F. . . is for FORTUNY the signature of beautiful fabrics... fortuny.com
A collection of blue Fortuny pillows on sofa.
Fortuny fabric on pillows above supply a wonderful pop of color to this beautiful, serene space.
Vintage Fortuny pillows via Trouve Home
Another Fortuny covered pillow adding a touch of lilac.
Vintage Fortuny fabric on a pair of 19th c. upholstered chairs.
Mariano Fortuny opened the Fortuny factory in 1922, still operating today with the use of the same machines he invented for the production of his now world famous textiles.
Every Fortuny fabric is still produced with time-honored techniques, handed down from generation to generation.
G . . . is for GRACIE
HAND PAINTED WALL PAPERS Established in New York City in 1898 by Charles R. Gracie. The New york studio consists of twenty skilled painters as well as museum quality restoration. This legendary company also has a studio in China, which has been managed by the same Chinese family for fifty years. The list of clients is as impressive as their beautiful craftsmanship from Vera Wang and Estee Lauder to the White House, as well as Aerin Lauder to Margaret Russell.
Aerin Lauder's dressing room.
One of my favorite and prettiest rooms, so feminine and soothing.
Everything about this dressing room is exquisite. Note the Gracie paper, which is based on a vintage Gracie panel, takes the room to a new level ... dreamy.
Designer Kathy Bennett's dining room with a detail shown below.
I love the white background and subtle colors of this mural.
A reproduction of 18th-century wallpaper by Gracie shown above in Ralph Pucci's apartment.
Reproduction of french maritime scene
Chinoiserie hand painted wall panels.
Interiors designed by Jessica Lagrange, Chicago.
Another gorgeous Gracie Panel in silver.
Margaret Russell, editor in chief in front of a Gracie Japanese screen.
Is this is not the epitome of chic? ....her and her screen.
Ralph Lauren gave his first television interview in 20 years at his famous Double RL Ranch in Telluride, Colorado. Not surprisingly, his interviewer was none other than Oprah Winfrey.
Not that anyone needs a reason to sit back for a minute and admire his unrivaled world of style, but since Oprah did it on television, I thought I'd add my perspective here. Also, I have connections (ha...!)
1. Oprah's show is (was!) in Chicago....I live in Chicago.
2. Oprah interviewed Ralph Lauren...I worked at Ralph Lauren (I even saw Oprah in the store once.)
3. She interviewed him in Telluride... I've been to Telluride.
4. Oprah eats at RL Grill..... I eat at RL Grill.
It's certainly known here in Chicago that when Oprah is in town dining with a celebrity there is a good chance it is at the ultra chic RL Grill (my personal favorite place for lunch - I even wrote about it on my very first post).
It's also known that Ralph Lauren creates magnificent, iconic dream worlds. Once you step into one of his breathtaking flagship stores, you enter his world...
I am a wife, mother, designer and artist. I appreciate anything well designed or beautifully created. My own aesthetic tends towards the classic, sophisticated, and timeless, whether I'm designing a country lake house or a city co-op. This blog is my mood board of sorts ... a way to keep track of my inspirations, while hopefully inspiring you as well.