Above, Annie Kelly's lush tablescape featured in Rooms to Inspire; photography © Tim Street-Porter, Rizzoli New York, 2007.
When I first purchased Annie Kelly's Rooms to Inspire: Decorating With America's Best Designers, from Rizzoli, I was focused on the well-known talents featured (Miles Redd, Steven Gambrel, Kelly Wearstler.) But now I return again and again to the pages that show the author's home: Villa Vallombrosa.
Kelly, a decorator and design journalist married to photographer Tim Street-Porter, names Tony Duquette as a mentor. Her small chinoiserie-themed sitting room really has Duquette markings -- a pair of pagodas, plus numerous Asian and Asian-inspired artifacts mixed with European furniture. (Although it feels like edited Duquette.) The elegant room's palette is what's unexpected: orange combined with pale purple.
Click-on the image above to see details. Hope it inspires you to do a weekend tablescape of your own.
Above, Annie Kelly's home featured in Rooms to Inspire; photography © Tim Street-Porter, Rizzoli New York, 2007.