the whole world, or at the least the world we all live in, is buzzing about marie anne oudejans jaipur apartment in the new ad. I blogged about it this week/ read here. marie-anne has designed some other amazing places. one being the bar palladio at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel. now it’s unlikely that i’ll ever get to visit marie-anne’s apartment, but we all can visit the bar palladio.

the bar palladio is owned by barbara miolini, a swiss-italian ex-pat who wanted to introduce an italian-style lounge in her adopted home. barbara asked marie- anne to create the magic that makes this place so wonderful. 

there are s0me formulas that resonate between anne-maries apartment and the bar- stripes, tented ceilings, hand painted chinoiserie, treillage, and batiks. the biggest difference is the color palette. the apartment in bold blue and red, the bar is a bit softer with pretty pastels. 

there are some similarities and a few differences, but one thing for sure is they are both beautiful!

photographs from pinterest. 


i started the week talking about the upcoming spring season and gardens. i know everyone is ready for spring, so let’s go back to the topic of gardens. let’s visit hubert de givenchy’s gardens at le jonchet, his countryside home a few hours outside of paris , and there’s no better person to give us a tour than my friend john yunis. 

i’ve introduced all of you to john and his instagram a few times. if you do not follow him you should. he takes us on tours daily of the most magnificent homes throughout the world. 

so here we are in the gardens of le jonchet. first we get to see the potager which was modeled after mount vernon. i sure would love to have a cutting garden, a vegetable garden, and a potting shed that looked like this (you know givenchy and bunny mellon were best friends, can’t you see the similarities in their potting sheds?)….

….then we head back near the house and see the parterres, the formal gardens, probably the most noticeable part of givenchy’s gardens.  they have been photographed a lot and are all over pinterest, 

it really doesn’t get any better than this. like all of you i’m longing for spring and hoping someday to have garden’s like givenchy’s.

thanks again john- love your tours and your instagram!




i received the new architectural digest the other day (the new AD logo is great). i was absolutely smitten with the home of marie anne oudejans in india/ take a tour here. i have looked at it over and over more than i can admit. bravo to AD for giving all of us something so beautiful and so inspiring. 

marie, a former fashion designer (she designed the line tocca), moved to india 6 years ago on a strangers suggestion and took up residence in a one bedroom ground floor apartment at the hotel narain niwas palace in jaipur. she somehow stumbled into interior design, and thank goodness she did. she has designed the bar palladio jaipur and iconic mumbai outpost of the gem palace. both sensational and inspiring spaces. 

her apartment is so grand and glamorous, but in may ways very simple- it’s all about red and blue, lots of stripes, hand painted trims and details, gilt mirrors, white lacquered consoles, bell jar lanterns and daybeds galore.

it might be simple, but it’s not easy creating something this beautiful, you have to have a lot of style! 

thanks again AD, this is the most inspiring interior i’ve seen in a very long time. 

photographs by francois halard