Welcome to another edition of Favorite Things Friday! This week, I have enlisted an acclaimed and fabulous interior designer – Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors to share some of his favorite things. Check out his cool blog! Paul and I were good friends in high school and recently (and so luckily for me!) reconnected on Facebook. Paul’s blog was a huge inspiration for spark!
A huge thanks to Paul, and without further ado, enjoy Paul Corrie’s Favorite Things:
It should go without saying that my loving partner, parents and family, and friends are the most favorite things in my life. In an attempt not to embarrass them, however, I thought that I would focus on favorite things of mine that relate to, influence, and impact my everyday world of interior design.
I almost always grab a small San Pellegrino water before leaving for any design appointment. I came across the individual plastic bottles a couple of years ago, and it’s definitely my beverage of choice when on the go! It’s fantastic in flavor, refreshing in taste, and stylistically fabulous for the workday.
I absolutely love white hydrangeas, and they are my first flower of choice…I love to have a tight cluster of them on my dining table and in my office on a regular basis. They’re so clean and classic, and add just a touch of softness and sophistication to any space.
When I renovated my home a couple of years ago, I was very particular about how to make the best use out of all of the spaces…so selection of pieces was key! Aesthetics always takes first priority for me as a designer, but functionality took a very close second. I found this 18th Century Gustavian buffet in Los Angeles, and it has definitely become one of my favorite things. I use it to store my TV and stereo components versus the typical media cabinet. I just love its patina, rough finish and texture, and scale. It’s so wonderfully versatile in that it can be used in so many spaces for so many different purposes. I definitely think that this was one great find!
When selecting fabrics for a particular project, I’m not only concerned about color, but also texture. I’m a huge fan of using linens and velvets. There is something so casual about linen and so elegant about velvet that when paired together in various manners, they can make a dramatic statement and be the perfect balance of texture and weight.
Paris is one of my favorite places in the world…it’s so rich in history and architecture, and full of culture and life. It’s also home to some of the most fabulous flea markets you could ever imagine. I visited last year and came across what’s now one of my favorite hotels, the Relais Christine. Formerly a 16th century mansion and located on the Left Bank, this hotel had the most gorgeous flower-filled cobblestone courtyard and charming rooms that you might ever encounter.
Last but not least, I couldn’t list my favorite things without including our little girl, Cindy. She’s a 10 lb. shih-poo that’s filled with so much life and love, and she brings so much joy to our lives. We absolutely adore her!