Monday, June 16, 2008

luxe loft

i think if i had a fantasy girly bach-pad, one that was all my own. the space i would have, had i taken "that" road instead of "this"~would be a fabulous, old warehouse, re purposed as a living space/artist's loft. i would fill it with non sequitur items that still made sense against the vestiges of the utilitarian space it once was. i would fill it with things like a gorgeous vintage couture gown (found while carrying on! with my 'uncle tim') hung as art, beautiful hand loomed rugs from far flung places, even a shot of toile (just to keep things interesting) lots of low seating for all of my dinner parties. you know, the kind that would, really be, more like the 'salons' of the past. i would definitely, have an old school rotary phone (i'm all about bringing back the cord) and probably in pink. in fact, i think i'd be using a lot of saturated peony pink all over the place. incredible art would be casually hung around the space, some leaning languidly against the wall, an always shifting curation of friend's art mixed in with motherwells, rothkos and frankenthalers. i would teeter around, exclusively, in beautiful shoes (you know the ones with the red soles~uh, ya, you shoe lovers know what i'm talkin' 'bout) even if i was just in a t-shirt and jeans. for years i've lurked every photo i could find, of painter/actor/model anh duong's west village apartment. i rip them out and study them, then store them in their own little place in my file of favorites. in the mean time, i'm quite happy with the sun filled, sand covered, sparkly water of 'this' road i chose. photos from elle decor ~feb/mar. 2004

16 comments:

muranogirl said...

Her place is just really cool. I love the first shot - nice!

That Girl Designs said...

oh my gosh, what a fantastic bed spread! such a cool place.

MadrasGypsy said...

Instead of the road not traveled- I refer to it as my backup plan! Mine happens to be living back in London.

Anonymous said...

Cool pad but I prefer the Bungalo!

Richie Designs said...

I love her, she is so beautiful and has such amazing style.

yes, I too would teeter around on the red soled lovelies as well.

sigh....so many pretty things, so little funds to secure them with.

katiedid said...

YES! I could have done that. In fact when the kids are off to college....you never know. But I do love a bit of yard, and the beach!

Jeanine Hays said...

I LOVE the first room. Such an amazing blend of different styles and eras. The global details really add warmth to the space. Thank you for sharing!

Liz said...

Oh my... thank you for sharing these. That first photo nearly put me in the floor. Fantastic.

Joslyn said...

i love this one of my faves from elle decor. especially love how she manages to balance the uber girlie pink with masculine elements like dark wood and the chunky furniture.

Joslyn said...

love this space...especially love how she mixes the uber girlie elements like all the pink with the masculine dark wood and chunky furniture.

Cote de Texas said...

oh yes - she is slightly "fine" as we used to say. so is her place and so is your place with your new wallpaper!!!

beachbungalow8 said...

madras gypsy....love the 'back up plan'! i may threaten everyone in my house with that one 'you know, i DO have a back up plan!"

i know, GREAT blend of all things girly AND the global thing. the big chunky, almost masculine feel up against the pink, gilding and turquoise.

i will add, i think anh duong is scary. like, upper classman in highschool you sort of idolize scary. did you see her in 'high art'? i always imagine her like that character.

coco+kelley said...

oh my god. oh my GOD! it's just no fair that that kind of space exists and i don't get to live in it (or visit my BFF who lives in it).

i'm officially going to have to find a cool couture gown to just 'hang' out amongst the beautiful piece i've collected throughout the years...

kay* said...

this is such a great space! OMG! i especially LOVE the first photo...it's the exact feel (and along the same colours scheme, pink, dark wood, cream, gold) that i want to use in my own apartment - must bookmark this post :o)

Betsy said...

OMG, This place is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm decorating our new apartment so I'm on the look out for great images. Love your blog btw.

Love, Betsy.

Maggie May said...

i love love the hot pink accents in that living room

what kind of flowering plant is that in the corner?

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