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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

3.30.2007

Red Lantern



It's not a done-to-the-nines decorator bedroom, but Miranda Brooks's understated bedroom, as featured in Bright Young Things, is one of the most magical I've ever seen. The tall mirror and large chandelier are the elegant star players; simple curtains and a bedspread with embroidered red poppies by Brigitte Singh bring warmth and charm.

Brooks says her whimsical red Chinese lantern was inspired by the film, The Red Lantern. But I've never been able to track down a movie with that title -- only Raise the Red Lantern. The latter 1991 movie is considered to be among the most visually stunning films ever made -- and the plot revolves around red lanterns and bedrooms -- so it seems logical to me that this could be the title Brooks meant. But I've always wondered. Does anyone know the 411?

3.29.2007

Charlotte Moss



Above, a Charlotte Moss-designed apartment photographed by Paul Costello for the April Domino.

When it comes to creating a sense of feminine luxury, Charlotte Moss is the master. If you had one chance to work with a dream decorator, would you choose a hot wunderkind or a seasoned pro like Moss?




Shown above, September 2004 House & Garden cover featuring de Gournay chinoiserie "jardinieres & citrus trees" on dark blue dyed silk for the walls and curtains in Charlotte Moss's dining room.

There's so much buzz about the opening next month of The Charlotte Moss Townhouse, a sumptuous retail emporium located in a five-story Manhattan landmark. Aside from shopping, and Design Atelier offerings such as custom-colored silk wall panels from de Gournay, the Townhouse is expected to offer inspiration. I've always thought the close-up image of Moss's own de Gournay-swathed dining room, above, made for one of the most striking House & Garden covers ever.

Another Weekend Find


This red faux bamboo chandelier was another of my Interiors Market finds last Saturday. I hesitated to post it earlier because I was seriously thinking of snapping it up myself. Now, I'm not sure if I can commit to the red. One man who had absolutely no problem committing to a red chandelier was Tony Duquette. The Peak of Chic just did a gorgeous Duquette post, which is a must see, and here is a link to one of my past posts: Echoes of Tony Duquette.

Vanessa in Sunset



Photographs above Lisa Romerein for Sunset; Design Vanessa De Vargas

When it comes to decorating, Vanessa De Vargas seems to have no fear of commitment; She selects a narrow pallet and never wavers. Her technique of using neutrals such as her beloved grays, black, and soft whites, punctuated with hits of red or yellow, is beautifully captured in the April issue of Sunset Magazine. In her petite 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice, California, Vanessa channels Dorothy Draper, injecting modest digs with fresh glamour and luxury. Be sure to pick-up a copy of the magazine!

3.28.2007

Find of the Week



Seacloth's 18" square, linen/cotton blend pillow with down insert and a hidden zipper closure, in the "flutter" pattern, is now available for retail purchase, online, $110. Brown or red.

Thanks Petite Tresor for tipping us off to Seacloth's new online shop!

3.27.2007

B.D. Jeffries



Images above from B.D. Jeffries show samples of the shop's lovely wares: top, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities by Albertus Sebus; below, hand-pulled ceramic containers trimmed in 14 karat gold from L'Objet.

B.D. Jeffries, the oh-so-chic gift shop with locations in Atlanta and Charlotte, is often included in Southern shopping guides but, if you've never visited the Atlanta store, you may not realize how staggering the selection of design books is. I popped-in Saturday and saw every lavish title that has been released in the last few years. (Couldn't resist picking-up two wish list books for myself: Rooms, and Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision, the unsigned version.) So, if you are in Atlanta and searching for a beautiful fashion, interior design or lifestyle book, from $29 to over $200, B.D. Jeffries is worth a visit.

BTW: the online site does not do justice to the brick and mortar store.

3.26.2007

Adventurous Spirit: Edith Wharton



Edith Wharton's Morocco is a special tour abroad offered by The Mount, a cultural center that preserves Edith Wharton's former Massachusetts home. The study tour is scheduled for October 13-25, 2007 and is designed to retrace globe-trotting writer/decorator Wharton’s 1917 journey through Morocco. Highlights will include admission to private palaces and gardens, the red and white cities of Rabat and Salé, and Marrakech. Cost is $7,500.

This month Rizzoli is publishing another re-issue of Wharton's 1897 book, The Decoration of Houses, co-authored with architect Ogden Codman, Jr.

Saturday Find



Domino's April feature on Schuyler Samperton put me in the mood for pattern and antiques, so on Saturday I stopped by Interiors Market. The warm, clear colors and relatively simple geometric pattern of this rug, spotted in a stall there, really grabbed my attention. The dealer believes it's an Oushak.

Speaking of Turkish rugs, an interesting exhibition that explores the impact of Near East style on Venetian art and design, Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797, opens March 27 at The Met.

3.23.2007

Schuyler Samperton in April Domino





Paul Costello photographed the Domino feature shown above

Ever since Domino premiered nearly two years ago, I've been hoping to see interior designer Schuyler Samperton in the pages. On Saturday my wish was finally granted when the mailman delivered Domino's fresh April issue. It's always fun to see new views of a favorite designer's home, and I'm loving Samperton's bathroom walls!

Here's a link to an earlier post with related images: Samperton's Red Chairs.

If you like Samperton's bed cover above, here are some related past posts and lovely books:
Suzani Mania
Doris Duke Suzani Collection
Bright Flowers: Textiles And Ceramics Of Central Asia
Textile Style: The Art of Using Antique and Exotic Fabrics to Decorate Your Home
Decorating with Antiques: Confidently Combining Old and New

Still Seeing Red





Above, Grey Crawford's photograph of Schuyler Samperton's living room with red lacquered chairs, as seen in Elle Decor, November 2003.


One of my first posts last spring was about a pair of red lacquered chairs in designer Schuyler Samperton's living room. Since then, my weakness for painted red furniture has been obvious with all the glossy examples popping-up here. So, at the risk of being too predictable, I have to add to the mix Anthropologie's new red chinoiserie bed and dahlia needlepoint ottoman, both below.


3.21.2007

Carolina Irving



I really flipped for the complex mix of exotic patterns in Carolina Irving's apartment, photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue, October 2006, as shown above top. So, I was thrilled to recently discover a detailed video of Irving's apartment featured on a French site called Interieurs. Here's the link: "Chez Carolina." One tedious thing: registration is required to view the video and the site is entirely in French, but if you like textiles, Indian block prints and globe-trotter chic, the extra time is worth the effort.

See also Carolina Irving Textiles.

The second image above is from Interieurs.

3.20.2007

Bookworm III


Above, one of my favorite rooms of the decade, a library/dining room designed by Tim Clarke; photographed by Grey Crawford and published in Elle Decor, May 2002, as well as in Hollywood Style,by Diane Dorrans Saeks.



Compendium of Interior Styles is another book I plan to keep forever. Weighing about six pounds, this gargantuan resource offers a whirlwind tour of interior design history, from the Medieval era through the twentieth century, using iconic residences such as Versailles and Monticello as illustrations. I especially appreciate how the author, François Baudot, shows how one period of design morphs into the next, and how styles return.

Isola Bella Pillow


Lovelier and more graphic crewelwork pillows just keep coming from Anthropologie. Above is the isola bella pattern in tomato. 20" square. $68.

3.19.2007

Bookworm II


If, to save space, I ever have to decrease my collection of design books, Dawn Jacobson’s Chinoiserie is one book I won't let go. For me it functions like a colorful, exquisitely illustrated encyclopedia of decorative arts. The glossy lacquered furniture, the delicate hand-painted wallpaper, the fanciful garden follies – it’s all here in Jacobson’s coverage of the West’s 600-year love affair with Chinese-inspired design.


Another book that has become a surprisingly good resource is Hollywood Style,by Diane Dorrans Saeks. For a long time I passed over this one because I assumed it focused on movie stars. Actually though, the emphasis is on L.A.'s top designers, with a few landmark residences such as Tony Duquette's Dawnridge and Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura in the mix. Saeks highlights the full range of L.A. style, from layered classics to the sleekest modern houses, disproving the myth that L.A. has no design legacy.

Among the included designers are Tim Clarke, Peter Dunham, Michael Smith, Suzanne Rheinstein, Kate Stamps, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Patrick Dragonette, Rose Tarlow, and Kerry Joyce. Also featured are two Kelly Wearstler-designed hotels, Maison 140 and Viceroy Santa Monica. It's true that quite a few of the homes and commercial properties in Hollywood Style have also been featured in Elle Decor, and even in other books, but I love having all of the beautiful photographs from Tim Street-Porter and Grey Crawford together in one easy-to-access place.

Speaking of design books, Atlanta fans of high-voltage color king, Jamie Drake, author of Jamie Drake's New American Glamour,can meet the interior designer on Thursday, March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Deadwyler Antiques, 49 Bennett St. Drake will discuss mixing contemporary art with antiques RSVP: 404-351-3941.

Zig Zag Pillows



Last year I posted this Grey Crawford photograph from the December Cottage Living feature on Ruthie Sommers, and several people asked me about the striped sofa pillows. Now, thanks to Peak of Chic, I can share this online source for the fabric, which is Zig Zag by Alan Campbell for Quadrille.

3.18.2007

Craving Books


Above, from Domino's archives, Paul Costello's photograph of bookshelves in a loft decorated by Sara Ruffin Costello. Below, Grey Crawford's photograph of Schuyler Samperton's book-filled living room, as seen in Elle Decor, November 2003.


Some disappointing news: The L.A. House, the first book from decorator Ruthie Sommers, apparently will not be published this month as expected. The new release date is November 2007. Also, Kelly Wearstler's untitled third book, documenting her own 1926 Georgian-style residence, won't be out until 2008.



On the positive side, Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, Marian McEvoy and Muriel Brandolini are among the twelve taste-makers featured in Annie Kelly's upcoming book, Rooms to Inspire: Decorating With America's Best Designers. This title is supposed to be released next month, and the long-awaited (by me at least) Lulu, the first book from textile designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski, should be released June 2007 by art house publishers Ammo Books.

FYI: In her 2001 book, Designing Women: Interiors By Leading Style-Makers, Margaret Russell features Muriel Brandolini.