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Design Inspiration: Lauren Conrad's Penthouse


This photo of Lauren's home office caught my eye ~ the bright orange sofa, vintage typewriter and phone, and French chair.  Stunning!  I was intrigued to see more and was not disappointed, the girl has style and a wonderful interior designer!

Lauren Conrad

The rug is made from recycled silk saris. "I always gravitate toward feminine details," said Conrad. "On a garment it’s a bow; on a sofa it’s tufting."

Lauren Conrad

I love Lauren's use of bright colours in her home.  Many people are afraid of bright colours, however, a few pops done right like this custom tufted banguqet and orange sofa make a home feel bright and cheery.  I plan to incorporate this Eero Saarinen table in my kitchen also.

Lsuren Conrad - The Bathroom

To be honest, I'm not fond of anything in this bath other than the bathtub and paneling.  It's a nice room but the chair looks uncomfortable and the lights along the mirror make it look too "Hollywood"  rather than a home.

Lauren Conrad

The living room is designed in neutral shades with complements of black and gold.  I love the tufted sofa. 

Lauren Conrad - The Fireplace

Lauren added a brick veneer that was whitewashed to look more aged. The chimney-less fireplace is decorative and burns alcohol.

Lauren Conrad - The Bar

Lauren Conrad - The Dining Room

The vintage dining table and chairs pair well with the contemporary lighting.

Lauren Conrad - The Kitchen

I really love her kitchen ~ casual and airy.  I have the same hedgehog measuring cups displayed on her bottom left shelf.  I love them and they make cooking more fun.

Lauren Conrad - The Closet

Lauren Conrad - More of Conrad's Closet

Her dressing room features mirrored and glass sliding doors, stacked vintage luggage, and small chandelier.  As always, I love the French chair.

What do you love about Lauren's Beverly Hills penthouse?



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Delightful Recipe: Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Pesto Sauce


Bonjour mes ami's!  Here is a little appetizer I made for a dinner party awhile ago and it was a huge hit.  I make it from time to time and shake up the ingredients a bit but the original is delicious and I get so many compliments when I make it.  It's really quick and easy, especially with store bought pasta sheets.  It would also be perfect for a main course.

Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato and Pesto Sauce


Quality pasta sheets, or you can make from scratch
Pre-roasted grape tomatoes
Mozzarella balls
Fresh basil
Pesto sauce
Lemon zest
Balsamic glaze {optional}


3" pasta cutter, or any size you prefer

Cut pasta and wet the edges, layer filling in center {be sure the tomato is not too juicy as it can cause the ravioli to be too wet}, then crimp edges together with a fork close to the mozzarella ball so it doesn't slide around.  Place in pot with boiling water until tender and let drain on cloth.

To save time, use good quality store bought pesto, add a few roasted tomatoes, a little lemon zest, mix together and spoon all over.  You can also drizzle your plates good quality balsamic glaze.

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Bonjour Monday, Plus a Venetian Wedding


I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  The weather has been beautiful the past weeks which makes being outdoors imperative - sunset champagne toasts after a bicycle ride, night out with the girls, and a little relaxation...  

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin might just be the best looking married couple... ever.

I'm sure you've heard the eternal bachelor, George Clooney, was married over the weekend to love and human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin.  The intimate ceremony took place at the Aman Canal Grande Luxury resort in Venice on Saturday.


The festivities began on Friday afternoon as the glamorous couple rode down the canal...


... the groom left dinner at Da Ivo restaurant as the couple spent the evening separately with their friends and family.


Clooney enroute to the wedding ceremony.


Leaving their resort on Sunday as a married couple.  I am swooning over Amal's Giambattista Valli dress.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave The Aman Canal Grande Hotel


A close-up photo showing both Amal and George's wedding bands, as well as more detail on her stunning Giambattista Valli dress. via @stylelist

The beautiful details of Amal's dress.  I also love the simplicity of her wedding band.

They looked incredibly happy and each ensemble they wore was impeccable.  There are not photos yet of the wedding dress, however, Vogue reportedly has the rights to the photos.  Rumors are that the dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  I can hardly wait to see it.

Wishing you a wonderful week!



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Bon Weekend, Couture Cocktails, Plus Exciting News


Bon weekend!  I hope you had a wonderful week and an even better weekend planned, or perhaps no plans and a weekend of repose.  This has been a busy week and we have a full schedule but planning a champagne toast to the sunset this evening after our bike ride.  I love that moment of watching the sun go down across the lake... beautiful and peaceful. 

Couture Cocktails

  • Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme

  • 2 large sprigs fresh thyme; more for garnish
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) gin, preferably Bluecoat American Dry
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) limoncello, preferably Averna Limoni di Sicilia
Prepare a gas or charcoal grill fire for direct cooking over medium-high (500°F) heat. Grill the thyme sprigs until fragrant and lightly charred, about 15 seconds. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, gently muddle the grilled thyme with the lime juice. Add the gin and limoncello and fill the shaker with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with fresh ice, garnish with thyme, and serve.

~ Exciting News ~

Do you remember my foster Frenchie, Mac?  He will be in the teaser for his dad's show, Hell on Wheels, tomorrow night.  Be sure to watch him!

Is that not the most beautiful smile?  He sure made me feel loved when he looked at me like this!

Wishing you a most beautiful weekend!



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Wanderlust: Prince de Galles Hotel, Paris


While on the subject of Paris {when are we not?}, the Prince de Galles hotel, in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, recently underwent a $100 million renovation, courtesy of Pierre-Yves Rochon. 

Built in 1928 by architect Arfvidson for Charles de Galles, the Prince of Wales and son of King George V of England, during his annual visits, the 159-room hotel on Paris’s Avenue George V was built on chaillot quarries and inspired by the Decorative Art exhibition in 1925.  It reopened last summer after a two-and-a-half-year, $100 million redo overseen by designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon.  Rochon is known for his work at the Peninsula Shanghai hotel, London’s Savoy, and Four Seasons, all of which have won rave reviews, as well as restaurants for chefs such as Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse and Gérard Boyer.  The firm has offices in Paris, Chicago, and Shanghai.  

Prince de Galles Hotel Lobby
The lobby’s rich Macassar ebony furnishings are complemented by gold light fixtures and details.

The hotel has so many beautiful details... above are some of my favourites.

Extravagant details fill lavish Paris hotels, but it's rare that a property embraces the city’s Art Deco decades, however, Rochon decided to return the building to its roots.

Prince de Galles Courtyard
The courtyard features towering palms and restored mosaics that highlight the hotel’s original detailing.
Rochon specifically targeted the 1930s, which he describes as a period “that is not yet very modern, but between the classical and the contemporary. It is really the difference between the past and the future.”

Prince de Galles Bar
The centerpiece of the hotel’s Bar, Les Heures, is a stunning chandelier with a modern twist in the Deco style.
Giving a nod to the hotel’s original design, Rochon designed a tightly tailored 'tour de force' of polished Macassar ebony, black Saint Laurent marble, wrought-iron filigree, and gilded accents. For the fabrics, he and his team perused vintage textile books and samples while he designed much of the furniture and lighting himself while taking inspiration from icons of that era, such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.

Prince de Galles Corridor
The corridors feature Deco-era photography, as well as for the carpet and wall coverings.
“When you close a hotel and then open it back up, you need to have something different,” concludes Rochon. “It would have been possible to design a contemporary hotel, but I was thinking it’s not necessary because you have so many hotels that look the same—just the name changes. But here, the hotel has character.”

Prince de Galles Guest Room
A guest room’s mix of patterns is paired with glossy black finishes, pops of colour, and Macassar ebony.
I've always wanted to stay here, or at least stop by for a cocktail.  Did you know, while in Germany for his military training in the 1960’s, Elvis Presley caused quite a stir when he walked through the lobby of the hotel. 
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