Feb 20, 2013

Practical & Pretty






A kitchen for dancing and dreaming, sipping champagne in a ballgown or tea in a tee.  Fluffy chairs in the living room, table legs gilded gold to turn bargain into luxe. At first glance the home of Christine Dovey, blogger at Bijou & Boheme, looks like the confection of a single woman creating her fantasy pied-à-terre.  A closer look reveals practical touches that anchor the prettiness, making this a home where a family of soon-to-be-six can live happily.  Charcoal and clean lines temper pale pink and curvy.  Hidden toy caches and faux python upholstery keep up the glam vibe yet let children play and spill without worry.  Vignettes are carefully curated, with even book covers matching the pink / white / gold color scheme, yet have personality and humor so they don't feel studied or stuffy.  To achieve this kind of completely harmonious palette, Christine did start anew, in a way, selling virtually all of the family's previous furniture to start with a clean slate. Then she and designer Meredith Heron brought to life a dream of a kitchen that feels more like a Paris boutique and a home that's one of the prettiest and most livable I've seen.  J'adore.

Home of Christine Dovey / Bijou & Boheme.  Design by Meredith Heron.  Read more at StyleAtHome.com , with story by Jennifer Hughes.  Photography by Donna Griffith.  Styling by Tara Ballantyne. First spied on this is glamorous.

14 comments:

  1. Such kind words- so appreciate you posting about my home:) This just made my day! xoxo

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  2. Such livable glam, truly practical and pretty -- I really admire what you've done, Christine. Plus every year about now I fantasize about tipping over the contents of my home and starting anew. Given your example, maybe that's not such a fantasy after all! Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

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  3. This is SO pretty, but I shudder to think of keeping it dust-free! Truly lovely, though.

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  4. Lovely photos! I love the random placing of the books, shows that you can create a bookcase wherever! So pretty!

    -Jacqui, burgundywhispers.com

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  5. THat is truly pretty! The lighting looks like Venini ..wow!!
    Wonderful!
    xo Karolyn

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  6. It's all so girly and pretty! Love the bench seat at the dining table and the marble bench-top!

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  7. I absolutely love this decor! BUT, I love it even more because of the way you described it!!! Fantasy, girlish, sophisticated, practical, romantic, and dancible (made up word), all in one--my dream!!! Love it, Doreen! LOVE how your words with the photos made my heart pitter-pat with love!! (I love this kitchen dancing theme! It completely coincides with my belief in the romanticism of life!) xox

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    1. Thank you so much, Shelly. It's always my aim to add to a story that has appeared elsewhere (in this case the home was originally featured on Style At Home website) and give it my spin and insight. So happy to hear it did just that.

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  8. So soft, feminine and chic - I just want to grab a good book and spend the day (or longer) in her gorgeous home!
    Loved those candy-like lamps as well (in fact, I just "pinned" them).
    ~ Lee

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  9. GORGEOUS! I'm about to tip my own upside down, as a matter of fact. I'm basically whitewashing my house then I'll re-evaluate. This post is major inspiration!!
    b

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    1. How fun and exciting! Can't wait to see the results, Barb!

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  10. Beautiful.......light and lovely. It just gets better and better. Keep up the good work.
    Elizabeth

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  11. Doreen, it's wonderful! The home pairs so good with your beautiful photo on the right. Love the books on the last pic. Happy weekend!

    Maria

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  12. Pure whimsy with a practical twist. Love it all!!
    Happy Weekend Doreen! xx

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