Despite her closets filled with couture, it seems that Jackie O usually favored capris or jeans, sandals, and a classic sweater. In the end, that was all she needed. This makes me wonder, what are the domestic equivalents of white jeans, a navy turtleneck, and strappy sandals?
Or more to the point, what are the essentials that matter most? The answer is different for each of us, and this is where all those magazine tear sheets and design books come in handy. Recently I poured over my own saved pictures looking for common threads. This time I wasn't searching for English furniture or Asian ceramics -- or even certain colors -- just really broad strokes that, for me, equal a rich life.
Four-poster beds with white linens make the final list of good things. Although I prefer color on my walls, I might be content in the room above, if I could add a wing chair or bench upholstered with a large-scale print.
Built-in bookcases are another must. Of course for books, but also for small works of art and collected objects.
And finally, a pretty garden courtyard or patio. I've always been partial to the brick courtyards of New Orleans (like Patrick Dunne's featured in the March-April Southern Accents) but I think these images from Los Angeles are pretty enticing too. I always return to them.
So, for me it's patios, art, large-scale prints, bookcases and four-poster beds. What's on your short list?
Credits: First image, Simon Upton for Southern Accents March-April 2009; Second and fourth images, Francois Halard photographs of Julia Reed at home, for Vogue; Third image, Brigitte Singh block print from Aleta online; Sixth image is via Town & Country; Seventh and eighth images show Tim Clarke's house via Elle Decor ; The last image is Schuyler Samperton photographed by Paul Costello for domino, April 2007.
Patrick Dunne is the owner of the antiques shops Lucullus in New Orleans and Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Afterthought: I also want to throw in the image of Diane Cash's little slice of Indian paradise outdoors in Dallas. (Patios can be exotic or down-home.) A passionate collector, Cash has treasures brought back from around the world. The intricate patterns here remind me of some of the references in J. Crew's spring inspiration board.
Cash's home photographed by Tria Giovan for Southern Accents, July-August 2006.
Just to bring in a bit of related art history, but deviating from my original point about sticking with essentials, a sliding marble screen (a.k.a. "jali") that was part of a suite of marble screens and frames commissioned by Doris Duke in India on her honeymoon in 1935. Photo by David Franzen, courtesy of the Doris Duke Foundation.
And another follow up image that perfectly illustrates my essentials -- four-poster bed, white linens, bold textiles. The bedroom is ensconced in Lulu DK's Moondance.