custom furnishings


Another successful delivery in the books! Here is a cart I designed and built for a local church looking for a portable piece with storage to display their information. I added some locks, magnetic stops on the doors - and a really gorgeous blacked out top to bring it all together. So happy with how this project turned out. Information center ✔️ Onto the hospitality cart!

URBAN PASTORAL - photography: William Abranowicz - text: Julia Reed - production: Robert Rufino - location: Los Angeles, California, USA -  Elle Decor June 2017

  • “In the living room of a house in Los Angeles designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, the custom chesterfield sectional is upholstered in an Ashbury Hides leather, a pair of circa-1960 French lounge chairs has cushions covered in a Donghia fabric, the zebra-print cocktail table is a custom design, and the floor is polished concrete.”

THE BIG SWITCH - photography: Richard Powers - text: Celia Barbour - production: Robert Rubino - location: Hudson River hamlet, Snedens Landing, New York, USA - Elle Decor June 2017

  • “In the living room of designer Ernest de la Torre and Kris Haberman’s home in Snedens Landing, New York, the custome sofa is upholstered in a Toyine Sellers fabric, the 19th-century Belgian cabinet was found at an auction in London, the bronze pendant light is by Hervé Van der Straeten, and the Georgian fireplace is attributed to Robert Adam; the walls are coated in waxed plaster, the flooring is Indian sandstone, the silk rug is by Fort Street Studio, and the painting over the mantel is by Ross Bleckner.”
Gilbert & Adrienne

@vanillascribblez: Hiya!! I’m sorry if I’m bothering you, but could you tell me about Adrienne and Lafayette? I really love them, and since you know a lot about them, I was wondering if you could tell me about them

Hello! I would love to share what I know. To start off, here are two resources I’d like to leave with you to give you a larger picture. First, here’s a recent post of mine addressing Lafayette’s affairs and his attitude towards his wife. Second, @sonofhistory​ did a brilliant presentation on Adrienne’s life here.  Lastly, I appreciate your patience on my tardy reply. I’d love to go into detail on some of this in other posts, but this will be kind of a generic overview to start you off.

Now then. On to the good stuff.

  • Adrienne’s family kept her in the dark about her own engagement for over a year. Because of Adrienne’s tender age (she was 14 when she married Lafayette), her mother insisted that her daughter’s betrothal was never to spoken of in the girl’s presence. She made her opinion very clear with Lafayette and his guardians, who agreed that Adrienne was too young to be considered for matrimony when the original arrangement took place. 
  • Lafayette lived with Adrienne and the Noailles family before their marriage. Adrienne’s mother suggested that he stay with them while he attended school in Paris. His close proximity to his betrothed, the mother thought, would give Adrienne the chance to develop feelings for the young man who she did not know was her fiance…and it worked. Adrienne fell head-over-heels for Lafayette during his stay in her family’s home and he, knowing that he could not divulge the secret of their engagement, noted her young age (although he was only 16 at the time) and decided to treat her like a knight would treat a little princess until he could call her his wife. 
  • Adrienne and Lafayette did not consummate their marriage immediately after the ceremony. Once again, Adrienne’s mother intervened. It wasn’t until later that they got the chance to do what comes natural…although the circumstances surrounding it were not exactly pleasant. Shortly after their marriage, Lafayette decided he would be inoculated for smallpox – a dangerous procedure in an age before proper vaccination. People often sickened from the exposure to such a deadly disease and many died from the process. Still, he insisted. A little house was rented out for that purpose and Adrienne and her mother accompanied him to be sure that he was looked after should his health turn. Luckily, it did not and by all accounts, it was here that the newlyweds finally got to get it on. Adrienne looked back on their time in this small house as one of the fondest memories in her life.
  • Adrienne gave birth to their first child, Henriette, while Lafayette was still in Europe and was pregnant with her second when he left for America. Many tongues in France wagged when the Marquis vanished to the American colonies, especially since he had all but abandoned his new family. Adrienne, however, withstood their criticism and did everything in her power to bolster his reputation regardless. She was tremendously grieved by his absence, but she never showed her feelings in public and defended him when she thought it necessary. Sadly, little Henriette passed while Lafayette was serving in the Continental Army. His second daughter, Anastasie, was born shortly after, followed by his son, George Washington de Lafayette, and a third daughter, Virginie after the state of Virginie.
  • Yes, Lafayette was involved with other women. For more on that, check the links at the top of this post.
  • Adrienne remained supportive during Lafayette’s time in the United States. Letters from Adrienne to her wayward husband take on a bit of a frustrated undertone after he returned to America from his trip to France to petition King Louis for aid and the possibility of an American alliance. His replies are more often than not apologetic. Still, she protected his reputation in France and stood by his beliefs when he was not there to defend them himself. She was not an incredibly outspoken woman, but she still put her foot down in her own way.
  • After the war, the Lafayettes were famous. In both America and France, the Marquis de Lafayette found himself dubbed a hero. American ambassadors, diplomats, spokesmen, merchants, and so many others came to stay with him and his wife and commented that while many French nobles sent their children off with private tutors, Adrienne and Gilbert ushered their kiddos into the room personally and introduced them to their guests. They also let their kids hang out with them while they entertained and let them eat with them…not typical behavior for two people of such high standing. Many who met Adrienne during this time said that she was a woman of refinement, pleasant and well-mannered. Fun fact: most Americans that came to visit Lafayette found themselves somewhat disappointed. They had expected to be treated to the finest delights French culture had to offer. What they found instead was that Lafayette had modeled his home, furnishings, customs, and even food after the American fashion. These travelers left America, arrived in France, and got…well, more America.
  • Some of Adrienne’s most heroic achievements happened during the hell-storm that was the French Revolution. Eventually, I’ll write a post about all of the specifics, but while Lafayette was arrested trying to escape the guillotine, Adrienne’s closest family was executed by the very instrument of destruction her husband had sought to avoid. She would have been killed herself had she not stood her ground before the governing authority…and had it not been for the outcry of some of her American acquaintances. When it became clear that Lafayette was not going to be released from prison, she joined him there with her two daughters. George Washington Lafayette was smuggled to America with a falsified passport. Her time there ultimately proved fatal.
  • If you’re not sure whether or not Lafayette had feelings for Adrienne, read the account of her death that he wrote. Lead poisoning that she’d been exposed to during her time in prison eventually caught up with Adrienne, but not before she had tirelessly hunted down a sizable portion of their property that had been seized during the chaos of the Revolution. In a letter some time after her passing, Lafayette explained in detail how her final few days were spent. It cut me to the quick when I first read it–it made me sob. He fills every paragraph with his grief, his adoration, and the stricken tones of a man torn from a vital piece of himself. 
  • Adrienne died on Christmas Eve, 1807…her son’s birthday. I’ll let Lafayette describe it. ‘For so long as her right hand had any power of movement left, she laid mine first to her mouth, then to her heart. My left hand had all the while been holding hers. I could feel it move, and it was as though that movement were repeating the last words she ever spoke: “I am all yours."’ ‘It was without any appearance of suffering, with a smile of sweetness on her lips and my hand still clutched in hers, that this angel of tenderness and goodness departed this life. We let our tears fall upon the lifeless body. I felt myself being led away by Messieurs de Mun and de Tracy: my dear son supported me in his arms. They let me kiss her once again, and there I bade farewell to her, and to all my happiness in this world.’ 

Palazzo Fendi and Fendi Private Suites, Rome.

The Italian fashion house Fendi restored its Palace in Rome and opened there its first luxury hotel-Fendi Private Suites- and a roof restaurant. Downstairs, the 17th-century palazzo was completely refurbished by French architect Gwenael Nicolasseven and includes an atelier where clients can even watch the artisans at work. Designed by DimoreStudio, the second floor features the privee Fendi VIP Apartment, a luxurious private and exclusive space to welcome and host FENDI’s top clients. According to DimoreStudio aesthetics, its style turns out dramatically sophisticated, with a highly curated mix of vintage classics, contemporary design and art pieces: pastel sage and dove colored lacquered walls, baby green paint and dark blue silk fabric wall-coverings, the striking bookcase made from lacquered metal and colored cathedral glass, brass touches, the soaring ceilings and the molded boiserie set a refined yet warm and intimate mood. The 7 room hotel is hidden discreetly on the third floor of this brand’s flagship store Palace and was designed by Italian architect Marco Costanzi, who created a stylish but subtle ambience, using  blood-red Lepanto marble and white travertine, custom-designed furnishings from Fendi Casa, Jan Kath carpets and Giò Ponti mirrors. Up above on the fourth floor Rainer Becker‘s upscale Japanese restaurant chain, Zuma, has opened its first Italian location.

@Meisiu’s Base Game Starter 

Home Challenge

100% base game without any cc. Think you can do it? 


  • Must be under 20k. 
  • Base game only & no cc
  • Include basic necessities (A bed, stove, fridge, toilet, shower etc.)

Once the build is created, share some screenshots and challenge some people. You may put your houses for download if you want. Tag your posts #BGSHC and on the gallery as well (:

Name: Clara:Base Game 16k (as in gallery)
2 Bed - 1 bath
Price: $16,492
NO CUSTOM CONTENT (Base Game only)

Orgin ID: zero_doll999

I have to admit this is my specialty so this wasn’t hard. I know the tips and tricks of making a cheap bg starter. :) 

Industrial Styled Conversion

This industrial style renovation by designer Paola Navone, transformed a 200-year-old factory into an inviting home in Italy. With a impressive 52 windows this incredibly light and open home contains stunning features from huge swaths of Indian cotton draped over the vintage iron-framed bed, double-height cabinets used as wardrobes to custom made tiles, furnisher and lighting. What a transformation from what started its life as a silkworm farm.

Above: Clever use of up cycling can be seen with the use of a trolley found at a flea market, being used as a coffee table. Alongside an expansive Navone–designed sofa for Linteloo. Custom pendants by photographer Mark Eden Schooley hang above the dining table.

Above: The massive dining table—39 feet long, made of kauri wood thousands of years old, and designed by Mario Botta—sits on a intricate carpet of tile.

Above: The loft’s bed and bath areas are equally compelling. the owners bought this stunning old iron-framed bed at a flea market which now takes pride of place in the room, swaddled mostly in white Indian cotton.