April 5, 2011 10 Things I Loved This Week
1. I have considered Thomas Jefferson a favorite architect for a long time, in fact, I did a college project based on him. I designed a modernist meets classicist visitor’s center for Monticello…I love that home! I was excited to see this fun blueprint fabric featuring Jefferson’s iconic home. I would use it just like any good toile, in mass quantities. Walls, bed skirts, upholstered pieces. What a fantastic guest room this would make. www.kravet.com
2. There is a lot I can say about these exuberant rooms by Miles Redd, however I want to point out the lovely Venetian mirrors at this time. I’ve been obsessed with them while working on a current project, and these images made that obsession take flight even more. Ok, I do have to point out a couple other things. In the dining room I love the celedon vases on brackets, the Moroccan rug and the faux ivory table. In the “Elizabeth Arden” red media room, as Redd called it, the ikat pillows are so fun, and the cocktail table of inlaid ebony, ivory and tortoise shell is beyond chic!
3. FAUX FINISHES: More red for Redd, here on a closet door with a faux horn paint treatment on the trim.
More faux, here on a table that has been given a green tortoise effect.
I can’t think of anything more luxurious than a faux horn four-poster bed. Add a chinoiserie screen and a fur throw, and the luxe factor shoots through the roof!
5. J.Crew’s fall 2011 collection is already inspiring me. The super pale grey blue of the sweater with the rusty brown pant…instant color scheme for a room. I have always loved variations on this combination.
6. I found a fun website called www.izola.com that has quirky, yet practical things like these wooden toothbrushes that show the months to use them in. I know I need a reminder sometimes.
7. A favorite of designer Tom Scheerer, these bird prints by Olof Rudbeck are a favorite of mine as well. They are best grouped together.
8. I adore this “spatter” print in fabric and wall covering. Shown above in blue, Tom Scheerer used it in brown (below) with blue fabric tape trimming it all around the room. This is a boy’s room, but it is sophisticated enough for all rooms.
9. GRANNY CHIC: This is becoming a bigger part of my aesthetic, the “granny” look. It’s that mix of slightly cutesy things, floral prints, and antiques with other things like a Saarinen table or exotic Moroccan rug (as seen above). I still consider myself a modernist at heart, but I am liking more and more a larger degree of formality, detail like trims and fringe, and busier printed fabrics.
More granny chic in a bedroom featuring a Carlton V. fabric on the walls and candlewick bedspreads.
This home is in Maine, so why not play up the setting a little with a fern print? It has been modernized with the creation of a long headboard for two twin beds. This is so fresh and would be a lovely summer retreat.
10. Sunshine being a more consistent part of the week here in Seattle!