Katleman Residence or “The Rose House” – Trousdale Estates Hollywood

21 October 2013

The Trousdale Estates section of Hollywood was a forgotten cluster of iconic mid-century homes on the edge of Beverly Hills. Then in the late 1990s fans of the period such as interior decorator Carole Katleman began refurbishing these residences to their rightful glory. The Katleman Residence was originally The Rose House, so named for it’s original owner, the costume designer Helen Rose. (Amongst other things, Rose designed Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding dress for her nuptials to Nicky Hilton).

Designed in 1963 by architects Conrad Buff, Dennis Straub, and Don Hensman, in 1999 Katleman approached the firm to restore the home to its original design, while undertaking sensitive upgrades to the house to accommodate a contemporary lifestyle. In keeping with the house’s modern character, emphasis was placed on well-crafted details and honest simplicity in design. From the main entry, the view unfolds through transparent glass walls, across the pool terrace, towards the Santa Monica Mountains. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Rita Konig’s London Bedroom

18 October 2013

Can’t you just dream of snuggling up in this room in an old cashmere sweater with a cup of tea and stack of magazines to read?  This was the bedroom to interior decorator (and all around fabulous woman) Rita Konig‘s old London apartment. The floral wallpaper is from Cole & Son and RDuJour recommends that everyone have a trusty wool throw blanket at their disposal. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Fifth Avenue Style by Howard Slatkin

15 October 2013

Howard Slatkin’s philosophy is that a home should be a deeply personal refuge that gives pleasure and comfort. Focusing on his own masterfully imagined Fifth Avenue apartment, Slatkin demonstrates how any space can achieve a level of sophisticated calm through careful lighting and floor planning, clever arrangement of furniture, and decorative displays. In this gorgeously illustrated volume, Slatkin, an interior designer and founder of the iconic home-fragrance and lifestyle brand Slatkin & Co., shares his practical—and often ingenious—methods for creating unique, personal rooms that are comfortable and functional as well as beautiful, and reveals his secrets to entertaining with ease and flair. Slatkin shows how rooms should flow naturally, how to create an intimate feeling, and how to find imaginative solutions for turning awkward spaces and limitations into assets. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Maison DuJour: 70 Malibu Colony Road

14 October 2013

Rare opportunity on 60 feet (double lot) of prime beach frontage in the exclusive guard gated community of Malibu Colony. This charming beach house is one of seven properties on the beach in Malibu Colony to have a pool and spa. Detached guest house lagoon style pool large grassy courtyard complete this beach cottage. Tons of deck space for beachside lounging make this the epitome of Malibu living. Within walking distance to the best shopping and restaurants Malibu has to offer. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Maison DuJour: The Mellon House in Manhattan

01 October 2013

Paul Mellon, heir to one of America’s great banking fortunes, and his wife, Bunny Mellon, built this extraordinarily beautiful 40’ wide townhouse on a fabled Upper East Side block in 1965. This iconic townhouse, designed in the neoFrench classic style and evoking the charm of the French countryside in the middle of Manhattan, reflected the passions of its owners. Paul Mellon curated his art collection in the library overlooking the exquisite garden with reflecting pool and gazebo, where Bunny Mellon, designer of the White House Rose Garden and friend to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, indulged her love of gardening. The high-ceilinged drawing room and dining room lead to a spectacular terrace, the center of celebratory parties. The townhouse has 5-8 bedrooms, with flexibility for guests, and staff, eight baths, chef’s kitchen, wine room and elevator. Most rare, however, the house has three exposures, affording brilliant sunlight into some of the most beautiful rooms on the Upper East Side. Continue reading to view additional images of the property.

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Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford Interiors

23 September 2013

Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford opened their Dallas-based interior decorating firm in 1990. Sisters and artistic collaborators, they tackle each project with a fresh and uncomplicated vision. With a turn-key approach in designing both residential homes and commercial spaces, Kirsten and Kelli combine contemporary and classical elements to create incredibly livable and aesthetically beautiful spaces with a sense of the unexpected. Continue reading to see some of RDuJour’s favourite spaces.

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Maison DuJour: Designer’s French Pavilion in East Hampton

20 September 2013

Designer-built and published in Architectural Digest, this 18th-century-style French pavilion on 2.7 +/- acres features hand-cut limestone shipped from Provence specifically for this five-bedroom residence. A tree-lined drive provides the approach to the entry through which the rear limestone terrace and pool can be seen. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Pineapple Hill House by Miles Redd

13 September 2013

Interior Designer Miles Redd is the Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta home and the author of the must-have coffee table title The Big Book of Chic. Recently he revamped Pineapple Hill, a home in the Bahamas exclusive Lyford Cay club, for a Houston-based client. Boasting classic island features such as a minty coloured exterior and shingled roof, Redd choose a bright and extremely well coordinated colour scheme to bring new life to the house. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Maison DuJour: Home in Chelsea Park Gardens

08 September 2013

A delightful freehold family house arranged over primarily three floors with an excellent arrangement of both reception rooms and bedrooms. The property is in excellent condition and is well located on the eastern side of Chelsea Park Gardens overlooking a private garden and enjoying the benefit of its own off street parking. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Maison DuJour: Villa Massei in Lucca

06 September 2013

Considered “The most beautiful property in Lucca,” Villa Massei, in the hamlet of Massa Macinaia, sits on 21 hectares of land, including farmland, olive groves and pinewood. While featuring all of the elements of a country estate, including privacy, it is only 8 Km away from the ancient walls of Lucca, and 4 Km from the highway A12 (Forte dei Marmi is 25 minutes drive and Florence 50). Built originally in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for the counts Sinibaldi, the estate consists of three units: the villa, the guesthouse, and a custodian residence. In addition to this, the Villa’s backyard hosts a 16th century grotto complete with antique stone masks spewing water through five separate fountains. The private swimming pool, 16 x 6 Meters, near the guesthouse, is surrounded by a flowery Mediterrenean-style garden. Continue reading to view additional images.

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