Vintage Pewter Candleholder Featured in French Style Magazine

Who could resist a cover that helps you “Design Your Parisian Retreat”?


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Game Night: Molly’s Game with Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba

If you haven’t caught it yet, you need to watch Molly’s Game: it had us watching nonstop at the edge of our seats!

The story – Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing, The Social Network) directorial debut – unfolds nicely, with Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) training to become an Olympic skier, glimpses into her brilliant mind, and then it takes us front seat into her career-ending injury.  After that it gets really interesting.

To deal with her cracked nerves, she decides to temporarily put off law school and flies to Los Angeles to sort things out.  Once there, she becomes a cocktail waitress.  A patron at the bar ends up hiring her to become his office manager, and not long after that she’s running his underground poker games.

Little by little, she learns about card games … the terms, the odds, the styles, the players … until she ended up running the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, hosting players like Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, and Leo DiCaprio.

An intelligently written and superbly acted (Kevin Costner plays her dad, while Idris Elba is her high-powered attorney) tale that will have you gasping at how quickly our lives can turn.

And if you’re feeling like sharing in the fun, get a few buddies together for game night. Of course, be sure to rub the rabbit’s foot for good luck:

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Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakesh Home: The Essentials

When Yves Saint Laurent visited Marrakesh for the first time in 1966, it transformed him forever.  The strong sun, lush colors, and intricate patterns you see everywhere left an indelible mark in his mind.  “Marrakech taught me color,” he said.  “Before Marrakech, everything was black.”

Indeed, one of the most important parts of Saint Laurent’s legacy has been the Jardin Majorelle, the garden he restored with Pierre Berge and a must-see on any trip to Marrakesh.  (Tip for visitors: they don’t take credit cards, so bring plenty of dirhams to cover your entry fees.)  The original garden has been joined by the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, and plans are now being made to open up Saint Laurent and Berge’s private home (Villa Oasis) to the public.

When it opens, you should think about going to Marrakesh just to see this.  Not only is the house itself spectacular, it captures all the iconic elements of Moorish and Arabesque design, which then fed our favorite Mediterranean, Tuscan, Spanish Revival, and Southwestern styles of architecture and design.  Indeed, there’s literally so much to see at Villa Oasis, it could be hard to absorb in one visit.

Starting from the outdoors, this space is surrounded by a riot of warm weather plants.  Here, fuchsia bougainvillea creates a vibrant canopy in the outdoor patio:

Villa Oasis Terrace (courtesy Elle Decor; Miguel Flores-Vianna)

Pink against cool turquoise.  Maybe not a combination you’d naturally pick out in the morning, but it works so well here. Read more

L’Objet Aegean Gold Dinnerware featured in Flea Market Decor

We loved how L’Objet’s Aegean gold espresso cup and saucer brightened up the “Great Finds” section of the Flea Market Decor March/April 2018 issue:

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Herend Handpainted Porcelain: Perfect for Every Celebration

Although it’s best known for having been both Queen Victoria’s and Princess Diana’s favorites, Herend is prized for the playfulness of its designs.  Today, this hand-painted porcelain continues to delight adult and children around the world.

Here are a few ways to use it in your own celebrations. Which one’s your favorite?

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

Shown above: Chinese Bouquet Garland Raspberry Dinnerware, Golden Edge Dinnerware, Key to My Heart Raspberry Figurine, Fish Scale Pink DinnerwareSilk Ribbon Raspberry Dinnerware, Golden Laurel Dinnerware, Gwendolyn Dinnerware, Connect the Dots Dinnerware, Heart of Gold Raspberry Figurine, Princess Victoria Pink Dinnerware, Fish Scale Gold Dinnerware, Chinese Bouquet Raspberry Dinnerware.

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