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Old World Glamour of Train Travel

Below: Seven Stars in Kyushu
Japan’s ultraluxe rail line traverses the dramatic mountainous island of Kyushu, stopping at the rustic town of Yufuin, a destination famous for its hot springs.
Photos: Courtesy of Kyushu Railway Co.

Every detail is considered in the Seven Stars’ passenger suites. The walls feature Kumiko latticework, made by local craftsmen in Okawa, Fukuoka, without the use of nails. The sinks, meanwhile, were created by the late Sakaida Kakiemon XIV, a celebrated potter.

In the dining car, extensive rich wood detailing, from the chevron parquet pearwood floors to the coffered, arched ceiling, competes with epic views of Japan’s countryside.

Below: Rovos Rail
South Africa’s Rovos Rail has one of the largest fleets of refurbished trains from the late 1960s and early ’70s, and operates painstakingly restored vintage coaches.
Photos: Courtesy of Rovos Rail

Given the spatial limitations of a train coach, transforming one into a luxurious sleeper is no easy feat, requiring all kinds of architectural strategizing.

Period details abound on the Rovos coaches, including the carved-teak pillars of the dining car, which emulate the design of a 1924 train restored by the South African firm.

Below: Al Andalus
The Al Andalus traverses southern Spain’s scenic Andalusian region, departing from Seville (or Grenada) and stopping at various gastronomic and cultural destinations.
Photo: Courtesy of Renfe

Several of the coaches used for the Al Andalus were originally built in the 1920s and welcomed British monarchs traveling from Calais, France, to the Riviera. The interiors have a mix of period details, like the metalwork and lighting, and Belle Epoque–inspired flourishes.

Below: Andean Explorer
Traveling through the highlands of Peru, the Andean Explorer overlooks dramatic terrain, from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. A bar car with panoramic windows and an open-air observation deck provides an ideal vantage point.
Photo: Courtesy of PeruRail

The wood paneling, bronze details, and elegant geometry of the ceiling of the dining car summon the Pullman trains of the 1920s, the inspiration behind the Andean Explorer’s design.

 

Below: Golden Eagle
The Golden Eagle’s Trans-Siberian Express tour travels through the Ural Mountains, across the steppe, and around Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake.

Photo: Courtesy of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

The Golden Eagle’s bar car is fit for a czar, with traditional Russian furnishings, including crystal from the centuries-old Dyatkovo factory and ceramics from the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg.

Below: Belmond Royal Scotsman
The Belmond Royal Scotsman weaves its way around the picturesque Highlands and glassy lochs of Scotland.

Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

Polished marquetry walls give warmth and elegance to a Belmond Royal Scotsman sleeper car, while historic prints and carefully chosen textiles add a sense of traditional Scottish style

Below: Eastern and Oriental Express
Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express passes through a variety of Southeast Asian locales. The dining car windows of the train were extended to allow for more panoramic views of the scenery.

Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

The interior design scheme of Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express combines Southeast Asian touches with colonial embellishments. Chinese and Thai lacquer abounds, while the observation car is covered with teak paneling. The Presidential Suite, pictured here, features inlaid wood, antique brass fittings, and campaign-style furniture to accommodate the room’s small dimensions.

Below: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The original Orient Express took its first trip in 1883, departing Paris for Istanbul. Today’s iteration, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express continues to represent the height of luxury European travel but travels a different route, leaving London for Venice via France, Switzerland, and the Austrian Alps.

Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

The exquisitely restored Art Deco coaches of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express convey the spectacular craftsmanship of the era, with stunning exotic wood paneling and fine metalwork. French artist René Prou designed the six sleeper cars, each of which is inlaid with an Art Deco marquetry design.

The formal dining car of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express evokes the golden age of European travel, the 1920s and early ’30s, with elaborate table settings and top-shelf crystal and china. René Lalique designed the Tulip wall lights throughout the train as well as a series of Bacchanalian-themed wall panels.

 

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Gail Smith-Peterson

Farewell August ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Let’s enjoy this last weekend of Summer making sandcastles, finding seashells, lounging around, eating frozen pops, backing a rustic homemade cake and garnishing it beautifully with fresh fruit from the garden.  With the extra fruit you can make some infused to water to sip all day, tastes like summer!


It’s fun to imagine dreamy summer cottages too!

No matter where and how you spend your weekend, I hope it’s over the top.

 

My design tip: Celebrate each season with a beginning and a end, but cherish the in between.
 

xo,

Gail
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Palest Pinks
Summers longest days are here, it’s coming to the close of August my favorite month of the year. It holds special memories and it’s the month we’re celebrating my anniversary and birthday. In my home I try to keep my favorite pale pink color minimal. Flowers from the garden and mostly a few vintage accessories, my boys and husband appreciate that I’m sure…Today I’m sharing a few photographs I’ve taken to give you an idea how I use those touches of pale pink in and around my home. I hope this inspires that you too can do. This is useful for any color that you love, but not desire to saturate your space with.


A garden bench, a campaign bed up in the garden house with vintage fabrics.

 

Pale pink heirloom roses from my garden have a delicious lemony fragrance.

 


In the kitchen tea towels and a sucre tin planted with mint. A pink metal stool, a vintage find I love.

 


This pretty variety of hydrangea on my table with a one hundred wishes.


The palest of pink, was what I was dreaming of when designing my wedding gown, it came true!

My design tip: If your favorite color is a bit much for your decor, bring it in for your favorite occasion.  Bring each family members favorite color in on their special occasion, they will love you for it.
xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance at Omero Home
Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

 

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Storage ideas for Silverware

Silver flatware is beautiful, the patterns range from simple to ornate. There is something extra special about a meal with silver utensils. What if using silver more often actually was beneficial in maintaining it’s elegant polish. Gently hand wash and dry it’s a must, it helps to eliminate the amount of harsh chemicals needed to keep them polished. Tarnish occurs when silver is exposed to air for long periods of non-use.

Here is a very cool vintage commercial size and heavy industrial bread/loaf pan that you can use for silverware found at Omero Home

I believe these beautiful pieces are meant to be used. I like to store a few pieces in this white wood box in the kitchen. Larger sets are in silver cloth. This box gets a lot of attention; guests ask what’s in the white box? Sometimes I’ll hide a special piece of chocolate in it for later!


These wood pieces would make great storage for silver.

My design tip:
Look for something vintage with character, change the knobs if you like and line with silver felt.
A beautiful summer weekend to you, dine with silver!
xo,
Gail
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at OMERO Home 
Photo source: Photo’s 1,2,3 Gail Smith-Peterson
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Beach Huts
Tiny little huts to change into your swimsuit, how practical and vintage chic. I imagine them to be charming inside with a bench and some hooks. Weathered wooden doors that creak from the salty air, a sound you will recall every time you see a tiny hut.


With our last few weeks of summer I hope you find the perfect place to play, make S’mores and tell fantastic stories while watching the sun go down.

My design tip: Add some weathered painted wood to your garden shed, hang some hooks or cleats for towels and suits.

A beautiful weekend to you,
xo,

Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Omero Home
Photo source: Pinterest

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Summer Blues
Just about every activity we enjoy in summer connects us with water. The color of water is ever changing, its beauty appears in many shades of blue. Bringing those familiar colors into our interiors and exteriors adds a relaxing effect.

The many shades of blue are gorgeous and limitless, as seen in the sea.

 

Depending on the light, blues go into subtle shades. Blues make us feel are welcome.

 

Darker blues on exteriors are classic and elegant.


 

My Design tip:  Blues are timeless all year long. Find your perfect shade and soon you’ll be drawn to object with that shade.

A beautiful summer weekend to you,
 xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Omero Home
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
7 Ideas for Throwing a Casual Party

Beautiful weather, longer days and schools out. It’s the perfect time to gather some vintage accessories & throw a party out doors or inside. Round up the kids, friends or family to help. Making it easy, casual and fun will take the pressure of ironing the tablecloths and white gloving the house! If you have summer house guests, invite them to join you in the planning. Delegate to do’s!

Let’s be inspired to gather, tell stories and enjoy all that summer has to offer.

My design tip: Pull out old blankets, quilts, pillows, drop clothes, these items will make seating cozy and can be used for table coverings.
Throw a party just because….
xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Sit back and relax, here are some incredible water views that can't be missed.

La Sponda, Positano, Italy

 

Dock Kitchen, London, UK

 

Nobu, Malibu, CA

 

The Red Bicycle, Santorini, Greece

 

Club del Doge Restaurant, Venice, Italy

 

On the Rocks, St. Barts

 

Sierra Mar, Big Sur, CA

 

Surf Lodge Restaurant, Montauk, NY

 

Les Remparts, Eze Village, France

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Black & White Design
Design with a Black and White aesthetic is unique.  Amazingly checks all the right boxes. It’s casual, chic, classy, cool, comfy, crisp, elegant & timeless, from exterior shops to houses. Unforgettable spaces can be centered on only two colors.

Adding character to spaces with black or white wood pieces.

A child’s room is calming, cozy and playful with just the right elements and textures of black and white.

Our fashion and Design world will always be at the helm with Black and White.

My design tip: Give a black and white space warmth with vintage materials, nothing too shiny, textures and softness.

Enjoy your summer weekend.
xo,
Gail
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Four Season Porches
Summers can be extended most of the year with a four season porch. Depending on your location, insulation and materials.  A porch can be just as inviting in the winter.  Create a welcoming ambiance with vintage furnishings, seasonal accessories that will extend your use of a cozy space. Some possibilities to inspire with.

My design tip: Add furnishings that are easy to move around for entertaining and cleaning after each season.

Enjoy this beautiful weekend.
 
xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
Photo source: All photos Pinterest

 

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