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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[Video] Spilling red wine, ketchup, and more on Garnier-Thiebaut’s Coated Tablecloth

Previously we looked at how Garnier-Thiebaut’s Green Sweet tablecloths can keep off stains like red wine.  In time for the Summer, we got one of their coated tablecloths as well and put mayonnaise, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and red wine on it.  Here’s what happened:

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Check out the Kardashians’ Insane Gold Egg

The Kardashians are known for their crazy, over the top lives, but wouldn’t you love to be invited to one of Kris Jenner’s epic Christmas parties?  Yes, we’d go too.

Kris loves her Christofle silver; here she is showing off her Mood flatware set, which comes in its own gilded 24 kt gold egg.  It’s so stunning it practically needs its own security team:

Kris Jenner with her Christofle Mood Flatware Set, Gilded in 24 kt Gold (image courtesy Kris Jenner)

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