Wednesday, October 17, 2012

country french

While I was waiting to get my mammogram yesterday
I read BHG's "Country French" magazine.
It featured the most gorgeous apartment by Michelle Niday.
Guess I'm late to the game because
when I googled her a lot of press came up...
good for us. Take a look...





love the stripes and the frame in frames

pics above via

I found the pics below on latimes.com
in an article about loft living.
Michelle's apartment is housed in an old toy factory.
Interior designer Michelle Niday left a Mediterranean-style villa in Los Feliz for a corner penthouse at the Toy Factory nearly five years ago. "It was a giant leap to come here and make something of this place," she says. "It looked like a garage. Even my mom, who has a lot of confidence in my design abilities, took a deep breath when she saw the pictures." Niday's transformation of the loft is unapologetically over-the-top.  "Once you walk through that front door, you forget you're in the thick of downtown right next to the bus station," says Niday, who wanted her home to be a complete escape, a place that felt like a Parisian apartment.

The unifying thread? A neutral palette. Working with creams, whites, browns and grays allowed Niday to go all out with sumptuous fabrics and textures without creating sensory overload. "Even when I try a pillow with a little color in it, I can't stand it," she says. "It becomes too chaotic in the open space." Niday slipcovered the sofas in white denin and had the ottoman in the center constructed and upholstered. The two Bergere chairs in the distance are 18th century pieces covered in the same dark gray Belgian linen as the ottoman; the fabric came from a Newport Beach store called <a href="http://www.juxtapositionhome.com/">Juxtapostion Home</a>.

love the pics on the kitchen island...
Niday and Young sketched her kitchen on a napkin, transferred it to tracing paper and had the design built from there. Because the kitchen is so dominant in the loft, Niday wanted to soften its presence. Some of the French pane window cabinets have been filled with old leather-bound books while leaving plenty of storage for cooking gear and supplies. The two lights over the island are from <a href="http://www.pompominteriors.com">Pom Pom</a>. An ornate rustic iron railing of Niday's design runs the top length of the cabinets, which rise all the way up to the 11-foot ceiling.<br>
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To create her dining table, the designer plopped a glass top on a burnished metal garden pedestal.

More busts: Niday says the charcoal sketches are student works from the late 1800s purchased at the Paris flea market. She has long liked to display art in unusual locations, and the lack of wall space in the loft meant she had to be particularly creative here. In the background: reclaimed brick used as a backsplash.

The painting is dated 1880 and is a depiction of Camille Krupon by her husband, T. Krupon. "I bought the painting at auction," Niday says. "I have always been attracted to old portraits, but to be honest, I was most attracted to the shape, size and general coloring of the painting."

love this old fountain repurposed as a sink...
In the bathroom, a fountain from the L.A. store <a href="http://www.acquisitionsla.com/">Acquisitions</a> was converted into a sink by Niday's fiance, Corey Young. The tile  is from <a href="http://www.countryfloors.com/">Country Floors</a> on Melrose Avenue.

again with the stripes...loves!
By the entry, Niday has a carved wood blackamoor that's unusual because it's a woman. Since The Times photographed her loft, the designer has extended the entry stripes in her entry. "I am known to make major changes way too often for my own good," she says.

pics above via latimes.com


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