Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hermes Shop Windows Paris

Love and admire Hermes windows each visit to Paris.  Thought you would love to see them too.

Beautiful book with previous designs.

2013 Trends from the Maison O’bjet

Just back from fabulous snowy Paris and here is the first viewing of one of the latest Interior trends straight from Maison O’bjet for you.  Hope you enjoy our snaps.


Place de la Concorde in the snow…

New look – pared down, raw materials with unfinished surfaces quirked with pewter or chrome.

Perfect example from Dior of the latest colour palette, taupe and soft pastels.

If the rooms scheme is all taupe it must have textures to create interest.

All available from our studio beautiful taupe cashmere chair and footstool with a chest of drawers in a distressed raw finish.

One of our unique designs for clients a bespoke sofa in linen.

Now for a shot of colour, aqua but only if you have the skin tones and white textures to compliment it.

Shells are beautiful with the soft whites.

Aqua Paisley fabric available at our studio

A french feel but still using taupe and aqua.

White and beige letting the art work pop with the colour.

Inspiration of the colour palette, white, beige, soft salmon.

The stucture of your room needs to be in raw woods, glass mixed with soft touchable fabrics the colour of flesh, think

beige, taupe and whites in tactile suede, silk, linen and cashmere.

Bedroom furniture available at our studio.

Horse heads made of drift wood available from the studio.

au revoir de Jardin du Tuileries

U105 Interview with Ian

On Monday the 21st, at 2pm, Ian is talking live with Carolyn Stewart at U105 from the Maison O’bjet in Paris reporting on the latest trends and style from the International Interior Design Exhibition.  Ian will be speaking from a typical exhibit of a Chateau with rooms and Orangerie dressed to perfection.


Hotel Costes Paris

Diner at Hotel Costes never disappoints.  The ambiance of the candlelight, their own music, by DJ Stephane Pompougnac, their own scent drifting from the air-conditioning throughout the Hotel, a fragrance of Rose, Laurel and incense, in captivating.  From the moment you walk through the entrance and are greeting by gigantic displays of Costes Roses you are in for a treat.  The Interior was designed by Jacques Garcia in his Second Empire style but with a pop of baby leopard print and leafy ferns to twist it up.

Last time we were in the Courtyard Johnny Depp was there, very aloof and reserved in the corner, apparently he is a regular and calls the chef Papa because he loves the food so much.

Wonder if we’ll spot someone else this visit, you can spend hours just people watching.

Hotel Costes Entrance with their Costes Perfume Shop next door.

The Lounge Bar for a cocktail.

Sumptuous display of roses, available from this shop next door to their perfume shop.

The Courtyard before breakfast.

Diner in one of their Salons.

Rooms are small but beautiful unless you are in a suite on the top floor oh la la.

Paris Trip soon…

Can not wait… We are soon to go on our first buying trip of 2013, at the Maison O’bjet and to visit our old antique contacts in the Marais and St Germain in Paris.  Looking forward to seeing the new trends, sourcing fabric, lighting and furniture for our Studio.  We’ve booked our usual table, for a little lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, the Ralph Lauren Restaurant in St Germain.  If you have not been, it’s fabulous, Interiors are exquisite and the food excellent too, so I’ve popped a few photographs of previous visits for you to see.


The Entrance into the Courtyard.


This is the Courtyard from Easter to September, in his iconic summer look of Blues and ticking.


Cushion fabric available at our studio

The Courtyard is over-table heated through the winter months and was dressed in Tartan and Leopard last January.


and the restaurant…


Our table, always dressed with Grand Prix roses, looking out to the courtyard.  The leather dining chairs are available at our studio.


Now you know where we got the idea for our Christmas range of tartan and silk velvet leopard cushions, available to order at our studio.




The bar to relax afterwards for a Brandy and coffee,  they serve their espresso with his all American popcorn petit fours.

I love this piece of art.


It’s all in the detail


Then a little bit of retail therapy to work off the lunch.

Pretty in Pink

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  It’s all over and to save us from the depths of depression we are looking forward to the new Spring Trends.  Spring’s catwalk is a rainbow of pastels and to give some inspiration to our interiors I have these pics of “Pretty in Pink” to get us in the mood.