Monday, January 31, 2011

Designer spotlight: Timothy Corrigan Part I

Good how do you like my "new look"? I love my new blog and want to thank Shari over at littlebluedeer ( is fantastic and I highly recommend her to anyone considering a "blog makeover". I am off to the New York gift show, which I always look forward to! And, of course will be sure to take my camera and snap away at anything that is inspirational and worth sharing here. Hopefully I will have a lot to show you tomorrow! 

 I have long admired the work of Timothy Corrigan and think he is most definitely one of the most talented and gifted designers out there, hence the reason Architectural Digest named him one of the 100 most talented designers in the world! The post I did yesterday on the two incredible French chateaus that he restored, speaks for themselves. I am going to divide this post into two parts because I have a lot of pictures to share and its too many for one day (don't want to overwhelm the senses).

 So for today I am featuring front entry and living room pictures. Tomorrow we will check out his dining rooms and bedrooms. I find his work so inspirational and I can look at these pictures over and over and not get tired of them. I love how timeless his rooms feel, that they have an "old new look" where not everything has to be perfect and sparkly...there is a lot of character to each of these rooms. His rooms are the kind of rooms that keep you wanting to dissect and study every little detail, absorb the beauty and make it your own. I would love to hear what you think and of course, if you have a favorite.....

Fabulous how he arranged the console table, lantern and that mirror is gorgeous!

How beautiful is the paneling color soothing to the eye, and that rug!

Fabulous barrel ceiling in a grand hallway

Beautiful center hall table in a luxurious wood paneled foyer

This must be a foyer in a grand country home...with all the antlers, so French!

Muted blues in an opulent front hall

Love the rich warm walnut colored woods used here

A beautiful study with lots of rich colors, love that blue velvet the art on the
library wall

Soft ivories and blues create a quiet muted feel here

I love this ultra long sofa, beautiful in blue!

No this is not a hotel, its a residence in the middle east

Understated elegance at its best

Absolutely love this living room

Fabulous french doors in a huge living room...notice all the tables he used

Love the blue and white accents in this creamy palette

A opulent view from Timothy's own living room

Beautiful paneling make a cozy backdrop to this elegant room

Love the rich colors here....those walls are to die for!

I am not generally a huge red fan but its done beautifully here with a toned down red...

A peek into a grand salon in Paris

Soft apricot and greens in an otherwise neutral living room (he uses this combination a lot)

Another view of Timothy's own living room

Rich blues look so elegant here, love all the art

A cheery room with lots of green..interesting mix of styles here

Look at that gorgeous scalloped velvet tufted ottoman

What do you think of the lattice work on the walls here?

Another view of the "latticewalled" living room

An elegant neutral living room high in the sky

A fabulous French salon

Beautiful center table in an opulent room

Blue and white always adds the perfect finishing touch

Hope you will visit tomorrow as I will feature some spectacular dining rooms and bedrooms by this very talented designer. Hope you have an enchanting day! Let me know if you had a favorite room.....for me it would be a toss up between Timothy's own living room, the living room that I wrote "I absolutely love" with all the books, and the foyer with the antlers. All beautiful!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Showhouse...and you're invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my "French state of mind" (can't quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
 The first is one of my all time was "love at first sight" and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about................

This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.

The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a the warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn't it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom...they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors 

Almost too perfect to be real!

Then we go back to 2005,  to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan...he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn't he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!

Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre

Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Come with me on a magic carpet ride...and go wallpaper shopping!

Ok finally coming off my high from Paris..not easily though and so not by choice! Back to reality and the drawing board of getting my house business in high gear. I thought (emphasis on the word thought) I knew what I wanted for the carpeting for the bedrooms. This AFTER I won the argument with my husband to put  in wall to wall carpeting (so much cozier and prettier in a bedroom in my opinion and remember we live in New York where we get very cold winters, case in point the 10 degrees it is right now) so carpeting to me, makes oodles of sense for all our bedrooms. So....I have started looking, though its one of the last things we will be putting in, some take 6 weeks and after waiting over two and a half years, I sure am not going to delay my move for, of all things.......carpeting! Let me know if one below is screaming out "master bedroom" or "boys room" or "guest room"...would love to know what all you tastemakers think!

Well I have discovered the wonderful world of carpeting by Patterson, Flynn and Martin (a Schumacher brand) and they nearly knocked my socks off. They are so amazing looking, I couldn't even begin to decide. I think I want a soft palette for my master, think pales gray/blues and pale greens with a creme, many of the carpets below would work beautifully. Its always easier to start with the carpet and work my way up. I THOUGHT I knew what I wanted and now I am at a total loss for all the bedrooms, though some of the ones below I think scream "young mans room" please tell me what you think, and which is your favorite!

Then I move on to the wonderful world of wallpapers......way too many choices. I am just starting to scratch the surface, but have included some pretty standouts below as well as some great paint hues from Zoffany....I love to know what you think, so please let me know!

As if those aren't breathtaking enough..onto walls, I am also really loving Farrow and Ball's wallpapers and paints. What do you think about these papers and colors? So pretty and inspiring! The colors (the last 3 are just so pretty, soft quiet, putty gray/blue/greens which I think could be gorgeous for a master bedroom)

Love this pattern.....colors are gorgeous too, would be pretty in a bathroom

Love this regal!

This would be sooo opulent, can see it in a dark room with rich woods...

This is such a great color, neutral with just a hint of blue (parma gray)

A beautiful gray/green (light blue- don't get the colors' name either)

Beautiful soft gray (skylight)

Zoffany has long been one of my favorite sources for papers and paint....they do have some beautiful papers. Here are some beautiful pictures of some of their papers, hard to pick a you have one?

Looove this pattern and of course it looks smashing with the blue and white!

Beautiful color and pattern

A close up

Love how old fashioned looking this is....

This would look great in a gentleman's study or small cozy office or a masculine closet/dressing room

And of course there is the fabulous house of Scalamandre....I used them for a few rooms in my old home and never tired of walking into the rooms I put them in....always so beautiful, here is some Scalamandre inspiration.............(all pictures from Scalamandre)

A classic (pattern Neptunes)

So cheery and happy (pattern winegrowers)

Fresh and clean (pattern Kilkenny cats)

Love the colors (pattern Orientaux)

Always liked brown and blue together (pattern Precious cargo)

Anything green is a winner in my book (pattern Hampton court)

Beautiful colorways (pattern Edwin's Covey)

Well that's enough inspiration for one head is spinning. Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing and enchanted weekend!