Hello my darling! I'm so glad you could make it to our new country home. I know we said the one we bought in June was the last one, but sometimes a house just speaks to you, you know? Now enough chit chat: let me give you the grand tour!
I'm terrible at choosing just one decorating approach, so naturally we had to have two living rooms in two different styles. Plus my stuffed peacock doesn't get along with my zebra rug, making an arrangement like this an absolute necessity.
This room is really the huz's territory. He recently splurged on a forty foot yacht, and I thought 'What better way to celebrate than to have a yacht-themed room'? It's subtle, of course--the rope-framed mirror, the portrait of a sea captain--and if the huz has been really well behaved I let him put his feet up on the coffee table.
I've been lugging these tiny French pendant lamps around with me ever since I found them years ago at the Paris flea market, and I'm so happy finally to have a kitchen worth installing them! They provide just the right amount of light when I'm baking my award-winning chocolate cake or arranging my priceless collection of antique tableware.
And speaking of priceless, come to the second kitchen and let me show you the most recent cuttings from my heirloom flower garden! The specimens I grow are one-of-a-kind, direct descendants of cultivars from Marie Antoinette's garden. You don't have to look so awestruck. That's just how I roll!
You must be hungry. Let's have some lunch! I'll tailor the menu depending on which dining room we eat in. After all, we're not animals! Perhaps you'd like waffles with whipped cream and fresh strawberries in my gray room?
Maybe a selection of rare cheeses and salumi in the black room? I'll open up that $2000 bottle of wine I've been storing for just such an occasion, and I'll have some fresh macarons flown in from Laduree.
We could keep things low key and dine al fresco. The benefit of this space is you can just reach up to the trellis and pick a bunch of perfectly ripe, juicy grapes to complete your meal.
Sometime during the weekend I'll have to take leave of you and work on my book. It's a romance novel, and I can just tell it's going to be a bestseller. As an author I'm so sensitive to my surroundings, so when I'm writing in the hero's point of view I sit at this desk...
...and when I'm writing in the heroine's point of view I move into this room. It helps me tap into the personality of each character. Also, I needed a place to display my solid gold desk.
Frankly you're looking quite haggard after your ten hour flight. Let me show you to your room so you can freshen up. This lovely space is calming and serene...
...and it offers an en suite reading room so you can catch up on all the classics. Please do be careful when you turn the pages of my first edition copy of Oliver Twist.
If you choose the pink room, I guarantee a sound night's sleep. I had this color custom blended to induce brain waves of the ideal frequency for sweet dreams.
On the off chance that you do wake up during the night, you might hear me swimming laps in the pool. I'm preparing for an Ironman triathlon and with my busy schedule I have to fit my training in sometime! After all, personal growth is a 24/7 job.
All images courtesy of Elle Decor, July/August 2009.