Jamie Drake

Jamie Drake interiors
Because beige is too easy and because a tremendous amount of character and sense of style is needed to accomplish some of his fantastic interiors, Jamie Drake is my number 5 innovator. "Where some see disparity, Drake sees semblance in line, pattern, spirit, or concept." Interior Design. His interiors are full of colors, the more the merrier, coziness and texture. The use of modern furniture mixed with fantastic antiques and his greatest statement "color", make his interiors astonishingly transitional.
Jamie Drake design
"What's really important to my work is injecting a sense of personality. I call it personality-plus design." says Drake. Two main ingredients for success. His unique style is what have granted him important clients such as Mayor Bloomberg and Madonna. Drake keeps his interiors harmonious by using one to two colors in different shades and adding accents of contrasting colors. In the above room for instance, he used light green on the walls, striped curtains in a darker green, a tick striped green tablecloth with some blue in it to bring out the blue in the colorful art wall. Then he used the white chairs to make a statement and to probably brake with green and bring out some white from the art wall and chandelier shades. The ebony leather upholstery on the chairs keeps the attention on the gorgeous tablecloth fabric and art wall. We can see the same technique used in the blue room below. This time with two main colors, different patterns of blue and green were used to make the room fresher and more modern. The Turkish-inspired copper table is a very unexpected touch in a room covered with a very tropical sea grass wallpaper.
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So many times have I heard how unappealing a purple sofa would be. That is probably before they see this room by Jamie Drake where purple is the canvas and the colors of the pigments used as well.
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Not only for his marvelous interiors is Drake worthy of admiration but also for his great heart. "Volunteer work is something I'm truly committed to."
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Georges Chakra

Would you dare? Would you dare to be a different bride and wear a wedding dress in a non-conventional color? I think I would. If I were to re-marry my husband I would definitely consider wearing a wedding gown in a different, more subtle color as we see in these designed by Georges Chakra.
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Maybe a nude asymmetrical gown or a strapless gown in silver.
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Or perhaps this sky blue dress or this gorgeous dress with jeweled dickey in gold?
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The Standard Hotel Miami

"A City Hotel that feels like it's on a tropical island" The New York Times.
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The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is a holistic Hotel specializing in hydrotherapy. The contemporary architecture and interiors meet the ancient bathing traditions of a Turkish-style Hamam, Aroma Steam room, Finish Sauna and Mud baths.

One day Miami, one day I'll be your full time citizen, one day there won't be long gray, cold days for me. One day I won't have to beg for sunny days any more...
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Crystal chandelier in a room

A beautiful chandelier can do to a room what the appropriate accessories can do to an outfit. That often-underestimated chandelier can add that final touch to your room and infuse the mood you are looking for. Chandeliers are considered ambient lighting, a technique that is used to illuminate that specific space and its close surroundings. Far are the days when this type of lighting was used only above our dining rooms or in our living rooms. Now-a-days we can see chandeliers in bathrooms, foyers and kitchens. Its openness and crystals make them a great alternative to add sophistication to a small space without compromising visual space.
A chandelier’s versatility is endless; it can be used in traditional or modern rooms. In this first room below, designed by Tom Scheerer, blends effortlessly with the romantic mood.
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For those of us who love modern design, this room below shows us how much this type of lighting can enhance a modern-furnished room and add that special touch of elegance.
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I love the romantic touch that this chandelier adds to this French inspired decorated space below.
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In the living room below, a touch of ambient lighting creates a very smooth and fresh atmosphere. Chandeliers are not only for traditional spaces anymore they can be applied to any style.
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My madness for Interior Design

On weekends my adorable husband normally takes care of Lucas in order for me to rest and recharge for a littler bit. This is how it goes, he tells me. This is every single weekend: "rest sweetie, rest, I'll take care of him today. You lay down" and I, with the truly honest necessity of a good sleep, stay in bed. Also with the honest intention of really sleep. Then I try, I close my eyes and all of a sudden there it is, or shall I say there they are. I start decorating or redecorating everyone's house that I know. A panoramic photograph above that red L shape sofa at Damary's house, a bright yellow couch at my mom's to replace that beige one. And from there I go to each room, each wall, each table, and so on and so on. When I am not dreaming awake I am hallucinating. I blink or close my eyes for a second and suddenly a vision of a perfectly decorated room links into my mind. "Oh I loved that room!" I think, so I close my eyes again to look at it, and of course, to take every detail of it and track it in my mind or in my scrapbook. And just like that my so... needed hours of sleep get wasted or replaced?
And then I feel so bad and had to get up to help with Lucas. My husband looks at me puzzled and asks me the same question all the time. "Why aren't you resting?" "I can't sleep" I reply. "But, lay down and at least rest your brain" He tells me. I look at him but I just don't know how to tell him that that's my problem "I CAN'T REST MY BRAIN" Interior Design is taking over my life and my "be in the moment" moments. I just don't know how to justify my "madness for design".

"Have a great weekend" until Monday.
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Come on in Summer

I'm so eager to have sunshine and hot weather full time. I can't wait for summer to be here! It's easy to bring that perfect Summer season into our homes. By doing small affordable changes in our decor we can make it more harmonious with the season.
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Like covering your chair pillows in a soft color as in these Bertoia chairs on top left. Or maybe by just putting a beautiful bouquet of flowers in your dinning room.
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Displaying colorful fruits or putting colorful clothes in this beautiful kitchen makes the decor so much fresher and livelier. Don't you think?
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Or how about covering your chair in a flowery fabric for your home office?
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Switching your regular bed sheets for fun and colorful ones. As seen in this gorgeous perfectly springy room by Barclay Fryery.
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In this room by the Rug Company we can see many different ways to set the mood for the season. Such as a graphic rug, a bold colored upholstery sofa and a colorful lamp shade.
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And for those of you who can afford a bed like this. Please do so. It's one of the most beautiful beds. Ever. And if you live on an island or a warm weather city, get some shutters like these ones too, please.
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Everything in this room says Summer. The colors, the sheer curtains, the rattan furniture and the use of indoor plants.
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Our Deck

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This is a part of our deck, where we have our coffee in the morning and our snacks in the afternoon. It's not finalized yet, and there are a few things that I still want to do with it, but I wanted to share with you this gorgeous Rododendron plant before it stops blooming. No complains though, we've been enjoying the glorious flowers for over two weeks now.
I also got two of these Angel Face climbing roses two weeks ago (below). When I got them they had two or three small bulbs and now they have about 10 gorgeous bulbs. They are ready to climb and we are so exited to see them go up the trellis.
Angel Face climbing rose
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On this wall I was planning to custom build a deep banquette. Deep enough so that my hubby, our small one and I can take long lazy weekend afternoon naps. Instead, we decided to splurge on this 1940's mirror and hang it above the couch to reflect the NYC view that we are so lucky to enjoy.
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Regardless of the size of our spaces we all can do something beautiful with it and enjoy these very short summer days with our loved ones.
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A Wedding on the beach

I designed this wedding a few months ago. It took place at Aura, a very chic upscale beachside restaurant sheltered in a thatched-roof, overlooking the Caribbean sea in Juan Dolio, about 30 minutes outside of Santo Domingo. The couple, who are also friends of mine, decided to have an intimate celebration to enjoy with their closest family and friends. The wedding with all 32 guests started with a Baptist ceremony at 6:30 P.M when the sun was setting, followed with dinner and ending with dance after midnight. The amaretto and almond filling three layer cake was covered with real sea shells and sugar corals on a rattan tray.
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For the tables, we decided to keep it all in white to blend with the rest of the restaurant decor. The flower arrangements were made out of two kinds of flowers, Calla Lillies and Orienpet Lillies paired with big candle holders filled with sand, shells and candles.
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Beautiful bathroom

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I would take everything in this bathroom. The big mirror, the furniture piece converted into a vanity, the wicker baskets, the standing tub and the shutters... Oh those shutters give such a beautiful feeling to this bathroom.
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Have a very fun weekend

This weekend, I wish you...

Have long lazy summer afternoons.

Can go somewhere.

Spend time with that special one.

And that somehow you keep yourself cool.
I'll see you back here on Monday. I'll will share with you some pictures of a wedding I did a few months ago. Until then.
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La Cornue Chateau Range

The first time I saw one of these gorgeous ranges was at WS. I have to tell you that even when I had seen them often at Magazines and online, it was nothing compared to seeing one of these in person. My knees started shaking, my heart wanted to jump out through my mouth, and my eyes didn't belong to me anymore. Well, ok, ok I know. I'm exaggerating a little bit. But it was somehow true. To me La Cornue range is the Hermes Birking bag of ranges. It's made to order by hand and there is a wait of three months to get it. Each range is made of the best quality materials: steel, iron, cast, solid brass, nickel and enamel. La Cornue was founded in 1908 by Albert Dupuy. If I had an extra $35,000 sitting somewhere I would get one tomorrow or maybe one of its little sisters which are somehow more affordable? CornuFe and Albertine. In the US they are sold by Purcell-Murray and William Sonoma.

image from here.
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French Creole Architecture

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I know this house is not in the Caribbean hence it doesn't apply to my Caribbean getaways. But I loved the tropical atmosphere so much that I couldn't hold myself from posting it and adding it to my list as well. French Creole Architecture is a combination of French and Caribbean style, especially designed for the hot, wet climate mostly found in the West Indies. Therefore the use of brick walls, wooden pillars, long and sometimes wide roofed porches or verandas that usually connect all the bedrooms. The bedrooms are located on the second floor with doors that open to the corridor. This French Creole architecture began with the French colonial period (1699-1762). Below is a description from the website of this gorgeous house.

"This exquisite 7 1/2 bedroom home is located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, just one block from Bourbon Street. It features two magnificent double parlors, a Yamaha grand piano, delightfully lavish velvet sofas, and a beautiful formal dining room. Artful film posters and original art adorn the walls. Modern amenities, including wireless internet, satellite TV, and a home entertainment system, are blended with old world charm".
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