Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Paul Allen's Abu Camp

Paul Allen is part owner of a beautiful and intimate safari camp in Botswana called Abu Camp.  Luxurious on all aspects, it sits on 500,000 acres in the Okavango Delta and overlooks a lagoon.

Perfect blend of rustic and elegance

I love the hanging pendant lights behind the couch!

And these pendant lights are gorgeous.  They give off a warm glow which is perfect to create a cozy atmosphere in a larger room.

I love the eclectic collection of frames with chippy paint and some slick and modern.
The whole premise of Abu Camp is to promote elephant conservation.  They even have their own resident herd.

Source: Abu Camp, Forbes, and Jay Graham

Thursday, April 11, 2013


The song "Lovesong" has always been one of my favorites by one of my favorite bands The Cure so I was blown away on American Idol when Candice Glover sang it.  Amazing!

Here's Adele's version of it...also spectacular!!

And the original...beautiful!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Currently Loving...

This bathroom designed by Gary Spain.  I love every little thing about it from the Capiz shell chandelier to the antique photos.  It has an old Hollywood vibe to it with a touch of glamour.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Celebrity Style

I've always been a fan of Ellen DeGeneres and it was interesting to hear a little of her background growing up.  She mentioned she grew up never owning a house as her family always rented, so when she was able to finally afford her first home she purchased a home immediately, and then another, and then another...

The 2011 article about Ellen and her wife Portia was fun to read in Architectural Digest and I love the style in their Beverly Hills home.  It's a mix of traditional, contemporary, fun, and lots of touches of the unexpected.

Perfect example of mixing traditional with contemporary.  They kept it cohesive by sticking to neutral colors with just a pop of color from the artwork and blanket.   I love that lamp hidden away in the far left corner!
Entry to their home and did you know that's a ping pong table in the center?  It's a gorgeous glass and steel table designed by Argentine artist Rirkrit Tiravanoja.  
Cozy living room with couches you could just sink into.
I noticed they keep to subtle patterns and neutral colors even with the artwork.  The Puma art on the wall is perfect!
This kitchen is spectacular with the green cabinets, warm wood floors, antique rugs, and steel cabinetry hanging above the kitchen island.

I'm guessing this is a hallway or library and how interesting with the circular room spotlighting the small statues in the center and collection of books.  I love that chandelier.  I'm seeing a trend here that I like their choices in lighting.
I love the blend of old and new again here in this office.  The earthy plum color of the settee and the antique rug and cabinetry is so subtle and rich.
You have to put your Emmy's somewhere and the antique hutch is the perfect location.
This cracks me up!  Portia's gorgeous high heels on the left and Ellen's colorful sneakers on the right.  
If you want to see more of their home visit Architectural Digest.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013