Thursday, 25 June 2009

It's all in the details

I've said it before and I'll said it again, we wanted the apartment to feel like a home not just a room, and we try to pay attention to detail. Perhaps there are certain details that even our guests don't see? How about this one...

These are our lovely velvet curtains. Eagle-eyed guests may have seen that there are marks on them. Well, these marks are gold paint, and in fact the curtains are a one-off design, screen printed by the very lovely designer Anne Gelbard. Anne is mostly known for her work with designers like Christian Lacroix, John Galliano and Givenchy as she has a patented process for embossing fabric with metallic paints (I wrote an in-depth article about her here a while ago with loads of lovely photos of her workshop). She is also behind our epic, lush wallpaper (that I still love).

Anyway, back to the curtains: so they have lines on them. So what? Well, the full splendour can only can be seen... at night. When the sun goes down and you close the curtains, another golden sun comes up. This one:

OK, it's not a great photo, but you get the idea. At night, in the cosy setting of the apartment you have the gold of the wallpaper, the gold of the curtains, the softness of the sofa and above all the calm of the cobbled courtyard.

I like the idea of a little detail like this, a sweet surprise just before a good night's sleep!

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