Fabulous Room 08.18.17

I have admired the work of designer, Mary McGee for quite a while now. She has a wonderful way of creating beautiful, glamorous environments that maintain a sense of effortless ease– just take a close look at the pieces in this space. Pink is one of my favorite colors. I think it often gets a bad rap for being overly girly or twee a la Elle Woods, but it can also be very sophisticated. This stunning living room is a testament to the power of pink. It is bold and feminine, yet sophisticated, especially when used the way Mary has employed it in this space with miles of pink silk on the draperies and a tufted pink sofa.

The room, with its glittering mirrored chest, gilded lamps, and Lucite cocktail really sings thanks to the pieces that bring a sense of texture and masculinity to the space– the Richard Serra painting, the black and white striped ottomans, the grasscloth frames of the easy slipper chairs, and the incredible, hand-painted pink fabrics on the slipper chairs and on the pillows from Mary’s textile collection, Mary McGee x Africa. As I always say, it is all about the mix!

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To see the rest of this gorgeous house, be sure to read the September issue of House Beautiful!

{Images via @MaryMcGeeInteriors on Instagram}

Lust List: August 2017

August always feels like a month of transition to me. On the calendar, it signals that summer is coming to a close. However, anyone who lives in the South knows that the heat will stick around well through October. Even still, the September issues of various fashion magazines and upcoming travel to cooler locales have me thinking about updating my fall wardrobe. This month, you’ll see that I’m lusting over a mix of things– structured fall separates that travel well and are polished enough for business meetings and speaking engagements, as well as a few more summery items in feminine silhouettes to deal with the reality of Houston’s almost nonexistent fall season. We are planning a long weekend in Punta Mita, Mexico over Labor Day, so the pretty summer dresses I had packed for Paris and didn’t wear due to the cool, rainy weather will come in handy. Have any of you been to Punta Mita by chance? It’s where the crazy Real Housewives of New York went on their vacation this season. If so, I’d love any recommendations you might have. We rented a private villa and really just want to relax by the pool and on the beach, but can always use good restaurant recommendations.


Francisco Costa’s Chic Minimalist Apartment

Fashion designer, Francisco Costa, formerly of Calvin Klein has impeccable style. His former Manhattan apartment appeared in ELLE DECOR and the New York Times and is still among my favorite interiors for its beautiful layers and chic gray color palette. A couple of years ago, Francisco and his partner put that apartment on the market, so I was delighted to see where they had landed on Architectural Digest over the weekend. Their new Park Avenue apartment is a minimalist’s dream. Dressed in shades of crisp white and camel, it manages to exude warmth thanks to a variety of textures and a great collection of art and antiquities. The architecture is as clean and crisp as possible thanks to the collaboration between Francisco and architect Alexander Poma of Pomasteven.

The intersection between fashion and design is truly a seamless one. In this case, Francisco had the apartment’s twenty three doors hung on Harmon hinges on deep set frames, rendering them nearly invisible. As I mentioned earlier this month, as much as I love layers of beautiful textiles, color, and a traditional sensibility, sometimes, I find the pure simplicity of a space like this to be equally or even more inspiring. Achieving a minimalist interior that manages to feel warm, layered, and inviting is no small feat and requires a deft hand. After all, a room’s success is measured as much by what you put in as what you leave out.

For photos of Francisco’s previous apartment, check out this feature on 1stDibs.

{Photography by Collin Hughes for Architectural Digest}

LDV Loves: Maison Luxe

Maison Luxe is a chic boutique with custom furnishings, home goods, and antiques founded in Seattle in 2006 by owner Kelie Grosso who also runs a design firm by the same name. The Maison Luxe aesthetic is tailored, timeless, and glamorous thanks to Kelie’s discerning eye and her trips around the globe to destinations like Paris, Florence, Istanbul, and Marrakech to source one-of-a-kind items for the shop. Recently, Maison Luxe launched a beautifully curated online shop with a wonderful assortment of custom upholstery, casegoods, tables, lighting, accessories, art, and antiques. Below, I have included some of my favorite Maison Luxe interiors as well as my Top 20 list of items from the newly launched store online. As a special offer for La Dolce Vita readers, Maison Luxe is extending a special 20% off discount on your first purchase using the code LDV20.

{A Beautiful Kitchen with a Stunning Detail on the Marble Slab Backsplash}

{A Chic Built-In Coffee Bar– I’m obsessed with this cabinet color!}

{I remember when this gorgeous bathroom was featured in House Beautiful years ago. It still feels timeless!}

{1. Jarin Dresser | 2. Utopia Lamp | 3. Vesper Bowls | 4. Black and White Abstract I | 5. Abbey Chair | 6. Flower Tea Jar | 7. Carnations II Artwork | 8. Loop Side Table | 9. Antique Gilt Bench | 10. Saturnus Chandelier | 11. Plaster Totems | 12. Set of Four Antique Balloon Back Chairs | 13. Almeria Table Lamp | 14. Antique Louis Phillippe Mirror | 15. Paule Marrot Abstract | 16. Conrad Double Nightstand | 17. Blanc Pop Bowl |  18. Georgia May Lips | 19. Dion Double Nightstand | 20. Tressel Chair}

For more of Maison Luxe’s style, visit MaisonLuxe.net and follow along on Instagram @maisonluxe!

{This post is sponsored by Maison Luxe, however all opinions are genuinely my own.}