Get the Look: The French home of Isabelle Townsend

posted by on 2022.10.21, under Get the Look

In the October 2010 issue of Vogue, I came across a romantic write-up about the new home of Isabelle Townsend (former model for Ralph Lauren) and her husband Patrick DeedesVincke. The cottage, Le Moulin de la Tuilerie in France, was a former weekend home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. I’ve featured the living room from the story and how to get the look below.

The Living Room.

The glossy red cabinet adds the perfect juxtaposition to the natural feel of this room. It’s the perfect balance of color in my opinion, and you can get a similar version at Ikea for $99. Great for storage too:

Ikea PS Cabinet, $99

A rug from West Elm, very similar to the one pictured above increases coziness:

Jute Boucle Rug, $19.99-$159

And finally, the arc lamp modestly ties the room together without taking attention away from the decor. It reminds me of this lamp from IKEA:

Regolit Bow Floor Lamp, $49.99

A fuzzy sheepskin throw makes a casual butterfly chair luxurious and anything but cheap:

Buttefly Chair from, $64.95

Ikea Rens Sheepskin $24.99

For the coffee table, try putting two matching end tables side by side, or a simple elegant table that matches the theme:

Ikea PS Bruse Coffee Table, $149

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for my coverage of the other rooms!


posted by on 2010.10.22, under Get the Look

Continuing with yesterday’s post, let’s look at the dining area of the Windsor House and how to recreate the look. This comfy nook has a clean modern feel that is perfect for a casual kitchen.

To get the look, start with this Saarinen-inspired table from Ikea:

Docktsta Dining Table, $179

Add a few of these chairs from West Elm, which come in a variety of colors:

Scoop Back Chair, $79-$316 for a set of 4

Get a basic flat weave rug at Overstock:

Flat-woven Ivory Rug (8' x 2'), $55.99

Display your dishes and china in this credenza from West Elm:

Slide Media Console, $399

Following the scheme of the living room, the clean lines are balanced with a vase of bright flowers and an oversize framed op-artwork, which reminds me of the artist Victor Vasarely:

Vasarely Large Op-Art print from, $19.99

IKEA’s BEST Bargain: The Coffee Table

posted by on 2010.09.28, under Shopping Guide

Selecting a coffee table can be a daunting task. A central location for guests to gather around, a canvas to display beautiful books, and a place to rest your coffee, a good coffee table always becomes the centerpiece of every living room.

Try this obscenely affordable Ikea KLUBBO coffee table for $79.99, a fabulous lowrider in three rich finishes and shiny chrome legs.


posted by on 2010.09.22, under Get the Look

If you’re as into Interior Design as I am, you probably already know who Jonathan Adler is. I happen to really appreciate his clean lines and quasi mod gestalt, it’s just his PRICES I can’t deal with. Using his designs as a stylistic springboard, I’ll begin this blog by showing you how to cop his trademark aesthetic without breaking the bank…

Let’s start here in the lounge of the Parker Hotel (Palm Springs, CA) designed by Adler.

hotel lounge

Find funky poufs like these (above) for a fraction of the cost at Urban Outfitters.

Velvet Pouf at Urbz for $79

hotel room

Using the pattern in the rug (Parker hotel room, above) for inspiration, you can Adlerize your bathroom for $5 with this Chainlink Vinyl Shower Curtain from Pottery Barn On Sale Now!


Moroccan dinnerware from CB2 has the Adleresque pattern and color too, on sale from $3.95 – $10.95


Furnish your pad in rich hues and lush seating with piping along the seams, like this hotel chic recliner from Ikea for $299

ikea chair

…and if you’re looking for the real deal, you can also pick up some cool cheap chotchkies designed by Jonathan Adler exclusively for Barnes and Noble…


Pimp the office with this Leather Accessory Case for $17.

thank you notes

Send one of these babies to a prospective employer after your interview, $9.95!

Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned for more frugal tips!


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