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


Inspired By Claydon House?

Above, Mary McDonald's master bedroom designed for the 2003 House Beautiful showhouse benefiting Children's Action Network.

Image above, Claydon House, copyright Britain's National Trust.

I've always wondered if the fret work that crowns Mary McDonald's dramatic canopy bed, top, was slightly inspired by the famous Chinese Room at Britain's Claydon House. Designed in 1769 by Luke Lightfoot, the Claydon interior is viewed as the most intricate chinoiserie room surviving in Britain. Highlights include elaborate pagoda motifs above each door, and an almost theatrical tea alcove painted with latticework and covered in lush Asian-inspired details.

This Kelly Wearstler-designed yellow bedroom at Maison 140, above, is intended to have a Paris-meets-Far East vibe. It feels a little like a modern, clean-lined version of those stately 18th-century European bedrooms that were loaded with chinoiserie.


cotedetexas said...

Very keen eye, as usual! Great post. How do you do it? You always find JUST the right picture to make your points.


Style Court said...

Joni, you're too kind -- thanks!

katiedid said...

Ditto! All great photos. I love the Mary McDonald!

The Peak of Chic said...

Excellent post! And, you might be on to something. The Chinese Room is just magnificent!

Style Court said...

Jennifer, Katie,

Thanks. I agree the Chinese Room is amazing!

girl meets glamour said...

Wow, I am amazed at the detail that went into this room in the Claydon House! I do see this room as an influence on both designers. I have always loved what Mary created with this bedroom, and Kelly always has that way of combinding east and west, so to speak. Great post Courtney!

Style Court said...

thanks kate :)