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Latest Stylish Hotel Design in Madrid

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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The Principal Madrid,  
the latest five star hotel to successfully combine classic architecture with stylish, contemporary interiors ... the result being pure luxury. 

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A club like feel with dark and moody interiors, edgy wing backs and back lit bookcases.
So inviting ... so unlike a hotel !!

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Fabulous period detailing, high ceilings and large windows contribute to the luxurious ambiance.
Intimate spaces .. far from the madding crowd.

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Guestooms are a perfect combination of glamorous Parisian style french doors with iron balustrades, and sleek, contemporary, almost masculine furnishings. The classic butterfly chair in leather and up to the minute designer lighting of course add to the elegance. 

So simple yet so right !!


Designer: Pillar Garcia-Nieto and Barcelona based studio Luzio.


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a taste of summer style

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Spring/Summer 2015 by Chanel ... soft colour, soft fabrics.

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Summer details ... vibrant colour ... just a splash.

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Summer styling ... crisp white, pastels and a hint of gold.

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Spring/Summer Chanel 2015 ... the glamour of white linen and gold accessories.

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Summer wardrobe ... elegance and organisation on a small scale. 




salone del mobile 2014 ... the very best of

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Detail Hermes Silk Fabric

As you can imagine, everyone is talking Milan and the Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair at this time of year.  My inbox is flooded with many versions of the pieces and the designers that have supposedly stolen the show. These are the pieces that stood out for me.

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Hermes Club Bar

The glamour of this drinks cabinet defies belief.


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Alexander McQueen Rug by the Rug Co

Wonderfully over the top ... as one would expect.
 

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Hermes Lighting

Never before have Hermes ventured into lighting but here it is, a small and perfect collection. 


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Philippe Starck Folding Chair

I simply love this chair for it's extremely slick take on a very casual piece of furniture ... not to mention the unimaginable quality of the tan leather.


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Brunello Cucinelli

So interesting, the number of fashion houses doing furniture and homewares.



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10 iconic objects of desire ... my edit

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, May 03, 2014
Here is my edit of UK H&G's 50 Iconic Objects of Desire .... most of which you will know so well.  Each is aesthetically beautiful, classic in design and functional.



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the diptyque candle 

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the bialetti moka


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the tolix stool


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the smeg fridge


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the aalto vase


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the louis ghost chair
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the le creuset


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the billy bookcase


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the anglepoise 1227


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the liberty print ....

and of course the list goes on and on and includes many personal favourites like the barbour jacket, chanel rouge noir nail varnish and the burberry trench.  Items one just can't live without !!





weylandts ... their autumn lookbook for your interior

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, April 28, 2014
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Weylandts, Melbourne ... the new go-to store for fabulous homewares from Sth Africa.
Innovative, contemporary design, manufacturing and sourcing.  

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My pick for an autumn makeover ...   
the extremely elegant brass pendant lights ... and the sparkling glass horlicks jar pendants, so retro ... 

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these smart black and white side tables ... perfect with your winter white bedding  

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and an aviator copper coffee table to warm up your living area and reflect that open fire this autumn ... so nice to have an excuse to shop for a new look.





milan furniture fair meets fashion week australia

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, April 15, 2013

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I was spoilt for choice this week not knowing which to look at first ... the Vogue blog covering Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia or the Vogue Living report each day from the Milan Furniture Fair.

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I was definitely more interested in Fashion Week's Street Style than endless images from the catwalk !

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Meanwhile in Milan, my favourites included Missoni (top photo) combining daisies and its traditional zigzag (only seen on the ottoman on the left) and above, the fabulous brights from designer Paola Lenti.

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It was all happening at Carriageworks in Sydney ... what a fabulous venue for Fashion Week (yes, with the exception of the parking).

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More of Paola Lenti's collection 'In the Key of Colour'. The furniture is available through Dedece, Sydney. 

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Paola Lenti chose this fabulous Franciscan Monastery, complete with orchard and gardens, for the showing of their collection in Milan. 

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your own little paradise

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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image: via tumblr

When I first saw this setting I immediately fell in love with it.  It could be part of a bedroom or living room or work equally as well in a sunroom, outdoor room or conservatory ... light, bright ... somewhere you want to spend time ... just you. 

It is all about having ones favourite possessions at hand to set the scene .... a new book or magazine to start, elegant stationary and pen to write a letter or even better ... your first novel.

An essential part of the scene is of course, the tea tray and fresh flowers.

This scene works summer or winter ... I can picture myself curled up under a cashmere rug in a sunny corner or with soft linen curtains billowing in the cool summer breeze.

Colours are serene and and calming ... the neutral palette I am always drawn to. 

This plump, oversized chaise with its soft linen slip covers is perfect for curling up on at any time ... an essential for this quiet corner of your world. 

xxxxx

 

 

christian liaigre ... the detail

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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I have admired the work of Christian Liaigre since staying in the beautiful Hotel Montalembert in Paris in the early 90's.  This hotel interior showcased his style and attention to detail ... it was also very glamorous in a subtle and elegant way.

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The next time I became aware of his work was when he combined with Herbert Ypma in the creation of a book about his latest residential projects 'MAISON'. This book captures photographically every detail of some eight projects around the world ... emphasising the consistency of his work but most importantly the appropriateness.

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I read where he believes in the old adage that there are no great designers, only great clients.  Never a truer word spoken. According to Ypma, Liaigre redefined 'modern' when a modern interior was white walls and blonde timber .... Liaigre worked with dark timber and masculine colour palette of creams browns and greys.

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This is how Liaigre chooses to live ... on the left bank in Paris ... his favourite period of design, the 18th century.  Unusual given his minimalist interiors. He does explain that the 18th century was when there was the most creation ... how could they do so much baroque and yet keep it coherent.  He feels it is coming back into fashion and manages to blend the extremes with his contemporary pieces from his own collection. 

I love his work with a passion but am not sure I love this exact choice of furniture. What do you think.

pure interiors pure detail

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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It is all about the detail at Pure Interiors .... beautiful Italian furniture with amazing detailing. 

Whether it be the scatter cushions or the loose covers on dining chairs, the quality and attention to detail is exceptional.

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I loved the soft colour and texture in the range of leather benches, side tables and coffee tables .... this furniture has wonderful warmth. 

On the other hand, the upholstered furniture is pure luxury .... both in its detail and its styling.    

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I love visiting the PYD Building in Waterloo to keep up to date with the latest and this showroom is contemporary Italian furniture at its best  ...... yet with some surprises. 

Don't leave without exploring the unique range of home fragrances and candles!!!

 

 

 

a little inspiration from chanel during australian fashion week

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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As fabulous as many of the designs were during Australian Fashion Week .... and I am thinking Zimmerman and Toni Maticevski who I particularly admired, nothing came close to the sort of detailing that Chanel is famous for. 

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I love these textures and fabrics and colours !! and just when I thought the beautiful shade of nude was on its way out. I love working with these gorgeous neutral shades for upholstery whether it be wools, flannels, mohair, linen or velvet ... and on whatever style or period of furniture.  

Antiques can be modernized and reinvented by upholstering in neutral textiles.

Natural and neutral tones for textiles and rugs work as a backdrop for the warmth of timber furniture, flooring and even subtle architectural detail.  These interiors being both harmonious and .... inviting to live in. 

 


 

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