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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Helena Christensen's Bohème Abode


Paris Vogue this month features the model's fantastic NYC apartment...


I love her inspiration walls and tattered art...


And makeshift furniture...


A sophisticated magpie, indeed...

"Tous les objets, et il y en a des milliers, sont des souvenirs vrais ou adoptés chez les brocanteurs du dimanche, à Chelsea ou à la campagne." Loosely translated: She has millions of things, collected in Chelsea and elsewhere, that have elicited memories -- real or adopted.

And there's even a wall for Polaroids. A girl after my own heart.

PS: It was photographed by Carole Sabas at The Selby!!


Blogger parlez-vous-kiwi said...

Oh my gosh - so Im not a weirdo with my pinned up crap all over the walls - woohoo!! :-) Good to know!

May 22, 2009 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger nath said...

oh yes, saw this over at The Selby. she's got a great eye and one can only imagine the vintage shopping possibilities she has as a super-model...

May 22, 2009 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Federica said...

Oh I was going to make a post about her beautiful shop in NYC!
That's hilarious!

May 22, 2009 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

interesting collage of her life, a little here there and everywhere, small remembrances of what has or will be. thanks.

May 22, 2009 at 3:47 AM  
Blogger THE PARIS HOUSE said...

gorgeous apartment, I love her style

May 22, 2009 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

Just amazing isn't it. I saw this on THE SELBY. I think he might have taken the pictures.

Her black floor reminds me of my gold floor. In my 20s I painted my bedroom floor gold because I was inspired by a gleamy picture in a mag. Specialty finishes weren't readily available in the 80s and I think I went through about 100 bucks in gold spray paint.

May 22, 2009 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Jill of All Trades said...

That is cool. Wish I could be that good with all my goodies that have accumulated.

May 22, 2009 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger giulia said...

Thank you for this, Tina. One of my favorites. Having been feeling very down (for good reason) & seem to apologize every day for my apt. & it's mess. Was becoming (still am) very self-conscious about the state of seemingly chaos here....& then a friend overheard me. She piped up (& produced this Vogue later): "But you are our Helena. Vot are you talking about. Honestly, quit trying to be something you are not... They're all trying to be zeese (producing magazine).

I still feel, well all & good. It's HC after all. Then my former hairdresser-who-became-friend but out of country for extended time called (I smell a well-meaning conspiracy): "I always told you that you reminded me of HC...same look."

Believe me, they are being too kind, but it was a valiant effort & I appreciate seeing your post on a feverish Friday morning of a long holiday with most people out of town or preoccupied. (Yes, feeling sorry for self. Disgusting, I know.)

Julie (the Cat) & I say hello to you & your family. Especially you papa.



May 22, 2009 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger STORY said...

Great apartment - full of interesting objects depicting a life well-lived.


May 22, 2009 at 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post..i love the inspiration walls..very creative...
and've got a very very lovely blog!!:D

May 22, 2009 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger liza said...

I'm just catching up. I'm thinking of you and your father, hoping for happy moments.

May 22, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE how she puts up clippings and magazine pages. xo

May 22, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

This an amazing post. Thank you. The Selby is amazing, love them!

May 22, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said...

She is one of my favourites.
This apartment crackles with creativity.

May 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

So very very beautiful and sooo my style! I dont know how I would feel about so many people peeking into my house like that. Glad people like her dont mind though!

May 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Cassie said...

Love the inspiration walls...lovely. Thanks for sharing.

May 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger jezebel said...

I wish my French was slightly less shabby than that perfect nude in the top photo, so that I could read this article. Makes me crave a visit to Butik.

May 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

Just noticed she as Man Ray's Marchesa Casati on the wall as do I. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my site.


May 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

Wow, it's so quirky, I love it. And, I wish I could trade her something for that tattered redhead nude! And, also, always wanted to trade my boring hazel eyes for her divine blue!

May 22, 2009 at 4:56 PM  
Anonymous automatism said...

What a great eye she has — this is part home, part art gallery. Love it.


May 22, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Bambola said...

What a fantastic space. So full of character. It's awesome when the items all have a story & the room isn't so put together...

I love that last black chest, but I wonder what she stores in it - jewelry I would imagine... x

May 23, 2009 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I love a sneaky peak like this !

May 23, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

It looks like my dream house...not clinical and over styled, just perfect!

May 26, 2009 at 11:45 PM  

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