Fabulous Room Friday 12.18.15


After a very busy fall season, I have had the Napa Valley on my mind again a lot lately. I just love it there so much. It has been a whopping six months since our last visit (I know, I know!) and since Fabian and I always feel so happy and at peace there, we decided to forego gifts to each other this Christmas and instead, head to Napa. We figured it would be fun to take a few days away after Christmas and to ring in the New Year in a place we love so much. We booked a room at Meadowood this time on whim. It is such a last minute trip and goes against my type-A, super planner nature, but after getting our hotel, flight, and dinner reservations squared away in about 24 hours, I am feeling excited about spending time in our favorite place. The goal is to casually pop into some of our favorite wineries here and there and to try to keep our schedule as loose and fluid as possible in order to just hang out instead of adhering to a regimented schedule. I am hoping for morning walks, leisurely lunches, and a little vino, of course!


Since I have had Napa and Meadowood’s beautiful property on my mind, I instantly thought of Napa when I came across this beautiful Smith Lake, Alabama residence designed by my very talented friend, Andrew Brown. Meadowood is perched in the hills above the Silverado Trail in St. Helena and the rustic elegance of this chic living room by Andrew immediately transported me to Napa, even though it is actually in Alabama. I love the classic, neutral palette and the variety of textures in the space. The timeless furnishings work in symphony with the architecture of the space from the steel and glass, floor-to-ceiling windows and the rustic stone walls to the shiplap-clad walls in the adjoining kitchen. The result is elegant, yet relaxed and inviting– exactly what I am craving with Christmas and our sweet getaway just around the corner!


Have a wonderful weekend!

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{Photography Courtesy of Andrew Brown Interiors}

Fabulous Room Friday 12.11.15

Natalie Massenet Michael S Smith ADThis week, I stumbled across this image of Net-A-Porter founder, Natalie Massenet’s master bedroom in London. Her ultra-chic home was designed by Michael S Smith and was featured in the September 2014 issue of Architectural Digest. I was drawn to the lush, traditional Zuber wallpaper in a rich russet red hue juxtaposed against the gleaming chrome bed from Jasper. Natalie’s beautiful bedroom, like the entire house, marries sleek, modern pieces with a traditional foundation set by the home’s classic architecture and mix of antiques. The result feels very fashion forward, which is no surprise considering the homeowner is a major player in the fashion industry. I have a feeling the bedroom must offer a chic, sumptuous respite from the frenetic pace of a life in fashion!

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{Photography by Oberto Gili for Architectural Digest}

Have a wonderful weekend! If you are still working your way down your gift list, don’t forget to check out our 2015 holiday gift guides!

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Fabulous Room Friday 12.04.15

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I am still seeing red after yesterday’s In the Mood post, so I only thought it appropriate that the first “Fabulous Room” of the month should be swathed in crimson. Naturally, whenever I think of beautiful, red rooms, Alessandra Branca comes to mind. Alessandra works in many palettes, of course, but red is truly her signature and few do it as well as she does. One Kings Lane recently paid Alessandra a visit at her home in Chicago for a feature on her holiday hosting tips. I love that her beautiful dining room seemingly does double duty as a library. It makes the space feel so cozy and intimate. The striking red walls are the perfect backdrop for her beautiful Jansen dining chairs, 1950s French chandelier, and 1970s red and white abstract painting. Meanwhile, the graphic trim on the draperies emphasize the scale of the room and help to frame the space. The result is beautiful, chic, and ravishing in red.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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{Photography by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane}

Fabulous Room Friday 11.20.15

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Suzanne Kasler is a designer I have admired for many years now. Her work is typically more traditional, but she does many styles so very well, always with her distinct European-inspired flair. Regardless of the inspiration for any specific project she has designed, those of us who love her work can always count on it to be elegant, timeless, and pretty. Defined by her effortless approach to casual elegance, Suzanne’s design sensibility is beautifully displayed in her own home. While her Atlanta residence has been published before, I was thrilled to see new photographs for it on One Kings Lane recently. While the entire home is beautiful, I was especially drawn to her elegant dining room. The room radiates with light, thanks in part to a mirrored molding that runs along the cornice line, as well as metallic paint used on the ceiling. Clever and glamorous– I like it! The walls are dressed in a custom-colored deGournay Chinoiserie wallpaper, while the butler’s pantry, visible from the dining room, is lacquered in a lovely pale blue hue.

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{The Butler’s Pantry as Viewed from the Dining Room}

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{Beautiful deGournay Wallpaper and Pale Blue Silk Curtains}

For the full tour of Suzanne’s beautiful and inspiring home, visit One Kings Lane.

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{Photography by Erica George-Dines for One Kings Lane}

Fabulous Room Friday 11.13.15


I recently read on ArchitecturalDigest.com that one of my favorite designers, Michele Bonan is releasing a book later this month. I have admired Michele’s beautiful work and chic aesthetic since I first came across the JK Capri Hotel several years ago. In the time since, I have eagerly anticipated new projects of his because they never disappoint.

Michele, like most of the European designers I admire, has a true knack for bringing together elements from various periods and design movements to create a beautifully layered look. One of the latest hotel projects he has completed is the JK Roma Hotel. I haven’t been back to Rome in several years, but this property might be enough to entice me to return. The lounge at the JK Roma highlights the building’s stunning architecture. Michele kept the palette minimal, but incorporated striking art, sculptures, and architectural elements such as the marble door frames. Notice how the mid century modern-influenced furniture has a low profile overall, making the architecture of the space feel even more grand. The geometric cowhide rug adds a distinctly graphic and modern touch. The result is quintessentially Italian– elegant and alluring– as it brings together Italian antiques and sculptures with modern furniture that was influenced by the iconic Italian designs from the 1950s and 60s.



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