November 26, 2014

A Home Marie Antoinette Would Die For

Resting beneath a mirror is a gilt-wood canapé that belonged to the 18th-century hostess Madame Geoffrin;
the antique Sèvres statuettes depict literary figures.
The north dining room is furnished with an 18th-century Italian chandelier,
a Francis Barlow painting of a cassowary, and Louis XVI chairs.

Today, I am showing you the stunning Château Digoine, a Burgundy Château filled with 18th-century treasures where Marie Antoinette would have felt right at home.  I have always had a soft spot for pastel interiors.  There is something incredibly delightful about them, don't you think? With the cold and gloomy weather we have had lately (is it as bad where you are as it is here?), we deserve to daydream about having tea in the middle of the afternoon, lounging in a bed à la polonaise while wearing one of Marie Antoinette's dresses!  
The Château is currently the home of a French filmmaker.  It is hard to imagine that this Château - worthy of the French court - is not a museum but a private property.  Some of us come home to a tiny apartment while other come home to a Château! Lucky bastard!

Don't forget to read the captions under each photos to unlock the secrets behind each room.
Happy daydreaming!

On one side of the double salon, mahogany tables used by Napoléon during his Elba exile stand on a carpet from
Carlos de Beistegui’s Château de Groussay, which the home owner once owned;
the equestrian paintings include works by John Wooton, Eugène Delacroix, and Carle Vernet.
The study contains a Bernard II van Risenburgh cartonnier with lacquer panels
and a small 18th-century-style chair (piled with books) from the collection of Arturo Lopez-Willshaw.
One of the château’s 15 bed rooms is outfitted with furniture and objects that belonged to the decorator Madeleine Castaing;
 Edmond Petit fabrics by Castaing were used for the walls and curtains.
Anchoring another bedroom is a late-18th-century lit à la polonaise once owned by Madame Roland, a noted political activist
during the French Revolution; Louis XV gilt-bronze sconces flank the mirror, and the antique bed side table features
 an integral screen for deflecting drafts or heat from the fireplace.
The neo-Gothic library was built around 1825 for Aimé, Comte de Moreton-Chabrillan, a previous owner of Digoine.
The English marquetry center table is surrounded by chairs made in 1807 for the exiled Louis XVIII of France,
and the gilt-mahogany swan armchair, at left, is a circa-1800 design attributed to Jacob Frères.
Antique etchings line a second-floor hall; the settee in the foreground is George III, and the floor is paved with terra-cotta tiles.
Château de Digoine, a French national heritage site in southern Burgundy wrapped by nearly 250 acres of fields and forest
and located 70 minutes by train from Paris.  The early-1700s north façade of Château de Digoine is framed by an English-style landscape. 


FASHION IN FILMS: Marie-Anoinette Part I & Marie Antoinette Part II

November 24, 2014

#WomenWhoInspire: Quentin Jones

#WomenWhoInspire is a series of articles about inspiring women from different fields I would have lunch with to discuss their carrers, life choices, unconventional path and overall coolness. 
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You may not necessarily know her face (feline-green eyes, cheekbones you could ski down, a smattering of freckles), but you’ll certainly recognize Jones’ work: she specializes in short fashion films with clients including Chanel, Kenzo and Victoria Beckham. While fashion imagery is typically sleek and glossy, Jones gives her work a lo-fi feel using stop-motion photography, roughly hewn collage gifs that are ripped apart as quickly as they appear, grungy illustrations and a monochromatic palette. Cats, eyes and lips are recurring motifs. It’s surreal, playful and a little bit naughty, and that subversive streak stems back to Jones’ childhood in London. “I was always getting into trouble at school. I had a lot of spirit and I was a nuisance,” she smiles.

The daughter of two architects (her father is Edward Jones of British firm Dixon Jones), she grew up in a visual milieu, spending her time painting and running around galleries while her parents viewed the artwork. At 15, Jones was scouted at her school’s parent-teacher evening by parent and Storm Model Management founder Sarah Doukas, aka the woman who discovered Kate Moss. Jones did editorial and commercial catalogue modeling for several years, using the money she earned to pursue her creative passions. After studying philosophy at Cambridge University, where she indulged her artistic side working as a fashion editor for the university  newspaper, Varsity, Jones went on to study illustration at Central Saint Martins in London. Her big break came in 2010, when she created a video for AnOther magazine. The short featured animated dancing fingers, inspired by Chanel nail polish. Chanel commissioned her to make films for the brand and, fast-forward five years, she is now the go-to girl for quirky viral fashion films. 

November 19, 2014

How to Flawlessly Decorate a Holiday Table

I am far from being a domestic goddess but Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are one of those nights I try to impress my guests. While the food will always take center stage, the table settings and decorations are just as important.  I handpicked the following items to show you how to flawlessly decorate your table with just the right amount of holiday spirit.  I chose mostly natural materials such as wood, linen, clay and metal for a welcoming and convivial atmosphere your friends and family will enjoy.  I also tried to pick items that are not too holiday-themed and that can be used all year long.

November 13, 2014

I Was Featured in the 20 Best Posts!


Gearing Up
Oh man, it's really starting to feel like the HOLIDAYS. Get your beauty treatments in order, because before you know it, it's GO TIME. You know, the parties, the traveling, the gifts, enough to make anyone's head spin. That's why this week we have an excellent selection of how-tos, guides and handy posts that will help you keep a level head when everything else is going bonkers.

Links a la Mode: November 13th

November 11, 2014

How to Buy a Good Winter Coat

Living in Canada, I know a thing or two about long and cold winters.  Unfortunately, it didn't keep me from making the stupid mistake of buying winter coats that were cute and cheap instead of warm and comfortable.  Two years ago, I decided to spend my money smartly and bought my first "real" winter coat.  Best decision ever!  It was expensive but truly worth it because it makes winter a little bit more bearable now.  So in an effort to pass along this wonderful knowledge, I will tell you the characteristics you should be looking for in a good winter coat.

The cuffs keep the cold wind from going up your sleeves and freeze you to death.  
My coat has something even better....built-in fingerless gloves.  

This one is pretty self-explanatory.  You want to keep the elements out while staying
comfortable and warm inside.   

If you buy a down coat, make sure it has a 600+ fill power.

A hood protects your face from the cold wind and your hair from the snow.
It is also very easy to put on/off and it doesn't mess your hair.  

Seams are commonly known as a major point of weakness in all coats.
Choose one with seams fully sealed to keep the cold air from entering the coat and losing body heat.

I personally like mid-thigh length because it provides good coverage and protection.
You can sit on a park bench without having your butt turned into an iceberg.
And it's not too long so you don't look like you borrowed your mom's floor-length winter coat.

Your coat also has to be versatile.  It has to fit with as many outfits as possible.  Depending on where you live, your winter coat is probably the piece of clothing that you will wear the most...ever!  Don't spend money on a coat that you don't absolutely adore. 

Have a good winter! 

September 11, 2014

Thanks IFB for Featuring Me!


So Many Great Pieces

This week had so many great links, it was super hard to decide which ones to pick. Like a wardrobe filled with amazing clothing, sometimes it's just overwhelming to chose the best among greats. I know, #firstworldproblems. Leave it to us to find a way to complain about being so lucky. This week, it's all about having fun, enjoying life and getting on top of things. You know, striking the perfect balance. Sure, the perfect balance doesn't exist, but it's sure as heck worth trying!

September 11th, 2014