Style Court

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


Repeating Pattern

Photography above, Joshua McHugh for Elle Decor.

Yesterday I mentioned how much I like the Moroccan fantasy vignette created by Elle Decor for the annual DIFFA fundraiser, Dining By Design, 2007. Below are rooms in private homes where the owners wanted a similar exotic vibe. Some feel Turkish, some Moroccan, and others Indian, but all are enveloped in fabric and pattern.

Above, Lee Radziwill's London drawing room, circa 1960s, decorated by Renzo Mongiardino; photo by Cecil Beaton as seen in Domino, April 2006.

Image above, Lisa Fine's Paris apartment photographed by Ivan Terestchenko for Elle Decor, August 2000; another view below, Vogue Living, fall 2006.

Below, rooms with Eastern flair designed by Michael Smith; the bedroom was photographed by Lisa Romerein for House Beautiful, October 2006.

Below, bedroom designed by Peter Dunham, as seen in House & Garden, August 2006.

Above, Odalisque with Grey Culottes, by Henri Matisse, 1926-27
Oil on canvas, 54 x 65 cm
Musee National de l'Orangerie Paris

I included the Matisse painting here because the artist was a lifelong collector of textiles -- French and African fabrics, exotic Persian carpets, Middle Eastern embroideries. His collection inspired many interior scenes, like the one above, where pattern permeates the entire room. A great resource for fabric designers, or anyone passionate about textiles and Matisse, is the book, Matisse, His Art and His Textiles.

For more on Renzo Mongiardino, see Designers on Designers : The Inspiration Behind Great Interiors.

Related past post: Moroccan Chic II.

BTW: Currently on view at The Met is an interesting exhibition that explores the impact of Near East style on Venetian art and design, Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797.


The Peak of Chic said...

Love the photos you've shown here. Mongiardino was the master of this look!

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE this style as it is so reminescent of my childhood spent in India. I've tried to incorporate so many elements of this in my home today, but my Irish-American husband is only so willing to go there! Thanks for more inspiration.

Style Court said...


You must have memories of the most amazing colors and patterns!! Thanks for visiting.


Phoebe said...


you have seen that stylecourt was mentioned in this month's elle decor by margaret russell in her editor's letter, have you not?

congrats, cherie!

Style Court said...

Yes, thanks so much Phoebe!