Nocturnal Animals: Part 2 The Movie Set

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Set designer Shane Valentino along with the movie director Tom Ford chose a stunning Malibu house designed by Scott Mitchell. The house was used as the home of Susan and her husband, Hutton. “One of the directives we had in terms of Susan’s world was that it wanted to feel very hard and cold,” he says. “A good way to do that is to look for lots of glass, concrete, or hard materials.”

Art was also a major component to the design of Susan’s home. Valentino used a mix of modern and contemporary art throughout the house.

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Valentino reworked the interior design of the house to include darker furnishings which you can see in the 2 pictures above.“A lot of it is almost a mirror of some sort of Tom’s life and his world that he lives in,” he says. “The chaise lounge, the settees, and the armchairs that are there are part of his aesthetic. We went to a lot of high-end design places like JF Chen to find particular pieces.” Below I’ve put 2 pictures of the original house before the changes were temporarily made for the movie! It has the complete opposite ambiance of the dark and mysterious movie set… here the house is light and airy which is beautiful but somehow I’m in love with the changes made by Valentino!

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Anyways back to the set design

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I love this photograph from Richard Misrach’s Desert Cantos series that was hung in the entryway. It’s  from Tom Ford’s private collection. Not sure if I would use or put this photograph in a home, but  I think that this particular movie it was a brilliant choice by Valentino, especially with Susan’s hair colour against it! And most importantly I feel that landscape was the perfect hint for us of what was expected to come in the movie….  and sort of set the mood for us!

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Another art piece that caught my eye was that beautiful painting by Mark Bradford that hangs above Susan’s bed. I haven’t seen his work in person before but after I saw this I put him on my lists of artists to check out!… I just love it… In fact, I love everything in this room… Everything chosen complements each other without feeling matchy …like how the black marble table top complements the painting…. I love how all the wood walls complement the black and white in the room… I could go on and on about this room but I’ll stop and instead share a picture of the original bedroom just in case you were wondering about it!.

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So what do you think?  Which house do you prefer?  The dark and mysterious one? Or the bright and airy one?

A Modern Homage to Classics

It isn’t easy to mix… but when it’s done right it somehow looks so easy on the eyes… I love what they have done with this apartment… they have mixed classical elements, design pieces and contemporary materials with luxurious details, with a masterful minimalist approach. The colors and textures are relaxing yet sophisticated! What do you think?

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Images via  Guilherme Torres

The Art of Mixing 101

This apartment in Beirut belongs to Nabil Dada…. What I love about this place is that it has that museum feels about it without being sterile!….Everything is so carefully curated. The furniture and art have obviously been collected over time and with a lot of thought… I can’t imagine the memories and stories that each piece carries with it!

I’m so in love with this place…. It is by far the closest place I have seen (on the net) to my personal taste and style!

I love the armchair above, the style is very MCM yet the fabric is very medieval? classic? I love the Taccia table lamp on the far end corner!

I like how those 2 sphinx are floating above this small reflective water feature…. everything feels very well thought of….

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Do you recognize that sofa? It’s Zaha Hadid (may she RIP) love that sofa … I kind of have mixed emotions about where it’s placed, though!…but it could just be the angle where the picture has been taken from?

Can you see the corner to the far right of the picture? Doesn’t it look cozy? I love that there are those little cozy corners around the apartment. I think that having those cozy corners helped to give the place a homier feel and sort of balanced it more!

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I guess he adds more dining chairs when needed … I can’t blame him for not wanting to cover that Ron Arad dining table with chairs, though…. its just so beautiful!

It is not easy to mix the old with the new, the oriental with the baroque with Egyptian sphinx! And yet Dada has mixed them all… He has mastered the art of mixing to a perfection…. Wish it was as easy as he made it look like!

I have seen more picture of this apartment in magazines but couldn’t really find many online… I will add another post about this place if I do come across more pictures 😉

Pictures via taken from their website 

A Turkish Delight!

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This apartment belongs to Sefar Caglar, owner of an interior design and architectural firm called Autoban and his wife Merve Caglar, Executive Director of an association that supports contemporary art in Turkey SAHA.

I just love this apartment…it’s decorated in true contemporary style, combining modern design with classic materials. Walls and partitions have been demolished to give a feel of a loft bathed in the beautiful light of Istanbul.

Sefer likes to describe his home as a”contemporary house gallery” and I agree!…You can find a carefully curated art collection and some iconic modern pieces mixed with handmade pieces!… There is so much personality in this place and you sort of read their story when you walk into this home… Sefer and Caglar show us how it’s done… how a house can reflect the personality and lifestyle of the people who live in it without compromising in either style or comfort!

A Bunker Home

I think that the Boros home surpasses any home tour you have seen (in this blog at least). Christian and Karan Boros bought a Second World War air-raid bunker in Berlin-Mitte and converted it into their private home as well as a museum where they exhibit their vast contemporary art collection…. They own over 600 art pieces!!

The bunker has an interesting history….Like I mentioned earlier it started as a Nazi air raid shelter or bunker for residents of the area. Then in 1945, the building was converted into a prison. After the war, it became a warehouse, first for textiles and then for produce. Since then, the property had undergone various reincarnations: a nightclub, a nonprofit organization, and an exhibition hall—until The Boros bought it in 2003.

They transformed the building’s roof into a penthouse apartment for themselves, leaving the rest of the floors for exhibition space. “We were inspired by the early works of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando,” Karan explains. “He uses smooth concrete with visible shuttering marks to create planes that capture light. We opted for this for the walls, but contrasted the coldness of the concrete with limestone floors.”

The renovation project took 5 years to complete. Meanwhile, Christian and Karan Boros visited antique dealers and auction houses, and slowly put together an array of furnishings that would serve as a framework for their art collection. The penthouse alone holds more than a hundred works….an eccentric and personal collection that reflects their passionate point of view.

The living and dining area are separated by an open concrete fireplace suspended from the ceiling which I really love…. I also love the mix of all the furniture pieces here… modern furniture pieces …… Warren Platner chairs and you see mixed eras here from the 70s chandelier to the 50s chairs mixed with Asian antique tables.

I love this library area and wonder what books they collect… I love the mix here again. The vintage sofa set was upholstered in purple velvet and the console in the background they got from Bali.

New and vintage furniture mixed with contemporary art … Here you see a Wolfgang Tillmans photograph of Kate Moss and what looks to me like an Asian antique table in from of the Zanotta sofa.

They kept the guest bedroom above quite simple yet with a really interesting mix again! Here they put The Barcelona Daybed by Mies van der Rohe on an afghan rug. 

I just love their son’s bedroom…. no ugly plastic toys here and no theme that their son would outgrow …. and I just love the Moroccan Azilal rug and the tepee!

The 3-meter thick bunker roof was dug into to make room for the planting of trees and for a pool that is used for bathing and to reflect sunlight into the living area. Movable metal screens along the perimeter of the roof give privacy to the outdoor living spaces.

Source:  Artistic Fortress

Style Icon: Daphne Guinness

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I love creative people, I love people who create their style and lifestyle rather than copy others! Daphne Guinness is one of those creative people whose style I have always admired. She has a truly unique and artistic expression when it comes to how she dresses and how she decorates her home….. It’s really true to who she is… no stylist no interior designers… it’s purely her!

An Eclectic Home With Dark Walls!

I love what Chris Nguyen wrote about himself in his About page in his Interior Design website ! “Artist by education, design director by trade, interior consultant by night, mid-century modernist by addiction, incomplete sentences by intention”

 To me, it sums up his approach to the interiors he’s done as well!…. I just love his style very eclectic yet very curated at the same time…. I hope he shares more of his work on his website 😉

Blogging From My Balcony

The kids are swimming, the baby is napping … so whats a girl to do in this lovely weather? why blog ofcourse! lol

I love our balcony here… its where we spend most of our time when we are at home…. and believe it or not it took me nearly 2 years to find this outdoor dinning table and chairs!!! I wanted a teak table top (to go with my teak floors) with a thick metal frame and legs  (to go with the thick balcony rails) …and I wanted my chairs to have no teak on them with a thin metal frame!!! I knew that my requirements sounded ridiculous yet I couldn’t just accept anything else just to fill up the place ….. So imagine my surprise when I found exactly what I wanted …. I was ecstatic and couldn’t believe my eyes….and the icing on the cake was the chair colour… it was the exact shade of grey on my living room wall !!!

I know that most of you are thinking what’s all the fuss about ? I mean it looks like a normal simple table right?….. Well the thing is, sometimes it is harder to find simple furniture with clean lines,  in good quality made with the right materials, in the right colour and is the right size….After all you know that it takes more effort to make things look effortless!!!

I have to say that I am very grateful to have such a patient husband 😉