The name Sukio comes from the Japanese word for "like" or "love" but now has become synonymous with what I find luxe, lovely, and too chic not to share! My aesthetic of choice: MODERN GLAMOUR – a style that marries multiple ideas, viewing traditional notions of glamour through a sophisticated lens. In a word, it’s sooo Sukio! - Desiré

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Monday
Jul082013

Interiors: El Palauet Living Barcelona Hotel

Welcome to El Palauet Living Barcelona, a specialty hotel offering a blend of modern comforts and traditional details in the heart of Barcelona. While the hotel offers a range of amenities from babysitting to make-up artists, I’m hooked on the interiors. They're glamorously eclectic, pairing contemporary furniture with century-old architecture.

El Palauet Living Barcelona Suite

El Palauet Living Barcelona Suite

El Palauet Living Barcelona Suite

El Palauet Living Barcelona Suite

El Palauet Living Barcelona Suite

El Palauet Living Barcelona Suite

El Palauet Living Barcelona Suite

Images: Nuevo Estilo

Friday
Jul052013

Friday Fashion: Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

Christian Dior haute couture was once my absolute favorite thing about fashion. With now-disgraced John Galliano at the helm, collections were an over-the-top reincarnation of Dior’s glamorous past. Silhouettes were reminiscent of 1950’s Hollywood (think Grace Kelly), always very feminine, decadent, and incredibly theatrical. Feathers, ruffles, tulle, crazy colors,… the couture show was indeed a show.

John Galliano’s Dior, circa 2010, vs. Raf Simons’(Left) John Galliano’s Dior, circa 2010, vs. (Right) Raf Simons’

That was then; new lead designer Raf Simons is now. After several seasons, I'm still a little bewildered by his approach, primarily because it's so very different. Shapes are streamlined, materials more modern, the mood noticeably less playful. I’m not sure if I'll ever fall for the new Dior, but here are a few looks that, at the very least, piqued my interest.

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

"It annoys me that couture is thought of as the circus clown of fashion... What interests me is to get down to a more psychological level. To think about individuality, and the cultures women live in." - Raf Simons

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Haute Couture

I don't know. Even the models look a little sad. We'll see how I feel after a few more collections. Thoughts?

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Perhaps, my favorite look was found outside the show's venue. I love this pic of actress Leelee Sobieski in head-to-toe Dior. Très chic!

Leelee Sobieski, Street Style

Images: (1) Forbes, (2-9) Style.com

Wednesday
Jul032013

Interiors: Red, White, and Shades of Blue

Two spaces with old-world charm and mildly patriotic palettes

1. Bedroom by Olatz Schnabel - I wouldn't dare declare its shade of blue based on online photos. Somewhere between Baby and Tiffany, this bedroom proves that a few well-chosen pieces are all you need. The headboard, my favorite feature, is a fiberglass replica of Olatz’s bed back in Spain.

Olatz Schnabel's Bedroom

Olatz Schnabel's Bedroom

Olatz Schnabel's Bedroom

 

2. The Gramercy Park Hotel's Penthouse Suite - I blogged about this space just last week for its rich color palette. Perhaps red, white and Cornflower blue??? The suite hosts a collection of antiques from around the world and photographs curated by, get this,… Julian Schnabel, former husband of Olatz. The photos' imagery and simple framing add a modern element to an otherwise traditional setting.

Gramercy Park Hotel Penthouse Suite

Gramercy Park Hotel Penthouse Suite

Gramercy Park Hotel Penthouse Suite

And to my U.S. friends, Happy Independence Day! Here’s to our nation’s 237th birthday!

 

Images: (1,3) New York Times, (2) Interiors by Olatz, (3-6) Lonny Magazine

Tuesday
Jul022013

Interiors: Molly Sims’ Beverly Hills Home 

Molly Sims' Beverly Hills Home, Domaine

Domaine Magazine recently featured the Beverly Hills home of model/actress Molly Sims. With the help of designer Kishani Perera, Molly created a comfortable-yet-modern space with loads of personality. I especially love the media room’s yellow, shibori cushions and abstract artwork.

Molly Sims' Beverly Hills Home, Domaine

Molly Sims' Beverly Hills Home, Domaine

Molly also injected small doses of glam in spaces like the formal dining room with its high-contrast palette, starburst mirror, bar cart, and chandelier.

Molly Sims' Beverly Hills Home, Domaine

Molly Sims' Beverly Hills Home, DomaineMolly Sims' Beverly Hills Home, Domaine

Head on over to Domaine for more pics!

 

Images: Domaine

Wednesday
Jun262013

Out and About: Jonathan Adler Georgetown

The happiest (or happy chicest) place in the District

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Last month, I took a long overdue trip to DC's Jonathan Adler store, one of the newest additions to Georgetown's design scene. My visit was well worth the wait. The staff had just restyled the floor and proudly assured me that this was the best it had looked since November's opening.

The store, indeed, was a feast for the eyes: pops of color, bold patterns, and plucky witticisms among Jonathan's signature ceramics and furniture vignettes. It's unlike anything DC has seen, and as a longtime resident, I can assure you we need it! JA is the perfect addition to a city that can sometimes take itself too seriously. With iPhone in hand, I captured some pics of why Adler's shop may be the happiest place in the District.

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Located in the heart of Georgetown, the store makes some adjustments to reflect that neighborhood and the city as a whole. But aside from an extra helping of George Washington pillows and a few other additions, the shop has all the spunk of Jonathan's style, something which he describes in three simple words: style, craft, and joy.

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

"Georgetown’s style is WASPy Chic – traditional meets modern, and fresh, fresh, fresh. I think of classic American style with an updated twist, which my collection perfectly captures." - Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown, Washington, DC

Jonathan Adler Georgetown
1267 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
202.965.1416

Images: My handy dandy iPhone