i'd probably use my great wealth similarly (if i had any)

Tetra Pak at home
every day begins with coffee and a generous helping of 1/2 & 1/2.  this ritual wouldn't be nearly as convenient without the plastic coated paper carton seen here, originally created by Tetra Pak in 1951 in sweden by ruben rausing.  the company's revenue in 2008 was €8.8 billion. 

the entrance hall at aubrey house.  complete with a grand piano. (image from world of interiors, oct 2006)
one of rausing's heirs, granddaughter sigrid, owns aubrey house, an 18th-century manor house and gardens in the heart of london, decorated by chester jones.  i appreciate the use of her fortune here - rooms filled with fantastic antique textiles and carpets.  what a beautiful palette of warm reds and oranges, hazy blue walls and touches of black.

the long room at aubrey house.  that electric blue lamp! (image from world of interiors, oct 2006)
sigrid rausing, who holds a PhD in social anthropology, has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to human rights charities, bought and reinvigorated the literary magazine granta, and launched a new publishing house portobello books, among her many other philanthropic ventures.   that's my kind of billionaire. 

but what strikes me most about her decor is that it doesn't
look like it required a multi-billion dollar fortune to create.  obviously her antiques and textiles are the finest and the house and land and location are available only to the super rich, but the aesthetic could be achieved with more modest means.  the warm and comfortable feeling of sigrid's rooms created by layering unique textiles, un-precious furniture, bold colors and architectural details is what i too am after in my own home (sans the inherited fortune).


aubergine walls: why not?

the dining room serves also serves as a two person workspace and gallery
inspired by steven gambrel & chris connor's sag harbor benjamin moore "passion plum" sitting room (top image), i painted the dining room benjamin moore's less magenta-y "eggplant".  red accents throughout.

the desk was formed with premade ikea table tops, two of which perfectly fit the width of the room with no cutting required.  the drawer bases, dining table top, and dining chairs are also ikea.  i found the lattice back chair at the left hand desk seat in the alley behind the building, painted it red, and recovered the seat.

damen avenue near fulton

crumbling urban infrastructure puts on its winter jewelry


what i like most about this kitchen

is that it doesn't look like a kitchen much at all  (agn├Ęs emery's marrakesh apartment, world of interiors november 2010)


a small find for the entry

i just love this unserious psychedelic embroidered fireplace screen


cast concrete cast shadow

i wonder how intentional this was when they decided to illuminate the fountain (bottom right)


gravel path meets limestone planes, peek of water, green

chicago botanic garden

kindling and grandpa's gardening shoe

gathering has been done

sloppy paint offends the 90 year old subway tile and me

i scraped it off with great pleasure

the old bedroom

such tall ceilings, red dresser circa san francisco 1968, i should stencil like that again


gold paint marker over sw shoji white, the ceiling is now painted navy blue

from years back, out walking at just the right time of evening

i should like to have a silk dress dyed as brilliantly as this

the back "porch"

in its best light


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