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So here's the fantasy. A safe, sunny pot with such low humidity that Moroccan-style screens can be used in lieu of glass windows and hair remains frizz-free, even without a blowout. In keeping with Paloma Picasso's memory of childhood, there are no requirements except breathing, eating, sleeping and drawing (or painting, or decoupaging, or stitching -- you get the idea). One or two rooms open to a garden offer plenty of space.
Amy Wells pulled together for Charley (Julianne Moore's character) in A Single Man. (Read a terrific piece about the Oscar-snubbed design here.)
But I'm after something a little earthier and dressed-down. Befitting Charley, this room is supremely chic with nods to Hollywood Regency. What I want to take away is the idea of the 'bay window' comprised of carved screens flanked by curtains in a terrific Mid-Eastern or Southeast Asian-influenced print.
Christophe Edwards' late-19th-century pine Moroccan screen and the thought of Lisa Fine's Baroda I linen used for curtains.
Pictures of Matisse and Picasso living and working in the South of France in the 1940s also inspire, and the bird connection is explained here.
This antique Anglo-Indian teak campaign daybed from T.C. Donobedian looks so cool. It even folds, so it could move outside pretty easily. I'm wondering, though, if Ballard's ever-popular daybed custom upholstered in Fine's Kashgar 2 might be better for actually sleeping.
Carolina Irving's Andaluz, because it resembles the North African textiles collected by Matisse, and Peter Dunham's Udaipur, also in indigo.
Oh and rustic ceramics from Nathan Turner. He's got an 18th-century Spanish work table too. Would be nice for small art projects or dining (below).
For a really tiny space, Downtown has a compact 1930s drafting table.
Keivan Woven Arts and Carolina Irving's Patmos Stripe in parsley is a possibility for curtains.
More earthiness, and another Picasso nod, comes from Paloma Picasso's hand-hammered necklace.
Hollywood at Home.
guitar should have been included in one of the collages.
[Image via American Guitar and Band.]
In the first inspiration board, the detail of the flat-weave Syrian rug was cropped from Hali; in the second collage, the painting is Francoise Gilot's 1959 La Plage via Christie's; and I think everone already knows about the famous Robert Capa photograph.
Now, if this is all too loose for you and you're craving excellent photography of serene, classic rooms, with tips from respected professionals, check out editor Julie Cole Miller's Southern Accents retrospective, The Best Southern Rooms, on newsstands this month. You'll notice favorite interiors from designers including Thomas Jayne, Suzanne Rheinstein, Amelia Handegan and Phoebe Howard. Julie pulled top picks from the magazine's last five years, covering entry halls, porches, and rooms for rest and rejuvenation, as well as all the standard spaces like living rooms and libraries.
Here's my favorite part of the forward:
...a curious mind, an elegant eye, and a warm disposition go a long way toward bringing graciousness into our homes. (But don't underestimate the power of silver, crystal, and a few blossoms from the garden -- they work wonders too!)
F.Y.I. Keivan Woven Arts has a big sale coming up in Atlanta.
For more on all of the books used as sources for this post, click on the artists' names below (the labels) and keep scrolling down to see a variety of past posts. Nick Harvill is another great resource for vintage art books. The photo in the center of the collage above is from David Douglas Duncan's Goodbye Picasso.
Oops. Hit publish before adding this update: I'm told North Carolina-based Parlor Textiles' new e-commerce site will launch next week, April 28 or 29. Stay tuned...