Wednesday, December 22, 2010

At home with a ballerina

The holidays always have a strong connection with ballet, with the annual tradition of The Nutcracker. There's such an essence of magic and wonderment about this particular story that so perfectly captures the feeling of Christmas. I always sit completely enchanted by the grace and elegance of the dancers on stage, remembering my own ballet days so many years back. This year, with the exquisite Black Swan currently showing, no doubt the ballerina fascination will be at an all-time high.

I've often thought back to this feature of real-life ballerina, designer and stylist Jacqueline Appel's very glamorous Toronto home. It's exactly what you'd imagine the home of a ballerina princess to be like -soaring ceilings, ornate molding, Venetian glass Murano chandliers, surges of bright colour, plush textures and unrestrained luxury throughout. All perfectly capturing the feeling of the elegance and drama of the ballet.

One of my very favourite features of her home is the plethora of pucci scarf pillow shams - bright, bold,  fresh and very fun!

A very sultry master suite in rich coffee and caramel tones and accented with exotic leopard print and crowned with a Fortuny silk lamp.

While I shy away from the over-use of this colour, I always love to see 'red done right' - these bold, impactful pieces of art add just the right amount of drama and remind me of a ballerina's bright red lipstick against her porcelain complexion.

While I know that the ballet world often has a much grittier backstory, these images have done nothing to shake my fantasy of the glamorous world of a ballerina princess...


Suite Henry said...

I love it. Unapologetically glam.

I want to be a ballerina!
I want to live in this place.

Have you seen Black Swan yet? I'm dying to go.

Daniella said...

Wow! So pretty and feminine... love it!

classiq said...

A beautiful home. modern and traditional

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh how lovely darling! I think I always wanted to be a ballerina princess... dreamy! xo

Carpe Diem said...

This home has such a New York and European feel to it...and its in Canada. I love it. What I love the most about it is the great contrast between the light colors and that gorgeous dark hardwood. The furniture elements, with their different styles and textures also adds a eclectic feel without being over the top. Thanks for sharing.

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christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I absolutely adore every last ounce of it- so glamorous and pretty. J'adore!!

Anonymous said...

So Lovely and Glamorous!! I love every bit of it!


Diana Mieczan said...

I always wanted to be a ballerina and this place is so beautiful and charming:)
Hugs and kisses, my dear

lila Braga said...

I love it too! so chic!

escapade said...

It seems the girlish fascination with ballet is universal then! and CD - definitely has a very European feeling to it. (Perhaps influenced by much travel?)

such a pretty, pretty space, so glad you liked it!

Claudia Juestel said...

Just love it! The pillows are awesome and the coffee table divine.




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