I have always loved this French manor house by Dutch designer Kate Hume. I had seen glimpses of it but never the whole house. On a recent revisit to the website, much to my delight, I discovered that there were more photos and, well, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It’s stunning. The dialogue between old and new, the casual luxury. Kim first featured a room or two back in 2008 and I love how good design stands the test of time and the foibles of fads.
So much to see. So much to touch, to turn over, to stroke. I would be the most rude of guests fidgeting in my seat, jumping up to flick through a book, pick up a trinket, open a box, to take in the beauty. Somehow I don’t think the owner of this Birmingham, Alabama home, interior designer, artist and neo-traditionalist William McLure would mind too much. I think maximalists love to display their treasures and to have others secretly covet them. I know I do 😉
I love all interior styles, from contemporary and traditional to boho and Scandinavian, Hollywood Regency, mid century modern and even minimalist. You name it and I’ll find something to love. I think, though, that my favourite homes are those with interesting architectural bones filled with pieces that reflect the owner’s personality. They don’t have to be new or expensive. They can even be a little beaten up and too well loved. It goes back to the joy of living in a space that over time becomes your second skin. Hollyridge Project by Los Angeles-based by Sally Breer of Co-Mingle.
It’s all about personality. Make a stand and say no to the boring and mundane. Don’t be a sheep. Don’t follow the crowd. No need to keep up with the Joneses. No. Be yourself and make your home an extension of who you are and what you love. Kensal Rise Factory by London-based Maddus Creative.
This home is another stunner by the team of Mis’en scène 40. Tours, France is the location, and every room has something unique to offer. I can’t help but notice that every fabulous French home MUST have a Serge Mouille light fixture.