Monday, August 31, 2009

Coveted Decour

When you picture an author's workstation, you see a cluttered desk full of post-its, littered with pens and crumpled up papers ... what you don't see in that picture is what you are about to witness. These are photographs of the home of artist-turned-author Douglas Coupland by Martin Tessler for The New York Times. I take no credit for the photos, I just want to bring to your attention the innovation being photographed.

Coupland has taken random household items like rolls of thread, puzzle pieces, paper plates, dice and made them a part of his fabulous decor. Seriously, his next book should be on the art of interior decor.

The four round disks on the side of the kitchen island are paper plates. Love it!

Spools of thread. How simple and ingenious is that!

The shelf below holds pieces to a building kit.

The colorful display to the left in the photo are dice....
And who doesn't need an enormous tide bottle to round out their sculpture collection.
Eclectic LOVE. (Please note the photo of the wrestler flying over the ropes - fan-flying-tastic!)

Friday, August 28, 2009

J'adore Patrick J. Baglino Jr.

Coming to you from The District and being the decor fiend that I am, I have naturally heard of Mr. Patrick Baglino of the vibrant Dupont Circle area. His designs have been featured in DC magazine twice and I find him to be absolutely fabulous!

He has an amazing sense of classic style. And his use of color and texture are both subtle and rich at the same time. I just love the way he uses small textured accents, as with the lamp featured below... and the use of the patterned wall paper in the half bath is just adorable. Many people would be afraid to use a pattern like that in such a small space, but it just WORKS!

Hats Off, Mr. Baglino! Hats Off!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Domenech Dominion

I am quite literally in awe of both the photography of Domenech and his subjects. These interior designers are unbelievable in their use of artistry and color. Then the way Domenech captures the spaces with the PERFECT lighting really gives these room the sense of being frozen memories or scenes from a film shot in those impossibly beautiful homes inhabited by the super rich and tasteful. All I can say is ... "wow."


Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Hello my fellow decour buffs!

I cannot believe that it has been nearly a year since I have posted on j'adore. I would like to apologize for my long absence without explanation. I took on a new job and moved into a new home...and unfortunately, I was unable to post the way I wanted to but my love of decor is STILL alive and aloft. In short, I'm back. I found the following photographs of some spaces that I think are just simple and wonderfully elegant from Architectural Digest.

What I love about these spaces is the subtle detailing and mixing of styles. In this first room, the element that was most intriguing for me is the earthen pot sitting at the base of the steps, adding a bit of texture to a room that is all smooth lines and angles. Also, check out the floating wall. This is a fantastic way to break up the space in a room without breaking continuity and creating the look of a larger space. Definitely going to experiment with this!
This next space I fell for because it seems to be the polar opposite of the one above. This room is all texture and earth with some clean lines added in for contrast with the bed, chair and flooring. Excellent use of contrast if you ask me!

The kitchen below is my dream country home space. Leaving the exposed beams is an excellent way to incorporate the country with the modern (not surprisingly, this was the name of the feature article in A.D.)

Well for my first post back, I hope that you enjoyed the spaces. You WILL be seeing me around again and MUCH more often with spaces J'adore!