Damien Langlois-Meurinne

I recently discovered the marvelous work of French designer Damien Langlois-Meurinne.  Monsieur Langlois-Meurinne began his career working in the atelier of Christian Liagre.  He later moved to the German fabric house of Zimmer & Rohde where he was hired to create an in-house furniture collection.  In 2003 he opened his own design firm Agence D.L.M. and later opened a showroom in the Marais district of Paris to showcase his extraordinary line of furnishings, lighting and accessories.  Although his interiors are pretty wonderful, it is his “Actualites” that would  turn any room into a statement.

Here are some favorites.


1// We Are All Made Of Stars – Chandelier 2// Fauteuil, Zimmer & Rohde, 2013 3// To Turn You On – Table, 2007 4// Young Tree Floor Lamp 5// Happiness – High Back Chair

I will be dreaming about his pieces for some time to come.


L’Apogee Courcheval

Well, Fall is officially here and my mind is already turning to thoughts of turning leaves, gourds in every color, hearty meals and, of course, the holidays.  So all my cold weather fantasies were realized after seeing the recent completion of L’Apogee Courcheval, the latest luxury hotel from The Oetker Collection of luxury hotels, due to open November 1st, high in the French Alps.  The interior design and décor is credited to renowned architect and interior designer India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand.

They have created every element of the interiors from the rooms to restaurants, the private chalet to the chairs by the fireplace.  They have produced a chic, contemporary design that is soft, comfortable and luxurious.

L’Apogee-CourchevalWho wouldn’t want to cozy up in the front of this fireplace?

L’Apogee-Courcheval-bedroomA sophisticated play on chalet style.

L’Apogee-Courcheval-fireplaceRich, masculine, enveloping.

L’Apogee-Courcheval-diningOne of the many restaurants at L’Apogee Courcheval.

L’Apogee-Courcheval-green-roomI’m not normally a “green” person, but the combination of green with metallic brass accents is stunning.

I’m ready to start packing, how about you?


Motorcycle Chic for Fall

We have had some blisteringly hot days here in Pasadena the last few weeks and, mercifully, it is starting to cool down. The mornings are beginning to get that misty coolness and the light is starting to bend in that certain way that signals FALL is right around the corner.  This is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year ( I married my darling husband on a picture perfect Fall day) and one of the chief reasons, other than the weather, is the clothes are the absolute best.

This year, it is all about biker chic.  I confess that I am a sucker for leather, and, God help me, especially black leather.  So I set out searching for the best biker jackets and boots that would make a fashion statement while maintaining a relatively dignified air for a woman of a certain age.  Here is my wish list in no particular order, except one.

Yves St. Laurent – Black Leather Motorcycle JacketYves St. Laurent – Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Enough said.  There were no other candidates remotely in the running. This is the black leather moto jacket for the gal that’s going to pair this with a killer strand of pearls, enormous diamond stud earrings,  a black cashmere sweater, impeccable skinny jeans and a black crocodile Hermes Kelly bag.  Think Grace Kelly on a Harley-Davidson.

Here are my picks for motorcycle boots that feed your Easy Rider vibe but still maintain an air of respectability:


1// Manolo Blahnik – Ermebor Studded Leather Mid-Calf Boots 2// Christian Laboutin – Café Leather Chain Detail Boot 3// Reed Krakoff – Harness Leather Ankle Boot 4// Fendi  – Suede Stud-Heel Boot 5// Chanel – Short Ankle Leather Boot  6// Gucci – Kesha Black Suede High Heel Boot  7// Chanel – Tall Crocodile Embossed Leather Boot 8// Saint Laurent – Paris Bottine Harness Ankle Boot

I’m getting that Born to be Wild feeling already.


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