Tuesday, November 29, 2011

South of the Border

One of the outings my children and I took over the holiday weekend was to our local Barnes & Noble (about the only brick and mortar bookstore left in Nashville, seriously). They each got to pick out a book and mama got to pick out a foreign design magazine - my favorite part of hitting the bookstore. What me, buy an actual book? No, I must feed my design obsession. So, this time I picked out Elle Decoration, UK edition.  One of the homes that spoke to me the most was the moody and mysterious home of cult jewelry designer Caledonio Lohidoy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Behold:
Yummy velvet.
The floors, my God, the floors!
Okay, a carved dragon sculpture might even be a bit much for me (and that's saying a lot), but you gotta admit it's unique.
Might need to use this trick in my house.    
Compared to the other rooms, this room seemed almost monastic in its simplicity. But I doubt monks have much abstract art on their walls. 

When we arrived home, what should I find in my mailbox but the American version of Elle Decor. What a treat. I'm sure a lot of you have already seen some of the eye candy in this issue. Ashley Stark's amazing apartment has already made the rounds in the blogosphere. But for some reason, I was really drawn to another South American lair . . . that of Brazilian editor Fabrizio Rollo. I just loved all the layers, colors and textures.
Yes, there is a lot going on here, and yes, it's a bit cluttered for my taste, but I was still bowled over by it. 

Have you seen any interiors lately that have wowed you?

Sources: Elle Decoration UK Edition and Elle Decor (American)


The enchanted home said...

So opulent, yes today I was at a friends house which was quite spectacular, it was such a treat taking it all in...when her kitchen is done I would like to feature her home on a blog post!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Hi Kathy! Just dove into my copy of American Elle tonight. I thought exactly the same thing about that apt. I loved the layers of color and pattern and the fearless blend of it all. My favorite style! Made the other spaces featured seem so dull and edited. On a more positive note, I also loved Ashley Stark's dining room table base!

Melissa Crochet said...

I have been dying over the new Elle Decor! Love Love Love

Laura@happyroost said...

Agreed, I love this too. The first image of the large velvet sofa is amazing!


Emily | Recently said...

Both of those homes = divine! I love looking at homes that I know I would never in a million years live in (nor want to live in!) but that I can appreciate for the massively fabulous design that is inside. It's so inspiring! Glad you guys had a fun Thanksgiving break!

Unknown said...

Sometimes cluttered can be cozy. I like this type of cluttered.

MFAMB said...

yes yes and hell yes.

one of my favorites is AD espana. blows my mind every time.

Kim said...

ohhhh...I would love to curl up on that gorgeous sofa. It looks like it would swallow you whole.

Carla said...

Seriously the florrs are something else! But, wait, I was in Argentina a few months ago and I did not hear of this Caledonio. Still, I can´t stop looking at the pictures! What I do know, is that this kind of wooden floor is called "parquet" in Spanish and they use if often in condos and apartmens because it is very easy to clean and looks nice. I stayed in several buenos aires apartments when I was there, and most had this floor. The only difference was that some had it brownish but lighter! It is a matter of tastes!