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Jacques Grange Interiors

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Portrait of Jacques Grange by Jerome Mace - from the book "Jacques Grange Interiors"

Portrait of Jacques Grange by Jerome Mace - from the book "Jacques Grange Interiors"

Jacques Grange is a true designer's designer.  His work is refined and cultured, as well as bold and lighthearted - something many decorators aspire to. In this new book about the famed French designer, author Pierre Passebon describes Grange's "personal mark" as being "the barely noticeable 'something' in an interior that pulls it together: a 'je ne sais quoi' that betrays the skillful sleight of hand, executed with a mastery designed to mask all the serious groundwork, which should always remain invisible."

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This metallic folding screen is gorgeous and it really accentuates the height of the room.  I could definitely use something like this to hide the racks of clothing in my living and dining rooms (pre-closet renovation).

1 This metallic folding screen is gorgeous and it really accentuates the height of the room. I could definitely use something like this to hide the racks of clothing in my living and dining rooms (pre-closet renovation).

I love anything that comes in pairs - this set of black lacquered tables and matching orchids looks lovely against the warm wood-paneled walls.  They are very light and graceful in their scale.

2 I love anything that comes in pairs - this set of black lacquered tables and matching orchids looks lovely against the warm wood-paneled walls. They are very light and graceful in their scale.

Your own workspace can be created anywhere - a spare bedroom, underneath a staircase, in the kitchen.  I will most likely set up a desk in my bedroom, as I find that it is a great place to unwind and catch up on correspondence & page through my never-ending pile of magazines.  I also really love the frame of this mirror.

3 Your own workspace can be created anywhere - a spare bedroom, underneath a staircase, in the kitchen. I will most likely set up a desk in my bedroom, as I find that it is a great place to unwind and catch up on correspondence & page through my never-ending pile of magazines. I also really love the frame of this mirror.

I recently taped out a large frame above my bed, similar in scale to the one pictured here.  The width runs from the far edges of both of my nightstands (about 190

4 I recently taped out a large frame above my bed, similar in scale to the one pictured here. The width runs from the far edges of both of my nightstands (about 190" wide) and the height is about 80" tall. Since it is too large to fit in the elevator, I'm going to have artwork painted on-site -- but it won't involve snakes!

The elements of this photo are all going to find themselves in some form in my apartment.  The graphic impact of the floor - I love the gray and white combo; the mirrored doors and the glam factor; the door hinges and knobs - reminiscent of the famous French designer Rateau; and the subtle all-over pattern of the gauffraged leather wall-covering.

5 The elements of this photo are all going to find themselves in some form in my apartment. The graphic impact of the floor - I love the gray and white combo; the mirrored doors and the glam factor; the door hinges and knobs - reminiscent of the famous French designer Rateau; and the subtle all-over pattern of the gauffraged leather wall-covering.

The book includes personal testimonies from some of Grange's mentors and clients (a VIP list including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Madeleine Castaing, among others), but the real stars of the book  are the gorgeously photographed interiors. I am truly enlightened and inspired by his work and it couldn’t come at a better time, as I am still considering ways in which I can decorate my home with personality and grace.  Definitely pick up a copy to get inspired or, if you’re in the New York City area, visit his most recent project – the newly designed Mark Hotel.

Shag Rugs

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Here is the more traditional of the two shag rugs that caught my eye at Safavieh's showroom.

1 Here is the more traditional of the two shag rugs that caught my eye at Safavieh's showroom.

I think it would look very chic against my polished wood floors.

2 I think it would look very chic against my polished wood floors.

This is the more modern style of the two.  I like the multiple colors and the fact that it's a bit unusual and unique, without being too over the top.

3 This is the more modern style of the two. I like the multiple colors and the fact that it's a bit unusual and unique, without being too over the top.

The detail of their work is just incredible.  Which one do I choose?

4 The detail of their work is just incredible. Which one do I choose?

Dear readers, I need your opinion. Should I? Shouldn't I?

My apartment floor configuration is unusually large and not an exact rectangle so rugs require custom cuttings, which is difficult and expensive. I have been looking at traditional flat and wool weaves but still can't decide. Recently, while looking around Safavieh in their Manhattan showroom (the company has been importing and manufacturing fine rugs since 1914 and makes Martha's rugs), I happened upon these two shags and fell in love. One is a more traditional, neutral-colored shag, while the other is a bit more unusual and modern, using three colors combined.

I have heard that shag rugs can be a bit more challenging to clean. You have to use a wire brush and keep up with every spill. But, I have also heard that if a stain is too much to bear, you can simply cut the piece and replace it with another as there are no seams. Brilliant.

What's your vote? Should I? Shouldn't I? And if I do, which one?

My Take on Palm Springs

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I recently blogged about a wonderful book that highlights the architecture of Palm Springs. As I've said before, modern design truly sparks my imagination and inspires me to create beautiful interiors. Here is a look at some of my favorite images from the trip I took with Martha last spring. You may just end up seeing similar details in my apartment along the way...

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I have a balcony on the northwest corner of my apartment (off of my living room) with wonderful views of the Hudson River.  Though I will probably keep it clear and clean of any clutter, I wouldn't mind incorporating a small garden similar to this one.

1 I have a balcony on the northwest corner of my apartment (off of my living room) with wonderful views of the Hudson River. Though I will probably keep it clear and clean of any clutter, I wouldn't mind incorporating a small garden similar to this one.

If I do end up creating an outdoor sitting area on the balcony, I would love a chair/ottoman combination in a similarly sleek style.

2 If I do end up creating an outdoor sitting area on the balcony, I would love a chair/ottoman combination in a similarly sleek style.

This sconce has two lighting options, making it great for a reading nook.  The above light could highlight a piece of artwork while the bottom light serves as task lighting.

3 This sconce has two lighting options, making it great for a reading nook. The above light could highlight a piece of artwork while the bottom light serves as task lighting.

I got a lot of inspiration for closet organization while I was visiting homes in Palm Springs.  Clear storage drawers make it so much easier to find what you're looking for - I may just have to borrow this idea for the storage closet in my library/guest room.

4 I got a lot of inspiration for closet organization while I was visiting homes in Palm Springs. Clear storage drawers make it so much easier to find what you're looking for - I may just have to borrow this idea for the storage closet in my library/guest room.

The flooring in this closet space has a lot of character.  I also really love using mirrors in small spaces like closets - they serve a useful purpose when you're getting ready, and make the space appear larger and brighter.

5 The flooring in this closet space has a lot of character. I also really love using mirrors in small spaces like closets - they serve a useful purpose when you're getting ready, and make the space appear larger and brighter.

I'm considering a few different hardware options for the consoles in my living/dining room area - these cube-shaped door pulls would look great!

6 I'm considering a few different hardware options for the consoles in my living/dining room area - these cube-shaped door pulls would look great!

I also like the simplicity of these flat, rectangular pulls, especially chic when they're installed side-by-side like this.

7 I also like the simplicity of these flat, rectangular pulls, especially chic when they're installed side-by-side like this.

I love all things faux-bois, and this plywood wall is no exception.

8 I love all things faux-bois, and this plywood wall is no exception.

The fact that this beautiful and elegant paneling was achieved by simply staining plywood gray inspires me to continue to look for simple solutions, as they are always the best.

9 The fact that this beautiful and elegant paneling was achieved by simply staining plywood gray inspires me to continue to look for simple solutions, as they are always the best.

There are so many reasons why I covet this space: the over-sized couch with elongated sides, the graphic carpet, the walls of glass, and that view overlooking the entire valley is just stunning.

10 There are so many reasons why I covet this space: the over-sized couch with elongated sides, the graphic carpet, the walls of glass, and that view overlooking the entire valley is just stunning.

Living in a space with a lot of glass windows/walls can be both a blessing and a curse - while I love the heaps of natural light, it can feel a bit overwhelming sometimes.  I love the idea of installing frosted glass panels on the bottom two-thirds of the walls, as seen in this office.  It makes the sunlight a lot more bearable, especially in Palm Springs where it is sunny 365 days a year!

11 Living in a space with a lot of glass windows/walls can be both a blessing and a curse - while I love the heaps of natural light, it can feel a bit overwhelming sometimes. I love the idea of installing frosted glass panels on the bottom two-thirds of the walls, as seen in this office. It makes the sunlight a lot more bearable, especially in Palm Springs where it is sunny 365 days a year!

I am so in love with this rug that I'm speechless.

12 I am so in love with this rug that I'm speechless.

This clock is so modern.  I'm looking for a similar design for somewhere in my apartment, I just can't decide where!

13 This clock is so modern. I'm looking for a similar design for somewhere in my apartment, I just can't decide where!

The head-to-toe marble and the lounge area next to the sunken bathtub are both so beautifully executed, it inspires me to make my master bathroom into a place of comfort and ease.

14 The head-to-toe marble and the lounge area next to the sunken bathtub are both so beautifully executed, it inspires me to make my master bathroom into a place of comfort and ease.

Martha took this picture of me in the late actor William Holden's bath tub.

15 Martha took this picture of me in the late actor William Holden's bath tub.

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