Thursday, May 12, 2016

Home Couture + Haute Fabulous!

lirtatious interiors with an eclectic euro vibe create the home couture collection. perfect for the urban dweller who believes chicness + fashion shouldn't stop at the closet door.
For the big city girl who lives for fashion, The Home Couture Collection: Black & White Edition, offers an eclectic mix of avant-garde interiors for the fashionably obsessed. Perfect for the city dweller with an eye for fashion who believes nothing's off limits when it comes to home decor. Whether she dwells in Paris, Milan or New York, her flirtatious interiors reflect an eye for fashion mixed with the sensibility of chic classic lines. { home couture girl photo above: sasha pivovarova by greg kadel }

Minimal beauty with a few edited glam accessories turns any downtown loft into a showplace for fashion. Mixing ultra modern pieces with euro glam vintage creates an eclectic wardrobe of fresh + flirty interiors. { photo above by james merrell }.

For the urban girl who lives on the edge ~ nothing beats a touch of cowboy couture. With sexy solid cast bronze legs, this console exhibits a bit of eccentric bohemian. Designed by Rob Zinn from one of my favorite [ design + build ] companies on the planet ~ blankblank.

a little black dress of a chair

the most fashionable chair in the room 

The Home Couture Accessory Collection ~ fabulous avant-garde chairs. Choose petite frames and change your fabrics with each season. For the urban girl who needs a few touches of whimsy, choose painted fabrics or faux-zebra prints. Rule: Go crazy and don't be afraid to make a fashion faux pas. { top stiletto chair by jimmy martin: bottom chair by oly studio}.

No matter how over the top, add a fabulous glam chandelier ~ the perfect accessory to a fashionable lifestyle. Hey, trendsetting has its price. Designed by Barlas Baylar Hudson Furniture Inc.

paris chic.

Sometimes ~ more is the new less. Nothing says home fashion like jewelry tassel hardware. From the hercule collection by the uber fashionable ~ Love Anna James. Love her!

 the walls have it. 

Express the true fashionista inside of you. Fashion is all about risk, so take a chance with graffiti walls for the home couture girl who's not afraid of a little gothic grunge. { black imperfection wallpaper by Jimmie Martin }.

Check out the most fabulous black apartment bachelorette pad ~ ever!

Don't let the screen grab scare you. This is the most fabulous apartment on the planet! Can you say "Gucci Chainsaw." Featuring the unforgettable Cindy Gallop in her famous BLACK APARTMENT in Chelsea. Make sure to check out the entire "Bold Color, Small Space" series for Episode above produced, directed and edited by my good friend Gary Nadeau. ~ Enjoy

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Monday, November 3, 2014

The { Home Couture Collection } with European Eclectic + Pure Vintage

{lifestyle photo: tim walker photography}

European Eclectic with a touch of Pure Vintage: the beauty of pure white with a soft touch of modern. There's something magical + dreamy about white European Vintage pieces mixed with modern upholstery and avant-garde design. For this issue of "Home Couture," expect whimsy and flirtatious interiors mixed with a soft side of bohemian white and accessorized with azure blue.

Whimsical ~ chairs that flirt with your guests. *peacock blue: by fabulous jimmie martin. *snow white: by crazy cool design house josh & louis.

European Eclectic is an attitude ~ not a location. It's a true passion for Home Couture and fabulous interiors with a gift of mix-n-match. For the true-blooded urban dweller, choose modern-tufting in white leather with touches of polished nickel and add avant-garde handcrafted twig furniture in pure white for the perfect Modern-Vintage Lifestyle.

{the white goods: *1. sofa: designed by the fabulous jonathan Adler. *2. racine console: handmade in france by thomas boog ~ both available at}.

{white baroque carved bed in distressed white by jimmie martin}

The Beauty of Baroque: nothing says Home Couture like a dreamy carved, showcase of a bed. Add touches of urban glam with 18th century French Rococo carved mirrors and azure blue + pure white chandeliers. {the goods: *1. mirror from oly; *2./.3 chandeliers: both from jayson home & garden}.
(org. post by Susan Rapp Apr 29, 2009)

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Organic Couture ~ when Urban Organic goes Glam!

{organic couture lifestyle photo: log bench by chista ~ Vogue Italia September, 08}
Organic Glam: the beauty and dichotomy of Haute Nature + Organic Couture. And yes, free-form slabs of unfinished wood is ~ sexy. This nature inspired Urban Lifestyle of Modern Decor offers the ultimate in Eco-Luxury by combining the strength of rustic design with the beauty of feminine form. Deep earthy tones and heavy scale are balanced beautifully with metallic legs + plexi-glass bases. Everyone needs to covet at least one showpiece of Organic Art: a perfect addition to any urban dweller, or art lover's ~ open space.

CHISTA ~ knows Urban Organic Glam. Founded in 1990, this design company "explores the roots of primitivism" and creates some of the most impressive primitive-modern forms on the planet. {the goods: *1. Meteor Coffee Table at 55" wide demands attention and is sculptured by nature in pure Teak Root, also available in glam bronze or glam aluminum. *2. "Suar" Free-Form Dining Table}.

To find more beauty in organic art, visit "The Forms" at

The sexy side of organic comes with metallic legs + glossy finishes. The Cast Slab Dining Table from blankblank exemplifies the Organic Couture Lifestyle. Designed by Rob Zinn, the solid cast bronze legs, combined with a salvaged wood slab top, offers a fabulous balance of Eco-Luxury. What makes it green? "The wood is selected from sources of diseased or storm-felled trees and the fabrication is closely overseen to capture a unique spirit in each piece which comes Signed and dated." Make sure to visit this design + build company: they have one of the most eclectic product assortments on the market.

One of the leaders in the Urban Organic Lifestyle is Hudson Furniture Inc. Designed by Barlas Baylar, this collection of live edge case goods + glam lighting is the perfect accessory for the Organic Couture Lifestyle. {the organic goods above: new glam: Squares Base Dining Table with Claro Walnut top and glam bronze square base}.

Want to make a Glam-Grand statement ~ look at the Acacia Table with a Solid Acacia Slab Top + a Super-Glam Polished I-Base by Hudson Furniture.

"Sexy Plexy" with a Solid Walnut Top by Hudson.

Of course, as you may already know, I must include: "My favorite Organic Glam Dining Table ~ ever." ~ The Knight Base Table with handmade cast bronze base and claro walnut top by Hudson. Want more fabulous Urban Organic + Urban Glam finds, check out the "Urban Organic Lifestyle."
(Org. posted by Susan Rapp June 2, 2009 at

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Bohemian Chic + The Vanity Fair Vintage LifeStyle

Mystery + Beauty surround the Bohemian Chic Lifestyle. Don't be afraid to express your soft romantic side and create beauty in home decor. Whether it be a city loft by the river or a downtown brownstone, we all need a little { pretty } in our hectic urban lives. So, if you love culture + fashion + design, come embrace a little bit of the sweet "Vanity Fair Vintage" lifestyle.

Lounge Elegantly. The Glamour of a vintage settee or boudoir lounge is a must have for the Vanity Fair Lifestyle. Choose muted hues & graceful curves to express the softer side of bohemian life. Like this Spencer Chaise from Jayson Home & Garden upholstered in creme linen and burlap with a dusty light burnt oak finish.

A little Bohemian: A little Green.

"Little Uma" {picture directly above} is a carved french 19th century Rococo-style settee with it's original turquoise patina. What makes her special and why I love the design house of Chair Couture, is their philosophy & passion to recycle French antiques and reupholster in bold modern or vintage flavored fabrics. What you get is a fabulous reinterpretation of bohemian whimsy + high fashion urban glam.

For the love of vanity fair ~ comes Marianne. This fabulous French country bed, Circa 1930, comes with it's original gray-green patina + upholstered in one-of-a-kind "dandelion field" fabric.

About Margaret:
The fabulous designer behind Chair Couture, "Margaret Elman indulges in the ultimate recycling program by finding one-of-a-kind French and Italian antique chairs and beds, then reupholstering them in eye-popping prints." {the goods: *top picture ~chip: carved French settee, circa 1920 with original gilt patina + covered in a bold, stripe velvet by Designer's Guild through Osborne & Little}. All images courtesy of Chair Couture.

Be Eclectic with fresh + flirty chairs. From French inspired petite frames or feminine cowhide chic, grab those unique finds from your local boutique retailer and bring it back home. {left chair: from jayson home & garden}.

Accent bohemian style with rustic antlers + vintage lighting ~ Nothing's off limits. The Vanity of Case: mix it up with antique chests or reproductions and don't be afraid of a little glamour with chrome or metallic finishes. The Whitman Chest of Drawers, perfect for the bohemian traveler, comes with steel drawer front panels and urban cool leather pulls {the accent goods: all above from my favorite boutique retailer in Chicago ~ Jayson Home & Garden}.

The Bohemian Chic lifestyle: a life of { beauty + culture } never comes easy.
For the more laid back vintage girl with an edge who likes large scale basic, check out the styling of this urban cool, over-sized, custom upholstery line from the UK

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Monday, October 20, 2014

the pure modern lifestyle

"Douglas House" by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

The Pure Modern Lifestyle begins with the long drive home and ends with the serenity of a hillside oasis. Open space + pure white define the laid-back lifestyle of "Less is the New More." There is something to be said for the absence of rich color or bold prints and in today's overly connected Blackberry world, who isn't on the search for the simple pure beauty of ~ white. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a few moments of pure bliss + pure modern home interiors.

The Darker Side of Pure...
Pure modern functionality from Erba Italia offers simple forms to compliment any open space or modern dwelling. One of the modern masters, Giovanni Erba, who has been on the cutting edge of modern design in Italy since 1954, makes it hard not to envy the pure lifestyle. The Pure Vanity Collection is available in numerous configurations and my choice of covers ~ pure white leather. For more modern wares, check out

[carbon chair by design house ~ m o o o i]

The lighter side of pure...
There's something about pure white goods ~ case goods. Whether it be white lacquer or a soft matte finish, be eclectic and intersperse white wares with other shades of dark to create beautiful contrast and dichotomy to any modern pad. [lifestyle photo above: a pure vintage-modern foyer to die for via one of my favorite design blogs on the planet: coco + kelly]

[fabulous kate blee pure white wall installation].

[ultra pure ~ "human design" chair by varier furniture ].

[alba sideboard by pinch design, "draws its inspiration from mid-century relief plasterwork to create a sculptural, calm and intriguing piece."

Shown above, the Wave Sideboard by Pinch Design, is crafted in an innovation wave pattern and comes with fabulous stainless steel legs. This collaborative team of husband and wife, Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon, bring a unique perspective and crisp, clean designs to the world of modern + urban decor.
For more pure modern and urban cool wares, you need to pay Pinch a visit at

Original Post by Susan Rapp on April 10, 2009 at Urban Lifestyle Decor.

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