Fresh, natural, and beautifully simple: These are just a few ways to describe Kelly Duvall’s holiday home decorating style. We recently joined her for a tour of her Los Gatos, California home, which is lovingly decorated in crisp white, red, and green colors that complement her collection of cottage chic furnishings. When Kelly welcomed us into her home, her longtime love of decorating was immediately evident. Asked what she enjoys most about making her home beautiful, she said that she loves to take a space and change the way it makes people feel about being in it. “To create a […]
By belle|2015-05-11T23:38:22+00:00May 2nd, 2015|
Cottage style furnishings create an enchanted and cheerful ambiance and are easy to work with. Begin with comfortable, casual pieces, especially those that take their inspiration from the garden, furniture painted with bird and tree motifs, or shabby chic “chippy” style furnishings. Cottage style allows you to mix new and old items, ornate and simple ones, and rare and inexpensive pieces, all pulled together to create a cozy place to relax, dream and live the life you love.
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Pottery, plants, and architectural accents are just some of the decorative touches you can use to create a beautiful interior that […]
By belle|2015-02-09T00:44:16+00:00February 9th, 2015|
French café style, refreshed: It’s cozy, romantic, light, and casual, evoking the feeling of a quaint Parisian café. Whether your goal is to create an indoor French style bistro, bring the freshness of the countryside indoors, or add a whimsical touch of rustic appeal, French café style furnishings accent your home perfectly.
While tête-à-tête is often the rule, a rustic French café setting can incorporate style elements that welcome children and guests. Interesting seating arrangements encourage lively discussion over drinks and sumptuous delicacies.
The use of folding chairs, particularly outdoors, allows you to customize the look and accommodate as many – or as few […]
By belle|2014-10-22T21:19:24+00:00October 22nd, 2014|
Add a dash of color and flair to your dining room with a whimsical painted sideboard or buffet. Sideboards and buffets are made to store dishware, linens, silverware and other dining essentials. Not so long ago, everyone seemed to have the same wood stained sideboard or buffet, perhaps around the time that everyone had the same Black Ford Model T. But today’s sensibilities long for color and differentiation. We want to express ourselves in a variety of ways, and that includes choosing furniture that is a reflection of our unique preferences.
Belle Escape is all about living life in color and […]
By belle|2014-10-12T23:26:39+00:00September 29th, 2014|
French upholstered arm chairs have been “en vogue” since the time of Louis XV. Prior to that time, arm chairs were primarily made from wood and designed with erect backs. But the Renaissance period redefined all art forms, including furniture design, leading to more comfortable lounge chairs with cushioned seats, semi-reclining backs and swooping arms. Plus, arm chairs became true works of art with intricate carvings and emblems, cabriole legs and stylish fabrics. Suddenly, every parlor from Paris to St. Petersburg was filled with artistic arm chairs where friends would converse in comfort.
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French arm chairs have […]
By belle|2014-10-06T07:48:30+00:00August 13th, 2014|
French armoires can fill a space like no other piece of furniture. Imposing, regal and stylish, Armoires are quintessential statements pieces that come in many shapes, sizes and colors. These days, armoires are used in every room in the home for a multitude of purposes.
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Traditionally, armoires were used to hang or store clothing because European homes of days gone by did not have those functional areas we call “closets”. While spacious closets are the norm today, armoires continue to delight lovers of French style who want to add a bit of old world romanticism to their bedroom.
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By belle|2014-10-07T21:24:19+00:00July 26th, 2014|
Earthy chic natural furniture can bring the relaxing feeling of nature into your home with furnishings made from natural woods, fibers and elements. Many of these Earthy Chic pieces are made from reclaimed wood and metals and sustainable woods. Weathered tables, wrought iron chandeliers, wicker accent pieces and natural beaded chandeliers will bring a calming effect into your home sanctuary.
Natural reclaimed wood tables with rattan chairs and plenty of plants can create the look and feel of nature in your home. Add some wicker baskets and stone decor for a truly earthy chic feel.
You don’t have to live in a […]
By belle|2014-12-23T22:55:35+00:00July 15th, 2014|
I love the way fashion intersects with home furnishing trends, with designers taking cues from the runway to create incredible coastal cottage blue home interiors. Earlier this year, the runways in New York and Paris featured exhilarating hues of blue that are now found on chairs, chests and sofas across the globe. According to Color Solutions International, the color trends this year “take you on an adventure” and the vibrant blue tones reflect “visions of the ocean’s ambiance.” So if you’re feeling compelled to bring the colors of the sea into your home’s interior, you are right on trend!
The naturally vibrant colors of the […]
By belle|2014-10-03T10:31:32+00:00July 7th, 2014|
Add artistic flair to your decor with a lamp that is a work of art! Artistic lamps are not only functional, but also accentuate your decor and bring a touch of whimsy into a room.
These coastal lamps add a pop of color to make a coastal cottage feel more vibrant.
These richly stained lamps add a rustic feel to any room – and the nature scenes painted on the shades add to the charm.
To add a masculine touch to a room, these industrial chic lamps with wrought iron bases are the perfect choice.
These aged and distressed shabby chic style lamps can make […]
By belle|2014-10-14T05:02:49+00:00July 7th, 2014|
French tufted furnishings have seen a resurgence in design lately. Widely found on an array of pieces such as headboards, ottomans, dining chairs and sofas, these furnishings have left the vintage look behind and stepped into the modern world of design.
Tufted chairs seem to invite you to sit, relax and enjoy the feel of the fabric: often found in velvet, silk or natural linen.
A tufted bench at the foot of the bed is a luxury for those who have the space to do it. Not only is it stylish and elegant, it provides functionality as well with a place to sit […]