Mirrored beds,

I have a big French 1940's mirror above my sofa and I can't avoid the thought of the mirror falling down. Imagine what wouldn't I think if I got to sleep in a mirrored bed not to mention if the mirror is hanging as a heavy headboard. I'm certain that all these beds are built steady and that my thoughts are nothing more than just me being myself. I'm keeping these images in my file for when and if I get over my fears. But if you're looking to sleep like a Hollywood star there are a few places where you can buy mirrored beds or even costumize it. If you prefer the non-four-poster style, for custom mercury antiqued bed like Bunny Williams' unforgettable bed (first image) go here, or if a mirrored bed is too much for you but still want some glam then a mirrored crown is another option, you can find onehere.

Jonathan Berger

Who doesn't remember this image of Miles Redd having his coffee in bed while wearing tuxedo?

Paris Hilton bedroom via Decorpad
Ranjana and Naeem Khan photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Donna Griffith

this is brass but it gives almost the same effect by Tom Scheerer. via

Jonathan Adler

Also Jonathan Adler. This time, his own bed.
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Oscars, the earring edition

Last night while watching the Oscars I couldn't take my eyes off the stairs that lead to the stage. Did you notice they looked just like these...? I wonder if they took inspiration from it. Apart from enjoying the gorgeous dresses I also noticed the resurfacing of colorful earrings. My top favorites were Gwyneth's from Louis Vuitton’s collection, L’Ame du Voyage.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Natalie Portman's earrings by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany were also beautiful.

Cate Blanchett's complemented her beautiful dress.

Halle Berry's earrings were not colorful but I think they were a perfect match for her Marchesa subtle dress

Mandy Moore, wasn't she breath taking?

Marisa Tomei

Reese Witherspoon chose emerald drop earrings.
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A lazy Sunday

I couldn't be more grateful for having had a long and lazy Sunday. Inside, while just not doing anything. That itself is a freedom that is priceless, the choice to simply not do anything. Sometimes, that enough, is all I need. I hope you're enjoying the end of your weekend. Getting ready to watch the Oscars tonight?

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Aspen and LA; Perfect Together

I'm off to LA for the Design Bloggers Conference.  This is the first of its kind.  Seminars include:
         The impact of blogging
         Blogging with the stars, popular bloggers who have paved the way
         The business of blogging, you can make $ at this
         How to build/ promote your business
         Foundations for success
I am really excited to meet other design bloggers; kindred spirits, if you will.   People whose blogs I read and admire.  When you do something well, it looks so easy.  I had no idea when I jumped in how immense an undertaking this would be, but I love it!  Everyday I get excited about my next story, and all I want to do is share it with you.  I will no doubt come back full of inspiration and armed with the knowledge to be a better blogger.  I'm sure we'll laugh, cry, and share stories; hopefully all with a martini in hand.  Stay tuned for updates from LA!  The fun doesn't stop there.  I'll be buried under tons of snow the following week skiing and frolicking.  What a roller coaster ride...

 Well, the roller coaster ride has begun and I haven't left Philly yet.  Our flight out of Phila. was canceled due to  high winds and thunderstorms, Aspen is getting "dumped on", a technical term meaning heavy snow, so the airport is closed.  I am considering going from Chicago right to LA. WHAT TO DO??
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Color Inspiration

Black & Pink. One strong, the other not so... In a way to not compete.


Miles Redd

Enjoy your weekend!
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A busy and rainy day

In a day like today, it's pouring here, I want nothing more than linger around the house sipping some café au lait while enjoying the fire. And this is not only because all rainy days call for the same, but because I am tired.... The little one didn't sleep much last night and today I was up as early as 6:30 AM. Window treatments and wallpaper completion among other things are waiting for me to be done, so I think I better postpone my dreams for another day. At least I have my café.

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I have to admit that not everyday I feel like accessorising, especially when I have to run out of the house to drop off Lucas to the daycare while running late. But lately I'm trying to pay more attention and making sure to at least wear a bracelet. You never know when you're going to meet a prospect client.

"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."Chanel

Taylor Tomasi

Anna Dello Russo

Olivia Palermo

Jackie Kennedy Onasis
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Coco Chanel; her jewelries

The way Coco Chanel used to wear jewelry is still inspiring today. She wore jewelry with the same approach she designed her clothing: classic, feminine and innovative. Chanel started to create costume jewelry using colored glass stones and semi-precious gemstones. As everything else she created she did it in her own artistic way. In her studio she would play with flexible modeling plastic shaping them into jewelry, incrusting real and fake gemstones and real and fake pearls until she created the effect she wanted. Also under her supervision, many talented artists designed jewelry for her line. According to Jean Leymarie's book, she never wore any of her exquisite pieces of jewelry she received from the Duke of Westminster in public, instead she would wear her own creations. A very smart business woman. I think many others would be more than anxious to show them off in society. She would wear her expensive jewelry inside the privacy of her home. Notice the picture above where she is playing the accordion while wearing a spectacular necklace made of square-cut emeralds surrounded by round-cut diamonds. Isn't that a stunning image of Chanel's fantastic lifestyle?
It's funny to imagine Chanel being a little bit superstitious since she would never go out without two pieces of jewelry; a topaz ring given to her as a good-luck talisman when she was sixteen by an old lady, and a pearl necklace she received from Boy Capel as a token of his love. I personally find this last very powerful and sweet.

Chanel and Duke Fulko di Verdura inspecting one of Chanel’s cuff bracelets. Photo by Lipnitzki 1937.

Chanel's astrological sign was the lion head, which she seemed to favor as much as the cross and used them a lot to embellish her jewelries. Picture above is a vermeil necklace made of 121 lion heads with a carved rock crystal cross at the center.

top 4 pictures taken by me of the Jean Leymarie's book.
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Art is personal

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.
Le Corbusier

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Visiting Antony Todd Studio

Yesterday while walking through Greenwich Village I passed by Antony Todd's beautiful store and I had to go inside. The store was beautifully decorated in Antony Todd's usual sophisticated mixture of classic and modern with global chic accessories sprinkled throughout. I took a few pictures and thought you may like to peek into this beautiful store. I'm sure you'll find it a great source of inspirations.

I love these vintage Suzani sachets filled with lavender. Perfect to keep the closets smelling delicious. I still kick my head for not having the time to go and visit Antony Todd's showroom in Istanbul during my recent trip there. I'm sure I could have found the perfect souvenirs.

all images by me for Belle vivir.
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