August 2nd, 2013
Francis Kurkdjian has done the impossible: catch perfection in a scent. It tells a story of purity, light and air. I associate it with checking in a hotel room in the south of France and nesting myself in the freshly made bed with pristine cotton sheets. It’s precious without being exclusive and ages beautifully on your skin throughout the day. It’s olfactory description is bergamot and lemon from Sicily – white bouquet (lily of the valley and sweet mock orange) – light and musky wood.
One picture comes to mind. At an antique bookfair a couple of years ago I found a copy of The Photographer and His Model by Conde Nast photographer John Rawlings. To me this picture embraces perfectly that moment and this scent. It’s carefree, innocent…just beautiful.
July 31st, 2013
Time for some more tangible inspiration and what better way than to take a tour at Athena Calderone’s exquisite Brooklyn home. I first discovered Athena’s world and work early 2012 when her Amagansett home was featured on Tales of Endearment. This talented interior designer splits her time between her house in upstate New York and her stunning Brooklyn home.
My heart almost skipped a beat when I saw her open plan kitchen in shades of dark grey with notes of brass and marble.
What I like most, besides her capacity to mix and match different styles and textures, is that she dared to stay away from all white walls and instead opted for a rich colourpalette turning the high ceiling spaces into a warm cocoon.
When I discovered through her lifestyle blog Eye Swoon she loves cooking as much as she loves interior design I was completely sold…
and does it come as a surprise, after seeing her gorgeous home, that she has great personal style and an exquisite taste in shoes? Yes I so swoon too.
July 29th, 2013
Did I make a trip to outer space? Found the stairway to haven? Landed on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Sorry to disappoint but I’m far from being the adventures type. I prefer to keep both my feet firmly on the ground. All I did last Friday was buying a ticket to Brussels to visit the Atomium, a national relic from the 1958 World Fair. I admit there was some adventure involved in the sense of me finding the strength and courage to face public transport and crowds of tourists eating fries and ice cream to lock myself up in this futuristic steel construction during the current heat wave our country is blessed by. All this to view the temporary exhibition DIGITAL POEM by artists Joanie Lemercier, LAb [ a u ] and Visual System an ode to Le Poème Electronique by Le Corbusier and Xenakis.
I must say it was all worth it. The experience is rather brief but breathtaking. For that small half hour you are wondering around in the fifth sphere of the construction you will experience a surreal world. All elements seem to be perfectly in sync from the architecture to the art, music and visuals. Beautiful with a touch unease and creepiness. You will even witness the arising of a new sort of moon.
Now I must admit I had never been inside the Atomium before. I never even had seen it from up close. So when the subway train came out of the tunnel I admit I gasped like a kid. So I cannot not post a picture from the construction on the outside.
Looking at the Atomium is like looking at pictures of sixties models wearing Courrège or Cardin. I love to see how an extreme and bold view people used to have of the future while we know so often keep on drawing inspiration from the past.
Brussels you are odd and strange often beautiful, sometimes ugly but I love you.
You can watch a part of the installation here, but please be your own judge and take that trip to Brussels…and maybe have some fries on your way home.
all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com
April 23rd, 2013
I had a plan, I even made a list but for some reason last Saturday I didn’t come home with a new bike (as planned) but with this: a rattan peacock chair. I’ve been dreaming about owning such a chair for a long time, but I gave up my dream a while ago after months of intensive searching to no avail. Finding one in good/pristine shape isn’t easy. Then, on a sunny Saturday morning, when I was checking out rusty old bikes at the weekly fleamarket and negotiating on prices what did I see from the corner of my eye…love at first sight! Yet love is never perfect so yes, 3 twigs snapped at the bottom of the chair but you must admit this one is a stunner.
I got so exited I even started a Pinterest Board dedicated to this exotic piece of furniture and the stars that have taken place in it. Now just imagine me lounging like Elizabeth Taylor in my sunny living room (with a covered midriff that is).
If you are looking for one of your own and have serious money to spent you could check out this website or you could just be patient and who knows one day you might just get lucky. Since life is what happens while making other plans.
Picture 1 & 2 by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com
Picture 3 found here