Good morning all,
I'm taking an intentional break from the workload this morning. Flipping through design magazines (yay, for the new House Beautiful!), scanning through some of my favourite designer's websites, and planning some window shopping this afternoon after lunch - are all on the calendar for today. For me, it's such an important part of the design process. It's never about re-creating something that you've seen, but, more importantly, it's about being inspired by beauty.
And when you're looking for wonderful spaces, Alessandra Branca is always a great place to start - these images from House Beautiful have always been favourites of mine.
"It's like the Mona Lisa. Would she be as beautiful if the
scene behind her wasn't interesting? The paisley in the
library, the chinoiserie in the dining room, even the
damask in the master bedroom, all have curvy patterns
that create drama, the kind of tension I love against
the straight lines of the furniture."
Such a lovely room. so light. so gracious.
"I adore the styles of the 16th, 17th, and 18th
centuries in Europe — I even love Baroque — but I like
to take the shapes and patterns and find a new point of view for them."
There's still a busy day ahead of me, but I'm feeling like my engines are starting to re-charge.
Hope everyone's having a great week,