In my opinion, one can never sing enough praises to white. It is such an easy color with so many layers of subtlety. It can make an interior feel stark and minimal or give the space a plain wrap. Its sense of cleanliness and clarity is one of its best features. Second to white is gray.  Recently, I wrote about my love of gray not only for paint and upholstery but for my wardrobe as well.

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While in Paris recently, my well-informed, sophisticated and elegant friend, Suzanne Santry, invited me to join her on an excursion to one of the many ateliers that still exist in the city. We were going to one she identified from an old issue of World of Interiors: Legeron, fleurs et plumes on Rue des Petits Champs. After venturing into the simple courtyard and up the stairs, we were met by Monsieur Legeron himself, clad in a work apron with pins stuck all over it. The specialty of the firm is the creation of flowers in silk, leather or feathers for bespoke couture designers such as Dior, Lacroix and Saint Laurent.  This multi-generational family business has been in existence since the 1860s when it was in the heart of the budding haute couture industry–a time when trimmings were an essential part of dressmaking. Today only a few  flower and feather businesses exist, down from dozens.

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I know about small kitchens.  While mine is not “apartment size” tiny, it is definitely on the small side especially compared to many of those pictured in the current shelter magazines. I have learned that just because a kitchen is small, it does not mean it is dysfunctional.  In fact, an organized and well-planned small kitchen can be very easy and efficient to work in.

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There is something so charming and eclectic about this space. There is the unusual combination of the modern .25  Waterworks tub with reclaimed floors, a rustic Moroccan stool and a large-scale Venetian mirror sitting on the floor. Even the window treatments are a little askew. It takes vision and skill to create a room with so many different styles and make it feel whole, warm and inviting. The designer of this space seems to have accomplished that easily with the help of a serene view.

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