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Black Beauty

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” 

― Coco Chanel, Chanel

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From 100 Ways To Happy Chic Your Life By Jonathan Adler

Photography from the book 100 Ways To Happy Chic Your Life By Jonathan Adler, Sterling Publishing

Habachy Designs

A sleek bachelor’s residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina brings Gothic glamour to a new level via Habachy Designs.

Melissa Lane Interiors

Ghost chairs, damask, a zebra and Chinese imperial details bring this room high drama. Design via Melissa Lane Interiors.

Sally Wheat Interiors

A contemporary and de-cluttered office space begs for supreme concentration without distraction. The yellow lamp and painted animal head bring a bit of contrariety. Nottingham room design by Sally Wheat Interiors, based in Houston.

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Atmosphere Interior Design

A patterned black, white and grey den complete with matching blinds, prints and the famous Le Corbusier Petit Modele Armchair. This amazing retreat can be found in Mallin Crescent, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan thanks to Atmosphere Interior Design, Inc. Moody, European, glossy perfection.

Cardel Designs

The darkness is kept from becoming too sterile thanks to the floral wallpaper. The soft, sandy grey rug anchors the space and allows it to feel mellow. The bed and side-table are traditional, yet the Barcelona Chair, design in 1929 by Mies van der Rohe is anything but!  The Hawthorne Master bedroom in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was created by Cardel Designs.

OXY by Mirage

OXY is a Mirage project which transforms ceramics into furnishing elements. Painted steel sheets and metal oxidation create unique effects, where lived-in, corroded matter looks sleek. OXY is a range of porcelain stoneware designed for floor and wall tiling. The living room is part bar space, bar street view, part factory and part antiquated library. The mix of surfaces and textiles is all tied together by the unification of the color black.

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Versailles (or how I came to love French opulence)

I will let the lavish, decadent landscapes speak for themselves. Welcome to the luxury of being an 18th century royal (minus the beheadings of course). 18th-century French art was dominated by the Rococo and neoclassical movements; the palaces, illustration and fashion of the rich often featured creamy, pastel-like colors, asymmetrical designs, curves and gold (e.g. gilded, leaf). Whether a bourgeoisie, a pauper, or a courtesan, we can appreciate the meticulous and ostentatious beauty displayed by these ornate vignettes. Step into the fantastic and melodramatic influences!

Chanel 2004 Spring Runway. Via.

Welcome to my dilapidated yet stately Cinderella fantasy replete with a rustic French tables cape. Image found here.

 A French living room from the home of decorator and garden designer Jean-Loup Daraux, author of “By the Light of the Sea”. The luxurious volume En Passant par la Demeure (By the Light of the Sea) is a vivid photographic tour of the noted French interior designer Jean-Loup Daraux’s country home. Located in the south of France, in the Camargue region, the house is a stunning showcase of French country interior design. Image from House Beautiful.

The Petit Trianon is a small château located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France. Image by Flickr user Romeika, here.

I would demand breakfast in bed…Image found via.

Oversized French Portrait Canvas – This uniquely beautiful oversized portrait of Manon Balletti (who was once engaged to Casanova) would make a wonderful statement piece in any room. The original painting hangs in the National Gallery. For purchase, click here.

Emily Blunt, in Dior Haute Couture, photographed in Le Raincy, outside Paris. Bracelet by Mikimoto. Styled by Jessica Diehl. Image found in Vanity Fair, here.

Image found here.

Kendall Wilkinson’s Seacliff Southern home photographed by Matthew Millman. Via.

Cara Delevingne for Chanel Resort 2013. Via.

Seriously frivolous is how Lagerfeld described his Chanel Resort 2013, shown on the crunchy gravel at the Chateau de Versailles in France.

Cara Delevingne for Chanel Resort 2013. Via.

A scan from Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles, page 101. To escape the formalities and royal obligations of Louis XVI’s court, Marie-Antoinette created a private realm of pleasure for herself at the Petit Trianon and Hameau, where she planted the first Anglo-Chinese garden; created a trysting grotto; a working farm; and revolutionized architecture and gardening trends for the century to come. Marie-Antoinette’s entire private domain and its story are told in beautiful photographic detail by François Halard for the first time since its recent restoration and accompanied by well-researched texts by garden expert Christian Duvernois.

Crisp and saturated bathroom designed by Paul Raeside.

French furniture, antiques, and porcelain. Via. 

Versailles Historical Costuming via Concour de Style, here.

This photo was taken on October 4, 2010 inYvelines, Ile-de-France, FR by Flickr user Pearled.

There is not a misplaced napkin, flower, or fork in this Paul Raeside tablescape. Via. 

Screencaps from Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antionette, a retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

 

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Octopus’s Garden

Everyone’s favorite mermaid, Ariel, kept a curated display of her favorite objects from the land above (on the sands above). She had gadgets and gizmos (aplenty), she had whoozits, and whatsits (galore), she even had twenty thingamabobs. Everyone knows she delighted in using a fork as her very own hairbrush. I guess brushing hair underwater seems like a lesson in futility. What Ariel did not realize is that the colors in her sea-foam world were so much more beautiful than those on soil. I guess the grass is always greener (or the seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake).

Karl Lagerfeld, of Chanel fame, dreamed up an underwater wonderland for Paris Fashion Week for Chanel’s Spring 2012 line. The setting was replete with mother-of-pearl stages, seahorses, a tunnel of bubbles, oversized coral, glimmering curtains (mimicking the iridescence of water), and giant shells.

“I absolutely wanted to avoid mermaids and things like that,” Karl said backstage, wearing a seashell pink shirt and matching tie. I was inspired by the movement of seaweed, its lightness, and by certain fish that have very modern shapes, like sting rays.”

When in doubt for a color shame, view photos of the ocean (found on National Geographic or ThundaFunda) in order to re-inspire oneself. The ocean never gets its hue combinations wrong. Steal from the briny depths!

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A nautically inspired, wave pattern blanket! Clean blues and whites mimic sailor stripes, but also the colors of the bright sea (Here).

Wall textiles created by Mini Moderns using 1950’s linocutting techniques! (Here.)

Cottage style, beach house. The painted wrought iron bedding is the perfect touch. The colors are drawn from yellow starfish, and gently bay waters.

I did not even choose to include the Hermes scarf in the pricing below because it was something like $410 – $870 dollars. I seriously love their patterns, and if I had money to burn this would be a purchase, however I often find similar patterns in a local vintage shop for $3-12 each

Lake Superior Curtain
$208 – anthropologie.com

Spiny Lobster Rug
$498 – anthropologie.com

Edwardian Knob, Aqua
$10 – anthropologie.com

Molten Spectrum Knob, Aqua Swirls
$8 – anthropologie.com

Parsons Bed in Colors – Room & Board
$699 – roomandboard.com
And in case you want to become extremely literal with this under the ocean theme, here are some finds that include FISHES (I am allowed to use the plural FISHES if I am discussing multiple of several species of fish. GRAMMAR POLICE OVER).

4. Lalique Light Blue Angel Fish Figurine – $99 – neimanmarcus.com

4. Lalique Golden Angel Fish Figurine – $99 – neimanmarcus.com

3. Fish Hotel – $35 – crateandbarrel.com

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Fish And Lily Plate – £15 – liberty.co.uk

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Orange Fish Plate  – £15 – liberty.co.uk

5. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Little Fish Bowl – £8.95 – liberty.co.uk

6. Rhodes Acid Washed Frame – $42 – artgalleryframes.com /  Fish print from Paper Source (actually wallpaper sold by the roll) and Starfish print found at Shop AD by J. Pocker & Sons, Inc.

7. Giona Aquarium – Fish bowl Transparent by Skitsch – £257 – madeindesign.co.uk
Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent. – H. P. Lovecraft