Thursday, November 29, 2018

New Orleans, The Big Easy and Enticing


Come join me for a tour of New Orleans, Louisiana, where I just spend a few days - a comforting blend of beautiful, relax and festive.
Is it the bright colors, the pastels, or the friendly building proportions? Is it the spicy food or the brass music you hear around the corner?
This mix of old and timeless should never go out of style!
What a place, New Orleans!


Founded in 1718 by a French Canadian, the city was then was governed by Spain in 1763.  For almost four decades it became an important trading and cultural partner to Cuba, Haiti and Mexico, before reverting back to French rule in 1800. It joined the United States in 1803, when Napoleon sold the Louisiana territory.

This rich cultural history has left some unique architecture and design, and vibrant neighborhoods - let us explore, and imagine what we might found in some of those homes.





Splendid cast iron balconies are found throughout the Vieux Carre (French Quarter), and a grand collection of restored French colonial, Spanish, Creole and American architecture, dating from the mid 1700's through the early 20th century, is a true delight as you walk by.




French Quarter Yoke Lantern
(Bevolo gas lights)




















Wallace bench (Lee Jofa)
- upholstered in 'Les Rizieres' -

'Les Rizieres' - upholstery fabric black/gold
(Brunschwig & Fils)

















'Fatsimile' art by James Michalopoulos



Asta Side Table (Lee Jofa)



















Marisca Chandelier
(Thom Lavin)























Strolling along, you are surrounded by history and uniqueness, as Greek revival style mixes with Queen Ann and Victorian embellishment. 
Le Vieux Carre is the 85-square-block original foot print of New Orleans.




Cascading glass Chandelier
by Gaetano Sciolari
(Galerie Sommerlath)

Indigo Fairwood dresser
(Annie Selke)












Bukhara pillow
(Peter Dunham Textiles)

'Helios' plaid /mussel shell
upholstery fabric for sofa
(Robert Allen)

'Ivy' customize sofa (Robert Allen)
- upholstery: Helios plaid - 



Palio pillow
(Maharam)
































"Barbara' - art by Hayley Gaberlavage


Charleston chair
(Annie Selke)





















The famous New Orleans Hurricane cocktail was created in the 1950's by a local bartender - it was originally served in the glass piece of hurricane lamps.



Walking through the city, one is amazed how much it resembles Europe - why has history not been more preserved and protected throughout the United States? 
Being connected to the past helps us know who we are and how to move forward into the future - it gives us a firm footing to walk purposely on our life path.




'Stretchin It Out' by James Michalopoulos

Historic architectural elements are found everywhere, such as these Corynthian columns and stained glass on French style mansard windows...

George Briard ceramic lamp
(Galerie Sommerlath)



Grafton bench (Kravet)
- upholstered in 'Serendip' by Manuel Canovas -

'Serendip' - upholstery fabric
(Manual Canovas)

Abellona Cross mirror
(Burke Decor)
Andre Arbus bronze sconces
(1stDibs)
Cobble Hill industry city chair
(ABC Home)

Leather pillows
(Serena & Lilly)
Naples pillow
(Serena & Lilly)

'Street musician with guitar'
by Willie Birch


Blakely console (Kravet)


Fountains and gardens make the traveler want to pause, remember some poetry, and listen to the music in the background... 


Boutique Accent chair
(Burke Decor)

Druggist Eye Vase
(Jonathan Adler)














Copper Hanging Light
(Lantern and Scroll)

Vintage Industrial stool
(ABC Home)


"Warm summer sun, Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind, Blow softly here.
Green sod above, Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night." 
Mark Twain - 1896 


'Dew Drop Club'
by Bill Hemmering


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


All nature and architecture photographs were taken by author.

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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)



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


All nature and architecture photographs were taken by author.

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New Orleans, The Big Easy and Enticing

Come join me for a tour of New Orleans, Louisiana, where I just spend a few days - a comforting blend of beautiful, relax ...