When you have amazingly talented friends who love your family probably more than you deserve, your baby gets the world’s most gorgeous blanket to remind her of the ocean and your toddler becomes Baby Shark.
Directly opposite from the Meditation Room was the Precious Office by @thierrylemaire_ moving from a cloud-like atmosphere into a narrow, darkly sophisticated space that mixed Jazz Age decadence with bit of ’80s glam, all expertly balanced to make it utterly seductive for today.
A stunning chandelier that dripped with asymmetrical “fringe”—actually shaped blades of matte black and polish brass—was difficult to shoot, so you just have to believe us when we say it was amazing.
After the impact of that chandelier, other details came into focus: a gold-leaf and hand painted panel by @feaucie, contemporary embroidered wall panels by @degournay (we took a crazy large number of shots of these), which lead us to the meticulously hand embroidered cushions by @pl_studio_design.
Dark, decadent, louche and luxe—a complete 180 from the meditation room across the hall, but just as enthralling!
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No yoga or meditation experience needed. Wear comfortable clothing and bring anything that makes you feel at ease...your favorite pillow, blanket, or eye pillow. $20 / $16 for members
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The Meditation Room by @mathieulehanneur at the AD Intérieurs showhouse was filled with the most amazing, subtle details. It fulfilled its mission not just due to the white, calming atmosphere, but also because those details deserved intense focus. The rewards of that concentration: A better understanding of truly exceptional design.
What we loved:
1) The build-outs that surrounded the windows, softening the arches, with angular marble inserts disguising the wall below the frames. The translucent linen sheers give just a hint of the diamond-pane windows beneath. @par_excellence_nyc
2) The curving, circular repetitions from the carpet up to the ceiling. An ombré carpet, accented with a round brass insert (genius!) leads to the flaring shape of a straw marquetry table. The curves are echoed by the cloud-like forms of the sofa and, of course, the wonderful ceiling fixture. Bonus are the billowing clouds in the B&W litho art (showing perhaps an rendition of Vesuvius?) Rug @manufacturedetapisdebourgogne. Sofa fabrication by @ateliersjouffre; fabrics @lelievreparis. Straw marquetry @lisondecaunes
3) The triangle fireplace insert with its featured spiky brass flame.
4) The brass, LED and passementerie lamps—minimalist yet packing a stunning visual wallop! @declercqpassementiers and @ozone_light
Definitely one of our favorite rooms at the show.
Another room at the AD Intérieurs showhouse DT fell in love with was “Chambre Couture” by @annesophie.pailleret. It was, in her own words, an example of “bespoke decor joining the worlds of couture, jewelry, and interior design, to create a refined atmosphere of discreet luxury.” ••••
The Art Deco-esque Jupiter chaise by Jumbo dominated one side of the circular room, which was completed wrapped in ceiling-to-floor draperies of the palest pink wool satin from @creationsmetaphores, embellished seemingly at random with sequins, bugle beads and bits of mother-of-pearl. These draperies opened in front of the window in a gracefully sweeping hidden drawback that had all of us peering inside to see how it was managed!
Other highlights in the room included the deeply textured plaster chimney surround and blush-colored leather ceiling insert, featuring brushstrokes of gold-leaf that accented a fabulous brass and rock crystal light fixture. Honestly, the lighting and ceiling treatments many of the rooms were worth the price of admission alone…
The AD Intérieurs showhouse is always one of the highlights of the September DT Paris trip—and this year did not disappoint.
There was something to discover in every room, but certain ones are always crowd favorites. On the ground floor was the “Playboy’s Bedroom” by Porto-based design firm @oitoemponto. Over the past several years, their installations at AD Intérieurs have been stunning, so, hearing the initial room description means, we confess, we were prepared to be underwhelmed. Maybe it’s the American in us, but Playboy’s bedroom brings up images of shag carpet, maybe a round bed in tacky satin sheets, a novelty bar set up, etc. ••••
So we were blown away by the moody elegance of this room. A dramatically oversize photo of a Navy crew in dress blues is the backdrop for a beautifully restrained bed that, instead of dominating the space, as you might expect in a “playboy’s bedroom” helps set the tone of understated seduction. (The other wall features the same scale image, only with a crew in their whites.)
The @degournay wallpaper, with its darkly mysterious forest scenery, was hand painted on site, and it flows into the black lacquered arches that frame the windows, doors and alcoves of the room. The motorized silk draperies were also to be hand painted by the de Gournay artists, but with time running out and the artists still occupied by the wallpaper, the panels were sent out for glittering embroidery instead.
Luxe, seductive, enthralling with a modern masculinity, it’s dangerously fascinating combination and a description that suits (at least a DT-fantasy) playboy to perfection. 📷: @oitoemponto except 5&6. With bed, sheer, and upholstery fabrics(and rug) from @lamaisonpierrefrey
So as today wraps up I look back at basic happinesses. I went to the gym, got lunch with friends, played video games, and have an evening full of studying to look forward to. When I was in college my life looked like this although this version has a lot less partying and drinking and more adult responsibilities attached. It’s a feeling of progression- specifically with the gym and studying. Working towards achievable goals really gives me a good feeling to feed off of- especially during times of difficulty. I made progress today mentally and physically, and I feel good. Running a marathon one step at a time.
Fantastic day on #prudenceisland relaxing, swimming, and exploring with @brianloganreid. Found some treasures in the cove this morning and built an altar to honor the little creatures. Feeling grateful and refreshed. ⛵️ 💙 🐚 #everydayextraordinary
Sunday #sweatsesh knocked out of the park. 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻Wanna know what I did? Check out my live for the deets. ::
Ready to get your a** #sweatyaf DM for a link to try this bad A workout. 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
ps I’M IN LOVE with my new #lululemon fringe fighter headband! It’s the little things ✨
My life has just been ups and downs lately. As soon as I think I’m back to normal, something bad happens and I’m struggling again. One step forward two steps back. I woke up today feeling better than I usually do during times like these so that’s good- I had a more or less productive day where I studied, went on a photo walk and then promptly had a Hugh Grant movie marathon. These feelings come in waves so if I just keep to my positive habits I should come out of it soon. I have a little bit of light in this darkness- just need to be patient.
It’s been all studying and exercise this week. Repetitious but overall good. I’ve been trying to set good productive habits. Habits are stronger than goals I think- because true progress comes in little steps.
It’s “Journées du Patrimoine” or Patrimony Days in France this weekend, which means in part, that hundreds of historic sites that are normally closed to the public open their doors for visits, tours and demonstrations.
The DT team always seems to be traveling during Patrimony Days, which means we're unable to experience much of what is on offer, but we’d like to give you a sample…
Have you ever wondering what that lovely building just down the street from the Musée d'Orsay might be? It’s the Palais de la Légion d'honneur, formerly the hôtel de Salm, or the former private residence of Frédéric III, prince regent of Salm-Kyrburg, a German principality from before that country consolidated.
Unfortunately, Frédéric and his family spent less than decade in their home—Frédéric was arrested on April 2, 1794 and executed on July 23. All of his property within France was confiscated and the hôtel de Salm spent a tumultuous decade as various private clubs with less-than-savory reputations.
Post-revolution, Napoléon created the “Légion d’honneur” and in 1803 Bernard Germain de Lacépède was installed as the legion’s first “Grand Chancelier”. It was Lacépède who purchased the by-then decrepit hôtel on behalf of the Legion and began a 10-year restoration project. The area of rue de Lille and rue de Solferino became a hub for Empire VIPS, with the now restored Palais acting as a social hub.
But the fires set by the Paris Commune in 1871, which destroyed the Hôtel de Ville and Tuileries Palace, among other buildings, also claimed the Legion’s Palais. Once order was restored to the city, the current Grand Chancellor, initiated a subscription campaign to all Legion of Honor recipients with the mission of reconstructing the palace. 📷: images 2 & 3 via legiondhonneur.fr
Join our very own Linda for a special Chakra Balancing workshop this Sunday 9/16 1-3.
Greet the transition to Fall from a place of deep inner balance. Chakras are the body’s energy centers. You will work on specific poses, affirmations, mudras, sounds and visualizations to activate and balance all seven chakras. A guided meditation will then be used to encourage balance.
You will also get a SPECIAL GIFT; a seven crystal chakra balancing bracelet. Infused with the intention and beauty of the day, this bracelet will continue to encourage balance and energy!
@lindadevincentis @emilieallison @borealisyoga
On the way into Shoppers this morning, an older man stopped to admire Lizzy and advise me to enjoy this phase because “it’s what it is all about”. He has sons in their 50’s now and he loved their little years. He went on to tell me that he lost his wife a few years back and that I shouldn’t forget to love my husband even if he drives me crazy. He left me with this “whatever feels like the end of the world today, won’t be a worry in two weeks. I don’t believe my conversation with this man this morning was a coincidence, that is the beautiful handy work, perfect timing, just what I needed to hear, voice of God through a perfect stranger.
I feel back to normal- which means I spent a lot of time studying today. Typically that involves Japanese- but recently I’ve wanted to study more and more mandarin. Alas- the push for the N2 makes this an impossibility but this crazy interest of mine does reflect something about myself that I’m quite proud of. I enjoy learning new things and understanding how things work. I’ve recently gotten an acute interest in science as well- just casually learning basic theories on YouTube to pass the time. For good or bad, the N2 has made me stop flirting with other academia and focus on one- which is both amazing and frustrating. If I pass the N2- it would be quite an achievement. I’m nervous, but interesting in how I’ll do.
Back in Paris and because one impressive statue deserves another.... Napoléon as “le Petit Caporal“ dominates the Cour d’Honneur of historic Hôtel des Invalides. Positioned on the upper level opposite the entrance to the main courtyard, visitors are immediately caught by his downward gaze.
The statue itself has an very interesting history, with as many ups & downs as Napoléon’s
career. Cast in 1833 from the Austrian and Russian cannons seized during Napoleon’s 1805 campaign, the statue was originally placed atop the Vendôme Column. ••••• During the French-Prussian war in 1870, the statue was dumped (or hidden?) in the Seine at the Pont de Neuilly where it spent four months.
Once recovered, the statue was stored at the marble depot on the Île des Cygnes where model of the Statue of Liberty now stands. In 1911 General Niox, governor of Les Invalides, had the statue transferred to its present-day site and a full restoration was completed in 2014-2015.