Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine





Architecture for me is elation, it holds promise, imagination, life - executed in beauty, defined by style and light, holding within its boundaries love.   My first introduction to the architecture of Bobby McAlpine was the beautiful South African Cape Dutch style home whose exterior you see above and interior is pictured below.  Composed and perfectly situated with generous living room windows collecting the beauty of nature; a personal artwork that changes with time and seasons.

His new book Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine by Rizzoli is just that, poetry- verses of love, insight, vision, execution, and absolute authenticity.  It is simply GORGEOUS, and quiet frankly a pleasure to read.  I wish I could show you every page, but poetry is always best when read ourselves, because then it goes from our head to our hearts, to our vision.  I have included an upcoming schedule of appearances, celebrations, book signings, and lectures that I am sure you would want to attend.




L U M I N O U S 








B E A U T Y,  T R U T H,  A N D  L O V E


" 'Come let me love you,' said the house.  Some houses beckon to us this way.  They are anthropomorphic and emotionally alive.  Their character and soul exceed their parts.  They have a voice and give us one as well, reminding us that we are loved lavishly and unreservedly, that we are free to get things wrong without fear of abandonment, that we are called to create our lives out of glorious individuality.  This kind of beauty includes us.  It feeds emotions we are starving for and captures feelings we know well." - Bobby McAlpine








R E T R E A T








G A T H E R I N G








S T O R Y B O O K
















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My sincere congratulations to architect Bobby McAlpine, along with his partners Greg Tankersley, Chris Tippett, John Sease, David Baker, Ray Booth, and Susan Ferrier, and coauthor Susan Sully on a truly gorgeous new book.



A personal thank you to Lizzy Hyland of Jill Cohen Associates - Where Beautiful Books Begin and Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. for the opportunity.  

All the best to you both, always.










Quote:  Bobby McAlpine
Photos:  By Permission of Rizzoli, USA


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Giannetti Home: A New Store in Santa Barbara and A French Normandy Style Beach House in San Diego




Linens in lovely shades of watery blues and creams, vintage books, shells, worn woods with soft patinas, rooms perfectly appointed, captured in timeless architecture, redefining beauty... design... the meaning of classic... These are the homes of Giannetti Architecture and Interiors.

Brook and Steve Giannetti recently added Giannetti Clothing to their repertoire and Giannetti Home, a new store and studio in Santa Barbara, California.  Here is their latest design in San Diego: a French Normandy style beach house, something to be inspired by and dream about from the May/June 2017 Luxe Magazine.




















































Saturday, October 7, 2017

French and Swedish Antiques in a Pretty, Renovated 17th century Thatched Cotswold Cottage




There is a wonderful design trail in social media that continues to unfold and bring new ideas, places to visit, and stores from which to shop.  It's the age old adage "One thing (happily) leads to another".  Even though I bought the June issue of Country Living - British Edition, months ago, I just now sat down to look through it and voila ... inside was the beautiful time-worn antiques, natural textures, and pared-back look of the newly renovated Cotswold Cottage of antique dealers Karen and Anthony Cull.  They are also the owners of Anton & K Decorative Antiques and Interiors.  Not surprising, their items are now sold by appointment and online.  They also have a very beautiful Instagram, @antonandkantiques that continues to update us on their latest arrivals and inspire us with their style.

With an understated elegance, the couple's signature style, a simple pared-back look celebrates weathered and worn imperfections, rough textured walls, reclaimed old stone flooring, natural vintage linens, soft chalky tones of white and grey, and carefully curated Antique French and Swedish furniture...





"This Cotswold cottage on the outskirts of Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, appealed immediately and was located very near to where we had both grown up."






"The faded patina that comes with time is important to us - it has a depth and rawness that is relaxing to live with."






"The original property was literally a two-up, two down building, with a large downstairs bathroom and one little basin in a bedroom."






"When we moved in, we added a small kitchen in the existing galley, updated the bathrooms and refreshed the decoration."






"The extension has transformed how we live and brought so much light into the house."






"The garden is full of old decorative pieces ..."






"We see it as an extension of our living space, and have created outdoor areas that feel like rooms."






"Our love of antiques influences everything we do."













Photos: Brent Darby
Quotes:  Karen Cull


Monday, October 2, 2017

Beth Webb: An Eye for Beauty: Rooms that Speak to the Senses - A Lovely, Richly Appointed Design Book for Your Personal Library or as a Gift for the Upcoming Holiday Season







"The design process starts with life - and how we live.  

There is an art to living well, to elevating the everyday.... 

What I want above all is for the interiors I create to imbue 

those who live in them with feelings of 

well-being and contentment."  Designer Beth Webb



Elegance of simplicity in light filled rooms designed or redesigned for living well; subtle nuances where the details do more than matter, they shine; beautiful homes rewarding their owners with timeless decoration ... When tradition meets modernity, when beautiful architectural meets layers and layers of beautiful texture creating the comforts of home... rooms that speak to the senses, then you know that you are are experiencing the art of a home designed by Atlanta designer Beth Webb.   

In her recently debuted book; Beth Webb, An Eye for Beauty-  Rooms That Speak To The Senses you will find more than just an elegant table top design book, but a philosophy of achieving true beauty in the home with sound, touch, taste, and smell; minute intimacies, the essence of coming home.  Elegantly composed homes, that offer a sense of contentment and well-being.  A lovely, richly appointed, feast for your eyes design book that you will want for your personal library and is a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season.  The foreword is written by Clinton Smith, editor in chief of Veranda, which is always a mark of good taste... 








"In this very special place surrounded by wilderness, the design of this house intended to gratify all the senses - down to the last perfectly aromatic detail. "






"A decorative trim on the lead edge of a drapery panel or the simplest flange on the edge of a seat cushion - so many exquisite details may be almost indiscernible when one first surveys the room as a whole, but their revelation over time is one of the most beautiful aspects of design."  






"For me, design drama depends so much on the dimensional elements.  I prefer to use the tactile components rather than the color palette to energize each space: a zebra rug, say, on top of sisal or nubby bouclé wool, snuggling up to a coarse Belgian linen."  






"No day should pass without our experiencing a sense of beauty in one form or another, even for a moment.  A glimpse of the possibility of perfection.  Something wonderful against the skin.  A snatch of melody.  A whiff of perfume.  A taste of happiness."






"Reinvented to suit the owners' lifestyle and filled with their personal treasures, this home does what home should do: express a shared inner vision in every last touch."




Beth Webb:  An Eye for Beauty:  Rooms that Speak to the Senses by Beth Webb, Rizzoli New York, 2017


Purchase: Amazon










A personal thank you to Lizzy Hyland of Jill Cohen Associates- Where Beautiful Books Begin 
and Nora Heneghan of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. for the opportunity. 

All the best to you both, always.  













About the Author:  Beth Webb entered the world of Interior design by way of her experiences as a art dealer, having received a Master's degree from Sotheby's in London.  As Founder and Creative Director of Beth Webb Interiors for more than 20 years, Beth has been frequently featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazines.  In 2015 Beth won the prestigious Southeast Designer of the Year Award.  Beth serves on the board of the Design Leadership Network and The Florence Academy of Art.  She is a a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and the Leaders of Design Council.  



Quotes: Beth Webb
Images: By Permission of Rizzoli USA


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Couture, Chintz & Whimsy - The Delightfully Pretty Life of Mrs. Alice Naylor-Leyland





English Rose Alice Naylor-Leyland's fairy-taled world of chintz, coutured frocks, and rose filled conservatory has a panache for adding in whimsy, 'so its not boring'.   Naylor-Leyland known as @mrsalice to her over ninety thousand Instagram followers, shares her life and style with us in a enviably pretty, glamorous, and colorful world.  I recently came across photos of her estate featured in Architectural Digest written by Amanda Brooks.  Here are just a few photos of her John Fowler inspired Regency country house, Stibbington, in Cambridgeshire, England that she shares with her husband Tom, and children Billy and Nancy.  You will want to see her entire estate, and follow her on Instagram.

Welcome to Alice's Wonderland, it never looked so pretty...  





"The house itself is traditional & whimsical.

When it was built everything had decorative flourishes, so modern 

furniture doesn't work.

I like using chintz and florals because they haven't been seen for a 

while, so, ironically, they look fresh and new."








































Photography: Simon Upton
Read and View the entire article here: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/tour-insta-famous-alice-naylor-leylands-dreamy-english-estate
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