Casa Cavia is a chic Buenos Aires boutique set in a 1920s building filled with historic charm and modern sensibility as envisioned by founder Lupe Garcia. The house is home to not only a restaurant, but also a bookstore, perfumery, and florist! Dying for a visit just to bask in all its interior design glory…take a peek below at Casa Cavia!
So many people I know are afraid to buy art. They can choose a sofa (I mean, you HAVE to sit somewhere right?), but are afraid to pick art. Art is such a personal thing, there is no such thing as ‘bad’ art in my opinion. If you like it, it’s good! The end. In fact, when I’m designing a space sometimes I like to start with the art and design the room around it.
I recently discovered Invaluable.com, an online auction marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate sales. There are so many amazing treasures on here from auction houses across the globe – I could spend countless hours on this site. Invaluable recently asked me to pick a painting I loved and create a room that incorporated the piece as a major focal point.
I ended up falling in love with a painting of bush medicine leaves by Gloria Petyarre, an aboriginal artist from Australia.
Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre on Invaluable.com
I love the blue color and swirling leaf shaped brush strokes. It’s vibrant, and yet soothing at the same time. This artwork is really versatile and could work in a variety of rooms. I chose to design an office because I love the idea of walking into my workspace and immediately seeing this piece behind my desk. It’s like an instant dose of creativity!
Here is what I came up with:
Now, let me break down my design process for you.
Color: When working with colorful artwork it’s important to incorporate colors from the piece in other areas of the room. It’s not about being matchy-matchy, you don’t have to use the exact same color, but similar tones. This particular piece of art has tones of blue, grey, white and cream.
The Desk: I chose a large trestle style desk that I could place in front of the artwork. The art is big, so you need a big desk. You could even use a dining room table (as long as it’s rectangular). The gold bamboo style legs are feminine and modern – while the glass top keeps the look light.
The Rug: I selected a washed out bluish-gray rug that complements, but doesn’t compete with the blue in the painting. The traditional pattern helps to marry the eclectic mix of furniture I’ve selected for the room.
The Chairs: I selected a bright peacock blue velvet chair in a Gustavian style and gorgeously sculptural mid-century inspired chair by Jonathan Adler. So while I’m mixing completely different styles of furniture, I’m keeping to our color scheme which unifies the entire look.
The Lamp: I wanted to add another light-hued sculptural element to balance the Jonathan Adler chair, so I chose this gourd shaped lamp in cream and gold.
The Accessories: This is where you can play around a bit. I chose a mix of items like a shagreen tray, gold peacock letter opener, and added a pop of color with some bright flowers. You could even add more colorful accessories to this desk and it would work, just as long as you mix textures and materials so it doesn’t look like a set. I love mixing vintage items with my desk accessories to create a uniquely personal look.
On my long list of places I want to stay, Le Royal Monceau in Paris is at the top. I am dying to see their expertly created interiors up close – oh yes, and hanging out in Paris would be fun too. They have seamlessly mixed modern with traditional French furnishings in a way that is fresh, but not trendy. You won’t tire of this anytime soon.
In the bedroom I love the way the blush tufted headboard is kept from being too girly by pairing it with modern mirrored bedside tables and contemporary lamps. In keeping with the old and new theme, the designers added a grey velvet French Louis bench and a traditional rug in soft, muted colors. Clean and simple white bedding with a luxe silk throw completes the look. Don’t you want to spend the night here?
If you can’t make it out to Le Royal Monceau, get the look at home – check out my picks in the slideshow below to get your own Parisian inspired abode.
Le Royal Monceau-SAFAVIEH CHESTER VELVET TUFTED BED
Le Royal Monceau-WEST ELM MARBLE PILLAR LAMP
Le Royal Monceau-ZENTIQUE LILLE BENCH KATHY KUO HOME
Le Royal Monceau-ANGELOU RUG ONE KINGS LANE
Le Royal Monceau-POTTERY BARN PARK MIRRORED BEDSIDE TABLE
Le Royal Monceau-EILEEN FISHER SILK THROW GARNET HILL
Le Royal Monceau-RESTORATION HARDWARE RH AUGUSTE FRENCH LOUIS SALON BENCH VELVET
So many lovely looks at the Oscars last night. There were pale colored gowns a plenty with splashes of color donned by a few. Makeup was was kept soft and subtle across the board with a a couple of red lips here and there. Overall, the feeling at the event was ethereal and feminine. My hands down favorite of the night was Rosamund Pike in scarlet red Givenchy. The rosette detail on the dress was amazing and her choice of minimalist sandals was perfect. Her makeup simply glowing and no matching red lip! So chic.
It’s a big weekend for love and naughtiness in general this weekend with Valentine’s Day and Fifty Shades of Grey opening at theaters tomorrow. So, forget the sweet lingerie and go for something a bit more dramatic. I’m thinking something a little grey-inspired, but more racy GQ magazine spread than full on S&M.