I think I spent more time searching for the right photos for this post than any other. I was shocked how difficult it was to find good examples. Google "Sexy home" and lots of bad stuff comes up! I still don't think I found everything a sensual home encompasses. For example, some of the lacquer painted rooms didn't have furniture that I liked. Also, I would have liked to have had a picture of fabulous silk drapes reminiscent of ball gowns. Lighting, texture, color and style all contribute to a sensual home. However, my friend (who is off-the-charts stylish and sexy in a sophisticated way) and I discussed what creates this look. We both agree it can't be a formula or something you walk out of a store with. A sensual home reflects the owner's personality and vibe. It's the way the room makes you feel when you walk in. It's the mixture of old and new, formal and comfortable. It's the scent of a great candle and a breeze blowing through open doors. Does anyone else need a cigarette now?
Photos via: Vanity Fair Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Veranda Magazine; Stephen Karlisch, unknown on the last 2