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Here's a three before & after exterior makeovers from AD that we find very useful and inspiring - check it out!

BEFORE
Whether it’s a petite rooftop terrace atop a townhouse or an expansive lawn in the country, an outdoor space is a luxury no matter where you live. Unlike a well-appointed interior, an outdoor room or garden is never truly finished and the results are as dependant on the whims of mother nature as they are by the vision of the designer. But as these seven outdoor spaces from the archives of Architectural Digest prove, getting your hands dirty (or if you’re lacking a green thumb, hiring a talented landscape architect) is worth the final result. See how these alfresco living, dining, and pool areas went from overgrown to outstanding.

The outdoor dining area on the terrace of a New York penthouse apartment.

AFTER
Architect John Murray, who collaborated on the renovation of the apartment with decorator Elissa Cullman, transformed the terrace into an urban oasis. Murray devised built-in lounge areas beneath retractable awnings, a pergola-topped dining space, and an outdoor kitchen, while landscape architect Edmund Hollander incorporated a profusion of willowy Russian sage and boxwoods in crisp ipe-wood planters.

BEFORE
The pool area of a 1920s oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

AFTER
Designer David Easton brought the historic property, built by legendary Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, back to life. Hedges and trelliswork blanketed with jasmine border the pool area, giving it the feel of a large outdoor room.

BEFORE
The terrace of a New York townhouse.

AFTER
Architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Shawn Henderson renovated the four-floor Italianate redbrick building in Greenwich Village. Teak furniture by Henry Hall Designs from Walters is arranged on the new limestone terrace, which is equipped with a Viking grill; the garden is by Madison Cox Assoc. and the Organic Gardener.

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Add a touch of Zen to your Decor - Our gray stone head of Buddha is a perfect piece to add to your home.  Come see our selection at Omero for antique and vintage decor.

Pair of Lotus Flowers

Namibian Baskets

Shipibo Nesting Bowls

 

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A Large Southbank's Floorboard Dining Table, circa 1950s. The neighborhood "Southbank" is known for their arts & entertainment district in London. The Table's top belonged to an artist's studio in Southbank 1950's. Custom designed Iron scaffold base hold this 16ft. 8 in long table
The top holds the original patina adding paint stains from the artist, carrying a story with a strong industrial unique dining table.

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A designer that we really love her style is Greet Letevre from Belgium.  Her blog is Belgian Pearls, she has a passion for design and architecture.  Today's blog from Belgian Pearls ~ Hope you enjoy!

In September the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and temperature cools considerably. The chill of winter is on the horizon. Time to bring the colors of fall into your home. Autumn is one of the prettiest and coziest seasons.

Fill your home with autumnal textures and colors.

Add seasonal decorating touches in every room of your house.

Credit: Belgian Pearls

 

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Flowers can be the perfect accessory to add color to a house that's more blank canvas than bold. You don't have to settle on one color. The more hues the better looking the home!

Enjoy!

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More than 173,000 pots of plants and herbs form a living carpet in front of the Antwerp City Hall in Belgium on Monday. To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the city hall itself, artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven selected 31 different species to create a large geometric design in bold, bright colors.

Pedestrians walk over the High Bridge, New York City's oldest standing bridge, for the first time since it was closed in the early 1970s. It connects Manhattan and the Bronx and spans the Harlem River.

A man works on a sawdust carpet along the streets in the early hours during the Corpus Christi feast on Sunday near Albacete, Spain.

Four velociraptors "emerged" from a shipping container at London Waterloo station early Monday morning. The stunt was to promote the film Jurassic World, which opened this past Friday.

Members of Team Vestas Wind watch the sunset during the eighth stage of the Volvo Ocean Race on Monday. The stage started in Lisbon and ended in Lorient, France.

A view of the art installation "Plastic Bags" by Cameroon-born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou in Leiden, Netherlands.

 

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It feels like Summer though officially starts June 21st. There are 193 days remaining until the end of the year. Not that we want to know this - clock time is flying.

This day usually marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, which is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere and the fewest hours of daylight in the southern hemisphere. Let's celebrate with lights.

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In decorator Pedro Espírito Santo’s frescoed Lisbon, Portugal, salon, an 1860s Orientalist painting is flanked by foil bouquets. The gilt-wood fauteuil is antique, the cocktail table is Asian, and the needlepoint carpet was custom made

Espírito Santo and Marta Amaral, a feng shui consultant who often works with him, in the dining room

In the salon, a Chinese mirror painting overlooks a Victorian sofa as well as a 19th-century lamp atop an Empire pedestal table from the Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Foundation.

A large canvas by Paulo Damião is mounted above an 18th-century Portuguese demilune table and an Art Deco lamp in the living room.

A sitting room that also serves as a guest room features a circa-1890 Italian painting of a Native American and a pair of Scottish landscapes; Espírito Santo designed the chair.

In the dining room, Victorian side chairs and vintage bergères surround a mahogany pedestal table atop an Aubusson carpet; a leafy light fixture centers the ceiling, though Espírito Santo prefers to dine by candlelight.

Keeping watch over the kitchen are a 17th-century statue of Saint Francis of Assisi (far left) and a 19th-century Italian porcelain figure (on the marble island); the decorative tiles are 18th-century azulejos.

Antique Portuguese chairs are grouped with a bamboo table and a 19th-century sideboard in the kitchen’s breakfast area; the portrait is English.

A room that was decorated with trompe l’oeil swagged draperies in the 18th century has become a bath; the chair and table are both Portuguese.

In the bedroom hangs a large painting by Pedro Espírito Santo; he also devised the headboard and the carpet, the chair is a French antique, the corner cabinet is 19th century, and the French lamps are made of painted glass.

The designer in his studio.

 

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Ralph Lauren Magazine features Andrew Lauren in the Rivera and we love it. The article is point on with his recommendations, having been to all of these locations but one the FONDATION MAEGHT, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE, which now is on my go to list this Fall. I love the memories that Andrew mentions about traveling with his family as a young boy, especialy about the swim coach, Pierre Gruneberg, gave him some great pointers on the crawl.  A "Must" read for sure, go here for more.

I’m sure this is true for so many people, but some of my most romantic ideas about the French Riviera came from watching Alfred Hitchcock’s movie To Catch a Thief,” Andrew Lauren says. Those indelible images of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly whipping around the pine-covered hillsides outside of Cannes in a classic Sunbeam Alpine, with the impossibly turquoise waters of the Mediterranean below, are second only to those of Brigitte Bardot romping through 1960s Saint-Tropez, or the Rolling Stones recording portions of their masterpiece Exile on Main Street at Villa Nellcôte in the early ’70s, for inspiring travelers to head to the southeastern coast of France, otherwise called the Côte d’Azur. But Lauren can add to these his own memories as well, created over several family vacations at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat dating back to his childhood.

“What’s so extraordinary about this area is that even if it’s changed over the years, what always made it great remains,” Lauren says. “It’s still got glamour, French tradition and natural beauty.” Here, a look at some of Lauren’s favorites, both sentimental and otherwise.
 

ÎLE SAINT HONORAT, CANNES
The quiet island of Île Saint-Honorat is home to a fifth-century abbey and wine-making monks

MARCHÉ FORVILLE, CANNES
An afternoon stroll through Marché Forville is a delight for the senses

L’HÔTEL BELLES RIVES, JUAN-LES-PINS
In the hotel where F. Scott Fitzgerald penned Tender Is the Night, the best way to unwind is with a good book and a Gin Rickey in hand

CASINO DE MONTE-CARLO, MONACO
When the stakes are right, head to the historic Casino de Monte-Carlo

LA CHÈVRE D’OR, EZE
La Chèvre d'Or boasts two Michelin stars and vertiginous views of the Med

FLEA MARKET, ANTIBES
The weekly flea market in Antibes is sure to produce a few unexpected gems

BOAT RENTALS
“The water is such a stunning deep shade of turquoise, it’s easy to get a little mesmerized.”

GRAND-HÔTEL DU CAP-FERRAT,
SAINT-JEAN CAP-FERRAT
Historic and majestic, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is patrician glamour in an idyllic setting

LA COLOMBE D’OR, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Nestled in the medieval town of Saint-Paul de Vence, the iconic La Colombe d’Or is the ultimate in bohemian luxury

FONDATION MAEGHT, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Site-specific works by renowned artists such as Joan Miró to Marc Chagall make the Fondation Maeght a modern-art must-see

HÔTEL CAP ESTEL, EZE
Seaside luxury on a private peninsula, Hôtel Cap Estel is the perfect escape in any season.

Credit: Ralph Lauren Magazine

 

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Vintage American Industrial Spotlight

A truly antique American architectural artifact. Unique vintage American industrial copper searchlight. Nautical lantern / spotlight.

Exceptional original spotlight by lighting manufacturers Curtis Lighting Inc. Chicago. The light has been beautifully polished to reveal its steel and copper construction. This large, impressive light is mounted on a wooden stand providing a stable and sturdy base. The light is rewired. The glass is original, with Curtis Lighting mark. It is damaged by a bullet hole! We love the originality of this and the story we can make of it (Think: Al Capone, Chicago or WWII as we found the lamp in France and it ended up there somehow). It is very decorative.
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