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Master Designer: Francois Champsaur

May 8th, 2015


Francois Champsaur‘s project in a historic Parisian Trocadero Apartment is one of the most sensually soft modern designs I’ve seen in awhile.  Champsaur took on a project that had been in a family for generations and untouched for 40 years, and transformed the space into something completely unrecognizable and fresh.   He removed everything and started with a blank slate of over 5,000 square feet of living space.  The walls now undulate as they divide rooms.  The color palette is calm and neutral with splashes of bold colors.  The custom furniture is sparse and sculptural, and there is a nod to history revealed in the original exposed beams.


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Softened corners on the marble wall and kitchen ceiling complement the clean lines and diagonal seating area.



This custom green banquette in the dining area was designed by Champsaur, balanced by the angular Mars chairs by Konstantin Grcic and table by Eric Schmitt.



 Stunning bronze glazed doors continue the lines in the wide plank floors and louvered ceilings, allowing light to fill the space but also divide it.



Romantic drapes and a cozy chair help to soften the room.
And can I please have that beautiful bench?
I need it.  Bad.  Real bad.





 I could spend hours in this oak and marble bathroom.



This home feels much more architectural than decorated.  Uncluttered home, uncluttered mind….



A sleek and simple bronze fireplace / art installation designed by Eric Schmitt


Materials are made of wood, bronze, oak and marble – Soft, Supple, and oh so Tranquil.  No need for unnecessary decoration, only a peaceful backdrop to quiet the mind, body and soul.

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Master Architects: Lee F. Mindel

April 20th, 2015


I was recently pouring over the pages of Architectural Digest and I paused for quite awhile on the exquisite work of Lee F. Mindel’s penthouse project in Manhattan. Since the passing of Peter Shelton in 2012, Lee has continued on in the ascending success of their New York based firm Shelton, Mindel and Associates and has landed on AD100 with good reason.  Fresh, tailored and joyful are often words that accompany his work as he marries clean lined architecture with luxurious furniture and finishes.


The handsome Lee F. Mindel.


Mindel is no stranger to high-end commissions which include Sting and Trudie Styler’s London townhouse and Ralph Lauren’s Headquarters in Manhattan, along with The Marquand – a $15 million luxury condo on the Upper East Side, a 2,000 passenger cruise ship and a Gulfstream G550 jet.  Not bad.  Not bad.


 He makes every space both chic and comfortable – the epitome of luxury.

Here are a few images from AD on his Manhattan project.
Notice the amount of light that fills each and every space.
“Seamless integration of the interior elements—light, acoustics, texture, color—makes the space pleasurable.”
– Lee F. Mindel


Laid back layering.


A simple addition of a traditional chair along side lucite tables.


A Master of mixing modern lines with traditional pieces.


Modern organic lucite desk with a classic shape X-base stool.

Mindel is not shy about expressing his passion for Nordic Designs.  “I’ve long collected furniture by Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm. Unlike most Scandinavian designers, Kjaerholm often worked in metal rather than wood.  I love how he made new materials like stainless steel feel organic by combining them with the humility of string or linen. My favorite piece is his pk91 folding stool.”

Poul Kjaerholm PK folding stool

 PK91 Stool in white.  Yes please!



His light fixtures always add a touch of whimsy.


Bringing the indoors out.

More lovely work by Shelton, Mindel and Associates:


A peaceful balance.


The art preference seems to be sculptural.



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A few examples of our work that have the same feeling of light and luxury – California Style:

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Dennis - Beach - Kitchen

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For more images and inspiration, I would highly recommend adding the Rizzoli book Shelton, Mindel & Associates: Architecture and Design to your design library.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Oscar Inspiration

February 27th, 2015

I wait all year for the Oscars.  Not so much for the actual awards and speeches, but to see, “what she’s wearing.”  Inevitably the looks will inspire my clients dream rooms for the coming year.  It’s always great fun to reinterpret the fashion into furniture and accessory pieces.  Read on and learn just how fashion influences my interior design selections.


WHITE Lupita Nyong Calvin Klein

Lupita Nyongo dripping in pearls, by Calvin Klein

White Made Goods Helene

Can’t get enough pearls? Add them to any room with the Helene Mirror by Made Goods.

PEACH Jennifer_Aniston

Jennifer Anniston in Versace

PEACH Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang Collection

Peach Sheers

There’s nothing quite as soft and romantic as flowing peach sheer drapery.

Black White Reese Witherspoon Tom Ford

Classic and chic Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

Black White Kitchen

Create an elegant and streamlined black and white kitchen.

Turquoise Cate Blanchett John Galliano, who is the new head of design for Maison Margiela Tiffany Blue Book Collection

Cate Blanchett in John Galliano wearing a beautiful necklace made of turquoise

Turquoise Lamp Times Two Design Slag Glass Lamp

Bring in a gorgeous accent with your own turquoise lamp by Times Two Design.

RED Rosamund Pike Givenchy

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

Red Loloi Glamour Shag

Any room will exude passion with this red Glamour Shag rug by Loloi.

Graphic Blocks Naomi Watts Armani Prive Black and White

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Graphic Blocks Arteriors Monty

Graphic blocks with touches of gold shine in this Arteriors’ Monty Chandelier.

Emerald GREEN  Scarlet Johansson

Scarlett Johansson in Versace

Emerald Green Tony Duquette by Roubini Malachite Rug

Emerald in still going strong as seen in this malachite rug by Tony Duquette, available at Roubini.

BLUE Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen

Blue Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet Blue GoldHouse your drinks in style in this regal blue and gold in the Anna Bar Cabinet by Worlds Away.

BLACK Margot Robbie Saint Laurent

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Black Walls

Don’t be afraid of black walls.  They actually make rooms look bigger.

Tassel Margot Robbie

Van Cleef & Arpels antique Colombine necklace, originally made in 1938 for the Duchess of Windsor.

Black Tassels

Tassels are back!  Add them as a drapery tie-back, trim accent or tie to the end of a cabinet pull.

There were so many touches of inspiration represented this Oscar season, not only on the red carpet but in costume and set design.  It’s all so beautiful and fascinating.  Cheers to a new year filled with art, expression and beauty!

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