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The Charming Mr. Blahnik

by habituallychic

10 . 28 . 10
I love when I’m looking for one thing and I find something even better in the process. In this case, it was photographs of Manolo Blahnik at his beautiful Georgian house in Bath, England by Ivan Terestchecnko.   He shares this house with his collection of books and about 10,000 pairs of shoes that bear his name.  He most enjoys spending time in his garden and one has to wonder if that is what inspires his more fanciful designs.  I especially love the classic English colors of the rooms and the slightly cluttered look that is quintessentially English.  Most of the woman who buy his shoes tell him that they make them happy but I have a feeling that Mr. Blahnik would say that his home is what makes him happy. 

Photos by Ivan Terestchenko via Style Frizz

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  1. Alcira Molina-Ali October 28, 2010 | 2:49 pm

    Great stuff Heather!
    This is gorgeous, I love all the neoclassical elements.
    And of course, the sculptural shoes on display ; )


  2. Ivy Lane October 28, 2010 | 2:50 pm

    I saw him on Martha Stewart’s show a few weeks ago.. he really is so charming! He showed the process from sketch to production … it was amazing.. HE is amazing!

  3. katy elliott October 28, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    My kind of house. Love, love the colors used.

  4. Teresa at Splendid Sass October 28, 2010 | 3:30 pm

    I love everything in this home, but that pink striped sofa is to die for. How comfy!

  5. a lovely being October 28, 2010 | 3:36 pm

    that pink sofa reminds me of peppermint! his home is fabulous 🙂

  6. C October 28, 2010 | 3:58 pm

    The picture of him with a shoeshelf instead of a bookshelf behind his writing desk is just perfect. How appropriate.

  7. Shoshana October 28, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    That sofa just looks so cushy, and cosy.

  8. Transformations Home Stylists October 28, 2010 | 5:08 pm

    i have an a spread from vogue 1984 of this house, photographed by eric boman and written by miles chapman of tatler. although most of the pieces are the same, the color palette then was all neutral -it’s fun to see his use of color now. thanks for posting this!

  9. pve design October 28, 2010 | 8:22 pm

    I met him years ago and he was lively and full of wit and plenty of ideas – his home is exactly what I would envision. Looks like a chic think tank! Lovely little eccentricities just like his shoes.

  10. quintessence October 29, 2010 | 3:45 am

    Love everything about his house – the colors, the style and the not-too-neatness. And of course all the books!

  11. quintessence October 29, 2010 | 3:45 am

    Love everything about his house – the colors, the style and the not-too-neatness. And of course all the books!

  12. Luciane From HomeBunch.com October 29, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    What a treat to your readers, Heather!

    Simply stunning and Chic! That speaks a lot about his personality and creative soul.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    PS: Heather, would you SVP visit my blog and let me know what you think? I admire you and your blog so much and it would mean a lot to me. THANK YOU!

  13. CB October 29, 2010 | 1:38 pm

    Love it all. And I swear, I find his shoes comfortable. (I gladly suffer for my Loubs, though.)

  14. Claudia Juestel October 31, 2010 | 12:10 am

    Is Mr. Blahnik the man with largest shoe collection in the world? What a wonderful place to get inspired by.