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Before/after: kitchen

Before/after: kitchen

Improving on improvement… adding kitchen shelving space Before: After: Sealing off an unused door, adding shelving space, a pretext to use that ubercool tin roof wall paper..
Before/after: a summer kitchen

Before/after: a summer kitchen

Investing a little used area under a pool as a summer kitchen. Before: After: Polished concrete finish for the worktop, lime stucco for the walls. Bamboo and resin colourful dishes.  
Rencontres photographiques d'Arles 2016

Rencontres photographiques d’Arles 2016

As usual, a special atmosphere in this charming town that open it’s door wide to all kinds of photography As in Avignon, the festival is now taking to the streets, the walls acting as galleries for the « off »  Western Camargais, Eglise des frères prêcheurs, retraces the Camargue-made westerns, well before the spaghettis westerns. From the...
Hotel Caumont, Aix-en-Provence

Hotel Caumont, Aix-en-Provence

After an extensive restauration, the grand XVIIIe century Hotel Caumont, in Aix’s beautiful « quartier Mazarin » reopened last year. It offers two temporary exhibitions, the current is: « Turner et la couleur » and runs until September 18. Hotel Caumont, an « hotel particulier entre cour et jardin » epitomises XVIIIe century refinements, it’s restauration is amazing, see here: http://www.caumont-centredart.com/fr/dossiers/restauration-lhotel-caumont?galerie=1  ...
Salon Cote Sud 2016: inspiration nature

Salon Cote Sud 2016: inspiration nature

With the Salon, finally comes the summer!!!  This year, the ethno-chic trends keeps flowing; the omnipresence of green in interior design is becoming overwhelming to my taste, but thankfully, blues (and indigo in particular) are « the new black ». I welcome the continuing development of hand made porcelain and ceramics by many young designers largely represented...
Docks de Marseille

Docks de Marseille

Some views of the new Docks, once more renovated to allow for shops, cafes and restaurants to open up on the ground floor of this Marseille’s landmark. This time by 5+1 AA architect. The result is not as beautifully preserved as it was before (see here) but it is now able to receive public on a...
Hotel Amour, Paris

Hotel Amour, Paris

One more entry in my tourist guide section… this one is dark and handsome, just like my other half  
Redecorating a bedroom: before-after

Redecorating a bedroom: before-after

Kids grow up! Before: toddler spirit   After: teenage romanticism, or « blue is the new black » Upcycling a chateau’s antique curtain pool and a vintage lace sheet found in an auction Giving the vintage wood fridge a new look by covering it up with Agnes Emery’s lovely wallpaper Experimenting with lime stucco Vintage wal lamps,...
St Oberholtz Apartments, Berlin Mitte

St Oberholtz Apartments, Berlin Mitte

Located above a hip internet cafe invaded by macbook users, our first try at airbnb is a large, tall and handsome flat. Restored keeping all architectural artefacts, which starkly contrast with the black and white deco and contemporary art. Right on buzzy Rosenthaler strasse, it really ticket all the right boxes.. We « lived like a...
ECAL @ Appartement 50, Citée radieuse

ECAL @ Appartement 50, Citée radieuse

Although Jean-Marc Drut and Patrick Blauwart have obsessively restored this flat to its original state (see their website here), and are graciously opening it to the public on appointment; they don’t intend it to become a museum but a living project. Their clever approach to this challenge is to invite a designer to furbish it...
Appartement 50, Citée Radieuse, Marseille

Appartement 50, Citée Radieuse, Marseille

Thanks to Jean-Marc Drut and Patrick Blauwart, who bought and meticulously restored this well preserved « E1/inferieur/monofacade » apartment in the mythic Citee Radieuse; one can discover an apartment in its original state; a must for anyone with interest in architecture and Le Corbusier’s work.  I must here pay tribute to the owners  altruism, as not only...
Salon Cote Sud 2015

Salon Cote Sud 2015

This year’s edition had a strong accept on craftsmanship as witnessed by the main exhibits by the pond: Glassbolwing:   Boqa, the company behind the Acapulco chair revival in France’s terraces Marius Fabre traditional « savon de Marseille » As this year was the 25th birthday of the magazine, there was an extensive collection of limited edition...