Freaking Out and Lacquered Walls

Classes started again last week; on Saturday I had my first Interior Decorating 1 class and I’m admitting right now that I’m scared. So far the courses I’ve taken have been a little easy – no actual decorating happening. That’s going to change with this class, and I’m currently experiencing an overwhelming feeling of terror.

I’m absolutely terrified that I’ve made a huge mistake. What am I doing going back to school? Where in the hell did I get the idea that I had any sort of skill at actually decorating a room? There’s so much to think about, and source, and pull together, and I haven’t any idea what I’m doing, and there’s a looming deadline for the project and I don’t think I can have it done in time. Oh my God – what have I done???

*Breathe*

One of the projects for my class (one of two that are terrifying me) is to take an image from a fashion magazine that has a triadic colour scheme and translate that into a contemporary living room. After hours of searching (mostly at Chapters since I don’t own a single fashion magazine) I ended up with one from a issue of Fashion magazine from 2009 that is predominantly navy blue (And yes, I used the term ‘ended up with’- what’s with current magazines only having monochromatic or black and white fashion spreads? How terribly boring.).

Since I have to keep the colour ratio in my space the same as the image we’re using which means most of the room will have to be navy blue, and in order to accomplish that I’ll have to present a room with navy walls. This worried me for a while – how to do a contemporary room with dark walls given that when I think of a contemporary space I usually think sleek, modern, open, and mostly white with pops of bright colour.

Yesterday morning when I woke up it hit me – lacquer. Lacquer has been popping up more and more frequently in the magazines and blogs that I read and I’ve always rather loved it as it adds a little something extra and unexpected to rooms.

The image above is of Todd Romano’s Manhattan apartment, and it has laid to rest some of my fears about an all blue room feeling very traditional instead of contemporary. What do you think? Do the lacquered walls add to the contemporary feel to the space? Or am I simply grasping at straws?

Monday Morning Love – Hotel Mansour

During my Design Theory class last semester the final project involved using images to demonstrate the theories we’d learned. Naturally I used Pinterest as my source for images. I came across one picture that I loved, but unfortunately it wasn’t credited properly so I did a bit more digging and discovered where the image was taken.

This incredible space is part of the spa at the Royal Mansour in Marrakesh, Morocco. Can you believe how beautiful it is? I love the intricate lace details in the screens, and the lovely inlaid marble floor. I can totally see myself relaxing here before going back to my room and it’s private courtyard. For almost as long as I can remember Morocco has been on my ‘one day I must visit here’ list. I’m not sure what it is about the country that appeals to me but I know one day I’ll visit.

PS – in case anyone was interested I did a bit of digging, and a stay in the Hotel Mansour costs just $1400US a night for a one bedroom riad. Want to bring your family? A three bedroom riad costs just over $12,000US a night. I’ll now add this to my ‘places I’ll visit when I win the lottery’ list.

Monday Morning Love – Christina D’Ornato

It’s late as I type this on Sunday night (which is technically Monday morning). I’ve spent all weekend working on my final project for class, and I’m still not done. I expect to see the early hours again tomorrow night.

Before I head off to bed for some much needed shut eye I thought I’d post this image, which by all accounts has flown around the internet many times, but somehow I only discovered it this past weekend.

The home of Christine D'Ornano by Johanna Henderson

The home of Christine D’Ornano

Isn’t it stunning? It’s from the London home of Christina D’Ornano, who, along with her family owns and runs the luxury cosmetics brand Sisley. I’m in love with the upholstered doors, the tile floor and the chandelier, but I think my favourite part is the painting of her mother over the mantel

Her home has been featured a number of times in print, including in Elle Decor and Elle Decor Espana, but I found this image on the website of photographer Joanna Henderson.  Had you seen Christine’s home featured somewhere before? What do you think?