Mrs. Blandings and I are often drawn to the same thing. Late last night when I opened my copy of Style and Substance, The Best of Elle Decor, the first thing I noticed was this iconic art-filled vignette in Albert Hadley's living room. And, sure enough, this morning Mrs. Blandings has written a terrific post about the democracy of paint using this image to prove her theory. With inspiration from design legends like Hadley, all of us can have something stunning; it's not always about the price tag, she notes. Hadley's use of a large plain panel painted pale blue to amplify a very personal collection of smaller works on paper is genius.
And the concept inspired a young Miles Redd.
Here is a little refresher. When a bedroom Redd decorated for his sister was published in Elle Decor, March 2001, the designer described it as a pastiche of famous elements.
The raspberry-painted board was the homage to Hadley, and the broad blue-and-white stripes on the Louis XV-style settee and chair were said by Redd to be "rip-off Pauline de Rothschild." For a lot of us, the open Louis XVI-style four-poster bed has become a Redd signature.
Image at top photographed by Fernando Bengoechea, from Style and Substance, The Best of Elle Decor, via Mrs. Blandings.