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Since my friend is a big shot, fancy pants-y famous chica she wanted to remain nameless. Yet I can't speak of her without putting a name to this story. For that reason I've not only given myself a new name but I've renamed her to....uh....how about....... "Olivia"? I think it's perfect!
The first time I stepped into Olivia's home I seemed to enter this walking-through-thick-country-air-awe-inspired haze. I lost focus, I forgot my manners "hi.....uh.....wow.....who did your decorating?" "YOU did?!:!:$@"
I was hooked. I wanted the grand tour and I wanted it now! I wanted to bathe in her tub while sipping a glass of red wine watching the candles flicker against the grand mirrors. Don't act like you don't think the same exact thing when you see a grand master suite:) (the master suite is an entire post in itself...coming soon)
Finally, I built up the nerve to ask her if I could meander through her home with a camera for some inspiration to pass to my friends and here ya have it. I will admit that after our move I can't seem to find the cord from my camera to computer so this was all done with the iPhone. Disclaimer: I do not profess to be a professional photographer....just a lover of all things lovely.
So here you have it....Olivia's French Cozy Chic retreat.
|the torn and tattered artwork spread throughout the home makes the space feel loved, |
handed down from generations, and well traveled.
|throw this rug in the mix with bold architectural pieces and you've created a collected, unique appeal which will have|
guests milling around in amazement. "where did you get this?" "what's the story here?" I found myself asking.
|Olivia had her husband frame out the TV so it didn't seem so foreign in the space. Nicely done! They also refinished the|
fireplace and mantel for a cohesive, clean, polished feel. The shelves are like little treasure boxes on their own.
|Olivia just loves this worn, hole-y painting. She said something like (wish I could remember for a good quote) where do you ever see cows with swans? I love that she just buys anything that grabs her...then figures out where it'll fit.|
side thought: This is by NO means the end of this Space Feature. There are simply too many stories to tell and an abundance of pictures to share. I haven't decided yet to deliver this story little bits each day (too many pictures for this one little post) or one post a week for a while. Huh...what do you think?
So come back for another visit to Olivia's Retreat
hugs n love with some bold decorating choices for ya,