Friday, May 31, 2013

Wonderful Yellow

Many times when we think of yellow it means the old blue and yellow combination, or yellow and red,or even yellow gingham. So, we pass over this wonderful color that brings sunshine into our lives. Think dahlias, sunflowers, and lemon yellow, or even chartreuse.  Nothing makes you smile more than having a little or a lot of the right shade of yellow in a room.  Now that is is officially summer, below are very chic ways to incorporate this new shade of yellow into your home, even if just a bit.  Also, I share with you my favorite lemon squares recipe, because what would summer be without lemons!

I just love this fresh take on a modern white room.  Just enough of the yellow to keep the room from being boring.  Yellow lampshades are perfection.  They remind me of my favorite pair of antique chinoiserie lamps that just pop in a room, even if they are the only yellow in the room.

Need I say more.... Surround yourself with things that you love especially in your bedroom!

This Solstice pattern from Yves Delorme at first glance, just looks like a cutesy floral pattern. In this setting,  the french designers master the art of bringing the garden into a sophisticated modern setting. Instead of looking too girly, it brings softness and happiness into this monochromatic, and otherwise quite boring grey bedroom.

It seems as though aqua is the perfect accent color with yellow right now.  The aqua gives the yellow a modern feel, but this room has a classic style also.  Perfect for a bedroom with the simple white sheets and duvet.  I just love the how the colors work together in this room.

I love the large map hung above the sofa with the accent pillows that pull the wonderful colors into the room. Accessories of blown glass, stacked books, and modern aqua chairs are perfect combinations of color in this living space.

Cheerful , colorful, and just plain fun, this reading nook just makes me smile!

It's summer, and what better a time to introduce all the wonderful yellow produce into your repertoire!
Containing beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macula degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones.

What wonderful colors in this small space that I can imagine is great for reading, research, or home office.  Unique color of aqua is introduced on the built-in bookcases, and makes this room trĂ©s chic.

A  yellow summer dessert for you, my favorite recipe for Lemon Bars ( click here for recipe)
Who can resist these delectable sweet and tart bars after a summer meal!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Beachy Blues

It's almost summer and the beach is on everyone's mind. When I think of the beach, I think blue, soft blues, dark blues, aqua blues. Naturally this brings the color of the sea into your beach house, and blue just never seems to look out of date, no matter what the trend.  So, here I share with you some magnificent examples of bringing these colors of blue into your home.  
Happy Memorial Day!

Love the large graphic prints on the wall.  They have a beach feel without going to far with a "theme".

Who could not imagine themselves in this soft and restful environment of light blue for an afternoon nap after a day in the sun!  I can feel the breeze off the water just by looking at this photo.

 I absolutely love this curtain fabric, and all the mix of patterns and color in the decorative pillows!

The palest of blue table cloth is just wonderful here with the coral accents and crisp white table linens.

 Just love this bookcase of uncovered books in all shades of blue.

The gray blues in the sea life framed prints collected onto the wall represents my love for searching for
shells at the edge of the water on the beach. 

 Who can resist this blue and white fish wallpaper and the beautiful porcelain sink!

A cozy little reading corner for a rainy day.

I  like the ocean blue color of the walls in this room, and the cream and white furniture. 

I have loved these seashell printed sheets and duvets from LuLu DK Matouk since they were introduced into the collection.

 This room represents the simplicity a room at the beach should have.  
I adore the accent pillows.

 Beautiful blue and white coral rug!

 Classy, beachy, wonderful mix of color.....

How exotic is this wallpaper! The shell mirror, crisp white towels and dark bamboo etagere keep this powder room cozy.  It reminds me of Hemingway and the Florida Keys.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bonjour from my Paris Apartment

I am excited to be blogging to you from my little Paris apartment.

I have been sitting at my little desk creating our new website, social media and marketing, and for one year now, working online and all over the european markets buying beautiful offerings for the store, and looking for inspiration everyday in my surroundings.  It is simple to find those little things in life here in Paris, that bring us pleasure and deep satisfaction, regardless of what is going on in the world around us.

I believe, and have always believed, that the products we bring to you , offer a little taste of simple luxuries that make life more comfortable and worth living.  They are what make your home unique, cozy, sensual, and more special than any one else’s.  Of course, I have some of those luxuries I have brought from home to make my apt my own, and today, I share some of my Parisian life's pleasures with you.

Me blogging and creating at my desk in my Paris apartment. 

I always wanted to have a purple room in my home, and moving to Paris into a small space was the perfect opportunity to realize this color fantasy! The french love purple, and they know how to make anything purple outstanding, whether the outside of a charming shop, a restaurant's decor,  warm and cozy hotel, at the table, or any room in la maison.  My curtains are a gorgeous silk in the warmest of purple, and the purple cashmere throw is from Belle Chambre of course!

My cuisinette with my favorite purple Le Jacquard table linens and tea towels! I also found some great purple Le Creuset baking dishes and spatulas to add to the purple theme. 

My desk again with all my perfect purple finds.  Teapot for taking my tea everyday ( it is a ritual for the french at 4:00 pm in the afternoon), Le Jacquard napkin, Moleskin notebooks I use for blog planning, french vocabulary reference, purple hydrangea from the market at Rue Cler just around the corner from my apartment. When you are living abroad, it is very important to have family photos and things that remind you of home.

My D. Porthault sheets and Sferra Giza pillow cases that I absolutely cannot live without! The ultimate luxury.

I always have a diffuser in my apartment, and right now, I have the Esteban Orchid Diffuser  which smells like heavenly springtime!

I am always burning candles, especially at night.  Candles give your home such a warm and sensuous glow!  Rigaud is a classic french brand of room fragrances, and their candles have a very long burning life!

My Julia B cocktail napkins with custom monogram, a gift from Julia that I cherish! I don't just use them for entertaining, I use them everyday when having a cup of tea or a glass of wine.  I believe if we have pretty things they should be a part of our everyday life.

My window sill herb pots, all french kitchens have some so that fresh herbs used in recipes are just a clip away.

My geranium window box. Imagine opening long french doors into your salon, and having these beautiful colors bring the outdoors inside!  They make me happy.

Imagine taking your morning walk and stumbling upon such a magnificent site!  More purple, love it!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Breakfast In Bed

Just in time for Mother's Day, Breakfast in Bed Inspiration...

What Mom wouldn't appreciate this lovely presentation and luscious Croissant and Confiture Parisian Style!

Perfect Parisian Breakfast In Bed

There is nothing more restful than crisp white sheets from Peacock Alley, and fluffy down pillows from Scandia Down.   Shop:
Perfect Breakfast in Bed with your Favorite Novel

Flowers in the bedroom, an absolute must for Mom on Mother's Day.
Love this quilted white headboard!

The classic simplicity of this gray and white theme is relaxing and restful....

Keep trays handy to encourage breakfast in bed

A cozy vintage resting place with beautiful view and lovely flowers on Mother's Day.

Cozy in Pink and Aqua 

 If you have children, the days of our infants cuddling with us in bed in the morning is one of the most cherished times....

 Lovely painting of Mother and Child
by Mary Cassett American Painter
Breakfast in Bed

all of us at Belle Chambre wish you a very restful and loving day....