Inspired Spaces: White walls + Old Leather + rich wood = Luxe

Have ya'll seen the space put together by Will Kopelman (aka Mr. Drew Barrymore) in the latest

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?  It's the most anti-man cave, beautiful man-space I've ever seen.  In fact, I don't see any reason to designate it a "man space," as I'd move in in a heartbeat.

I'm generally a color gal, but throw in a neutral palette with some roughed up leather, and you'll get me every time.  Besides, the home office has enough suggestion of color with the enormous John Singer Sargent reproduction (Will's an art adviser - nice work if you can get it)  What I really love is the not-in-your-face luxe of it all.  From the rich polished wood paired with the contemporary pieces to the men's suiting fabric that makes the window treatments - all against the perfectly-white background.  As Ferris Bueller once said, "It is

so choice

."

Moving on to the bath and dressing room portion of the program, Will turns the tables and goes dark and rich.  The dressing room in black lacquer with hits of wood and brass still serves to scratch my itch for dark, high gloss rooms.

It also serves to remind me that rooms with drastically different feels can exist beautifully as neighbors - they key is the streamlined palette, and shared materials.

The bathroom is just - wow.  It's a lot, and I'm not sure I could deal with this much going on on a daily basis, but I LOVE that he went for it.  Like all-out, gentleman's glam.  I admire a man who knows his style and rocks it to the last detail.  Drew says she cried when she first saw the space - because it made her bathroom look downright granny.

I've had this white walls, rich wood, worn leather, mix of modern soup in my brain so much, I decided to use it to put together a design scheme for a class project.  My assignment is to design a Living/Dining room space.  I put more of a feminine twist on my interpretation, and the items I sourced would be filed under a budget known as...uh,

dreamy

, but here ya go.

In this room, every hour would feel like martini hour.   {sly grin}

Looking at 40

I turn 40 this year.  It's getting easier to say that, btw.  For some time, I've been dreaming about the ultimate getaway trip to celebrate this milestone.  You know, how you picture yourself somewhere fabulous, doing fabulous things you otherwise never get to to do?  I don't know, like sleeping in late, or lounging near a beautiful pool without wondering if your kids are drowning.  Casually browsing mesmerizing shopfronts, or lingering over dinner with your Significant.  You get the idea.

I've alway dreamed of Morocco as an incredible destination.   Can you imagine?  The sights, the aromas (spice heaven!), the shopping (I might as well book an export crate for the rugs, baskets, etc). Over the past, oh, five years or so, Morocco has blossomed as a legit and luxurious destination for Americans, but, over the past, oh, year or so, there's also been a lot of scary shiznit happening that might make you think twice about your personal security in that locale. 

So, let's just say I've had a rethinking.  Somewhere a little closer, a little less likely to see you captured and beheaded for your beliefs, but by all accounts (and we've done some Intel), incredible.

Panama.  I'm lookin' at you.  Specifically, the American Trade Hotel in Casco Viejo.  It's uh-maze.  A design junkie's end all. 

Check it.

The Lobby bar, and a guest suite.  I'm all about a contrasting black trim; we've done some in our own house, and I love the crisp-ness it adds to a room.  I love it even more the way it's paired with the amazing wood floors.

They have me at hello with that perfect Trad/Colonial facade tricked out with contemporary iron-framed glass on the main floor, and yeah, you might convince me to soak in that tub. #bathdesignporn

Just stop already with the badass tile situations, 'K.  If our newly-finished study had a Central American sister, this space would be it.

Your choice of cocktail-serving spaces. (There's a pool, too.  Case you were wonderin'}

Yeeeah.  I think it might work.  For what we'll save in time and airfare, we could stay an extra day to take in more cool stuff.

Forty's not looking' so bad, ya'll.

ag

*images by

Rue

and

American Trade Hotel

 - An Ace Hotel

Late weekend Design Porn

You may have headed to Sunday services this morning, but tonight you can worship at the altar of this design porn. Sorry for the crappy scanned images - desperate measures...

This room is the embodiment of imperfect perfection. You may not be able to tell, but the leather chesterfields have worn arms, and the chrome of the can chairs is rusted. Still, everything is just so....right.
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That's the living room interior...how 'bout this exterior? I know you could handle it as easily as me.
Habitania house exterior

Vignette of the living room = Total. Porn.
Habitania house interior vignette

Oh, dear Lord, this IS becoming a religious experience - Tufted, Orange Velvet Daybed against smoky walls?!!!
Habitania house orange velvet daybed

The Colonial chairs of this eat-in kitchen connote food, gathering, lingering - perfectly juxtaposing the linear aspect of the modern kitchen. I can't even talk about the open, glass door.
Habitania house cocina

Stop it. I'm panting.
ALL
baños should have:
a) Windows with Cremone bolts
b) White marble (LOOK. AT. THAT. TUB.)
d) A piece of furniture
e) Ferns
Habitania house baneiro

I could really smack Habitania for cruelly giving us this mere peek into what is surely a stunning bedroom, and YOU could probably smack ME for blurring the scan, but trust me, that headboard makes me dizzy.
Habitania house hint of bedroom
all images via Habitania (aka Divine Being)
Was that as good for you as it was for me?