Baccarat Hotel, New York

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Hands down, hotel design is exponentially more creative than residential design. With laser-like focus, sensory details are designed to seduce guests into the vortex of the experience being offered, satisfy imaginations, and whet appetites for a return visit or recommendation. Hospitality design pushes the usual boundaries of design in ways that can make the strange seem familiar, and the familiar seem strange.

The 1st and only Baccarat Hotel, in Midtown New York, reimagines the elegance and perfection of the legendary French crystal maker into a luxury hospitality brand.  The beauty is in the details of shimmery neutrals accented by the rich baccarat red. [Read more…]

London Calling…

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I’m on my way to London for design immersion. I will be there during the week of The London Design Festival, which takes place 17-25 September to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. Events that I plan to attend cover the range of classic to contemporary: [Read more…]

Shop Provence with Me

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Today I have a nice surprise for you readers- a guest who will visually transport us to her small medieval village near the Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine. She could be the most exciting French interior design resource you have come across in a while. Susannah Cameron is a devoted Francophile with a successful career in architecture and construction. Based in Provence she and her husband Hugh are uniquely positioned to offer exquisite French décor to the world with their online boutique Chez Pluie. She provides the decorative arts history to position her beautiful inventory into the rich context from which it comes. The back story makes all the difference, and can we ever learn enough? (<–The answer to that would be the one exception to the never say never quote.)  Please welcome Susannah- today she will school us on armoires, french glass bottles, wine, wine tables, and the love of all things Louis. So pour yourself a great glass of wine and enjoy Susannah’s decorative arts lesson: [Read more…]

A Day at Chateau de Fontainebleau

A Day at Chateau de Fontainebleau offers a rare view into areas of the château that guests could not personally access. Review on www.CourtneyPrice.com http://wp.me/p2e5e8-4Ya

The Pond Pavillion, built by Louis XIV and restored by Napoleon Bonaparte.

A DAY AT CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU
By Guillaume Picon Photography by Eric Sander

Whether you have visited Chateau de Fontainebleau or not, Flammarion’s book A Day at Chateau de Fontainebleau is a feast for the eyes and a worthwhile adventure, offering a rare view into areas of the château that guests could not personally access.

Nearly a thousand years have shaped this residence of French kings and emperors of every dynasty- Capetian, Valois, Bourbon, Bonaparte, and Orleans. Down the centuries, every passing era has left its mark on the details of this remarkable palace. [Read more…]

A Day at Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

The courtyard façade of the château seen from beyond the entrance gate. ©Bruno Ehrs

The courtyard façade of the château seen from beyond the entrance gate. ©Bruno Ehrs

A Day at Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

Vaux-le-Vicomte is the château that cautions us to beware of upstaging the boss. The unique elements of this spectacular 17th century castle, built by Louis XIV’s infamous finance minister Nicolas Fouquet, set a precedent that would inspire the design of Versailles and be emulated across much of Europe. It was designed and crafted by a dream-team of the finest artisans of the day including Louis le Vau, Charles le Brun and Andre le Notre. Lucky for us, the brothers who manage the estate today have assembled a stunning compilation of archival documents, photography, and history to guide us through a comprehensive tour of Vaux-le-Vicomte. [Read more…]