Monday, September 28, 2009

Traditional French Upholstery ~ L'Atelier du Cap Gris-Nez

I posted about Pascale's wonderful workshop
about a year ago. It's definitely time to revisit
the work she's done since then. To recap, Pascale
owns her own upholstery shop in France. She uses
the traditional methods of upholstery and does
absolutely beautiful work. Her workshop is called

Pascale is here hard at work in her workshop.

The fabric on this chair is simply gorgeous.

This chair looks traditional and a little
run of the mill until you see what is
used as the fabric.

Who would have thought to just use lace
on the back of the chair? This chair
definitely belongs into a sultry boudoir
if I may say so myself. Absolute genius.

Some fun play with polk-a-dots.

Velvet striping, how luxurious.

I especially love the plum tones.

Can't beat antique french furniture.

How gorgeous is that?

This is an old telephone bench. Here's the before photo.

After everything has been stripped off.

Now that it's been painted, the fabric goes on.

What a transformation!

Simply dramatic and gorgeous.

Last but not least, a vivid purple chair.

Hope this gives you some ideas for your
upholstery projects. Aren't Pascale's
creations divine? If you're interested in
more of her work, you can see my original
post from last year here.

Photos from L'atelier du Cap Gris-Nez

Thursday, September 24, 2009

David Carter Interior Design of London

Some of you may remember the post I did a couple weeks
ago on the small boutique hotel by David Carter called
40 Winks. I really wanted to showcase a little more of
David's work and not just his boutique hotel and home.

David Carter has very diverse style. As you can see above,
the room looks like it has a lot of age to it. David has a
unique specialty in using paint finishes of all kinds. The
room above genuinely looks old but in fact, it is not.

Here's a closer look at the aged and distressed paint job
in the room to give it patina. Isn't it amazing?

David also has works a lot of traditional styles
that are a little updated by color - without
sacrificing the luxury and old world feel.

I quite like the contrasting striping in this kitchen.
I had to look at this photo twice to realize it was
a kitchen. I thought it had been an office of some
sort at first glance. One thing is for sure, he never
gives up elegance.

This room has a modern feel with the walls
looking like iron. It's quite a cool effect.

I totally want to steel the chair.
The green velvet is absolutely

David is very good at blending modern with
the old for an eclectic but unique and
luxurious look. I absolutely adore mirrored
tiles. He layers a large mirror on the mirrored
tiles with an impressive but heavy console
table. The light fixture is just stunning.

If I can ever afford this kind of mosaic
tiling for an entire wall, I would certainly

This is what the entire wall looks like. The left is a mirror
version of the right by the way. Makes a cool effect for
the photo. All those golden and glimmering tiles makes my
eyes twinkle just looking at the photo.

What did I say about David being a master of using paint
finishes on walls? Here's another fantastic example. Don't
forget the ceiling!

I heard it through the grape vine...

I really love the huge cellos painted on the walls
of this music room. It's whimsical yet not little

As you can see, David uses very saturated
and vivid colors. I totally fell in love with
this particular hue of blue.

A closer look at the wall murals.
Isn't it just gorgeous?

A totally Crimson room if I've ever seen one.

I hope you enjoyed more of David Carter's
designs and work. What do you think of
his use of paint finishes? Isn't it amazing
what you can do with just paints and a brush?
A cool paint job can totally transform a room,
make it look decades old or make flat walls
look like it's got architectural details.

Photos from David Carter Interior Design

Monday, September 21, 2009

Glorious Plaid and the Scottish Tartan - Clan Pride

I am a huge fan of plaid. But it needs to be
the right plaid to suit me...When I think of
plaid, I think of the Scottish tartans and clan
pride since each clan had it's own color and
design. I also think of decor in Scotland and
Ireland where plaid is often used in home and
castle decor (not that I can afford one.)

I really like the room above from the Ralph
Lauren collection because of the walls. The
entire wall is covered in plaid which I've is
quite luxurious. It makes me think of a
library or a gentleman's club.

The use of plaid in this guest bedroom is just
perfect. The plaid perfectly complements the
rustic nature of the room with the gorgeous
ceiling beams and wood floors.

Here plaid covers the table and chairs. You'd
think using red would make you think of
Christmas but it really suits the space to give
it some life.

This is a more feminine plaid design which I adore
because you don't see many plaids in feminine colors.

This is one of the guest bedrooms for one of the past
HGTV dream houses. Covering all of the walls in fabric
is super luxurious and gives the room a really cozy feel.
It's the perfect place to settle in after a day in the snow.

Sometimes you don't need a lot of plaid to make a statement.
In this room, the only thing that is plaid is the bed covering.

These passport covers from Room Service
are a lot of fun.

I don't see a lot of furniture in plaid much less
a chair in a modern design. From Kenneth
Brown Designs.

Now That is a statement if I've seen one!

Alexander McQueen

There is a lot of plaid that is still used in modern wear.

Plaid is a lot of fun and definitely adds character.

Now that is a gorgeous ball gown. I adore
the fabric - the color and pattern are so

Tartan: Romancing the Plaid

I own a couple of books about plaid
myself since I like it so much. This
book is a lot of fun with plaid found
in fashion and in the home.

Here's a little peek at the inside of the book.

Tartans by Brian Wilton

This is the other book that is
loads of fun that centers around
plaid and tartans.

If you like plaid or tartan - definitely
check them out. In the meantime,
do you like plaid? Would you use
plaid in any of your decor?

Photos from Ralph Lauren, HGTV, Vivienne Westwood,
Country Living, Kenneth Brown Designs, Room Service,
Country Living UK.