Monday, June 13, 2011

Designer Christian Audigier's Luxruious Los Angeles Home (Ed Hardy brand)

Designer Christian Audigier, who designs the Ed Hardy brand, 
is putting up his Hanock Park home in Los Angeles for sale at 
$8.263 million.  Some of us may not have 8.26 million lying 
around, but we can certainly admire rooms from this seven 
bedroom, seven bathroom home.  If he does manage to sell it
for that price, he will have made a nice profit from it since 
he purchased the home for $4.78 million.   

The house dates back to the 1920's and is 8,276 sq. ft. of 
luxurious home.  Let's take a tour shall we?

The hot pink may be a bit much for some of us, but I Love 
looking at someone who's bold enough to put so much hot
pink in their living room.  Get a load of how long the sofas 
are - definitely custom made.  

Favorite things from the room:  

1.) Style and velvet of the couches
2.) The pink crown above the fireplace
3.) The smoking hot wallpaper on the ceiling
4.) The shiny black floors

I love the traditional lines of the house.

A bathroom with french doors - what an airy bathroom.

Now that's a spacious kitchen.  Can't quite tell what type
of flooring it has, but the traditional and clean lines of the
cabinets with the butcher block top island.

There's a lot of gorgeous molding in this room.  Don't
the dining chairs just look comfy?

This is like the perfect room for a sleepover!

Love the coziness of this sitting room.  The flowers are 
perfect for staging, but I wouldn't put them there if I was
using the room.  Imagine having to duck around the flowers
 to see who you were talking to.

Being in socal and all, can't forget the outdoor living!

I wonder how many living rooms and family spaces
this house has.

I absolutely ADORE The color of this couch.
Isn't the blue so rich and beautiful?

Poolside, Hollywood style.

Yet another dining space.  This is like the 3rd or 4th dining
space we've seen!

This is probably the comfiest sleigh bed I've ever seen.
It's completely covered by a plush, camel colored 

Hope you enjoyed ogling this house as much as I did.
 Photos from

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Tea Party for the Girls!

 Sorry gentlemen, this one's for the ladies.  I saw this fabulous post on
Lila's blog Pretty Prowler.  Her mother puts together a party every 
year for just the ladies in the family.  What a fantastic tradition!  It 
makes me want to create one like it.  Aren't the Tiffany Blue 
cupcakes cute?

This year's theme was Breakastat Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn, 
who is one of my style icon idols.  Just look at all the love that went
into preparing the event.  Check out the rest of the photos 

I've saw this book that came out recently and was waiting
for the right post to showcase it.  Isn't the cover beautiful?
With a gorgeous name to match it.  If you're in the mood
for a small party or get together and need some ideas in 
creating beautiful sweets to go with it, check out 

And the winner from the drawing is Karena from Art by Karena!
She'll be receiving a copy of House Beautiful's Blue.  Be sure to

Photos from Pretty Prowler

Monday, May 16, 2011

1001 Arabian Nights - A Desert Retreat in United Arab Emirates

About 2 hours from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates lies a unique desert 
retreat called Anantara Qasr Al Sarab.  The word Anantara in Sanskrit means 
"without end" which is meant to evoke a feeling of freedom and harmony.  If 
the library is any indication of what the resort is like, I'm in!  It's a wonderful
modern mix of Arabic and rustic desert style.

Have you ever thought of going to the desert for a retreat?  I must admit that
 it's not the first place I usually think of for a retreat, but, it does have a different
kind of appeal.  

Especially if the stars look like this in the middle of the desert.  
The sky looks clear enough to see the milky way.

Part of the appeal for me is the wide open space of a desert.  Just like the ocean, 
the desert has its own fits and can be calm as it is violent in a sand storm.  I can
 just imagine Lawrence of Arabia in this vast space. 

What a fantastic entrance! 

I've always loved fountains in a courtyard.

One of the best things I love about Islamic architecture are the arches.

This room manages to look spacious and cozy at the same time with its
 warm rugs and textured ceiling.  Not always an easy balance to achieve.  
I could definitely see myself spending a peaceful week here.

A suite with a generous balcony.

A villa with a dipping pool with a desert view that transports one 
out of this world.

Since I was a child, I've always been entranced with tents.  
Bedouin tents are so comfortable with all of the lounging
spaces.  It certainly sets the stage for socializing in comfort.  

Now isn't this what you would imagine an exotic desert hang out
space to look like?

You can always go for a camel trek if things get too quiet.
For those of you who have never ridden on a camel, they
are very tall - so if you have a fear of heights like me, have
a care.  But in any case, well worth the experience.

It may not be everyone, but this gives meaning to the phrase 
"In the middle of nowhere."  Sometimes, having a little 
quiet time in a place that is so foreign from what one is used
to makes it easier for one to reflect.  It's also a fantastic way to
try something different.

So what are your thoughts in general?  Do you like the decor?
Would you go to a place like this?  Why or why not?

Photos from Qasr Al Sarab's website

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blue Rooms from House Beautiful - Enter for a Free Copy


House Beautiful recently released a beautiful small book simply called 
Blue.  It has an edited collection of rooms decorated with the color
blue.  I know blue is a soothing color and a favorite of many people.
The volume looks to be cloth covered and has great photos for ideas
and inspiration for anyone looking to use blue for their rooms or as
an accent color.  Not all of the images in this post are in the book but
most of them are.  The book is available through Amazon at a great

**I have a copy of the book from the publisher that I will offer up
in a drawing.  Simply enter a comment for this post about topics
topics you would be interested in seeing posts about.  It can be 
anything about interiors, lifestyle, travel or etc.  Comments 
accepted for the drawing until May 15, 2011.  

 House Beautiful has been putting out some scrumptious publications
on blue rooms.  This is the March 2010 issue that focused on blue
rooms from last year.

This is one of my all time favorite bathrooms (in the book Blue.)  It is
 a blue and white modern interpretation of a Moroccan bathroom.  I 
love everything about it from the river stone floors to the details and
blue tiles.


The rug and chair make this bathroom feel cozy.

A bathroom that is also a dressing room.  I always wanted a 
blended bathroom and dressing room.  Alas, there is no room.

There's no other word to describe this blue other than fresh.

A posh dining room with a beautiful blue.

This image is in the book and also the March 2010 blue magazine issue
of House Beautiful.  Absolutely gorgeous isn't it?

I'd stay in this bedroom any day.

 Who says one can't squeeze furniture into a small room?
Love the palette and the blue striped accents.

Gorgeous paring of deep blue and lime.

A great example of a monochromatic room.

Stripes and stripes can go together.

This living room somehow manages to be comfortable and posh.
A Posh cottage look?

This living space has tons of seating.  
Wouldn't it be perfect for family reunions?

The dramatic wallpaper pattern really makes this room pop.

Be bold with your furniture color choices.
Isn't this a fun room? 
Another great example of colored furniture.

Blue rooms anyone?

Remember to post your comment about post topics you'd like
to see for a chance to win a copy of Blue from House Beautiful. 

**I have a copy of the book from the publisher that I will offer up
in a drawing.  Simply enter a comment for this post about topics
topics you would be interested in seeing posts about.  It can be 
anything about interiors, lifestyle, travel or etc.  Comments 
accepted for the drawing until May 15, 2011.   
All images from House Beautiful