Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home

I am so excited to have received a preview copy of the book Beyond Chic.  Beyond Chic is a coffee table book featuring pictures of some of the most well known fashion designer’s homes (Christian Louboutin, Yves Satin Laurent, Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani, just to name a few).  I have to say that fashion designers have a very unique way of living.  It’s much different than furniture designers or interior designers.  After flipping through I noticed that they all lived one of two ways:  some of their homes seemed to be very empty and spare, while others seemed to be packed full of things (art, furniture, objects, accessories, etc.).

For example, Christian Louboutin’s home, which is located in the Egyptian desert, is very empty and spare with hardly any furniture or art.  Apparently he spends his time there designing shoes, resting, and practicing yoga.  Yves Saint Laurent’s home, on the other hand, is filled with abstract paintings, sculptures, colorful rugs, furniture, and countless sentimental objects.

I highly recommend you go out and buy a copy of Beyond Chic by Ivan Terestchenko.  Fashion designers are fascinating people and it’s especially interesting to see the way they live in their homes.

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London: The Knightsbridge Hotel

I’m still alive.  Between moving and starting my awesome new job in Chattanooga (in case you missed it), I have been a crazy person lately.  I have so much to share about London.  And so much to share about my new job!  I’ve decided to share in chronological order:  London first…  Also, London comes first because I started writing this post over a week ago and I need to finish it.

I’ve decided that since there are so many pictures from London I am going to break it down into categories.  The hotel we stayed at in London, The Knightsbridge Hotel, deserves a post all on its own.  My cousins and I found it online and thought it looked nice/cute.  It turned out to far exceed my expectations – it was the cutest boutique hotel I’ve ever been inside!  AND would you believe that it is owned and decorated by an interior designer?  Yes, talented Kit Kemp designed every inch of it.  It is so chic I don’t know how to describe it except to say it’s all in the details.  She certainly has a unique style.  I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves.

Picture me walking around the hotel’s public rooms taking these pictures.  I’m sure the employees thought I was strange.  I also bought Kit’s book in the hotel, which features pictures of the Knightsbridge Hotel.

Knightsbridge Hotel, London

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The Scottie dogs behind us are made out of cardboard or something… There was so much neat and creative artwork all throughout the hotel.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

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Don’t know how to make this picture NOT sideways.

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Clearly, I was obsessed with these chairs.

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Lobby

Lobby

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One of the three hotel rooms I got to see.  The walls of this room were covered in a gray linen.  The sofa was upholstered in felt, along with the bedskirt and other pieces in the room.  I think Kit Kemp likes felt.

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Loved this pink ikat lamp shade!

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Not a bad view :)

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Another one of the rooms I got to see…

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Walls are covered in a light green linen.  There is a mannequin in the corner of every room.

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I just want to point out that this post was entirely voluntary and nobody at Firmdale Hotels is paying me to write this.  I just thought our hotel was exceptionally chic!  Although I would be more than happy to have them as a sponsor ;)

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Back from London… and some very exciting news!!!

I’m back from London (barely).  My body is in Atlanta but my mind is still in  London.  I had such an amazing ten days. I cannot believe that it’s already over and I’m back in the real world.  I feel like I really took advantage of the time I spent in England – I did everything I wanted to do (except ride the London Eye… but I guess that’s a good reason to go back one day!).  It was so special to see my little sister at “university” in Oxford – I couldn’t be more proud of her (and jealous too!).

Unfortunately, I have already packed away all of my electronics and everything else from my desk in my apartment so I can’t upload pictures from my camera until next week.  But I will be sure to share some with you as soon as I get my hands on that camera cord.

Why am I packing?  Wellllllll… I’ve been waiting for a couple of months to share some VERY exciting news with you:  after four invaluable years in Atlanta, I’m finally moving back to Chattanooga NEXT WEEK.   I am so excited to begin working as an interior designer for Sophie’s Shoppe, my absolute favorite store.  [You may remember the post I did on artist Liz Nichols, who works for Sophie’s.]  If there is a store that represents my taste in design, it would be Sophie’s.

[Be sure to check out their facebook page… And Pinterest, Instagram (@sophies_shoppe), and Twitter…]  After checking out those social media sites, you’ll want to make a visit:

401 North Market Street

Chattanooga, TN 37405

423-756-8711

I’m thrilled to be moving back to my hometown and working as an interior designer.  It’s something I have looked forward to ever since I declared my major at the beginning of my freshman year eight years ago (((cannot believe it’s been that long))).

If you or anyone you know are looking to give your home a facelift, however big or small, I would love to help.  As always, you can contact me by email:  wheelerlewis1@gmail.com

And now… A blog post wouldn’t be a good blog post if I didn’t post some pretty pictures, would it?

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So many beautiful things going on in this picture…

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