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


Interchangeable Parts II

Photo above, from House & Garden, shows Mary McDonald's work on the historic Buster Keaton estate.

Photo above, Luca Trovato for Town & Country December 2005.

Photo above, Melanie Acevedo for Domino, January/February 2006.

My mission to highlight forever pieces (great furniture and accessories that can stay with you for a lifetime, through numerous moves or changes in circumstances) continues. Here are three different rooms, varied in size and formality, where Mary McDonald re-used the same elements: stools, pillows made from Brunschwig & Fils "Le Zebre," bone-inlaid chairs, and her signature blue-and-white ceramics. (If you browse Mary's site you'll notice that pagoda pops-up often too.) Laura over at Orange Beautiful calls this "mobile chic." To better see all the details. click on the images.


katiedid said...

This is an interesting concept! I wonder if clients have seen some of these things in her portfolio and said" Oh! I have to have that!" or if Mary just loves these peices?

I have noticed other designers doing the same thing: Vicente Wolf and Thomas Pheasant to name a couple.

I guess if it isn't broken, don't fix it!

cotedetexas said...

Hi, the cover of Veranda this month features the work of Shabby Slips owner Renae Abbott. Her shop is absolutely beautiful and is filled with hip antiques and one of a kind pieces. She had those drums, zebra covered, around 4 or 5 years ago! So interesting, never seen them before or since, until these pictures. Beautiful. Thanks!

Mélanie said...

This post about the power of forever furniture is great . I love to buy forever antiques.

Style Court said...

Joni, that's interesting!

Melanie, thanks!

girl meets glamour said...

What an eagle eye you have Courtney! It's so often that designers will use similar if not the same elements, but create such unique spaces. Great post :)

Unknown said...

I love those bone inlaid chairs.