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Winter Blues Cure – Beautiful Boho Snow Chalet

I LOVE this place so much I wanted to share it with you in case you didn’t see Coco+Kelley’s fab post about it. This would be my dream get-away ski chalet. I love the mix of styles, colors and textures. I even kinda love the shiny bright floral mosaic tile Kitchen – who knew? The element of surprise, fun and wonder is always vital to me in home decor. It would be really easy to just chill here, nothing is up tight or fussy. The wood is warm and inviting, fireplace is calling me. This gem is in the Snowy French Alps design by Lionel Jadot. I’m already packing…

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Photos via design by lionel jadot via wave avenue 

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“You have to focus on your dreams even if they go beyond common sense” Anna Sui

I have always been a HUGE fan of Anna Sui. Of course with her perfection of Boho Glam it was heavenly love for this rock and roll girl. Back in the day I cloaked myself in her velvets and brocades finished off with biker boots and a great floppy or top hat. I found her clothes far more attainable in the (what I felt) elitist fashion world. When her store opened up in Soho it was like coming home and I loved how lusciously comfortable it felt. To this day if I see purple and black together (as in the store’s design or Anna Sui packing) I immediately think of Anna Sui. I feel flooded with sensual fantasy and scents of an earthy English garden. Now that is some great branding juju!

Her new line inspired by the History Channel’s show Vikings is rich and inspired. I recently started watching Vikings after my friend John recommended it to me numerous times and he was right (per usual) I LOVE it! Highly recommend!!! So this marriage of Anna Sui and Vikings makes beautiful sense to me. The Scandi patterns mixed with furs, the layers, the colors topped off with sexy tousled hair (thanks to my uber talented friend and hairstylist Louis Angelo) and the Inuit face tattoos! It’s a whole new refreshing love affair!!!

 Here are photos of my favorite looks from the show. 

More info on Louis Angelo below. 


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Chateau De Gudanes – My new DIY Design Heros!

I’ve always fantasied about living in the French countryside in a gorgeous stone Chateau or farmhouse. I was thrilled and further inspired when I got to visit this dream lived through friends Hugh Hamrick and David Sedaris. I still live it vicariously through House Hunters International. This post however is about another couple that took that dream to another dimension.

Karina and Craig Waters, an Australian couple, bought an abandoned 18th century neoclassical French chateau in a small village called Chateau-Verdun in the South of France. The couple has made it their mission to renovate and restored this neglected and ruined chateau.

The couple is currently working on the renovations and documenting it along the way on their blog – . Even during the renovations they hope to offer tours and a café as soon as possible. And by 2016 they would like to also offer accommodations, a gift shop, facilities for weddings, music festivals, local fêtes, workshops, conferences, seminars and courses. See pics after text.

Words from Karina and Craig Waters –

“Our aim is to tread lightly and gently – to preserve the atmosphere and authenticity of the Chateau and region as much as possible. She will be renovated but her rawness, wear and history will not be erased, but instead integrated. In keeping with this, we also plan to use energy efficient principles and sustainable refurbishment. This means up cycling and recycling as much as possible, including building materials, design features and decor.

The Chateau won’t be a pretentious museum piece, but rather, a place to visit, reconnect with the earth and people, and restore the senses, just like she herself has been restored. It won’t be about overcrowding the walls with paintings or overflowing the floors with furnishings, but will be relatively minimalistic – a place to simply rest, breathe and enjoy the calm.”

This set designer, event designer, interior decorator and gypsy can NOT wait to go! I LOVE the passionate DIY vitality. The spirit of preserving the past in a true form with its amazingly beautiful bumps, bruises and scars. This project is an endless spectacular visual and verbal story that is being shared and preserved. Truly impressive – Bravo Karina and Craig!

Chateau front


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Interview with Tracey Belfatto

Tracey is a dear friend and fellow stylist/creator. When I see Tracey I automatically imagine that we’re in a pre-Raphaelite painting and I’m instantly home. Colors are richer, gardens greener, flowers more fragrant, naughtiness is always a possibility and beauty is painfully endless…I paid a visit and homage to Tracey and Rik’s (Tracey’s partner) Upstate NY house, studio, greenhouse and 61 acres. These two have always been a huge inspiration and partners in crime. I am forever grateful for their knowledge, talent and contributions.

TSF: How would you describe your style?
Tracey:  Well traveled, textured, natural, eclectic, modern, warm, earthy , rusty. Everything  has a story, and a long life. Sentimental essence, timeless .

TSF: What are your favorite styles or designs?
Tracey:  Simplicity, elegance, natural or unique proportion,comfort, craftsmanship, a melding of the modern and arcane.

TSF: I see you have little collections throughout your house, how do you decide what becomes a collection for you?
Tracey:  I love well worn things and  the feel and warmth of old wooden spoons, bowls, the history of cutting boards and old mortars and pestles. It’s a connection one might feel for an old cashmere sweater, a possession that’s existed forever.

TSF: What inspires you? Motivates you in design.
Tracey: History ,nature, light, giving new meaning to discarded or saved objects. I hate when things break. I create daily arrangements with things I find on my long walks . I blend, build and shuffle them so they keep going and changing flavor, like a soup one keeps on the stove and adds to making it richer.

TSF: You and Rik have done a lot work to your upstate house, what were your visions when you bought this place?
Tracey:  The place was so tiny and cozy, it was all about the outdoor space. We wanted to add a bright, glass room, where we would could cook and entertain more expansively.  We proceeded to build two-thirds more house onto the cabin, pretty much cache as cache can. We bought things, found most and revamped quite a bit of materials so progress was slow.  It was truly a hand-built process. We had the sliding glass doors before the room and designed around them. We are still searching for handles to fit them. We found thermal windows on the street in Harlem. Friends would spot things, mention it and we’d pick them up. All the butcher block was found on NYC streets. They were used in our NYC loft and reused again up here. Rik’s work studio and mine are both built with old sets and materials from our design business.  We  made a teepee in the woods, our old backdrops sewn together as its cover. When constructing the new room, we moved the back deck around to the guest bedroom side for a lovely private porch. Sounds easy but it took all summer. Renting the place for a few days here and there provided a bit of cash to continue.

TSF: You’re not afraid of color how do you decide what colors to use in your rooms?
Tracey:  I love to feel the sun in every room, seems all my NYC apts. were dark, so I always compensated with color and warmth. Being a painter and designer, it is constantly changing.

TSF: I love the DIY fireplace mantel headboard, how did that come about?
Tracey:  I have been dragging that mantle around forever. It came from an old brownstone in Murray hill. They knocked down the building and I salvaged  it. It has had many incarnations, and  will have many more. Almost any object d’ art is capable of infinite placements . Loss of possibility is a bit sad when things are set in stone, cemented.



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