Today's post is inspired by an email I received yesterday that reminded me of this beautiful restored home in Beirut, belonging to fashion designer Elie Saab, who was born in Lebanon. I have kept these photos in my inspiration folder for a long time and I simply forgot to post them. The email that triggered this post concerned the floor lamps in Elie Saab's (pictured below) home in Paris, which some of you may remember.
The house is located in the Gemmayzeh district, which has many historical buildings from the Ottoman-era, that, surprisingly, somehow survived the civil war (1975-1990). The architect/interior designer was Chakib Richani, who also designed the Paris flat. All the floor lamps, sofas and tables in the living area are custom-made and designed by Richani, who also designed the Carrara marble table in the dining room.
There is so much to admire in this house. Symmetry is the first thing that comes to my mind, every single piece has a place and is arranged in a certain way. The high ceiling and the off-white look is something that impresses me. I find the Gothic arches in the living area incredibly beautiful and the Ottoman chandeliers as well. The master bedroom consists of two rooms; the first is a private sitting area. Richani also designed the garden furniture and I only wish there were more photos of the garden, which seems to look beautiful.
Marina Faust for Architectural Digest