Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What Would Lou Lou Do? Part 2

As much as Lou Lou de la Falaise inspired people with her irreverent and whimsical style of dressing, her home was equally inventive. There are rich people who hire famous decorators to design their houses and apartments, but Lou Lou, daughter of a French aristocrat and an Anglo-Irish fashion model, was more personal and bohemian in the way that she laid out her home. She filled it with colorful textiles from all over the globe (suzanis, Moroccan fabrics and rugs, and traditional French fabrics) and placed them artfully in her high-ceilinged Paris apartment. ┬áLou Lou’s immensely appealing habit of ┬ácasting antique chairs casually around the room alongside wild ethnic prints is perfectly haute bohemienne. In a breezy, worldly way, it is very rebellious. There is nothing self-conscious or stuffy about these rooms despite their grand proportions. If anything, these rooms have the rare quality of reflecting their owner’s life, not about adhering to any strict stylistic sensibility. I love houses like this. Lou Lou inspires me to take my house’s interiors to the next level in terms of color and mismatched, magpie layers of visual interest and storytelling. Dear Lou Lou, could you be any more brilliant? Bravo!

Suzani bed with layers of florals, tartar pillows -- it might make some people cringe with it's busy-ness but I adore it.

Suzani bed with layers of florals, tartar pillows — it might make some people cringe with it’s busy-ness but I adore it.

wonderful red walls and a North African seating area: so warm and casual but refined.

Wonderful red walls and a North African seating area: so warm and casual but refined.

Lou Lou's library; don't you adore the casually draped fabric?

Lou Lou’s library and dining rom; I adore the theatrically draped fabric to separate the rooms.

I suppose even Ikea furniture would look marvelous in this window. But it's spare and I appreciate her asymmetrical tableau of plants.

I suppose even some broken Ikea furniture would look marvelous in this window. But it’s the perfect balance of spare and warm. I appreciate Lou Lou’s asymmetrical tableau of plants.

Another angle of the seating area with bold pops of red.

The seating area with bold pops of red.

Casually grand seating area.

Another shoot of the same seating area: casually grand and colorful.

A neutral room with a glorious red carpet is certainly an idea to take away.

A fairly neutral white room with a glorious red carpet is certainly an idea to take away.

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