Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The relaxed sophisticate: Kate Walsh house tour

I'd love to escape to an open airy space with lots of lounging opportunities - the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy some post holiday down time. Kate Walsh's Spanish style home captured me instantly with its large arched windows, soft neutral palette and plush, comfy textures. After realising how in love with her character's home from Private Practice, Kate enlisted the help of set decorator Melissa Levander to bring the same relaxed, sophisticated style to her home.

Clean lines and open space keep this place light and airy.

One of my favourite pieces in her home is this dramatic dining table - it's simple gold lines, thick glass top and unconventional square shape with a round base, make it a show piece.

I had to include this photo of Kate - her soft champagne and white Marchesa gown is the perfect compliment to her decor - relaxed yet sophisticated, soft and simple yet intricately detailed.

Of course, what girl doesn't dream of the perfect en suite? - beautiful mosaic tiles from Bisazza, a chunky lucite console and the perfect soaker tub with a view, I think this fits the bill...

Of course, I've saved the best for last with Kate's glamorous yet soothing bedroom suite. The emphasis here is clearly on comfort - plush, welcoming textures - from the faux throws to the shag carpets. There are beautiful, artful details are in every corner - the large painting above the sofa is by her brother Joseph. I love the idea of filling your space with art works by friends and loved ones, makes beautiful art that much more special. Another favourite piece in the room? The oversized agate lamp base by her bedside - just exquisite, and surely proof that nature creates the greatest art of all...


{All photos: Francoise Halard for InStyle magazine, November '09, via AriannaBelle}

14 comments:

Daniella said...

That little vanity is to die for... so glamorous!

Chicago City Girl said...

heaven. really, it's all so luxe and fantastically glamorous ~ it is heaven on earth to me ~

happy holidays darling!

L.C. said...

Love the tub!

Rebecca June said...

THe mirror mosaic in the bathroom is simply stunning!


xoxo

Rebecca June

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

This is an amazing house! She is so lucky, and I do love her house in Private Practice as well. The bathroom mosaic mirror is my favorite!

Maria said...

so glad you posted her whole home, I just came across her bedroom and sooooo wanted to see more!!

Maria said...

so glad you posted her whole home, I just came across her bedroom and sooooo wanted to see more!!

SogniSorrisi said...

Love the ensuite and tub - so glam!

Lynn said...

Oh her house is so classy. I love the photos!

My best, Lynn
*swing on by, I am hosting a mega giveaway extravaganza this week!

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

Love that floral tile mosaic!

red ticking said...

so lovely... she is as well... hope you had a lovely holiday... and many blessings to you for the new year... x pam

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

how wonderful... sit, wait and let the house talk to me! amazing!

Splendid Willow said...

Hard to not like! Relaxed and chic and so interesting. You always post the best! I am glad to have found your lovely blog this year - in a world of so many design blogs - and I look forward to follow you closely in 2010! Happy, happy! Cheers, Monika

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

It's so appealing - very glam and relaxed at the same time. It's been lovely getting to know you this year, Shar. Happy 2010! xoxo, Ally

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