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Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home

I love a good, quirky home! I feel like with all of the cookie cutter "sameness" we see each day on many social media platforms, it's nice to see a real home for once that is highly personal, creative and shows a real joy and passion for living. This is the way Australian fashion designer lives and I find it really refreshing. Have a look and see her sunny, happy home below.

Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home

Arabella comes from a family of artists and creatives, but it was her mother who loved sewing when she was a child, that inspired her the most to be a fashion designer. After years spent in the industry amassing quite a following in Australia, Arabella and her family relocated out of the city to live in a colorful home with their two little girls. She also opted out of the fashion industry for awhile so she could focus her energy on parenting, but also, to accept only small, special projects. She was able to keep this pace for some time, however, fashion called to her once again so she launched a line, this time with her illustrator father, called .

Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home
Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home
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Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home
Fashion Designer's Quirky Colorful Home

Aside from the North African touches combined with the obvious Aussie coastal flair, I like that Arabella's house is so special to her and her family because it's unique. It's personal and interesting to look at and I like that. Sometimes I find magazines and the internet to show a lot of the same things - Instagram has become almost cookie cutter - so many people are starting to look and decorate and take photographs in the same way. It's refreshing to take a step away from all of that for a moment to see something totally different. Don't you think?

(Images: INSIDE OUT)

Tour This Colorful Georgian Home In Edinburgh

Today I would like to show off a home in the city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO world heritage site that has been fiercely preserved, with the result that, unusually, for a capital city, many of the most desirable homes are right in the center. Wondering around the Georgian masterpiece of the New Town, you really have to pinch yourself – yes, people actually live here!

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs

And by the way, hello everyone, it's again with another home tour from Scotland for cattledogs readers! Let's visit the home of Architect and Designer, Roddy Murray and his partner, Andrew Keith, President of & , a fashion retail and brand management group in Asia.

Together, Roddy and Andrew took the shell of a magnificent Georgian townhouse and restored it to a gorgeous contemporary home. The property was a lawyers office for sixty years and in a tired state. Resisting the temptation of either a radical update or a faithful preservation project, instead, subtle layers of the best of both Scottish and international design have been applied, resulting in a colorful reinvention of this classical building.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The work of Scottish designers, makers, and artists is in evidence throughout the house, from the lanterns in the entrance hall, which were made by a local blacksmith, and fabrics manufactured at the mills in the Scottish Borders, to the couple’s art collection, much of which is by alumni of the Glasgow School of Art, where Roddy studied.

The pair lives much of the year in Hong Kong, where Andrew is president of the fashion retailers and , the world-famous department stores recently overhauled and redesigned by Italian Designer Paola Navone. Roddy has a design practice that spans architecture and interiors with clients all over the world.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs

Both Roddy and Andrew are from Central Scotland originally and were looking for a Scottish base where they could spend more time with family. The wanted something more character-filled than their 1960s Hong Kong apartment, and the Georgian architecture available in the center of Edinburgh proved irresistible.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The property is listed, which meant that they were not allowed to knock down walls, ‘we had to respect the bones of the house,’ Roddy explains, ‘but we didn’t want to live in a museum. During the renovations we found a 200-year-old marble fireplace behind some boarding and the original wooden flooring under the knackered office lino which was in brilliant condition, so we knew we had the perfect base to fulfill our vision.’

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography by Douglas Gibb

The combination of old and new extends to the decoration, which deftly combines pieces spanning several centuries of style. In the first-floor sitting room, for example, gold Kartell lamps have been placed on top of an antique Chinese console table.

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

They laid out the interior to suit their lifestyle. The dining room and kitchen are on the first floor, double doors connect the kitchen to a light-filled drawing room creating a large, open living and entertaining space at the heart of the house.

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

The dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo .

Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The cozier, downstairs sitting room, houses an astonishing sculpture between the windows, a hollowed out marble bust by Edinburgh-based artist, .

When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.
— Andrew Keith
Tour This Colorfulful Georgian Home In Edinburgh on cattledogs, Photography Douglas Gibb

The gorgeous master bedroom is also on the ground floor and there are three further guest bedrooms at the top of the house.

The house is utterly rooted in its Scottish setting and enjoys a strong sense of place, while contemporary furniture and lighting by iconic designers such as Tom Dixon, Arne Jacobsen, and Paola Navone, add international verve. Rugs throughout the house have been designed by Roddy himself, a new venture for him, his beautiful designs can be found at .

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

A recent trip to India clearly had an influence, particularly when it came to choosing the rich turquoise and salmon-pink paint colors for the ground-floor sitting room and master bedroom. In the sitting room, a classic Berber rug is dazzlingly layered over a one-off design by Roddy, inspired by a trip to Jaipur. ‘In terms of interiors, there’s been a lot of grey over the past 10 years,’ says Murray, ‘but we wanted to use bold colors. Because of the size of the rooms, we knew it would work.’

dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.
dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

These joyful splashes of bright shades, combined with the mix of patterns, textures, and displays of art throughout the house, both celebrate and update the Georgian structure, resulting in a lively home that was made for entertaining. ‘As we don’t live in Scotland all the time, it’s great to have a place where we can get everyone together,’ says Keith. ‘When we finished the house, we had 60 people round for a party, which was the first time it had been used as a residential house for probably over 60 years. It felt like the house was coming back to life.’

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Modern Paris Apartment with a French Country Twist - Home Tour

Ah, French home decor - especially Parisian apartments... Can you get enough? I can't! If you want to see a lovely little Paris apartment decked out in a beautiful, clean style to inspire your own decor, then this home tour is just what you need to see today. I just love it and you won't find it anywhere else on the web yet so for the moment, it's for your eyes only. Of course, feel free to change that by pinning the photos below to your boards on Pinterest. I certainly plan to!

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

There are so many inspiring features in this newly renovated apartment by agency and the apartment is located on the rive droite of Paris, in the south of the fashionable ‘Marais’ district,

s had a few major design objectives: to optimize space and to improve flow in this very rectangular 78m2 (approx. 800 square feet) space.

The traditional tomette tile flooring inspired the architects to bring in a more contemporary edge to an overall country decor style through the addition of bold colors and modern patterns.

TIP: TOMETTE TILE - Traditional terra cotta tile, hexagonal in shape, eco-friendly and a symbol of Provence and traditional French country homes.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

Atelier-style windows were installed to separate the entrance to the living room which was a great idea because before, the front door opened directly into the living room which felt very impersonal.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

I love the style of this space, it's definitely country but with a major twist so it feels very current and even more, young and fresh. I like how clean and bright that this space feels. It's not minimalistic, which I also love because I am so bored seeing 3-4 things in a room - that's not decorating or design to me, that's 3-4 things in a room! Sorry, but it's how I feel.

A home is where you read books and show your art collection and jump on the sofa with your children and throw big cocktail parties where someone is always going to spill a gin tonic on your rug. This apartment feels like you can relax and enjoy being home. It also feels very welcoming and cozy with the soft, inviting seating that still has clean lines but also a sofa you can really sink into and relax upon. I am also very tired of seeing sofa after sofa at fairs that look beautiful but feel like rocks when you sit on them. I don't get it! I don't want to pay to be uncomfortable.

I really love the built-ins in this space for books and objects to display, but also in the hallway, I noticed a built-in wall unit which I imagine holds scarves, mittens, hats, boots, and coats. It's such a clever thing that these architects did, to add these glass doors and windows to separate the living from the entry area.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

On the other side of the living room is the dining area and to the right of it, a few stairs take you up to a cozy sleep space.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs
Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

This is the perfect nook for guests to sleep, or if you have a child, for them to sleep and play. It also is a great TV room for when you want to cozy up and watch a film since the main living room doesn't have a TV.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

I really love the different tones of white, gray, blue, green and pink in this space that range from soft, pastels to bold, rich jewel tones. Punctuated with mustard yellow in the living room, and with a tomato red in the bedroom. 

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

Another door off of the living/dining room takes you to the gorgeous kitchen with beautiful custom wooden cabinetry. Pay attention to the skylight and how they framed the ventilation above the stove in glass cabinetry. I found it so interesting...

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

In this space, I almost wonder if they intentionally painted on the floor to make it less orange, keeping that single tile different? It seems so, doesn't it? The rest of the house has the very orange tile but it works because of the rugs. In this space, with all of the wood, the orange tile may have been too strong, so perhaps washing it out a bit was a good design solution? In any case, I love it.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

Next, is the bedroom and bath. This seems to be located on the other side of the entryway, perhaps the front door is on the other wall? I love looking at home tours like this because it's fun to try to figure out where all of the doors lead. Also in this photo, pay attention to the gorgeous blue built-in cabinetry in the bedroom - it's gorgeous right? When I think of Paris, I always think of blue and green tones like this. I want to try to bring this vibe to my home in 2018 so I need to think about how I can do it...

By the way, what do you think about the glass window to the bathroom? I love this! It's such a growing trend in Europe in hotel design to have glass walls in the bathroom, and some people really hate it - but I don't mind if it's in an en-suite bathroom - but I think I would have the lower glass panels be frosted so natural light still flows into the windowless bathroom while you still maintain your privacy. I don't care how "married" you are, I like my private moments.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

The bathroom is tiny but so well done! I like the shelf above the tub for storage and the storage beneath the sink. I also love the tile because it is in the same hexagon shape as the terra cotta flooring throughout the house.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

And I guess you can say that I saved the best for last with this gorgeous bedroom! I love this space - it feels so fresh and all of the built-in cabinetry is just divine and such a clever use of space in a small city apartment. I would love to hire architects to do this in my own home someday if I ever decide to stay in one place...

Finally though, the light. We need to discuss this light! I instantly know who designed it,  for . When I was in Milan this past April, I had lunch with the founder Amélie Du Passage, and she was just amazing and such an inspiration to me. This light, has become quite trendy here in Europe and comes in two sizes, this is the largest one. It makes such a statement while being light, airy and a bit humorous - I love it.

Did you enjoy this home tour today? I hope that you did. It was so fun to share it with you!

(Photography with permission: )

 

Big News: Jonathan Adler Germany + Meet Jonathan In Berlin!

I have such great news to reveal that you've not heard about yet and it's all about American potter, designer, and author ...

Jonathan Adler is now available in Germany AND he will be hosting a gorgeous press event and customer event at in Berlin on January 17, 2018 located at Tauentzienstraße 21-24 in the brand new Jonathan Adler section of the store, on the fourth floor.

  Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

I will be there with Mr. Adler since the night before, I am part of a very special and intimate dinner party to honor him and his launch into the German market.

Then on the 17th, I'll be at KaDeWe to give a warm welcome to Jonathan along with (hopefully) all of you. It will be just gorgeous to meet you all and for him, very exciting as he is so interested in learning more about the interiors scene here in Germany and to share his designs with all of you which range from furniture to pottery, small accessories and gifts. 

  Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

  Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

  Jonathan Adler dining room

Jonathan Adler dining room

ABOUT JONATHAN

Starting his career as a potter, Jonathan opened his first store in Soho, New York, in 1998. Figuring “why stop at pots,” he launched throw pillows and then started imagining the sofas those pillows could sit on. Soon enough he was in the home décor biz, working with artisans of all kinds to craft everything from swanky side tables to divine dinnerware to custom upholstery. If you’re not familiar with his designs, do browse his website in the or the .

Polished, eccentric and unexpected, Jonathan describes his aesthetic as ‘Modern American Glamour’, a look which he achieves by creating a foundation of timelessly chic furniture and accessorizing with abandon. Jonathan’s favorite motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it”, reflects his continued commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury. But his love of pottery remains at his core: his office in New York sits between a giant kiln and a working pottery studio. Ultimately, Jonathan believes that your home should make you happy – and I couldn’t agree more!

  Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

DID YOU KNOW?

Several years ago when I was making my first book, Decorate, I spent a day styling his home in New York City alongside my team and photographer Debi Treloar. I will never forget the experience of working in his gorgeous, colorful home which is filled with so many things he designed. I walked away from that experience forever changed; which is why his home story in my first book is one of the most meaningful shoots I've ever been on.

Now, so many years later, I am overjoyed to welcome Jonathan Adler to Germany officially. I am also so proud because I've been writing about him on cattledogs since I started this site nearly 12 years ago, so you can be sure that to finally get to meet him for the first time next month is, for me, a great honor and I'm happy to extend the invitation to all of you if you're able to be in Berlin on January 17th. It will be a special chance for you to meet Jonathan (one in a million, really!) and I know that you will walk away inspired and happy since I've heard that he's a delightful man to spend time with.

If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it.
— Jonathan Adler
  Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

MY JONATHAN ADLER GIFT GUIDE

In addition to this wonderful announcement, I thought to give my German audience a bit of a preview of what you can find in his concession at with a round up of my 8 favorite Jonathan Adler products below. Links are all out to the UK website, as no German website exists yet, but if you’re looking to get your holiday shopping done, all products listed are available to purchase now in KaDeWe. He also has concessions in , Düsseldorf and , Munich where you can buy his products, too. For those of you heading to Maison et Objet, you must check out his fabulous stand in Hall 3.

ROW 1: Dora Maar condiment bowl €59, Carnaby Zebra stacking dish, gold €39, Globo boxes €198/€298/€398 and Bel Air mini scoop vases yellow, turquoise €89.

Row 2: Boss Lady needlepoint pillow €119, Futura Bullseye vase €159, Holiday Hearth candle €45, Acrylic pills € 98/€169/€269.

  Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

JOIN US IN BERLIN - RSVP

If you would like to join either the PRESS event from 5-6pm on January 17 or the CUSTOMER EVENT from 6-8pm on January 17 at KaDeWe, please email me at [email protected] and I will make sure to put you in touch with his PR manager and they'll be in touch with you.

CONGRATULATIONS to JONATHAN ADLER - So happy to see him and his products in Germany!

Photography: Jonathan Adler

(Note: This post is in collaboration with Jonathan Adler Germany. All opinions expressed are my own.)