Restoring the Chateau de Gudanes.

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There is something brewing in the South of France, just about an hour outside of Toulouse. In a small town called Château-Verdun, an 18th century estate has been lying in wait, that is until 2013 when Australian couple Karina and Craig Waters bought the property with plans to restore it to its former glory. Now, we are all watching carefully as Chateau de Gudanes slowly comes to life again. Carefully, and a bit obsessively on my part, as I follow their every move on their beautiful Instagram feed! Their magnificent house originally belonged to Marquis Louis Gaspard de Sales, who … Continue reading >>

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The Quiet Beauty of the Black House.

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A long time obsession of mine has been black paint. So when I happened upon this black house in Iceland, I was immediately drawn to it. It’s stunning, isn’t it?  This beautiful house was designed by Rut Karadottir and inspired by the 18th century coastal houses of the region. Located on the western coast just outside of the town of Borgarnes, and just an hour from Reykjavik, this house is the perfect getaway for those design-minded vactioners looking for something a little different. I’ve always loved a rich, dark palette for a home, so when I came across this beautiful, simple black … Continue reading >>

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The Magical Manger of Mimi Thorisson

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One of my absolute favorite blogs to follow is Manger, by the fabulous and talented Mimi Thorisson. The blog documents the life of the Thorisson family with dreamy bucolic photos of Mimi and her children running through the idyllic countryside, or in her beautiful kitchen, making something scrumptious. Everything in the photographs she shares is effortlessly stylish, the epitome of farmhouse chic. But Mimi and her husband, the photographer Oddur Thorisson, were not always the living the pastoral dream. Having grown up in Hong Kong, the city roots ran deep for Mimi, who later moved to London, then Paris to pursue … Continue reading >>

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In the Bindery with Paul Vogel

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There are moments in my life where things come into focus, and I really remember why I love doing what I am doing these days. Visiting master bookbinder Paul Vogel in his East Hampton bindery was definitely one of those moments. I first heard about Paul through his work with the Assouline, and his bindery in the flagship Plaza Hotel store. Every time I go to the Assouline I am just in awe at the spools of colorful paper and leather, the intricacy of the tools, and the stunning hand bound volumes. Bookbinding truly is an exquisite art, but there … Continue reading >>

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In the Studio with Monica Pisilli

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I first met the ceramicist Monica Pisilli through a mutual friend, who had a hunch that I’d love her work, and of course, I did! One of the best things about starting Interior Monologue has been the outpouring of leads like this from friends, or friends of friends, who know that I am always on the hunt for artisans like Monica. After seeing some small  samples that she brought along to show me of her amazing tile work, I just had to meet with her at her studio and find out more about this intricate and beautiful process. I also had to … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Paulette Tavormina

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When I first came across the photographs of Paulette Tavormina, I was instantly hooked. These beautiful, dark, rich compositions looked like they sprang right out of a book of Old Master Paintings, yet they were contemporary photographs! I was so drawn to the colors and the gorgeous fruits and flowers she uses in her still life compositions that I just had to investigate further. Below is my Interior Dialogue with Paulette, where we talk inspiration, learning through hands-on experience, and the unexpected surprises that keep work interesting and enlivening! Paulette’s latest monograph, Seizing Beauty, is available now from The Monacelli … Continue reading >>