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


See It Again: The Spade Apartment

All photography above, Eric Morin for the December 2006 World of Interiors.

I've mentioned Kate and Andy Spade's New York apartment several times since it appeared in World of Interiors. But this week I have clearer images to share. At first glance the apartment looks like happy chaos -- pattern-on-pattern, bold color, and loads of even bolder art. Yet, the symmetry gives it harmony and order. To me, it feels fresh and a tad stately -- like Ingrid Bergman's London apartment in Indiscreet. Steven Sclaroff helped orchestrate the Spade's mix. Click images above for details such as red trim on the entry bench.

Related post: Steven Sclaroff.


Adventurous Spirit: Providence

Above, glimpses inside a truly unique Atlanta boutique, Providence. Below, Providence windows are distinct among Atlanta shops because of their old-school-with-an-edge decoration. Second glances usually reveal an unexpected element.

Below, one of my Providence finds, a hand-printed 1920s French wallpaper sample.

If a shop can have a spirit, Providence Antiques has an adventurous one. The mood here is distinctly international. Literally, the shop is overflowing with owner Claudia Thompson's finds brought back from jaunts to Italy, estate sales, and antique fairs across the U.S. One of her strengths is spotting wonderful old original paintings and drawings. So, Providence is a must-visit if you are looking for interesting art at accessible prices.

Lovely and quirky gifts abound too. Whether you want something priced under $30, under $50, under $100, or over $1,000, there are things here that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. Also in-store are amazing mirrors, chandeliers, lanterns and French furniture. Providence is located in Morningside at 1409 North Highland Ave. (After a shopping excursion stop by Alon's for something sweet.)

BTW: Congrats to two of my other favorite haunts, Interiors Market and Pieces, for inclusion in the May Domino.

Providence is open everyday, even Sundays and Mondays, but typically opens at 11:30 a.m. during the week. I suggest calling to confirm morning and evening hours: (404) 872-7551. Pets and babies welcome, but pathways are very narrow.


New From Wisteria

These hand-crafted wooden Chariot Bookends are among the new offerings from Wisteria. Something about them grabbed my attention today. The horses are actually copies of antique Indian brackets which once decorated chariots. 6" wide by 8"high by 12" long. $89.

BTW: Through May 20 Wisteria is offering 10% off all online purchases.

More On The Hillcrest Estate

Kelly Wearstler's second book, Domicilium Decoratus, which showcases her Hillcrest Estate, was I think intended to be playful, unexpected fantasy -- sheer visual pleasure. There is virtually no text. If you are hungering for more information and a little design analysis, see Annie Kelly's newly released Rooms to Inspire: Decorating With America's Best Designers, from Rizzoli. Here 12 pages are devoted to pictures and thoughtful commentary on the Wearstler residence.

Other designers included in Annie Kelly's book, but not mentioned in the publisher's description, are Miles Redd and Steven Gambrel. I'm so happy to finally have my copy!

BTW: The Peak of Chic just posted a wonderful preview of Rooms to Inspire.


Vintage Redd

Photography above, Oberto Gili for House Beautiful, March 2001.

Here we have early Miles Redd, circa 2001. His signature "trad - mod - glam" mix is already evident. A while back I posted the top image, for flower arranging inspiration, and I was asked to share other images of the home. So, complete with frayed edges, I offer a few more tear sheets from my archives. Perfect pics to celebrate peony season.

The Phoenix Flared Vase above is from Plantation in L.A. It is 15" tall and costs $195. A wider array of smaller vases at different price points can be found at these sources:
Jayson Home
Providence Antiques
Carolyne Roehm

Iconic Yellow Rooms

Photography above, Derry Moore as seen in Elle Decor.

Yellow is so chic at the moment. It's interesting that two of the most celebrated rooms in 20th century interior design had bold lacquered yellow walls: Nancy Lancaster's legendary London sitting room/office, shown top, and Babe and Bill Paley's Fifth Avenue drawing room, decorated by Albert Hadley and Sister Parish, shown second.

In both cases the yellow walls apparently brought an inviting sense of warmth to grand spaces. Sister was the one who thought the Paley's room should be taxicab yellow. Five subtly different shades of yellow high-gloss paint were applied to set-off the Paley's master paintings by Gauguin and Van Gogh, as well as their French antiques. In Lancaster's vaulted room, her associate John Fowler applied numerous layers of glaze over stippled-on Peking yellow (or butter yellow) paint.

For more on the Paley room, see Albert Hadley: The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer. For more on Lancaster's room, see Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style, or Rooms.

BTW: Colefax and Fowler keeps Lancaster's yellow room open to the public.

Moi & Marie Antoinette

Big Hair and Little Dogs: The World of the Young Marie Antoinette -- a special afternoon event to be hosted by the High Museum of Art on Sunday, May 13 at 2:15 p.m. Lynn Cullen, author of Moi and Marie Antoinette, will give a kid-oriented presentation on court fashion and etiquette. Her book is a whimsically illustrated account of Marie Antoinette, told from the perspective of her pug dog, Sebastien, beginning with Antoinette's life at age 13. The author will also sign books from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Event is free with Museum admission.

BTW: While at the High, don't forget to see the amazing collection of furniture and decorative accessories that once belonged to the French kings and queens. These pieces will be on view through September 2.


See It Again

Ivanka Trump's Park Avenue apartment, originally decorated by Emma Jane Pilkington, has been published several times: House & Garden, January 2005; In Style, January 2007; The New York Times; and now, a friendly reader tells me, it's featured in the current British edition of In Style. The place has such an appealing mix of fine antiques and youthful pieces. In case you missed it on the first go-round, above are some of the views from In Style (U.S. edition, January 2007.)

If you dig those yellow-lacquered tea tables, shown top, visit Eboniste. For similar contemporary chairs, as seen in Trump's library above, try Oly Studio. The sofa, shown top facing forward, is covered in Lulu de Kwiatkowski's hand-printed cotton Moondance in light blue. Design Public stocks similar decorative pillows by Thomas Paul.

A fun place to hunt for antique and vintage chinoiserie accessories, in Atlanta, is Interiors Market. This isn't a flea market -- expect prices anywhere from $100 to over $20,000 -- but the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. It is a great place to educate your eye. Below are some of my favorite Interiors Market finds, a brass pagoda, red papier mache box and crystal lamp.

Below, by popular demand, are more lovely views of Trumps's place as seen in House & Garden, January 2005. Being a big fan of Emma Jane Pilkington's work, I've shared these before.

Searching for a past issue of House & Garden? Visit Past Paper. This is where I go when I want a special back issue in a hurry. The customer service is excellent, the shipping charges are fair, and the inventory includes issues from the last 100 years. Vintage issues of House & Garden range from $7.50 to $45. International shipping is available.

Chandelier Candle Covers

Above, hand-forged and hand-painted wrought iron coral chandelier available through Anne Coyle. $3750 to $5800.

Above, a sample of the many candle covers available through Antique Lamp Supply.

Recently I bought an old red iron chandelier that is missing its candle covers (also known as socket covers or candle sleeves.) On an electrified chandelier, these sleeves conceal the light bulb sockets and simulate taper-style candles. I need to settle on a replacement style: plain ivory or white, or "melting" polybeeswax complete with drips? Prices for a single sleeve range from less than $1 to more than $15.

Usually designers stick with plain sleeves for a crisp, clean look and go with the "melting wax" for a more textured, Old World or antique feel. Anne Coyle, who is known for mixing traditional and modern elements, opted for the dripping wax look on the whimsical coral chandelier above.

A limited selection of candle covers is available at most hardware stores and at Home Depot. In Atlanta, a wide array of styles can be found at Aaron's Lamp & Shade. Aaron's helpful staff will trim the covers for you on-the-spot, for a precise fit. But don't attempt to enter the shop with a stroller -- the aisles are beyond crowded. Here's an online source with a large selection of candle sleeves: Antique Lamp Supply.


Broadhurst Pillows at Weego Home

In the past I've mentioned Santa Monica-based retail boutique, Weego Home, as a source for Florence Broadhurst accessories; Weego sells her hand-printed Asian-inspired fabric, stretched to be hung on the wall as art, as well as 17" square pillows made from Broadhurst cottons. Recently the store began listing the pillow prices, which is ever so helpful. $100 per pillow including down form. Visit Weego Home online to view the full range of prints offered.

See also, Broadhurst Giveaway.

The Silk Trading Co.

Above, "Agnes" linen-cotton blend stripe, $28 per yard; Below, "Toddy" basketweave silk, $42 per yard.

Below, I chose "Shingu Suiting" silk for sofa pillows and dining chair seats in a tiny multi-purpose library-dining room.

If you live in one of the six cities with a brick-and-mortar Silk Trading Co. retail shop -- Atlanta, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco -- but you've never ventured in because you assume the offerings consist only of high-priced silk, give the store a try. There's no need to be intimidated. Filled to the rafters with bolts of beautiful linens, silks and cottons -- far more than the choices shown online -- The Silk Trading Co. bridges the gap between very high-end, trade-only showrooms and mass fabric outlets. Typical prices fall between $28 to $75 per yard, with a few embroidered pieces priced over $100 per yard.

Instant gratification is possible here because yardage is cut for you on-the-spot -- no long waits for an order to be shipped. The selection of colorful linen-cotton blend stripes is especially strong, and shelves are stocked with ready-made pillows priced from about $45 to $65.


SCAD Style Week

Trifold calendar above available through Kate Spade

Style-obsessed readers in Savannah and Atlanta, open your date books: the Savannah College of Art and Design, known to locals as SCAD, will host its second annual design week, SCAD Style, May 10–19, with events in both cities. Most of the week's happenings are free and open to the public.

Savannah highlights at the Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St.:

Brooklyn-based trendspotter Grace Bonney, a.k.a. design sponge, speaks Tuesday, May 15 at 3 p.m.

Caroline Weber, dynamic young historian and author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, speaks Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. A book signing and reception follow at 7 p.m. Ending the night: an 8:30 p.m. film screening of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Weber teaches at Barnard and, in addition to her scholarly work, she has written for Vogue. Her recent slide presentation at the High Museum of Art was excellent, so I definitely recommend this event.

Acclaimed interior designer and author Vicente Wolf speaks Wednesday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Throughout his presentation Wolf will use his own photographs, taken around the world in countries including Ethiopia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Syria and Borneo, to share his unique global design perspective.

Marketing master Andy Spade, CEO and co-founder of Kate Spade, participates in a question-and-answer session, Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.


On Saturday, May 12 from 2-4 p.m., at Savannah's Paris Market & Brocante, 36 W. Broughton St., SCAD President Paula S. Wallace signs a book she co-authored, A House in the South: Old-Fashioned Graciousness for New-Fashioned Times.

Highlights at the SCAD-Atlanta campus, 1600 Peachtree St.:

Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette screening in the SCAD-Atlanta Hub, Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. It would be fun to see this again on the big-screen, with an audience of stylophiles.

Veranda senior editor Tom Woodham moderates a panel discussion, "Interior Design: Atlanta and Beyond," with designers Dan Carithers, Suzanne Kasler and John Oetgen on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Topics include the interior designers' work, their struggles, and their successes.