Monday, 7 January 2013

New Year Inspiration

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2013 is off to a great start. With Mark and the kids still at home with me, and gorgeous sunny weather, I'm still very much in holiday mode. But I am currently reading my Christmas present, Holly Becker's Decorate, and I am so inspired I wanted to share some of it with you.

There is so much fantastic advice and drool-worthy photography in the book, but something that stopped me in my tracks were the huge doors in Christine d'Ornano's London home, padded with sapphire blue velvet and brass studs - a-ma-zing!

Beyond the doors a gorgeous painting repeats the sapphire colour, and the yellow of the reproduction Louis XVI leather chairs.


Christine is the International Vice President of cosmetic company Sisley, and she and her husband, Marzouk Al-Bader, converted their family home from a series of neglected, rundown apartments. Although elegant and luxurious, the home still has a warm, welcoming feel. And their use of colour is quite simply divine. To see more pop over to Elle Decor.


  1. nectarandstone.blogspot.com7 January 2013 at 17:48

    I love the painting but my eyes can't seem to be drawn
    away from the stunning chandelier...
    Happy New Year - looking forward to your posts
    this year!
    Donna x

  2. Hi, Happy New Year to you. OMG, this home is beyond A-ma-zing! I love the flocked velvet sofa and mouille lights in the living room. Yels x

  3. Oh I soo want this book Vic. Isn't it fab receiving an amazing book for Christmas? One of my favourite gifts. Amy x

  4. It's on my Amazon wish list so I might just have to get myself a late Christmas present! I'm loving that beautiful armchair that Christine is sitting on!

  5. Wow, love the living room with the pink walls and oversized framed photo art. Those lamps are amazing! Welcome back and Happy NY - sounds like you had a lovely break x

  6. The door definitely has a striking design. It’s so elegant! Everyone says, a front door must have an inviting appeal as it is the first thing that people will see in one's house. Though this is not a front door, anyone would wonder what's behind it. It's like opening a treasure chest! This is a lovely discovery, and thanks for sharing! >> Li Ayers @ Renewal by Andersen®


It's lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your comment. Best wishes, Vic xxx

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