 

Feeling Blue

Sometimes we just feel a need for BLUE.

And right now I want to totally surround myself with it. I find I am craving all types of blues, especially rich saturated royal and peacock blues. It could be because it’s winter and the cold season is starting to feel endless, or it could be because over the past year I’ve lost so many loved ones, but, yes, I admit, I do feel slightly blue…

There is something completely pure and soothing about blue, like a warm and cozy blanket. One of the three primary colors, blue is a cool color, said to give an impression of calm.

See for yourself and let me know how this BLUE post affects you!

 

BlueFlowers via purpletugboat.tumblr.com
Peacock Blues via LittleBlueDeer.com

Blue also has mysterious and mystical connotations. The darker blues remind one of the deeps of the ocean, where hardly any natural light passes through. Mysterious sea creatures live in these depths. Lighter blues are associated with the purity of a clear blue sky or the transparent qualities of water. In Christianity, The Virgin Mary is often associated with the color blue. Many Gods in Hinduism are depicted as having blue like skin. In Judaism, tips of the fringes of the prayer shawl include a blue thread. In these three examples, the color blue serves as a vessel to bring one closer to the sky (Where the Spiritual is believed to reign) and the clear transparent waters (purity).

Ocean and Sky via Xantheose.tumblr
Blue skinned VishnuBlue skinned Vishnu via Google.com

One of my favorite winter season pleasures is the blue and purple shadows cast against white snow. Alas, snow has not been a part of our winter here in New England this year.

Chen Chun Zhong Painting via http://www.inkdancechinesepaintings.com

 

Winslow Homer Painting, “Sleigh Ride” (reproduction) via http://www.1st-art-gallery.com

And now, blue used in interiors:

Axel Vervoordt Dining Area via axel-vervoordt.com

 

Martha Stewart via marthastewartweddings.com

 

Old World Tapestry on English Settee via http://eclecticrevisited.com
Liza Bruce and Nicholas Alvis Vega Morrocan bathroom via ELLE DECOR
Blue Living Room via House Beautiful.com
Designers Carrier and Company via ELLE DECOR
West Elm Assortment of Blue Objects via West Elm

I enjoyed sharing my BLUE crush with you and hope this post will inspire you to add some blue to your surroundings or color palettes.

Warm wishes!