my kinda glam
Posted in interiors, trend July 10th, 2008 by piablog


A little morning wander through the blogosphere found me these two images above from this is glamourous and coco + kelly. You know I am not a great fan of opulent rooms and ‘rich’ interiors – my style is more along the earthy, real and livable kind – creating rooms that are actually usable and cosy (you should hear me balk at mtv cribs – it’s apparently humorous to watch me watching this show, I just can’t believe people pretend to live in those places and try to get us, the viewers, to aspire to their pretend lives. nu-uh).

But it’s not like I don’t like shiny things. Because I do – especially like this entrance way and these stairs – I love combining old wood with sparkling things, I find it really brings out the texture and age, and sentimentality of the surroundings.

And that foyer is just cool. I have never been a huge fan of stained glass or shiny wall surfaces (my oma loved opulence – she mirrored her entire hallway and loved a chandelier or ten – and although it did have a ‘wow’ effect, it was more the sort of ‘wow, i suddenly feel a little sick’ effect.) But this entrance way makes me think that maybe one day, I could live with stained glass and reflective walls. Maybe.

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  1. Carol says

    The foyer is lovely… I could live with the stained glass most definitely, but not the reflective walls. Too much for my simple tastes to cope with 🙂

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  2. lynne says

    great spaces…i’m with you re/opulence an over the top glamour. find it cold and contrived but these spaces are understated. lovely.

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  3. annie says

    ooo-la-la! i love those silvery steps!
    pia I am so excited to send your butterfly tags! they are one of my favorites that we make.

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  4. cassandra says

    oh, pia! thanks so much for the mention. while i love a bit of opulence, i agree that it’s not always so livable. but that space just called to me. i’m glad you like it as well, and love that you paired it with those stairs, which i (of course) swooned over as well.

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  5. this is glamorous says

    Love that entryway–there’s just something so inviting about all the sparkle and how all the elements work together. And those disco stairs, well–who can resist such fun? Certainly caused a stir from the moment the post was published. Thanks for the lovely mention, and for your amazing, amazing Parisian café soundscape–it was like being in back all over again . . . {Hope you had a fantastic week.}

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  6. Carson says

    great post 🙂
    love that ‘baileys by post’ site! I was ooohing and ahhing over some of the stuff until I realised how paradoxical it would be to spend those kind of carbon-miles (air shipping from UK to Aus) on a mere chotchke! Ah well…it’s inspired me to trawl for similar locally.

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  7. nyla says

    me too, me too! i totally loved this when i saw it, especially the disco ball stairs. this is glamorous finds the most fabulous stuff. there was a pic of hers i saved recently of a foyer with a raw wood staircase & raw paneled wood walls, very bare bones, but paired with this gorgeous crystal chandelier. best combo ever.

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  8. pia says

    nyla – sounds perfect, would love to see this!

    carson – i know, wouldnt it be great to have a ‘baileys’ in oz. but yes, trawl away, it is alot of fun when you do find what you are looking for locally.

    this is glamorous – you are so welcome – you find beautiful things, i’ll be stopping by regularly. I’m so glad you loved the Parisian cafe soundscape!

    cassandra – you are totally welcome! It is a perfect pairing isn’t it.

    annie – I can’t wait for the tags! As soon as I saw them i knew they would be perfect for what I want to label. Thank you!

    Lynne – couldn’t agree more.

    carol – i hear you. I would really have to test it out before I did something like that on the walls too.


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