Tuesday Tidbit: My Custom Lining Habit on all things Design

Tuesday Tidbit: My Custom Lining Habit on All Things Design

Ok…so you know I love couture details

I liked this…kind of fun!

I have kind of an obsession with fabulous and personalized linings.

Hot pink, green silk, wild pattern, unexpected uses…

I found this pleated pink silk on Pinterest. Photo linked. Love it!

Am sure it all started in the – get ready – 1980’s (!) – before I was born…not…

when designing in NYC & then Los Angeles

At the time it was very chic to custom design all the lamp shades with pale pink hand dyed silk so that the glow from the light bulbs would be flattering to women in a room

This is a picture from a silk lamp shade site that I found. The pic is linked back to the creators’ site. What I noticed was the level of detail. All hand done. Even if it’s not your style, the talent required to execute this craft is supreme.

How wonderful! I wanted to live like the people we were designing for :)!

I couldn’t afford it…so I thought, well – heck, maybe I could “Custom DIY” it…

Pink Paint ! What could go wrong ;)?…..hummm…..

Saved up…bought a can of pink paint

Customized every single lampshade inside of our microscopic apartment with what I thought was the “perfect” pale pink

Mind you – I painted in broad daylight

Let me just say…daylight isn’t always the best light to use…designer (duh Ann)…especially when the product you are “creating” will NEVER be used in daylight :)!!

I was so excited to see the results…

Evening lands…

evening…the real test…I was SO excited…ugghh…thank God for humor!

And our crappy small apartment looked like the inside of a bottle of Pepto Bismol.

Design Epic Fail # 112!

I laughed – and cried – mostly because I couldn’t afford another can of paint…and learned then and there that two things REALLY matter when dealing with LINING things and the COLOR of lining things:

1. Composition of Material: Paint on cheap cardboard is NOT the same as hand died pale silk 🙂

2. Saturation of Color = Reflective Quality


Needless to say, I still love custom lining and have spent years delighting in clients who don’t mind an epic fail every now and then while we get that amazing green underlining “just right” to reflect off a polished floor when you are walking up a staircase and happen to “glimpse” the underside of a chair!

I do believe custom linings are a fingerprint from the designer. A touch of whimsy. And they show intent. You cannot rush when you are lining things.

Louboutin Lining is known the world over…it is just fun!

Live a custom life. There is only one you.™

Check out our Pinterest Board on Linings here & let me know if you have any fabulous lining stories we can share!

xo Ann

Monday Matters: Finding your Muse in Custom Interior Decorating & Design

Monday Matters: Finding your muse in Custom Interior Decorating & Design

I confess, I love couture details.

Elie Saab, 2008 Couture. I swear if I could wear this to work I would !!!

I have struggled to figure out where it came from…this manic love of the covered button, interlined pillow or silk monogrammed underlining on a chair that no one but the owner sees

Chanel Haute Couture. I can see that necklace translated into a table base or custom handles…and I would, again, wear that jacket to grocery shop ;)!

…& why it compels me…

Giamattista Valli. This is from his second Haute Couture Collection. I mean, DIVINE!!!

It finally hit me  – not so subtly – this week.

duh Ann…it’s only been…well, let’s just say I’m not in my 30’s any more…

Call me dense :)!…but sometimes it takes me a L O N G time to see things!!

I grew up with a mother who sewed. I am sure she missed her calling in some capacity…as she made everything over the years from bathing suits (!) to wedding dresses & even a beautiful knit out fit for my boys when they were infants.

It is in the details…I remember standing for hours on end to have her cut a pattern from my body…out of paper bags because they “held their shape nicely, dear”…! Why was I not more grateful ! :(…oh to get that time back…since we can’t … on to making custom for YOU!! :)! She would love that…absolutely love that…

Her creations were always perfectly cut. Always from a pattern in her brain or tweaked. Always custom.

Guess I found my muse. I miss her.

A Greek muse

She knew how to find the exceptional in fabric & fabricate something that was magical to wear…..even when that fabric was cheap or I was overweight.

The way she cut the fabric, the care, the thread she used…the way the buttons NEVER fell off, the hems were always completely invisible…it made me feel like I mattered in a world of so many people…that someone took the time to make something special that would enhance who I was….

She made me feel special and important when a custom “anything” was made for me.

And I want you to feel that same way.

To know your value!

2012 Elie Saab Haute Couture. Now…can you imagine a fabulous – and I DO MEAN FABULOUS chair in your bedroom from this?! Everyday luxury in your life and home. Couture Chateau…!

Let me say that again – I want you to know you are valuable. You are worth making something custom for. That will enhance your life, who you are at your core.

I can’t sew to save my dog’s soul…much less mine…but I can walk along side you & we can work together to incorporate custom into your home and life.

Who is your muse?

Couture Chateau is built on the foundation that design and living is all about you. Who you are, what you are meant to do and be. And that custom design matters because it equips you to “be a better you” and by extension, your community and the world at large are blessed because of that.

So here’s to Monday. It matters. And so do you!!

Live a custom life. There is only one you.

xo Ann