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Shop Like A Professional With Insider Secrets

Daniel Vanhall, “The Design Escort”, and co-owner of Shields & Company Interiors shares a fabulous source for contemporary furnishings that is not known to the general public at large. The Dennis Miller Associates Showroom is a hot spot for designers who are “in the know” and looking for knockout pieces to wow their clients. Daniel is spreading the word to his followers in an effort to enlighten people who are assembling a home or just hungry for great design and a change of pace from the mundane big box retail stores. Fine furniture makers like Jiun Ho and Wendell Castle are just a couple of artisans available specifically at Dennis Miller that will make any interior sing whether it is designed by a pro or not!

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HOTEL DU PETIT MOULIN RECIEVES THE MAGIC TOUCH OF CHRISTIAN LACROIX

Paris is still the city to visit if you want to stay in a fabulously chic and sophisticated boutique hotel.  I use as a supreme example, the distinct Hotel Du Petit Moulin, located in the Marais District of Paris on Rue du Poitou.

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The Marais District, with a rich history  dating back to the 13th Century,  is where today one finds The Picasso Museum and the Opéra Bastille , as well as charming boutiques, cafes, restaurants and the latest fashion finds.  With all of this in mind, enter stage left the outrageously talented Christian Lacroix, who, as you now from previous blogs on Dezignlicious, has ventured into the wild and wonderful world of interior design.

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Lacroix is responsible for the titillating  update of the Hotel Du Petit Moulin.  It is full throttle Lacroix with bright colors,…THINK RED… mixed patterns and an array of exciting furnishings…and all with an upbeat French insouciante.

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I am totally and completely smitten by the ingenuity of Lacroix’s and his take on interior design. I definitely chalk  it all up to his place as a top fashion designer of  haute couture.  He is “dressing” the rooms much like he dressed his runway models…totally devoid of any inhibition and looking to create a haute couture of interiors that is both memorable and distinctive.  Yea for Lacroix…I love it!

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Interestingly enough, I have always been an admirer of his fashion sense but never saw myself wearing any of his clothing. I have also always enjoyed his inspirations in the furniture world, although in the past, most of his ideas pushed the envelope into beautiful but some what cartoon-like pieces that would be hard pressed to find comfortable accommodations in most homes.

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Well for this lady, Lacroix has finally found his interior design groove, so to speak.  Actually, his designs for Roche Bobois have always been super attractive to me.  There he has mixed the past with the present…always with a French orientation…and added his touch for colorful + exciting fabrics to reinvent the classic French bergere, chaise or fauteuil.

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Whatever your taste is in interior design and whether you prefer traditional or contemporary interiors you have got to admit that no one does it like Christian Lacroix.  AND wouldn’t you just like to spend at least one night in the Hotel Du Petit Moulin?

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Ciao, ciao ’til next time!

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Crossfit Hell’s Kitchen & Hot Sustainable Design

Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” and co-owner of Shields & Company Interiors shares his passion for crossfit and the sexy front desk they designed using reclaimed and recycled materials! Crossfit is a combination of high intensity interval training, calisthenics, Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics. The gym or “box” is very rough and tumble so the design had to be practical and fit the context at the highly regarded Crossfit Hell’s Kitchen, where the training is second to none. Great design starts with yourself, so start building your gorgeous body today!

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“Absolutely Fabulous” Christian Lacroix at Roche Bobois

Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” and co-owner at Shields & Company Interiors shares his excitement for the new Christian Lacroix home collection at Roche Bobois. Lacroix is known for haute couture fashion which is now translated into absolutely fabulous furniture and accessories for the home. Follow Daniel for a little sneak peak at this fantasy infused collection.

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Convertible Guest Bedroom Sitting Room Design

Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” shares a sitting room/guest bedroom Shields & Company Interiors completed on one of their luxury, New York City, turn-key residences using furniture from Roche Bobois, wool carpet from Stark Carpets, fabrics and wall covering from Rodolph Fabrics and art from Steven Kasher Gallery. Daniel talks about some design features in the room including the sculptural pebble coffee tables and sofa that converts into a comfortable twin bed for overnight guests. The room was completed for Extell’s One Riverside Park duplex model “Sky Home” in collaboration with GCT marketing. Photography of the room was done by Alan Barry Photography.

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Small Spaces Big Personality

Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” shares a small home office that Shields & Company Interiors completed on one of their luxury turn-key residences in New York City. Daniel explains that just because spaces are small the design decisions should not be timid. Every opportunity must be taken to imbibe the space with design and functionality.  Elements such as Japanese grasscloth wallcovering, an executive scaled glass desk, a sculptural desk lamp and a large abstract painting make this home office exciting with lots of personality.