Monday, May 7, 2018

Behind Closed French Doors

On my last trip to South of France, I loved looking for old rustic doors for their beauty and diversity. With this collection of doors, I would like to invite you take a pick inside,  open them with me and explore what's behind...

Let's take a walk in the small villages of Gassin, St Paul de Vence, Villeneuve les Avignons in Provence region, and discover colors, textures and memories.




 As we open this antique wood door, right behind is a recluse garden and courtyard, inviting us to take a deep breathe and pause.



Imperial Patio dining chair
(Wayfair)


Ernest Hemingway Florentine dining table
(Perigold)



















The sweet wisteria fragrance and its purple delicate shape brings tranquility....
                                                            Let's sit down for a cup of tea.
Outdoor Bench (Accents of France)


Christian Lacrois jungle decorative pillow (Neiman Marcus)












Ardmore pillow (Perigold)


Arles wall Fountain (Restoration Hardware)


Royal Albert chintz tea set (royalalbert.com)

Cape Cod citrine - Virn Yip (Calico) -
UPHOLSTERY FOR BENCH














The village of Gassin is perched 200 meters above the Mediteranean sea, surrounded by ancient walls that date back from the 10th century. It has been nominated one of the most beautiful villages of France. As you walk around a maze of winding cobbled streets, one can enjoy unrivaled panoramic views of the coastline.


                     Rustic from the outside, contemporary and light from the inside. Let's take a pick...


                                                                                 Thea hand hooked Rug (Crate & Barrel)
Macrame Plant Hanger
(Teddy and Wool - Etsy)



Cobble Hill boutique Sofa (ABC Home)
Elke Round Glass Coffee Table (Crate & Barrel)
Rainbow Pillow (H&M)

Moel Chair (Ligne Roset)

            Geo Marquetry Side Table (Anthropologie)
Cushion with Motif (H&M)

















"Villa along the Mediterrean" by I.G. Botti (1stdibs)



Because of repeated invasions, South of France old hilltop villages were built to protect and resist attack.  They were also designed to keep from the hot sun and the mistral wind - thick walls, small windows, safely grounded.


This wrought iron heart above the door makes it inviting - shall we?















French handwoven Tapestry (Galerie Sommerlath)

St James Dining Table (Restauration Hardware)
Swag Chandelier
(Shades of Light)

Martha Washington Chair (Ethan Allen) - Vintage English Oak Bench (One Kings Lane)


Peacock Pillow (Discovered


Vintage Silk Pillow (Discovered)                    Metal Figurine Sculpture (Galerie Sommerlath)                          Jute Pillow (Discovered)





Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.
She can be reached at: sophiecastrointeriors@gmail.com


All nature photographs were taken by author.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Fresh Air in Palm Desert


Spending a day or two in Palm Desert, CA, when you live in Los Angeles, is like a breath of fresh air and a resourcing opportunity. The air feels pure and crisp. You feel the protection of the mountains all around, and the open sky dissolves all stressful thoughts.
I let myself be inspired by the beautiful landscapes, nature's colors and textures, and capture as much as I can with a camera. Then I try to reproduce those moments, finding them in fabrics, in furniture pieces, in various shapes and art - and bring them home to inspire again.


The desert landscape seems ancient and it takes you in mysteriously... Even though there is urban activity, you feel a deep sense of calm.

So let us bring together elements of these beautiful landscapes and create restful bedrooms...
A different one for each photograph.

To mirror the outdoor natural colors, I suggest using wallpaper to accent the wall behind the bed.


Italia panel tufted bed (Restauration Hardware)
Heath - ceramic slice blue wallpaper
(Hygge & West)





















Pebble Grey Swanson Bench (Annie Selke)
White Belmonte side table
(Annie Selke)














Pebble Grey fabric

'Male Date Palm' giclee on canvas
(A Gallery - Palm Desert, CA)















In the 1920's, this area of Southern California was named Palm Village because of all the date trees that were planted. Dates are among the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, and the ones that grow in Palm Desert come originally from the Middle East.




The expanse of sky and the presence of the mountains is grounding and relaxing.
The mix of sky and earth, cloud and stone - blues, whites, browns, greys, greens...

Seville bed (CB2)

Cestino night stand
(Ligne Roset)














Cobble Hill Adams armchair (ABC Home)
Lace Web wallpaper
(Anthropologie)
Esplendida photograph (Design Within Reach)

Velvet Applique pillow (West Elm)





Layered Diamonds Crewel pillow
(West Elm)




Majestic tones of the rock against the sky... Natural harmony.




Arabesque ochre (Hygge & West)


Stella brass bed (West Elm)
Sheepskin stool (West Elm)

Circle Inlay nigthstand (Anthropologie)














'Lucas Valley Princess' by Liana Steinmetz
(Serena & Lily)





















Vibrant bougainvillea bushes and succulent sculptures are a delight!




Fountain Teal Damask wallpaper
(Brewster)























Bliston bed (Frontgate)










Short Peking side table
(Jonathan Adler)














Talavera Pottery
(Direct From Mexico)

Talavera Pottery
(Direct From Mexico)
















And of course, gorgeous days end with exquisite sunsets!

Modan mirror (Annie Selke)
Desdemone bed (Ligne Roset)

Cross Grain wallpaper


Rochelle ottoman
(Annie Selke)
Teddy dresser (Pier One)


Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.
She can be reached at: sophiecastrointeriors@gmail.com


All nature photographs were taken by author.

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Behind Closed French Doors

On my last trip to South of France, I loved looking for old rustic doors for their beauty and diversity. With this collection of doors, I wo...