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Real Estate: Breakfast at Tiffany's Townhouse For Sale


As the iconic 1961 Audrey Hepburn film, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", celebrates it's 50th anniversary and only two years after the townhouse where Holly lived sold for $5.97 million, it is back on the market for almost double the price.  If I had an extra $10 million, this place would be mine.  The first thing I would do is rearrange the furniture in the living room below, it's driving me nuts.

The town house featured in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

This room needs some work too, but that's not the point.  The problem with being a designer is that bad design literally drives me insane.  Insane.

I would trade the windows below for Parisian casement windows.. and how perfect is that fireplace?  I would place my desk where the one in the photo is and light a fire, sip cocoa, champagne, wine.. and work for hours.  Who can see that TV down there?  Moving on...

The 3,800-square-foot, four story Manhattan brownstone located at 169 East 71st S is currently divided into two duplexes but can be converted into a four-bedroom, five-bathroom single family home.  The 15-foot-wide Upper East Side townhouse, only served as the backdrop for the exterior shots, while most of the interior shots of Miss Golightly's soirées while living next to the handsome and aspiring writer, Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard, were filmed in a Hollywood studio.  Although, it is said that the party scene where Audrey is wearing a dress fashioned from a bed sheet to her cocktail party were filmed inside the living room of the townhouse. 

The home no longer features the green and white striped window awnings that are spotted in the movie, however, many of the other landmarks remain in place.  I would definitely replace the awnings {barely seen below}.

Audrey Hepburn's style in Breakfast at Tiffany's 6

The upper duplex features two bedrooms with en-suite baths and three fireplaces, while the lower duplex features two bedrooms, two fireplaces, a solarium, and an abundant backyard.

Wouldn't you love this solarium?  I have so many ideas of the ways I would design it, inside and the courtyard...

I will sleep tonight dreaming of this townhouse and purchase lottery tickets first thing in the morning.  If I win and buy this townhouse, I will throw a soirée that would make Holly Golightly proud and you're all invited.



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A Beautiful Collaboration ~ Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton

Christian Louboutin has collaborated with Louis Vuitton for the Celebrating Monogram campaign.

 Louis Vuitton emblem story

Louis Vuitton asked 5 image-makers, Christian Louboutin, Frank Gehry {another favourite}, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson, and Cindy Sherman  to contribute to the Celebrating Monogram project.  Through mediums of photography and moving image, each of the collaborators offered their vision of the iconic Monogram design.  

Canadian film maker and photographer Gordon Von Steiner created this short film featuring Christian Louboutin and Saskia de Braux, and his connection with his native city, Paris, for the 160 years of the House, the trolley.

His inspirations: "For me, the bag had to be a combination of two DNAs: my own and Louis Vuitton’s. Then I really began to think about what would be a marriage between the two…"  Louboutin explains there is inspiration of Les Nabis in The Monogram design.  It was greatly influenced by the French artists at the turn of the twentieth century, who, in turn, were influenced and inspired by Japanese art.

The monogram Shopping Bags.  I'm smitten with both...


Shopping Trolley ~ Louboutin's glamorous take on the market tote.  Louboutin said he pondered about something that would be unmistakably Parisian for him, and this is when the idea of the caddy came about. He said the bag is totally attached to the sight of somebody shopping in the markets of Paris –" I once tried to count the numbers of caddies I met in two hours at a Parisian market: 109!"

What are your thoughts on the collection?



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Bon Weekend, Plus Couture Cocktails


bonjour paris

I hope you had a wonderful week!  My week was quite hectic and with homework on top of it, it was a bit demanding to say the least.  I'm looking forward to catching my breath and enjoying a autumn weekend full of celebrations and fun!

Couture Cocktails
This is a perfect cocktail for chilly nights by the outdoor fire, cuddling under a faux fur blanket... my plans exactly.

Ginger Bourbon Cider

Ginger Bourbon Cider |

1 ounce bourbon
1 ounce Calvados
2-3 ounces apple cider
a few shakes of orange, or classic, bitters
ginger beer
pinch of ground cinnamon
Fill a cocktail glass with ice (I like crushed, but cubes work just fine). Combine the bourbon, Calvados, apple cider, and bitters. Top the drink with ginger beer–more or less depending on how strong of a drink you’d like–stir and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!  I hope it's beautiful where you are...
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Recipe via here

Autumn Style Inspiration from Kayture



You have probably heard of Swiss blogger Kristina Bazan and her blog, Kayture, and follow her across the globe sharing her passion for fashion and beauty.  If not, check it out.  Each post is full of inspiring ensembles from luxury designers such as Chopard, Louis Vuitton, and the like to more attainable brands.  Below are some of my favourite autumn looks... 

#white | zara coat | louis vuitton purse









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Wanderlust | Fera, Claridge Hotel, London


Fera at Claridge's Hotel

 Fera, the new farm-to-table restaurant in London’s legendary Claridge’s hotel, didn't seem to be a natural fit for the hotel at first, however, British designer, Guy Oliver, managed to blend it beautifully by highlighting the history of the restaurant as well as chef Simon Rogan's seasonal cuisine.

Fera Dining Room at Claridge's Hotel

Oliver needed to rethink the 1920s-1930s architecture which he felt "lacked refinement" compared to the hotel's Art Deco spaces.  He began by removing walls and adding laylights to the 16' ceiling as well as mirrored pillars to reflect the abundant natural light that filters through the windows.   The entrance was redesigned with an "Alice in Wonderland" feel by gradually revealing itself by leading guests through a curtain-lined entry to a slightly higher rotunda, before entering the main room. 

Fera's Bar at Claridge's Hotel
I love the sketches along the back wall of the bar

Oliver used a band of honey and amber onyx that was used in the original design to line the perimeter and paired it with soft green leather banquettes, sage carpets and drapery, and calm grey walls.  He added drama to the space by incorporating a sandblasted manzanita tree in the center of the room.

Fera Dining Room at Claridge's Hotel
The walls and columns feature onyx detailing.

I'm smitten with the above view!  I love an Art Deco space as I'm sure most of you know.   As a designer, this would be a dream job!  This is definitely my style.  Oliver's biggest design challenge was the open kitchen that was insisted by chef Rogan, something that you typically never see in fine dining restaurants.  I can't think of seeing that... ever.  Oliver worked the chef's request into the design plan by incorporating the same subtle colour palette into the cooking space as found in the dining room.  Then, geniously I might add, created a illuminated frame around the kitchen that is surrounded with a large scale landscape painting.  I wish I could find a photo, however, you can partially see the illuminated frame in the above photo and the top photo.

This restaurant incorporates two of my favourite things ~ Art Deco and a farm to dining experience.  Now to go to London to experience it...



Photos via AD

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