Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Movie Night-Catherine The Great

From wikipedia:
Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great (Russian: Екатерина II Великая, Yekaterina II Velikaya; German: Katharina die Große), Empress of Russia, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July [O.S. 28 June] 1762 until her death on 17 November [O.S. 6 November] 1796. She was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia on 2 May [O.S. 21 April] 1729 as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Inspirations For Traditional Living...15 Place Vendome


The world famous Ritz Paris hotel founded by Cesar Ritz and chef Auguste Escoffier in 1898 is scheduled to close its doors for a projected 27 months this July 2012 to embark on what the hotel is calling an "unprecedented" renovation.
     The last such major renovation was in 1979.  Despite receiving continued high marks from travel critics and its guests( i.e. TripadvisorVirtual Tourist), the hotel was recently overlooked in France's Ministry of Tourism "palace" designation award. An important recognition for which it had a long history of being a top honoree for many years.  The designer selected to oversee the project is the talented Thierry W. Despont.

Below are some beautiful photos taken of 2 of the 6 prestigious suites being offered at the Ritz Paris hotel which are designed in the classicism style.  Truly opulent and sophisticated interiors which are a great inspiration for those of us that adore the timeless look of past centuries.  It's hard to believe these spaces needing a renovation.

Duc de Windsor Suite
1 bedroom
7 900 € ($10,320.00 USD)per night
2 bedrooms
9 250 € ($12,084.00 USD)per night
Windsor suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Windsor suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Windsor suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Windsor suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Windsor suite courtesy Ritz Paris


Imperial Suite
1 bedroom
9 600 € ($12,541.00 USD)per night
2 bedrooms
11 000 € ($14,370.00 USD)per night
3 bedrooms
13 900 € ($18,158.00 USD)per night

Imperial suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Imperial suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Imperial suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Imperial suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Imperial suite courtesy Ritz Paris
Imperial suite courtesy Ritz Paris






To view the hotel's other accommodations and suites, visit Ritz Paris.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Metamorphosis Monday -Sofa & Chair Makeover

Happy Metamorphosis Monday!  If you're unfamiliar with this event, it is a blog gathering hosted by Susan of Between Naps On The Porch in which she invites her readers/followers to share their personal before and after projects.  Below are 2  of my recent projects that I want to share.
BEFORE
This slip covered sofa was purchased in April 2010 from IKEA for only $399.00.  I purchased it for  a spare bedroom that we converted into a playroom for Daniel.  Now, the sofa is heading to the cabin .  Daniel's playroom activities rarely include sitting on the sofa and eventually we are going to make it his bedroom so it the sofa wasn't necessary.



I purchased 2 additional sets of Ektorp's slipcovers.  One in white and one in red. To give the slipcovers a more custom look and to compliment the cabin's "rustic elegance" I purchased several yards of Wright's 1 3/8" wide Greek Key braided metallic gold machine washable trim.

In addition to the trim, I found a metallic gold self adhesive decorative motif by Conso for $9.99 each.

AFTER
White slipcover-$49.99

AFTER
Red Slipcover-$149.00

ACCENT CHAIR

BEFORE
This chair was purchased back in the early 90's.  It's been in the garage for the last year or so waiting for me to deliver it to the Goodwill.

I purchased a can of primer,black varnish and a small jar of DecoArt's Splendid Gold metallic paint.


I also purchased this Cacharel pattern fabric by Waverly at one of my favorite fabric/upholstery stores, Triad Plus for only $8.00 a yard.

AFTER
Luckily, my procrastination paid off for the chair and it got a reprieve from Goodwill.  Now, with a new look it will have a second life at the cabin.

For more creative and unique ideas, please visit Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cabin Inspiration II..Scot Meacham Wood

My first cabin inspiration post was about a beautiful home in Tennessee by the talented designer Suzanne Kasler.
photo courtesy adventures of tartanscot blog
 This next design inspiration is by another very talented designer out of San Francisco, Scot Meacham Wood, of (SMW Design) Scot Meacham Wood Design.  This too gorgeous for words space is Meacham's own home in San Francisco.   While it is not a cabin, its warmth and perfect mixes of Tartan plaids and accessories are an inspiration for the look I want to achieve.

photo courtesy adventures of tartanscot blog
There isn't anything in these rooms that I don't love.  Meacham's meticulous attention to detail is what makes these layered spaces works of art. He is a master at marrying opulence and warmth.
photo courtesy adventures of tartanscot blog
Infusing multiple patterns,textures and colors to create a multi-rich and layered setting is a hard process. I rarely see it done successfully and tastefully, even among well noted designers.  Of course, that's my personal opinion. However, for me, Meacham nails it.
photo courtesy adventures of tartanscot blog
I really love the fabric on these chairs and how beautifully they compliment the rug and large scale artwork.
photo courtesy adventures of tartanscot blog
    A sophisticated table vignette.
photo courtesy adventures of tartanscot blog
An upscale and romantic bedroom dressed for one of Meacham's favorite holiday season.

photo courtesy adventures of tartanscot blog
A beautiful and festive holiday spread. Love the floral arrangement.

For more great ideas and inspiration, visit Meacham's blog at The Adventures of Tartanscot.  Please stay tuned for an update on our cabin renovation which I hope to share in the coming days.