Marie Antoinette: My MoodBoard

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At the request of a few kind souls, I wanted to share the inspiration behind the Marie Antoinette editorial I designed at the Ritz. The idea was to tell the story of Marie through a modern lens, watching her as she prepared for a normal day in her suite at the Ritz in Paris.  As you can see, we switched gears a bit and changed colors to more vibrant hues of lavender and yellow, which highlighted Spring in a more modern, whimsical way.

Marie Antoinette: Video

Zen Filmworks

It was an honor to tell this story of Marie Antoinette, perhaps the most infamous herald of fashion in French history. As a designer, the opportunity to work at the historic and unparalleled Ritz alongside an incredible team of talent was humbling. Thank you to Chris of Zen Filmworks for capturing the magic on film and allowing me to step into the studio to bring voice to one of my historic icons. 

Provence Tour: 2018

 Welcome Dinner at Clos Saint Esteve

Welcome Dinner at Clos Saint Esteve

 Our group at the Museum of Aromas 

Our group at the Museum of Aromas 

 Museum of Aromas

Museum of Aromas

 Susan Silverburgs famous tomato tart

Susan Silverburgs famous tomato tart

 Provencal Towns

Provencal Towns

 Dinner at Bastide de Gourdes

Dinner at Bastide de Gourdes

 Kimberly Sisti perfecting the flowers

Kimberly Sisti perfecting the flowers

 Custom Tour Books

Custom Tour Books

 Exterior of Close Saint Esteve

Exterior of Close Saint Esteve

 Walking to the Bastide de Gourdes

Walking to the Bastide de Gourdes

 Picnicing in the Luberon

Picnicing in the Luberon

 Provencal Dining

Provencal Dining

 Final Dinner Flower Cake

Final Dinner Flower Cake

 Provencal Burger Bus for Welcome

Provencal Burger Bus for Welcome

 Bastide de Gourdes placesetting

Bastide de Gourdes placesetting

 Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

 Interior furnishings

Interior furnishings

 Picturesque Gourdes

Picturesque Gourdes

 Clos Saint Esteve

Clos Saint Esteve

 Cooking Class

Cooking Class

 Alice Ahns market finds

Alice Ahns market finds

 Provencal vibes

Provencal vibes

 Our farewell dinner

Our farewell dinner

 Gastronomic experiences

Gastronomic experiences

Our Hearts aFlutter "La Vie En Rose Tour" 2018 brought the best weather, and created lifelong friendships. What incredible memories made in Provence! A huge thank you to Stephanie at WEP Provence for her incredible logistical help and to Flower by Celine for the gorgeous arrangements!

Photography: Taylor & Porter | Linen: La Tavola Linen | Seed Packets & Books: The Idea Emporium | Candles: Creative Candles 

Ode to the Ritz

A faint whisper of powder comes across your nose. It’s notes are distinguished, mature and opulent. Light billows through oversized windows gilded in gold hardware, dancing as if it were flirting with the smoke of a candle.  The sound of Ella Fitzgerald plays as you become lost in a dream. This is the Ritz. 

 
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As co-host of the Hearts aFlutter Tour, I spend a month each year in France. This year I had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Ritz and the experience changed my life.  My vow is to live "La Vie En Rose" all my days and bring the elegance, sophistication and comfort of the Ritz home with me.  For those of you longing to bring the magic of Paris into your home, here are a few suggestions, along with a few watercolors I painted in homage to the iconic hotel.

 
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1.  Wall paneling on all walls & creme colored paints.

2. Elegant window treatments with tassels.

3. Bed canopies and crown moulding throughout.

 
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5. Gold hardware & fixtures 

6.  A distinct scent, specifically the Ritz Amber scent.

7. Elegant Lighting, and when in doubt, a chandelier.

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8. Vintage prints, portraits and pressed flowers on the walls.

9. Monogrammed pillows for your guests.

10. Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday always.

 
 

 

11. Have a chilled rose on hand at all times for guests.

12. Choose quality over quantity.

13. Open the windows and plant a garden, even if its just a flower box in your window.

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