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

8.23.2007

Annie Kelly


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.

12 comments:

Brilliant Asylum said...

Wonderful combination of Oriental and European pieces. I love the pale lavender with the rich orange too.

girl meets glamour said...

I just love this book and I can't get enough of it! Annie has such a great style, so glad you posted this Courtney!

~Kate

Mrs. Blandings said...

I like orange rooms as a rule - but this shade is particularly terrific.

style court said...

Kate, Brilliant, Mrs. Blandings,

So nice to hear you like her style too. Thanks for commenting!

ALL THE BEST said...

Great post Courtney, stunning photos! What a great combination!!!

style court said...

thanks Ronda!

robyn said...

Love the colors Courtney, nice post on Anne Kelly.
I have learned so much about home decor reading stylecourt.

style court said...

Oh, thanks Robyn! I feel the same way about your gardening posts :)

beachbungalow8 said...

love this pumpkin soup. do we know the color?

i really need to jump over to amazon and order this.

does anyone else feel that painting could be lowered?

style court said...

I'll check the book and see if the paint is named. Looks like a special multi-layer glaze.

The Peak of Chic said...

I'm so glad she included her home in this book because it's so beautiful. You can tell it was a home that was put together over time.

style court said...

Jennifer, yes! that's what is so lovely about it.