what’s seafoam green, perfectly symmetrical, and wes anderson all over? china’s budapest cafe of course! all our cinematic daydreams now have a place to sit and grab a coffee. this beautiful space was designed by the australian design studio biasol, and set out to recreate all our favorite elements of this infamous movie director’s quirks. for such an occasion one must go all out on the outfit, as this could possibly be your life’s greatest instagram shot. a bubblegum pink sweatshirt layered over a vintage-inspired mini dress, and faux fur bag are fit for a leading indie lady. slip into character and onto a bar stool, hang by the pink ball pool (because when else will you have the chance?), or just occupy the insanely cute bathroom taking selfies — there are endless corners to admire here.
~ michaela d’artois, vérité woman.
welcome to the weekend, everyone. it’s been very hectic around the house this week — i had my countertops installed and for some reason that compelled me to clean every-single-drawer and pantry and rid them of things i just never use. it’s a good feeling, mind you, and i’m excited to share the new kitchen look with you soon — i just need to paint and we’re getting close to a reveal. here are a few things inspiring me this week and giving me relaxed vibes all around. enjoy some r&r if you can!
how’d you like to take refuge in this natural beauty for a while? recently featured in architectural digest espana it’s the modern home of serge castella, a French interior designer who clearly loves collecting beautiful handcrafted objets d’art — unique furnishings that while are quite a blend of genres, all pair so well together — perhaps because all the pieces are such a neutral and lovely blend of natural materials. and that kitchen? I’ve never seen such beautiful woodwork! located in Ampurdán, spain secluded and surrounded by acres of open land, you can view the entire home tour on architectural digest espana.
have you met stem? brought to you by brothers ryan and travis, cultivating their love of modern design, entrepreneurship, and sustainability to produce stem custom furniture right here in los angeles. growing up in california shaped their core values, their interest in the outdoors, and their love for the creative arts. ten years after launching their first collection in 2005, they continue to bring innovation to the world of environmental furniture design. their unique approach focuses on eco-friendly furniture: every piece is made using sustainable materials and reducing toxins, including all 100% natural sofas with latex/wool/etcetera.
stem also focuses on personalization: you can customize your furniture to get the perfect look, working with one of their furniture stylists for a free design consultation, find the right sizing and comfort for your home and personal aesthetic, and then it’s handmade one at a time in Los Angeles. The order process is easy, too, taking only 4 weeks, and stem has sample kits to help you choose the ideal fabrics and leg style for your unique look. and they also offer a 100 day in-home trial with free returns to make sure you...
one of my favorite bits of instagram is its ability to transport us around the world in, well, an instant. i’m still frustrated by instagram’s algorithm and some recent stories i’ve heard about how they’ve manipulated the ‘likes’ so you’ll repeatedly keep checking the app (emotional manipulation at its worst!). but it still continues to inspire, including this instagram worthy account i’ve recently started to follow, @herz.und.blut. i’ve been a fan of berlin-based Jules Villbrandt, the woman behind the camera and Founder of herz und blut (Heart & Blood) for a while now, and her instagram is just as fetching as the content of her lovely online magazine. her instagram account is a perfect example of those that transport you elsewhere and define that unmistakeable european effortless style. have a look at @herz.und.blut.
i really get inspired by the clever blog behind the brand in bed. on their blog they feature some stylish abodes adorning their beautiful bedding, and this time around it’s the light-filled loft space of aussie nick mcdonald of Made By Morgen, Handcrafted Furniture and Design. the loft is filled with his handmade pieces and it’s also a plant and book-filled space which is always a win-win from my point of view. i love the open floor plan, but also how he’s delineated the kitchen/dining space with dramatic dark paint. for the full tour, go check out in bed. and for more inspiration from nick, visit his website and instagram.
emerald green. it’s a color that elicits a lot of emotion. it evokes envy and passion, can be strangely exotic. a while back (2013) emerald green was even pantone’s color of the year — pantone 17-5641 Emerald to be exact. but i’m still seeing deep greens everywhere i look. green is a color that’s timeless, and then again, right on trend. paired with other pops color (like maybe hot pink or red!) it’s rather bold and unusual but i really like the fresh and unexpected look!
this is such a cheerful, almost kitschy kitchen, isn’t it? it definitely has those retro vibes with the pea-green backsplash tiles by Milagros, a Mexican tile shop on London’s fabulous Columbia Road and deVOL cabinets, peppered with vintage-inspired cooking accouterment adorning simple shaker shelving. the folks at UK-based deVOL who make this lovely bespoke kitchen cabinetry sent it over to me and i thought it would be fun to share. it’s the new kitchen belonging to celebrity chef, Rachel Khoo, who chose to work with deVOL on the new kitchen for her Khoollect lifestyle magazine headquarters. This darling pea-green kitchen is full of personality and charm and the perfect place for Rachel to rustle up her delicious dinners both on and off screen. for more beautiful kitchen inspiration visit deVOL.
and we’re back with friday finds after our long holiday hiatus! i hope you’re all getting back into the swing of things and not overwhelming yourself with an abundance of new year’s resolutions. as someone who may have bitten off more than they can chew (ahem, quite literally with new diet goals!) i think it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself with more than a few goals at once. goals are good, but they shouldn’t kill ya! happy friday, everyone and see you back here on monday!
while we’re over here in L.A. sipping on ice coffees in january, the city of chicago is seeking somewhere to ride out the winter. whether you’re a chi-town native, or just going for the really really good food scene the allis needs to be on your list. a cozy, comfortable, and curated locale it’s the perfect place to order up a round of hot toddy’s and the chef’s special. classic midwest charm seems to be everywhere you turn in the allis, from exposed brick walls to tufted seating — see for yourself. we have to say, we’re a little jealous of those who get to wear layers, so this wear this there is all about those coddling wool coats, and classic loafers. if you’re needing something new to listen to (and to motivate you into the new year) try the podcast sessions by matte black — a great resource for creatives looking to stimulate those hibernating holiday brains.
~ michaela d’artois, vérité woman.
these season’s blue seems to have taken on a romantic, moody side. everything i’m seeing out there on the interwebs leans towards the deeper hues of blue, whether they be a dark gray-blue like benjamin moore’s gravel gray, or farrow and ball’s almost seafaring shades of stone blue and drawing room blue (all clever names for a dramatic color!). feeling a bit of trepidation? might i suggest starting off slow with one eye-popping accent wall? here are a few looks to inspire those moody blues.
i love this victorian modern space featured on inside out magazine. it’s quite dark in terms of that chic black leather sofa paired with a black crochet area rug, the damien hirst skull print and that stunning black tiled kitchen, but then all the bright white paint gives it all such lovely light and dramatic contrast. it’s a smashing redesign and remodel by tastemakers Sydney-based husband and wife team Nicola and Orlando Reindorf, founders of The Standard Store and you can see the full tour on inside out.
there’s not much that doesn’t inspire me about this beautiful barcelona home featured recently in architectural digest españa, one of my favorite decor magazines. if you’ve never taken a look at AD españa, i highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter, or the magazine so you can peek inside homes as inspirational as this one on a regular basis. this is a very cinematic home, not surprisingly perhaps because it’s the renovated flat of an architect, Sabine Wlokas and his partner Francisco Javier Gómez Pinteño, a director and screenwriter. their flair for the dramatic and fearless pairing of vintage found furnishings from just about every era had me rethinking my entire space. i both love, and hate when that happens! their dogma is my dogma: celebratory decay. “I find the most original old, much more interesting. Everything we have has sentimental value. There are things that we find, and others that find us,” says Sabine. I just love that kind of heartfelt philosophy of design. for the full tour, visit architectural digest españa.
we’ve returned from our latest super marché shopping excursion in France, and our shipping container filled to the brim with vintage treasure is making its way across the sea and will soon land in port and into the shop. so we’ve got a sneak peek for you of just a few of the latest lovelies we picked up in the french countryside. visit super marché to see a whole lot more vintage home furnishings, accessories & artwork, lighting, and tabletop pieces and pick out your favorites now before they sell out, and we’ll ship them to you in late january once all the vintage goodness is unpacked.
you may be able to guess why i was so instantly drawn to this instagram feed — it’s that mustard & pink color palette but it’s also the way she captures the light! lovely, am i right? i’m very fond of this palette at present and Friederike has it in abundance on her pretty instagram feed, @fedesfotos. Friederike’s instagrams mostly features beautiful interior design, and of course includes her own lovely home (as you see here) — as well as travel and lifestyle photos from germany (munich, specifically). and what’s really handy and quite resourceful is that she tags many of her interior shots in case you might be curious where she’s shopped for her lovely home furnishings (think gubi and fritz hansen, for instance). so be sure to follow @fedesfotos in 2018 for some fresh inspiration!
they say you’re never too old to learn new tricks (or is that dogs?). nevertheless, i’m making it my motto for 2018 to try new things and learn new skills. i’ve used skillshare before and always really enjoyed their classes so when they invited me to try a few new ones and share with you, i was totally up for the challenge. and, they also invited me to share with you 3 free months of skillshare premium for just 99 cents, so you can be learning, too! for those of you who aren’t familiar with skillshare, they are an awesome online learning platform with thousands of classes in design, writing, photography, marketing, basically anything you can think of!
two things i’ve personally been slacking on but wanting to learn are better lighting skills for my photography — expressly using natural light to my advantage, and second — baking! i am a pretty good cook but when it comes to baking i’ve always been kind of intimidated by it because it’s really much more of a science, isn’t it? it takes a bit more precision and getting the ingredients just right, whereas when i cook i tend to just toss things together and having a...
greetings and happy 2018! my apologies for taking off for a little longer than usual, but at the holidays i like to extend my downtime a bit and really refuel. and that i did! i’m excited to be back and ready to share what i hope to be loads of inspiration for you this year. as you may have seen from my instagram feed, i spent a bit of the holiday on L.A.’s westside, in santa monica and venice and i thought i’d start off this year’s posts with a visit to designer lily ashwell’s lovely little venice shop. you may recognize lily because she and her talented mum rachel ashwell of shabby chic fame share the same last name, but lily is an inspiration in her own right. her quaint shop is known for modern vintage-inspired women’s clothing and a very well-curated assortment of home and lifestyle goods as you can see from my pics of the shop. i’ve shared lily’s collection back in 2013 and i’m excited to give you a sweet peek into her current very cozy world.
it’s that time of year where i take some time off from the blog, try real hard to stay off the internet (wish me luck) and refresh the creative side of my brain, spending time with friends, family, and my mutt miss lucy. it’s been such a busy, bustling year and one that seemed to fly by in a flurry. how is it the year-end already? and it’s been such a crazy year, hasn’t it?
it’s also been a rough year for the country and our struggles and my thoughts turn to the gratitude and my appreciation for all that i have and what i am lucky enough to do for a living. i get to share beautiful, sometimes silly and hopefully inspiring things with you each and every day and i can’t tell you how fulfilled and happy that makes me. i am so thankful for your company and your kind comments — it really does feel like we’re hanging out together a great deal of the time, whether it’s here, or instagram or over on twitter where i can be more vocal than probably does me good (thanks for following, anyway).
i wish for you all a very happy holiday season and hopefully a relaxing one, too. i think we could all use a bit of a rest from the constant chatter...
this week’s wear this there, and read this there are made up of one of my favorite restaurants and books. let’s start with nomad — a beautiful restaurant that sits atop marrackech’s souk. modern moroccan fare wafts through the air, and the interiors are the dreams of every pinterest travel board ever. the three-storied restaurant is overflowing with a minimal take on this festive culture’s art, symbolic colors, and architecture — even the dishware will make you swoon. the book, the english patient, and while it took place in a totally different moroccan city — the romance and beauty is there. let your mind wander over mint tea, and literature while you show off your mandela jumpsuit, and moroccan slides!
~ michaela d’artois, vérité woman.
wear this there: Need Supply Stelen Mandela Jumpsuit; zara turtleneck sweater; Rachel Comey Camille Earrings in Stripe Tortoise; read this there the english patient by michael ondaatje; j.crew faux-shearling mini tote;...
to be quite honest, pantone’s color of the year (ultraviolet!) caught me a tad off guard. personally, i was really expecting something more warm and toasty since that’s the trend i’ve been seeing of late. maybe a nice yellow ochre or a rich rusty shade — or a two-tone palette like pale pink and yellow or burnt orange (as they did a couple of year’s ago with serenity blue and rose quartz). but no, i’ll have to be my own trend forecaster this time around and let you know that this color palette is the one i’m seeing an awful lot of around the internet. so it’s my color palette of the year. and i’ll see about this ultraviolet and whether it begins to grow on me.