The House deGournay Built

{The Sitting Room features deGournay’s Iconic Saint Laurent Design}

I have admired the breathtaking, hand-painted wallpapers of British company, deGournay for as long as I can remember. Hannah Cecil Gurney, the daughter of founder, Claud Cecil Gurney has become the face of the company along with her sister Rachel, with whom she once shared this charming two bedroom flat housed in a former Georgian townhouse in London.  She now shares the house with her husband, Eddie Harden and their darling baby boy.

Hannah’s charming home was previously featured in the pages of the July issue of House & Garden and was just recently featured on The Coveteur who gives us a closer, more in-depth look at this marvelous home. Between the dazzling array of hand-painted wallpapers, kilim rugs, and European antiques, this home is a design-lovers dream. It has served as Hannah’s experiment lab, as well it should considering the family business produces some of the most exquisite wallpapers, textiles, and hand-carved mirrors in the world. All of the rooms are fabulous, but my favorite is definitely the beautiful guest bedroom with the gorgeous, green Chinoiserie wallpaper and yellow bed and roman shade. Which room do you like the most?

{The floor in the sitting room may appear to be marble, but it is actually hand-painted wood. So fabulous!}

{It’s All in the Details}

{An Eclectic Mix in the Hallway}

{The kitchen may be teeny-tiny, but it looks like a beautiful jewel box. In case you were wondering, Hannah doesn’t cook.}

{Breathtaking Details in the Guest Bedroom}

{Beautiful and Romantic– How perfect is this shade of yellow?!}

{The Master Bedroom features an Oxblood Chinoiserie Wallpaper}

{The Glamorous Master Bedroom}

{Since the bathroom is tiny and doesn’t have any natural light, Hannah decided to make the shower feel nearly invisible by installing wallpaper behind it.}

{Photography by Simon Brown via The Coveteur}

Jet Set: Round Hill Hotel and Villas Jamaica

Ever since I returned from my visit to Bermuda last month, I have been wanting to go away for a long weekend getaway to a beach destination with Fabian. If we lived on the East Coast, Bermuda would be a no brainer since it’s a direct, two-hour flight there. However, it’s a little harder to get there from Texas, so travel time is a big consideration. I’ve looked into going to Cabo San Lucas or Playa del Carmen, but while both destinations are beautiful, we are going to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico in a few weeks. I loved the British influence and truly tropical feel in Bermuda, so I’d love that in a destination. Over the weekend, I started thinking about tropical destinations where we could spend a long, relaxing weekend and Round Hill in Jamaica came to mind. I’ve always associated Round Hill with the fact that Ralph Lauren has a beautiful home there, but the more I researched the destination this weekend, the more I came to love the idea of visiting.

Round Hill is steeped in history. The 100-acre peninsula was originally part of Lord Monson’s Round Hill estate– a sugarcane plantation which later grew coconuts and allspice. Eventually, Jamaica-born entrepreneur John Pringle sought to create a boutique hotel concept on the island that would allow for people to purchase villas on the property and share in the hotel’s profits. Famous guests from the Montego Bay resort’s heyday in the 1950s and 1960s include Errol Flynn and Ian Fleming, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy who famously honeymooned in Villa 10, as well as Alfred Hitchcock and Bing Crosby. “The original architecture was designed by William Ballard and the décor was conceived by Guy Roop. Collaborating with Mr. Pringle, they brought to fruition a collection of impeccably designed, freestanding, whitewashed cottages that capitalized on the incredible views of the bay and warm, Caribbean climate.” The cottage colony model that Pringle had devised for Round Hill at 26 years old has since been widely emulated all over the world. For the past sixty years, Round Hill has maintained its relaxed, secluded ambiance and charm, while many of the private villas have been remodeled and modernized. Most recently, the oceanfront rooms in the Pineapple House were redesigned by Ralph Lauren, whose own villa is located at Round Hill, whose influence can be found in his collections every now and again. 

I would love to know if you’ve ever stayed at Round Hill and if you would recommend it? We really just want to go somewhere that is a short, direct flight from Houston, where we can relax for say, three days in chic, comfortable surroundings. All I want to do is go to the beach, catch up on my reading, and enjoy what the Italians call “il dolce far niente”, an expression which roughly translates to “the sweetness of doing nothing”. What are your thoughts? Is Round Hill as fabulous as it looks or would you recommend another destination?

{The Pool}

{The Spa at Round Hill}

{The Beach}

{A Tropical Moment}

{One of the 36 Guestrooms in the Pineapple House which were Recently Redesigned by Ralph Lauren}

{A Bathroom in the Pineapple House}

{A Guestroom in the Pineapple House}

{Private Villa No. 7}

{Villa No. 7}

{Villa No. 11}

{Villa No. 16}

{Round Hill is also a Popular Destination for Discerning Brides}

 

The Royal Wedding in Chic Illustrations

Saturday was such a joyous day! I woke up early in anticipation of the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I have always loved Princess Diana and grew up idolizing her not only for her style, but for her incredible heart and spirit, the way she lived her life helping those who could not help themselves, and of course, for the lovely relationship she had with her beloved sons. I am the same age as Prince William, so I feel like I have watched William and Harry grow up . I love that he found a beautiful, confident, thoroughly modern American woman to be his princess bride. The union between them is incredibly symbolic and historic for many reasons, but above all, it seems genuine, deep, and real.

Did you see the way they lovingly looked at each other or the fact that they never stopped holding hands throughout their wedding ceremony? Other heartwarming moments included the fact that Meghan’s bouquet included flowers hand-picked by Harry from his mother’s garden as well as the fact that there was an empty seat in the chapel next to William, meant to symbolize Diana’s presence. I have no doubt that Diana must be beaming with pride as she looks down on her beloved sons. And speaking of mother’s, how beautiful is Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who beamed with love, pride, and hope throughout the ceremony?

I have no doubt that you have seen countless beautiful images from the Royal Wedding, so I wanted to share something different with you. I have been following artist, Amelia Noyes (@iamnoyes) on Instagram since around the holidays when Amy Astley, editor in chief of Architectural Digest posted a chic portrait she’d commissioned from Amelia. Amelia is an incredibly talented illustrator whose work is at once chic, charming, and modern. I love the way she captured the Royal Wedding in these stunning illustrations which are available for purchase on Amelia’s website.

{Illustrations by Amelia Noyes via @iamnoyes on Instagram}

Friday Favorites 05.18.18

TGIF! After being out of the office for the past two weeks installing our window at Mecox for Legends of La Cienega and then back to Los Angeles the following week for the event itself, this was my first full week in my office in the month of May. As fun and glamorous as that sounds, and it certainly was at times, it is still work, so between our installation, taking meetings, networking events, and running back to the hotel to take conference calls and phone consultations, it can feel both exhilarating and exhausting. It’s been a very productive week, working on quite a few design projects, meeting with new clients, and for the past several days, the team from a big national magazine has been at my house photographing it for their September issue, so stay tuned!

I must admit, it’s getting increasingly more difficult to balance everything, which is why I was only able to do three blog posts this week rather than my usual five. I will continue to aim for five posts per week, but every now and then, I may come up short. I’d rather share something I’m truly excited about instead of just phoning it in. Anyhow, I am really looking forward to my first low-key weekend at home in a while. I plan to watch the Royal Wedding on Saturday morning and then we’re finally going to see Hamilton that evening! We’re not usually huge fans of musical theatre, but it seems like a must to see the cultural phenomenon everyone has raved about for the last couple of years. Here is what has been on my radar lately.

Design: In case you missed the huge news last week, ELLE DECOR just published its prestigious, annual A-List and I am extremely honored to be included. It truly is such a highlight in my career and I am so grateful to be included amongst so many incredibly talented people whom I admire and respect. It’s so nice to be recognized. As anyone in a creative career can attest to, it isn’t always easy. Presenting your creative ideas, whether to clients, editors, industry partners, or peers requires an incredible amount of vulnerability. You’re sharing the embodiment of your creativity and sometimes those ideas land but other times, they don’t. Having someone like the editors at ELLE DECOR essentially say that they are behind you and like what you are contributing to the design world is tremendously humbling. You can see the entire list, along with our six inch tall doob figurines in the June issue of ELLE DECOR.

Style: Are you planning to watch the Royal Wedding? It will be so fun to see the fanfare and of course to see Meghan’s dress, whether or not Harry decided to shave, and the main reason to tune in– Prince George and Princess Charlotte! I wish Harry and Meghan a lifetime of happiness. It is refreshing to see such a non-conventional, American commoner accepted into the Royal Family. 

Watch: Like so many, I am fascinated by the Kennedy family. The glamour, influence, legacy, and tragedy are mesmerizing. I watched the CNN documentary about the Kennedys and it was clear to me that Bobby was the true political star with endless potential. Tragically, as you know, he was assassinated like his brother John. It’s unbelievable how much tragedy has befallen this family. Many of you have recommended that I watch Bobby Kennedy for President on Netflix, so I plan to do so this weekend. You can watch the trailer here.

Health: Summer is just around the corner, which means many of us are feeling the pressure to get in shape! I enjoy eating and drinking wine a bit too much to go on a crazy diet, so instead focus on moderation. I just came across this list of “6 Protein Packed Foods to Help You Get in Shape“, so I’ll be working more of these foods into my diet.

Beauty: My skin is pretty fair, so I usually avoid the sun. However, after wearing more and more dresses as the weather warms up, I can’t help but think my pale legs and I could benefit from a little sun-kissed glow. I don’t love self-tanners because they’re usually messy and smelly, but I just read about what Miranda Kerr calls her Miracle, (Clean!) Self-Tanner and plan to order it and give it a try. Evidently, it works gradually, smells fantastic, and most importantly is certified organic and is free of DHA and other controversial chemicals.

Shop: With the warmer weather, sandal season is officially upon us! There are so many chic options this year and I plan to do a whole LDV Edit on the topic, but for now, here are my current favorites: One | Two | Three

My Favorite Top

{In New York in a Cream EDIT Swing Top}

I am very much a creature of habit. I have my favorite places, meals, wine, clothing and so on. As such, when I find something that I love, I tend to buy it in every color available. Such is the case with my very favorite top. I purchased the EDIT Swing Top, pictured above in cream about two years ago and I still continue to wear it all the time. In fact, I wore it just yesterday. Soon after, I bought it in black and eventually in green when that became available. Since I travel all the time, these tops have become go-to staples for me. They are super versatile, can be dressed up or down, and they travel very well as they do not wrinkle. I always get compliments when I wear them and always feel polished an pulled together in them, whether it’s for a daytime meeting or an evening out. 

{Wearing the EDIT Swing Top in Black with Fabian in Paris}

Just this week, I discovered that Tuckernuck just got a new batch of these fabulous tops in– they usually sell out in the blink of an eye! They also have a couple of exclusive colors including cobalt blue, which I just ordered, pale pink, and a red/magenta combination. If you’re on the hunt for a chic, versatile that can take you from day to night and that you can just toss in your suitcase, look no further and get yours before they sell out again!