Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Below are some of my favorite rooms from the book; in fact, there were so many that it was hard to choose.
The private bath of Madeleine Castaing at her shop on the Rue Jacob
Portrait of Lady Diana Cooper (I included this photo not just because of Cooper's peculiar choice of hats, but also because of the trompe l'oeil panels behind her that were painted by Rex Whistler).
Bedroom of Nancy Lancaster, located in her private quarters at Colefax and Fowler in Mayfair
Villa Trianon, home of Elsie de Wolfe
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Steven Sclaroff & Kate Spade
Woodson and Rummerfield
Monday, January 29, 2007
Orange shades by David Netto
Houndstooth lampshade and black lamp at Balsamo
Lampshade by Oriental Lamp Shade Company
Feather shade available at Gracious Home
*Image at top courtesy of Edgar-Reeves, Atlanta
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I was looking through my files today and came across an article on a Philadelphia house decorated by Celerie Kemble (House Beautiful Feb. 2003). While the overall look is traditional, I think Kemble added some youthful touches (mainly through her use of color) to keep it from looking stuffy.
I'm crazy for the living room- I especially like the moss green grass-cloth covered walls (see above and below). The green is repeated in the green velvet ottoman and the green and cream striped bergere. I think the red floral Bergamo fabric that Kemble chose for the corner banquette adds some punch to the room and keeps it from looking too serious.
The dining room walls, strie painted and glazed, are such a rich brown/ochre shade. It's the perfect backdrop for the red Chinese Chippendale chairs and the red beaded chandelier.
Kemble created a tranquil bedroom by using soft green and cream as the color scheme. But what I love best are the bed hangings- so luxurious!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
1st Dibs is certainly not lacking in decorative screens this week. There are some beautiful ones that I thought I would share with you.
Michele C Antiques of Los Angeles has a circa-1985 screen comprised of Zuber wallpaper panels (the site calls them Juber, but I'm assuming they meant Zuber). The wallpaper is an 1830 design entitled "Views of Brazil" that was created using the original wood blocks. I just love the rich colors and the charming "exotic" scenes.
George N Antiques of NYC is offering a circa-1830 Neoclassical painted canvas screen. The two central panels depict a pastoral scene with a gentleman, two ladies, and a dog, and the two outside panels are painted with very typical Neoclassical design motifs. Also notice the faux-marbre effect at the bottom of the screen.
Screens are such wonderful accent pieces, and one of the beauties of screens is that they can be fairly easy to make. For full-on art deco glamour, why not make a screen using mirrored or antiqued mirrored panels? Or, if you're on a budget, you could have a handyman make a three or four-paneled wooden screen. You could add the design element by gluing on your favorite wallpaper!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz is an antique wallpaper panel dealer with offices in New York and Paris. Unfortunately, her website is still under construction, but you can see some examples of antique paper panels on her homepage. The two examples below are also on her homepage. How amazing would it be to see her inventory in person?
(Photos courtesy of newyorksocialdiary.com)
Sunday, January 21, 2007
One of my very favorite things to pore over is the catalogue from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor auction that Sotheby's organized back in 1997. I know that they were certainly a controversial couple, but it can't be denied that they were quite stylish. With Elsie de Wolfe as a mentor and the firm of Jansen as her decorator, the Duchess of Windsor couldn't help but be surrounded by beautiful things. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite rooms and images from the catalogue. Enjoy!
Friday, January 19, 2007
I'm sure many of you are familiar with Laura Yaggy's Lorely Furniture line, especially her popular python telephone table. I finally got around to checking out her website, and I truly love her furniture collection. The pieces are so simple, but what is so great about it is that you can choose amongst a multitude of finishes and colors- lacquer, crackled lacquer, lacquered linen, python, faux emu... the list goes on! She will even finish some of the pieces in faux tortoise- my current fave (as seen in my post from this past Monday). You can go as wild (or as tame) as you would like.
Here are some of the selections from her website: