Doors of Paris

Doors of Paris, as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Every doorway, every intersection has a story. -Katherine Dunn

The streets of Paris are lined with extravagant doors and carriage gates, each with a unique style and personality. Beauty is everywhere you look in Paris, and the doors alone set our imaginations into overdrive as to the opulence that lies within. Their stylistic differences make me want to revisit French decorative arts studies in greater depth. Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Gothic, Haussmann, and Renaissance styles can be found in all arrondissements, with endless variations in hardware, garniture, paint color. Inspiration is everywhere. If you love the doors of Paris as much as I do, this post is for you: [Read more…]

Blakes Hotel, London

The Cardinal Suite at Blakes Hotel in London, as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Blakes, which just celebrated a 40-year milestone, is well known for opulent interiors and famous guests.

Former Bond girl Anouska Hempel converted a set of South Kensington Victorian townhouses into Blakes Hotel in 1978.  Everything about this five-star London boutique destination is exotic and luxurious.  The rooms are each unique in theme. They are furnished with fine antiques, thoughtfully curated by Hempel (Lady Weinberg) over the course of eight years. Private spaces and courtyards invite you to cocoon in style.

Throughout the hotel, modern conveniences artfully juxtapose fine Biedermeier antiques and art. Sensual colors meet opulent textures and architectural details. There is a signature scent throughout. The room keys are antique keys. Service is unbelievable. The feel is old world yet very now. I have always wanted to experience this place and I am thrilled that I did.

45 individually designed rooms include 5 signature suites, 5 luxury suites, 14 Directors Doubles, 14 Luxury Doubles, and 7 Parisian Rooms. Let’s take a look at the details of some of these rooms and you will quickly see why Anouska Hempel is my design hero.

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Gifts for the Gadget Lover

Gadget gifts and giveaways on www.CourtneyPrice.com

The holidays are coming, and we are already in the spirit, are you? Let’s take a look at a few creative gift ideas that are sure to make you a holiday hero. If you like what you see, there is a good chance that you can win the item, because thanks to some wonderful sponsors, I will be doing giveaways on my instagram and facebook accounts this week! Keep reading for details… [Read more…]

Holiday Book Recommendations

Style your coffee table in a way to show care for yourself and care for others before your company arrives this holiday season. That way, if your annoying Uncle Freddy drones on about politics or religion, you can grab one of these books to virtually transport yourself to a beautiful peaceful place elsewhere. Suggestions and links on the blog: www.CourtneyPrice.com

Forget about what is on your holiday menu or what you are going to wear. What’s on your holiday reading list?  As you get your interiors together before the holiday season kicks off, keep in mind that beautiful books multi-task as inspiration AND decor. Besides, it is always good to have a virtual escape within reach in case your opinionated Uncle Freddy starts up on religion or politics. Today I am previewing some of my favorite new releases that will make it easy to maintain your holiday merry- and bonus, they also make great gifts… [Read more…]

Almond Cookies

Almond cookies, recipe on www.CourtneyPrice.com

AT A GLANCE

Prep: 15 Minutes

Bake: 20-25 Minutes

Total: 35 Minutes

Yield: 21 cookies, depending on how big you make them

The picture says it all: these cookies have a thin, shell-like surface that reveals a moist and light almond-flavored enter.  I discovered this recipe years ago on the King Arthur Flour website, and these gluten-free cookies are super easy and delicious. I am a big believer in stocking the pantry with the best quality ingredients  you can find- like from King Arthur Flour- the difference is noticeable and worth the advance planning.

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