Showing posts with label SE Asia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SE Asia. Show all posts

Friday, May 27, 2011

Tropical Indonesian Glamour


So if I was to plan my dream getaway for the long holiday weekend - I would surely be headed here: the private island resort of Pulau Joyo.  True luxury! The company owns a few other islands nearby and we had the chance to stay at a smaller and less fancy version last year with a bunch friends - it was a weekend I will never forget! So of course when they opened this gorgeous new resort, it was instantly on my Dream Getaway list! I love the eclectic, beachy, and tropical approach to glamour. The so-called driftwood palaces, are constructed with mostly local materials and interiors are so chic but not overdone - so Ralph Lauren to me! What do you guys think . . . worth a visit to S.E. Asia?

 








{All images courtesy of Pulau Joyo}

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

xo Allison

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Buddha Everywhere! (Even in decor!)

After spending last week traveling through Thailand I am a bit Buddha crazy! As the country is 95% buddhist, there are beautiful sculptures, amulets, paintings, and drawings representing Buddha just about everywhere. One of the most lovely things about the religion is how colorful, energetic, and decorative their devotion is! With so many unique and creative pieces I had to share a few favorites I saw in Thailand and also some sculptures beautifully featured in interiors . . . 
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Worshipers apply gold leaf to the buddha as an offering. Applying the gold to the head brings intelligence, to the chest to bring a caring heart, to the face to bring beauty, and to the hand the bring the ability to help others and do good.


In our apartment, an antiqued terra cotta Buddha, I am not Buddhist but love his serene expression nonetheless! 

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- Buddha

Hope you are having a happy Wednesday! 


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jim Thompson's Thai Silk & Mystery

While in Bangkok we were able to visit the beautiful home of Jim Thompson. The American born businessman, merchant, one-time spy, antiques collector, gardener, and designer was born in 1906 and worked as an architect in New York before heading to South East Asia during WWII. His fascination with Thai silk brought the material to the forefront of fashion and interior design in the 1950s and 1960s and his legacy continues with the lovely fabrics and furniture at Jim Thompson showrooms all over the country. 


He is credited with reviving the vibrant jewel toned colors so associated with Thai silk today and was an advocate for cottage industry as a way to help local communities thrive. His disappearance while on a walk in the Malaysian jungle in 1967 only adds to the mystique and drama of his amazing life! 



Thompson designed his home by combining six traditional teak Thai style houses into one complex and added elegant touches like Italian marble floors and Belgian crystal chandeliers - the fusion is so beautiful and I just loved the tropical breeziness and old world elegance his interiors captured! 






The gardens, also designed by Thompson were so lush and lovely! 

Thompson at work with local craftsmen {via}



Three fabrics from the modern Jim Thompson line - such rich color and pattern! From top: Eclipse silk-cotton blend; Solar silk-linen blend; and Crystalline silk fabric.

A Michel Smith living room featuring deep sofas in berry colored Jim Thompson silk {via Elle Decor} The slight sheen of the silk adds just enough glamour to the informal space.

Designer Miles Redd chose a vibrant aqua Jim Thompson silk for the curtains - I adore the combination of vibrancy and tradition here! {via Elle Decor}

Jim Thompson at home {via}


xo Allison


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bali Chic . . . Part Trois

Ok, I promise this will be the last of the Bali posts (at least for a while!). Here is a collection of images and pieces which I particularly loved and thought embodied the ultimate Bali Chic



A scene in Bali from the film Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts . . . I could not resist! A great example of the traditional fabrics and offerings. The photo is by Francois Duhamel via Elle Decor.
A woven rattan outdoor lantern, these were all over in varying sizes, it reminds me of a fisherman's basket. The villas, hotels, and restaurants in Bali do a beautiful job with soft outdoor lighting! 
                      

 
A teak root sculpture, Canton whitewashed bookcase, and Hullet solid wood side table - all by Lio Collection, a few of my favorites! 



 The whitewashed interior of Cafe Bali in Seminyak - not only was the food wonderful here but I loved the white, breezy decor with colonial and antique touches. A lovely combination of East and West {photos via Haute Habits}


Nusa Dua batik fabric in shell and gold. Traditional batiks are generally more brightly colored but they are also making some more modern versions like this one. It would be stunning pillows and reminded me a bit of Fortuny's timeless fabrics.


108 white Japa Mala buddhist prayer beads strung on orange thread. I am already kicking myself I did not bring some of these back with me!


A Balinese carved stone wall mural, I love the organic flow of it! 

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