The House that Issa built

I can't imagine a fashion designer having a better day than Daniella Helayel did when Kate Middleton wore one of her dresses for the engagement announcement to Prince William. Daniella is the Brazilian designer behind the Issa of London label.
I know I was one of thousands of gals who scoped out the Issa sight to admire the classic and flattering styles now made famous by the future Princess.
I was equally interested to get a glimpse into the designer's loft - in the Chelsea district of London. Brazilians are so accustomed to sunshine and saturated color, that I imagine one might become depressed by the infamous dreariness of England.
It looks like Daniella has worked her way around that - by letting her love of Morocco, Thailand, and Africa dictate an other-wordly style for her home.

Daniella Helayel chelsea loft living

It seems Daniella has done a rather nice job of recreating (if not Ipanema beach), then at least her own Shangri-La.

Daniella Helayel chelsea loft 2

The billowy, canopied bedroom reminds me of the flattering draping Issa dresses are known for.

Daniella Helayel loft bedroom

The large collection of butterfly botanicals makes for a whimsical bathroom display.
Daniella Helayel loft bathroom
...and, I'd still love one of those dresses!