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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Sister Parish Meets Miami

Joe Nye describes his design for the guest suite of the 2006 House Beautiful Designer Showhouse, at Aqua Allison Island, as "Sister Parish meets Miami." Some of the Sister Parish trademarks include painted furniture, a plumped-up daybed covered in watermelon-pink diamond-quilted chintz, a skirted table and an abundance of pillows. The nod to Miami, Nye says, is in his use of saturated high intensity color.

My favorite aspects of the room are the oversized lantern over the dining table and, of course, the framed 1940s chinoiserie wallpaper panels.

Here's a link to video that highlights many of the dressmaker details seen in the guest quarters: Joe Nye Studio Apartment.

Below is an image of the "lady's office" Nye designed for House Beautiful's 2005 showhouse that benefited the Children's Action Network. The walls are upholstered in a chocolate brown linen that nicely sets-off classic blue and white Chinese export porcelain.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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