Style Court

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

2.05.2008

In Context III



Last year Burnham Design shared this footstool with us, suggesting how we might use a very tiny remnant of special fabric. What I didn't mention then is that the stool and leopard-pattern rug are also part of the aqua bedroom featured a while back in domino. Betsy Burnham's seriously adventurous mix of prints is in full force here.

Notice too those key components: something black, an animal print, and something vintage (the footstool fabric.) If the fretwork on the white table can be viewed as Chinese-inspired, we can also add something Asian. Kelly Robson, director of Burnham's online service, Instant Space, often sees these elements in fresh but timeless rooms.

5 comments:

beachbungalow8 said...

lucky betsy, i've never run across a client who was THIS easy going.

Pigtown-Design said...

I swear, the bedskirt almost looks like camoflage pattern!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the camo bedskirt is outrageous! I think the lesson to take away here is, the more you add patterns, the less it matters that they "match." I love Betsy's look in the photos you feature. The portfolio on her website is more sedate. I imagine that her clients who opt for this signature clashing look are very special people who "get it." Cote de Texas has a library posted right now that's done in all beige tones, including painted furniture, and as it is the client feels she's really gone out on a limb. Most people hire a decorator so that things WILL match. They want their house to look as if it's be "done." Burnham's look, to the untrained eye, appears to have been just thrown together. I could see how a noveau riche type client who just wanted a 'fancy" house to impress friends with, would probably not go for this type of design.

Style Court said...

Anon,
Thanks for putting so much thought into your comment! I agree, Betsy has such a distinct approach -- I mean she has her range too, but pattern on pattern is one of her signatures and it takes a client with an eye to appreciate it.

beachbungalow8 said...

well put -you both.