Roost Accessories

One of my favorite brand of affordable luxury accessories is Roost. The majority of their products are designed by a small group of designers and the finished pieces are handmade, small craft production. Their line ranges from furniture to lighting to table top utilizing different materials such as textiles, stone, wood and mouth-blown glass and more. Below are a few of my top favorites.

I think these Penguin Salt and Pepper Shakers made out of buffalo horn, combined with wood chargers and this Brown Lip Mother of Pearl Dish, would make a very exotic and chic table setting.

The Ibex Glassware collection is mouth-blown and hand-carved. The Agate bookends are made of agate pieces from gemstones.

I love this, The Cargo Mushroom Stool that is hand-carved from bark-edged mango wood

The Artist Hand Models.

The Chronicle Baskets, made from rolled newspapers that are stitched together to create each unique container. Roost sells only wholesale but you can find many of their very popular products in modern stores. All these are available at Velocity.
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A crisp and modern home

The chic and elegant color scheme in this modern flat makes me imagine a modern Audrey Hepburn living in the 21st century. The use of black and white with splashes of green, purple, red and blue give it such a feminine and fine atmosphere.

I can picture a modern and hectic family with children in this eat-in kitchen.

Don't you love the black and white striped bed with the contrasting red curtains?

The mirrored doors on the closets create illusion of a bigger space.

Pictures from Nuevo Estilo.
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Reading Spaces

All the unnecessary snow that have come upon us in the East Coast reminded me of these photos from my file and how I would like to cuddle up with a good book in one of these fantastic reading spaces.

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Our three happiest years

It feels like yesterday when I married my soulmate. What wonderful years these have been. Living with such a considerate and thoughtful man is really a gift or shall I say the answer to my prayers. Happy anniversary my love!!!

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Looking forward to Spring

To bike away in the City. I just hope I can pull it off like one of these three beautiful ladies above.

all pictures from Riding Pretty
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Bring it on Barneys

Today is an exiting day in New York City for all savvy frugal fashionistas. No I'm not referring to the Fashion Week I'm talking about Barneys Warehouse sale. Barneys campaign for one of its two warehouse annual sale motto "Love yourself" reminds me of my lovely aunt whose mantra is "the best money invested is the money you invest in your self." Well I'm going to do both and it makes me even happier that the price comes with a 50% to 75% mark down. If you live in the City or in the surrounding Boroughs check out this incredible sale and maybe you can finally get that Derek Lam fabulous top you've been dreaming about.

Photo from Vogue
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Now you see me now you don't

Lucite or acrylic furniture can do great to any interior. Apart from lightening any room up due to its light visual weight it also reflects and flows the light in the room. It's perfect for small spaces and against a graphic wall.

In this bedroom designed by Ruthie Sommers the coffee table is almost invisible while still reflecting light.

The lucite side table provides comfort to the person sitting on the chair without taking any visual effect. Designed by Williamson Design.

I love the use of this lucite chair in front of this painted Chinese desk.

Peekaboo side tables and console for CB2. I would love to see the console in a small entrance.

This Louis Ghost Armchair would look great in a bathroom vanity.
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Mediterranean Alert

For a long, long time American Design has been influenced in great amount by the English, but lately I've been happily enjoying the growing influence of French design and architecture. From a stunning historical Houston, Texas house that has been transformed into a breathtaking French Chateau look-a-like (see the article in House Beautiful "Blue as a Titian." If I hadn't read the article I would've sworn this house was a remodeled chateau in the southern France)-to more sleek interpretations of pied-à-terres in the City. This sophisticated influence distends itself from the more Provencal style with an a-la-Jacques-Grange approach. In this month's Elle Decor issue the house of Interior Designer Paula Caravelli also frames a very French continental influence. Below are a few images that evoke what we all love so much, the immaculate perfect style of everything French.
Above a shot of Designer Paula Caravelli's house (note in March Elle Decor's issue another settee and table are used with no rug)
A very beautiful image of the entrance of Aerin Lauder's apartment in New York, City designed by Jacques Grange. I love how the French have been hanging tapestry on the walls for centuries- a tendency that started more in an effort to preserve them than to showcase them. Here in this modern interpretation the high lacquer parson table does the trick.
Above, in the living room, a very Jacques Grange style uses sculptural furniture pieces in neutral tones.
The paneling in this Manhattan library/dining room could be easily mistaken for a library in a Paris apartment. Designed by Miles Redd.
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Oops she did it again

Good Morning to you all. It's been quite a time since the last time I stopped by. Things have turned a little hectic around here and I really needed the time to get more organized. I'll continue to post not as frequently as I used to because my little man is seriously demanding and deserving most of my free time. It takes a Village. Thank you to all of you who continue on visit and send over beautiful emails. When I woke up today and found this email in my mailbox I new today was the day for BelleVivir to start its year. This pictures belong to The Viceroy in Snowmass, Colorado. Sounds familiar? yes it's designed by our style setter Kelly Wearstler -by the way make sure to visit her recently updated website- but this time in collaboration with Jean Michel-Gathy, the founding principal of Malaysian architecture firm Denniston International Architects & Planners. This stunning decor is an outstanding eco-friendly achievement. Can you believe this place is eco-friendly? Yes, all snow sport lovers can now have a gorgeous place to go to in Colorado and feel good about it. This beauty is on the way to become the first LEED-Silver certified hotel in the area. Many green factors were considered in this project from simple basics; for example, all dirt was removed from the construction site saved and reused, construction workers were transported on-site by bus, guests are provided with reusable and washable water bottles and hand towels. But it is the used of organic material in its decor that is admirable. Take a look for yourself.

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