Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dream Destination: St. Barts

By Erin Ferucci
Celebrity Lifestyle Designer

Imagine the perfect island retreat. That is what this Danish couple has created for themselves in this open air contemporary villa in the hills of Camaruche in St. Barts.
The fashion and interiors of the this home are a wonderful melange of modern meets Bohemian. It is easy to forget that this is an island. Every element of this design had to brought to the island. It is an amazing undertaking, but beatifully executed. It's not like you can just run down to the local hardware store and pick out tile. This level of design requires strategic planning at the highest level. Look at this impeccable open air white shower. Imagine bringing your perfect size eight bikini clad body into this shower, you skin a lovely shade of sun kissed mocha from the Caribbean sun, white sand between your toes! It's so stunning you want to be stunning to shower in it!

St. Barts is amazing. The cuisine is superior, there truly is nothing like eating in St. Barts. The coastline is amazing and unfettered by moored boats. The turtle population makes it illegal to drop anchor in Marigot Bay.
The couple who live here head Day Birger et Mikkelsen, a Danish fashion and interiors company the blends modern chic with carefree and whimsical Bohemian textiles. This villa is a 6,400 sq. foot homage to their design aesthetic.

I love the simplicity of this kitchen and the way the black and white theme is carried throughout the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jalan, Jalan Miami

By Erin Ferucci
Celebrity Lifestyle Designer

Every designer has secrets that make their job easier. Often it's a secret source, a place you know you can shop and find amazing things that aren't available anywhere else. A designer guards their sources and never gives away a secret. It would be a sin! But I'm feeling a little sinful! And sometimes a shop is so wonderful, you just have to SHARE! When looking for the perfect island furniture and accessories I love taking a trip to Jalan, Jalan in Miami. It is my favorite secret source!If you walk into their beautiful showroom, you’ll know what I mean. I walk into their showroom and I want to do everything Island! The colors, the patterns, everything is fresh and beautiful. It's global shopping with an emphasis on "Island Chic". I go to Miami, just so I can shop there. It's so wonderful I can't help shopping for myself while I'm there. Bruce Platt is the owner, he is a wonderful person and his taste is just impeccable. Designers working in the Bahamas
and The Virgin Islands frequent Jalan, Jalan because it is such a unique and special place. They have a warehouse that is an island designer's dream. I can't say enough about how fabluous Jalan, Jalan is. I wish Miami was not so far away!