The Only Best of the Oscars 2012

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Tom Ford said that he will never dress anyone for the Oscars, I guess he decided otherwise for Gwyneth Paltrow. Who would not ?
She just looks beautiful doing yoga, cooking, travelling.. 
You don´t believe me? Check her blog Goop !

She was the most elegant this year, the right touch of simple and sophisticated.

This year, I have seen nothing in style at the Oscars. Too shiny, too vulgar, too simple, too obvious, too prom ... I won´t even put their names or pictures, this is how disappointed I was about their looks. :(

Compare to her, the rest of them was just a disaster..  Hope they do better next year !

What do you think ? Who was/were you favorites this year ?

Let's talk chinoiserie...

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Chinoiserie, a French term, signifying “Chinese-esque”, refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences of an imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrast of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration. 
I am a big fan of chinoiserie ! It bring such a traditional and sophisticated touch. It also adds an instant air of elegance and personality to an otherwise simple piece.  
Used by European Monarchs in their palaces during the baroque and rococo styles (17th century) this decorative theme is often used by interior designs with a new twist and new shapes that have reinvented a classic for today’s decor trend.
Wallpapers, screens, bedding, pillows, lamps, chairs, cabinets.. They are so many ways to incorporate it into decoration and bring a touch of exotism in your home. 
Get inspired ! And check my current favorites below:

Source for all above pictures

Source: AD

Beautiful nightstand vignette with baby blue porcelain lamp, chinoiserie mirrored nightstand chest 
Source: Decor Pad

Asian Screen
Source: Decor Pad

How to get the look?

Need more inspiration? Check this fabulous blog: Chinoiserie Chic

New Tokyo Starbucks Cafe by Kengo Kuma

Thursday, 23 February 2012

I love the architecture of this new new cafe ! Starbucks takes a bold move by hiring Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to create a cafe that is a  contemporary translation of traditional Japanese carpentry. 
Located in Tokyo,  the cafe features eye-catching elements that are both aesthetic and structural. Fusing culture and conscious design, the artful Starbucks Tokyo 
is a piece of Art ! Coffee anyone ? ;)

More work from Kengo Kuma & Ass. below: