Spoiler Alert + Send us your Design Dilemma!

Ho hmmm.. From your desktop, things look extremely quiet for the HauteHome blog. However, behind the scenes, things are on fire!
First of all, let me say that this is ALL ABOUT YOU.

I have been working very hard on the bigger, the better and the incredible new interior design resource that will be replacing HauteHome. I have had this up my sleeve for some time now so it is with much excitement that I let you in on my little secret. In staying true to my design philosophy, I have taken a little old, a little new, great substance and tons of passion and recreated something that is unique, useful, relevant and all the while beautiful.

This exclusive new site will be host to a comprehensive resource and interactive community for design enthusiasts and anyone with the desire to make their home personal and beautiful.

This is where you come in.

Do you have a design dilemma?

Are you a talented interior designer wishing to reach a broader audience?

Email me at jaclyn@jaclynehrlich.com with details about your dilemma or yourself.

All dilemmas that are chosen will be doubly rewarded. Not only will you receive expert design advice but we’ll start you off right with a beautiful prize to boot.

So for now, I am getting back to the grindstone but stay tuned! You’ll be glad you did.

-j

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Love of Color Series: Tickle Me Pink!

As beautiful weather starts to sweep the northern hemisphere, I am finding myself inspired by shades of pink. This all got kicked off a few weeks ago, while I was in Paris. The cherry blossoms on the trees by Notre Dame were in full bloom, creating a tangible magic; something you could feel in the air. There was a slight breeze and as we walked down the dirt path, we were transported into a fairyland, surrounded by pink petals that were gently blowing all around us. There were children gathering up armfuls in the little park, reminiscent of playing in autumn leaves or snow. It was amazing. 

 

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Pink is a color that works best when used with restraint and a playful spirit. It is a color that makes us feel young at heart and sparks happy emotions. It is the color of hope and youth. There are many ways to use this beautiful and fun color. 

 

As an accent against achromatic colors, such as gray, white and black, brighter pinks look sophisticated. 

 

Paired with navy, the sophistication leans a bit to the preppier side:

 

Used with many colors of various weights, the feeling is more whimsical.

 

Here, with pink as the main event, the result is decidedly feminine. 

 

A pink entry door is sure to make visitors feel welcomed and all the while showing them your playful side.

 

The fuchsia against white in this fresh bedroom is energetic but not overstimulating. 

 

Using pink for cabinetry gives us insight into the personality of this homeowner. I don’t know the owner of this kitchen, but I can bet you he/she is fun at heart, sophisticated but doesn’t take herself/himself too seriously and loves life!

 

Bringing a splash of pink into your home can spark a sense of hope and a feeling of happiness to your day! 

What’s your favorite shade?

-j

Sitting Pretty .. ?

A couple of days ago, One Kings Lane asked me what my favorite chair was. Hmmm… what a great question.  As an Interior Designer, I have to admit that I really can’t say I have “A” favorite of anything. Being exposed to so many beautiful things on such a regular basis, choosing one thing out of everything would be like choosing a favorite meal. Is Lunch your favorite? Or Dinner? How about Dessert? Well, it all depends on what you have an appetite for at the moment the question is asked. What is the chair’s purpose?  Does it exist solely for one to admire? Does it live to wrap you in comfort as you read your favorite novel? Is it’s most important job serving you up for good food and good conversation?  There are favorites everywhere I turn.

I’m in love, at the moment, with the new Thibaut furniture collection. I am anxiously awaiting a couple of pieces for a client. I so enjoyed visiting the showroom up in High Point a couple of weeks ago. There are many beautifully tailored, expertly crafted pieces. Here’s a favorite; I love the lines of the Sutton Chair.

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Such a sweet, feminine chair.

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This is a great dining chair from Caracole Light, the dining wing chair.

1st Dibs never fails to have the best. Here is an awesome find from the LA dealer, Reform. 18th Century Denmark, a pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Lounge Chairs, E. Kold Christensen. Mid-Century Modern rocks on.

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At the moment, I am in the process of redoing this tired Louis XVI chair that was found at a barn sale by the side of the road. A European antique? Anyone’s guess but it is obviously old. It’s been sitting around here for the past 15 years. Who knows how long it sat at that barn.  I finally got fed up with looking at it every day.

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And the makeover begins, thanks to Ronda Gilliard.

We were shocked that it was stuffed with straw. Hmm, hence the uncomfortable seat. Poor Ronda, she was pulling out nailheads for days. Certainly more work than she had anticipated when she took this beast on. But finally an end was in sight and she arrived at the fun part- painting.

She uses Annie Sloan paints, of which I adore the color palette. We went with the French Linen with a dark wash.

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A little French Linen never hurts anything. I love the detail on this and with the new color, it’s truly showcased.

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Now, it is sitting here waiting to be picked up by the upholsterer who will, no doubt, work absolute magic on this. The big question now is….. What should I cover this chair in so that it can become my new favorite?

More on fabrics on my next post… Welcome any suggestions.

-j

Castle Inspiration, Loire Valley’s Chenonceau

Nicknamed “Chateau de femmes” for the succession of the 6 French noblewomen who lived there, Chenonceau is a beautiful example of collaborated design through the centuries. It has been loving restored several times over the past 500 years, making it a magical place to experience. I love the history of the intelligence, beauty and taste of the 6 women that made Chenonceau what it is today. For me, it is a testament that great design is timeless. Image

I have always been in love with this classic floor design. The walls in here are amazing.

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Monogramming, still popular 5 centuries later… Here is the famous monogram of mistress Diane de Poitiers initials interlaced with King Henry II and later changed to represent Henry II’s wife Queen Catherine de Medici’s initials after Henry’s death and Catherine reclamation of Chenonceau. This is the floor but it is represented in several places.

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Absolutely gorgeous handpainted floor tiles that have worn off except for around the edges of the room. Image

Timeless. Classic. There are certain design elements that will also be au current..

More Favorite Things

Looking through my photo files from recent projects, I want to share with you some favorite things. There are so many but here’s a glimpse..

 

Currey and Co

Aidan Gray

Cyan Design

Gabby  Home

Century

BBerger Fabrics

Duralee Fabrics

Dash and Albert Rugs

Ralph Lauren Fabrics

Arteriors

Art Classics, Ltd

Caracole 

Best Slipcover Company

E Lawrence Ltd Books

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Coloring in the Rain..

I love Versailles. Whenever we go to Paris, we always make sure to stay a couple nights in Versailles. I can’t resist the gardens and parks outside of the chateau. We love to stay in The Trianon Palace and always reserve a park view room. It is incredibly pastoral with animals peacefully grazing in the field below. ImagebjbjImage

This past trip, the weather did not quite cooperate. We had many rainy days (and went through 4 umbrellas). Rain could not keep us from doing everything we wanted to do, but walking under an umbrella for hours at a time gives you a different perspective. What stood out to me the most were doors, shutters, walls and of course everything in beautiful full bloom.

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I love this color of blue. It’s a gorgeous muted turquoise, very close to Farrow and Ball’s Blue Ground.

Although yellow is not my favorite color, I love this creamy, buttered shade. Very much like Benjamin Moore’s Soleil.

Many walls are this sort of peach-yellow-cream shade that I would use Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground, Farrow’s Cream and Dorset Cream  in a layered effect to achieve this. This blue door is a very popular color, so rich. It is close to Farrow and Ball’s Drawing Room Blue.

In love with color, contrast and simple beauty,  as always.

je

Serendipity, Calm Seas, Seascape..

With names like these, how can you not feel the soothing affect of this beautifully serene art collection by Aidan Gray?

As part of their new “America” collection, they are really stunning (and  made in the USA).

 

If you are interested in more info on any of these pieces, let me know.

Check back tomorrow to read the 1st of a series of posts I am going to write on my favorite designers.

je

 

Amazing HauteHome interview with Carolyn Quartermaine

Dear HH readers, do I have a treat for you!  Carolyn has been very generous and given me an interview for your reading pleasure.

You all know by now how much I admire her work, so you can imagine, this is very exciting for me .

Carolyn is an amazingly talented and accomplished artist and designer.  Even in the elite design world, few can say they have worked with luxury design powerhouses like Hermès and Louis Vuitton. She has been featured in countless magazines and was Maison et Objets Designer of the year 2008.  Carolyn Quartermaine is the epitome of style and grace.  I love the following images featured in a personal favorite , Côté sud France:

Jaclyn: Where did you grow up?
Carolyn: In England..I was born in Cheltenham in a beautiful Regency house, then we moved to the Forest of Dean, in fact my parents moved almost every year.. then France, the Holland and then back to England when I was 17..just in time to get a place on a Foundation course at the local art school.

Jaclyn: Was it your dream as a child to become an artist and designer?
Carolyn: I loved painting and creating..I’m an only child and we moved to a new place each year so of course the world one created within is the only stable point..I don’t think anyone even knew the word design unless you wanted to become a fashion designer……… artist was the word ..

Jaclyn: What inspired you to begin working with french script in the 80s?
Carolyn: I’d discovered some 17th C texts and fell immediately in love with their graphic quality ..I began to use them a lot in my collages ..back then I was showing my work in art galleries…
Jaclyn: Where do you love to visit?
Carolyn: I’m happy anwhere..I always find something interesting..its all about the mood and the discovery each day.

Jaclyn: What are some things you love that define your style?
Carolyn: This is harder from the inside to decipher ….I’m always drawn to chairs.. to flowers.. to colour ..to the sea ..For me the script ..but very much the splash, the mistake , the marks of paint …. the history of a piece.

Jaclyn: What are your plans for 2011?
Carolyn: To spend more time doing what I truly love ..which is paint.

Jaclyn: Is there a designer that inspires you?
Carolyn:…………….painters…Cy Twombly… Cocteau..Bonnard ..Picasso…

Jaclyn: Can you give us a peek of some things you are working on or have recently finished?
Carolyn: ..will revert back
Jaclyn: Your work at Chateau Beloeil is stunning. What is your favorite project you have ever worked on?Carolyn: Thank you so much ……… favourite project… working with the Japanese  small team at RAM in Tokyo..absolute pure delight… their level of care, diligence, understanding of every detail…..

Jaclyn: Words to live by?
Carolyn: Be kind  and thoughtful……..Cx

I am inspired by this talented artist who is incredibly successful, gracious, thoughtful and kind.


Over 1200 years ago

The castle of Clérans, France, was built around 800. You can imagine how many families have moved in and added their own flair and contributions to centuries long restoration. I am crazy about history and absolutely can never get enough of being in an “old” building or home (or castle!). How amazing to lean against a wall and walk on the floors that people walked on hundreds and hundreds of years ago!

This amazing château is a charming example of such a place…

The current owner is  Joris van Grinsven, an interior architect from the Netherlands.  Let’s see what he has done with the place!