These dreamy photos of French jewelry designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac‘s Jaipur home have me wishing I could hop on a plane back to India. The designer’s colorful residence is in the lovely Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, where I stayed in February (stay tuned–my India travel guide is almost finished!). Dutch interior designer Marie-Anne Oudejans (remember her gorgeous place?) also lives in the hotel and helped her friend Marie-Hélène decorate the two-bedroom suite overlooking the property’s garden (it has peacocks roaming about…I was in heaven!). Below, explore more of the magical interior which was recently published by Architectural Digest.
The walls are painted in the designer’s trademark powder blue. Marie-Hélène explained to Architectural Digest, “Color is everywhere in Jaipur. Between blue and turquoise, there are 50 variations, and each has a name—some untranslatable because they don’t exist anywhere else.”
Above, Marie-Hélène reclines on a chic chaise in her living room. How wonderful is that blue bookshelf in the background?! I am crazy about its shape. “There’s a great sense of decoration and of craftsmanship here,” she told AD. “Even the rickshaws are painted with motifs. People know how to design and make things, and everything is possible.”
The designer’s guest bedroom includes a custom canopy bed designed by Oudejans (my dream bed, to be sure) and framed antique quilted textiles. The chevron dhurrie makes a graphic statement and I adore the coral branch side table by Idli Design (he has a shop within the hotel and it’s beyond inspiring).
More brilliant rings designed by Marie-Hélène in Jaipur.
The marble bathroom has the most wonderfully shaped mirrors.
More Marie-Hélène de Taillac jewelry because I really can’t get over these rings.
This is a photo I found in the Financial Times about the designer. She’s standing on the front veranda of the Narain Niwas (brings back such memories!). I love the hotel’s bold color palette…classic India! Marie-Hélène first discovered the hotel in 1989 when she was traveling the country with friends. Of her new home she mused, “It’s a harbor of peace, with peacocks, birds, monkeys,” she says. “It’s India as I remember and love.”
And a close-up because how stunning is her skirt and that pink cardigan?! Chic!!!