I have been rather focused on my family (daughter's been on school holidays) and looking for part time work that allows me to work from home.
But I did want to share a MOST inspirational home with you.
I first discovered Elizabeth Taylor as a young child entranced with Cleopatra (1963).
I remember thinking what gorgeous eyes that seem to drag you in forever and ever. Then I heard in my teens that she had eyes of the most unusual shade of violet. I also read that a genetic hiccup blessed her with double rows of eye lashes! No wonder her eyes were the main star!
And of course we can't have a blogpost about Liz Taylor without incudling her iconic jewels! (Just a few...)
The La Peregrina Pearl; a perfect pear-shaped natural pearl once owned by Bloody Mary, Queen of Scots; a gift from husband Richard Burton. Karipearls includes a great story about her La Peregrina pearls... now only with great pics of the piece, but also highlights her passion for life, her largeness of character and her.. normal-ness!
The divine Cartier ruby and diamond necklace, presented by husband Mike Todd
The 33.19 carat Krupp diamond, an engagement gift from Richard Burton. She is known to have worn this rock more than any other of her pieces.
The 69.42 carat giant Taylor-Burton diamond
The stunning emerald and diamond necklace by Bulgari, a gift from Burton
The massive Bulgari 321-carat Burmese sapphire pendant in a diamond and sapphire sautoir necklace, from Burton
You'd think this blog was all about her jewels, don't you?
Well... it's actually about her beautiful ranch-style home in Bel Air, California, for 30 years until her death in March 2011. Her property sits on just under 1.5 acres of land (very modest compared with other uber-celebs). 7000 sq feet of that was devoted to the house that was surrounded by a bricked motor court, swimming pool, stunning landscaped gardens, a hothouse for orchids and a koi pond with a waterfall.
I couldn't get enough of Elizabeth Taylor's gorgeous home featured in Architectural Home Digest July 2011. For someone who has such fiery tastes in jewellery, her newly decorated home is peaceful, exudes warmth and casual living. Taylor worked with Waldo Fernandez in 2010 and the gorgeous actress passed away during the Architectural Digest photoshoot.
Her house was redecorated in a beautiful shade of blue to reflect the iconic lady's gorgeous eyes. Paired with warm woods, grey-whites and punches of fushcia, the result is a gorgeously calm, bright and beautifully relaxed abode.
The beautiful gardens feature many roses; the hybrid tea rose Elizabeth Taylor, introduced in 1985, abounds.
Since Ms Taylor's death, her house has sold. We have lost yet another style and life icon.