Rustic Modern Tropical House Design by Frank Lloyd student Frank Robert

One look at this house, the simple impressions emanating from the facade. Tropical in design emphasize the use of the stretcher in the gable. The use of glass windows are great at this modern rustic retreat home design. Kaweah Falls is a modern rustic retreat home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s student Frank Robert. It’s located at the base of the Sequoia National Park, the perfect gataway for nature lovers, hikers, kayakers and so on. The main feature of this spectacular 3,000 square foot home is a river running through it–right under the dining room. It bridges to a private island with a sandy beach and a year round active waterfall. The house features 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 kitchens plus several private decks and porches all with amazing river views. There is also a detached 2 car garage with an office, deck, and a view of the river. This amazing house is an ideal retreat for those who are ready to escape the hassles of the city. We are very happy if this a Rustic Modern Tropical House Design can be your inspiration in designing your home later. Here are some pictures Rustic Modern Tropical House Design. [via]


The Buy and Sell Marketplace for Modern Collectors"
Or, for people like me, a great website to drool over furniture and home decor that I can't as yet afford, and a wonderful resource to get educated in all things mid-century modern.

Right now they are having a giveaway of a set of back issues AND a 2-year subscription to Modernism magazine. I guess I just lessened my chances of winning by sharing this info with all of you! I think you sign up to be a member of their site if you aren't already, subscribe to their monthly newsletter, and you get notified of their monthly giveaways. They've given away very cool, very expensive furniture pieces in the past, too.

Pamela Skaist-Levy's Home

It should not take you by surprise that this house belongs to Pamela Skaist-Levy, co-founder of Juicy Couture in Beverly Hills, CA. Many of you may have even seen the images quite a few times since being featured in Harper's Bazaar a few years ago. The house was designed by Peter Dunham and the Juicy Couture's sense of drama and wild sophistication is imminently present, which Peter called "Duchess of Windsor meets Iron Maiden." However Mr. Dunham wants to describe this house I'm up to move-in tomorrow.

The dining room table is stunning. A much inexpensive version here.

How much more glamorous can you go from here when it comes to having a home office?

I love this image because it epitomizes my design philosophy "comfort + beauty = Happiness"

Coromandel screens is a Peter Dunham touch.

images scanned by moi from Bazaar old issue, RDujour and iiz princess fiona.

Ain't your mama's bathroom...

My files, unknown
Things are a little bit over my head right now, While in the process of finishing up the Golfer Flat, starting of a family's uptown apartment and now I'm about to start redoing our two bathrooms. Our master and Lucas', which also happens to be the guest bathroom. All these (our bathrooms) my hubby and I want it to be completed before Spring is over, right..., so we can enjoy the beautiful days without stress. Let's see if I can deliver.
For Lucas' bathroom I'm planning to install a one pedestal tub which I find more dynamic and appealing for a little boy than clawfoot ones. Now, for our master bath I'm needing, (do I really need it?) a soaking tub, but our bathroom is smaller or I shall say narrower than the other bathroom and because of the floor plans of both bathrooms (more on that later) I cannot remove any of the walls in order to be able to fulfill my need. But I'm determined to do it. My husband always tells me "why do you opt for difficult things?" I guess it's in my nature. Any suggestions as what I could do?




Nate Berkus

The world of Interiors

Kerry Joyce via Elle Decor.

Global Chic Home Office

What's not to love? spotted at via.

Baby Blue + shades of purple

Something globally appealing in these images make me want to stay home and enjoy the beauty one can create inside for us to feel happy. I hope you're are enjoying your week.
images via Hamish Bowles home via Vogue, Unknown and John Robshaw's home via

My son's Nursery

(click on the images to get a better look)
Last week I photographed Lucas' room. A friend of mine who lives overseas recently had a baby girl and has forever asked me to send her pictures of the room and I never seemed to find the time. So, I decided to post it in Belle Vivir instead. We haven't changed much since Lucas was born. Back then I was obsessed with iron beds but I didn't want to look too over the top (like in a J Lo's nursery kind of way).

I wanted it to be sweet and imaginative overall with a vintage kind of vibe. So I covered the crib's wall in a blue/greenish seagrass wallpaper to soften the iron balusters and enclosed the bed between two ikea wardrobes to give it a cozy feel. I re-covered the sconces shades in an ikat cotton fabric that I love. The bookshelves are a combination of storage cubes and a vintage Library card file drawer storage we bought at an architectural salvage store.

The first time a guest friend saw the room and spot the Love print by Made by Girl she said that no wonder she felt the room was put together with love and care and Yes, this was a labor of love. The print above it is Evren's (Hubby) first hand writing that his mom kept all this long. I had it blow out at kinkos and framed it as art. After all art is whatever touches your heart. I am very grateful that my special mother in low has kept all these beautiful meaningful things and we've been able to pass them on to Lucas.

This little guy is perhaps my favorite decorative piece, after the watercolor behind it, from the room. I even look like him when I wear my trooper winter hat, my aviator glasses and one of my St. James sweaters, really. This little guy was one special gift from his grandmother who brought it all the way from Montmartre two years ago. The watercolor behind it is one of my favorite things in the room also because his grandfather painted it and it's perfect to me.

Who said that compartment drawer organizers are only for drawers? Here I used them to display Lucas' socks in order to have easy access.

I covered the back of the wardrobe in a Brunschwig & Fils Pivoine from Paule Marrot Editions and the cars inside are part of a Evren's own collection since he was two.

This room is filled with special meaningful lovely things.

The Perfect Kitchen

It's Monday and a beautiful one...Seriously; let's talk about this Kitchen. This is one of the most beautiful kitchens I've seen in my entire life. The flow that tides all the different elements is just perfect. The architectonic black iron sky light tides with the respectable la cornue range and hood and ceiling pendants, the magnificent stunning copper center island picks up the rest of the copper throughout, and those wide slabs of wood floor perfects it even further. This image is topping the file of my kitchen inspiration files. Brilliant!!!

I love...

An avid macarons lover. Also, a lover of blooming Spring. What do you love?

silk macarons via.

Burgundy + Slate Gray

A pile of magazines await me on top of my nightstand. Also waiting for me... is a quick eat-out dinner tonight. I wish you a great weekend.

Detailing and contrasting

I've said before how much I enjoy semi-customization because they can complete the whole look I'm looking for. Such actions as adding a decorative trimming to your curtains, rosettes or moldings on to existing bookshelves can make a big difference in our home decor. This space designed by Maria de la Oso is so relaxing and aristocratic at the same time, thanks to simple but decisive details.

Maria de la Osa via

Embrace what you have

Talking about living with what you love, or in another words, embrace what you have and make the best of it; I found this kitchen by T. Keller Denovan. Here Denovan didn't change the white stove, something that most of the people don't want, instead he diminished it by painting the walls in dark blue and make the end wall a focal point by displaying his big collection of blue Italian china and wicker baskets. A lovely friend of mine is always scared of glossy wall paints and I always say "flat paints are for warehouses, walls don't need to be perfect, really". As you can see Keller seems to think the same way.
P.S. Would anyone be kind enough to tell me the source of the fabric on the chair? Thank you.
image via.

A proud home

I love to see homes that don't try to look like they belong somewhere else. I think a house well designed should adapt to its surroundings, that be, Architecture, traditions, land and History. A friend of mine asked me last week what I dislike to see in design magazines and my answer was "I don't want to see more homes in the Mediterranean trying to look like a modern South Beach apartment" per se. That's why I love this house which belongs to Jaime Parlade in Carmona, Sevilla. It's true to itself in such a unique eclectic and fine way. In every room you can see Jaime's unique touch while at the same time you can feel the harmony that's found in a home that's happy to be where it is and embrace it. Can you feel los toros?

Smart and creative

Sometimes it's not about the brand, the exclusive store it's been bought or how expensive it was, at the end it's all about creativity and making something simple work and look like a million bucks.

A kitchen like this...

A heavenly ceiling, tall cabinets that make the tiny space look bigger, glam-to-die-for back splash and slick looking cabinets; this kitchen for sure will make us want to cook elaborate and sumptuous meals every single night.

Timothy P. Mather design via Canadian House and Home.

Green is good

Finally home after a hectic but beautiful and sunny day. All I feel like doing is enjoying a delicious green apple martini, put my feet up and enjoy the rest of the night.
I've been eying this elegant and still relatively affordable tote Cole Haan Vintage Valise Kendra Tote.

Sometimes, that's all there is in this house...

For as much as we love cooking, not every day is for cooking from scratch. Actually, quite often all we do is to toss a frozen pasta in a pot and combine it with anything left over (fish or veggies) and call it a dinner. I am forever grateful at frozen food for all the times that makes us feel like we actually went out of our way to enjoy a nice meal together. I believe that even for a dinner as simple as a pre-made dinner is worth to put fresh flowers in a vase, light up a few candles and use the pretty things you have and that effortless action will literally lift you up. How about you? What is your shortcut?
Also, some of you dear friends have asked to see photos of our master bedroom wallpaper in progress. I have to tell you that this is the first and last time I'll be installing wallpaper. Never again, never again. But I'm thrilled and over happy with my labor of love's result. The room is completely covered in wallpaper now. There is no turning back and below is a sneak peek.

Visions of Spring

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~Ruth Stout

Steven Miesel


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