A Reader Wrestles with Blue Walls
[Elle Decor, November 2006, design by Miles Redd]
[Design by Miles Redd]
A reader who has always lived with neutral walls recently painted her living room a soft blue similar to the walls in these two interiors below.
[Elle Decor, November 2006, design by Steven Gambrel.]
[ House Beautiful, June 2007, design by Ruthie Sommers.]
She explains, "I've added Samperton-esque navy & beige floral linen curtains and now I'm stumped as to what to do next." Being close-minded is not this reader's problem; she loves all colors -- coral and "almost all reds, orange, zippy greens," and yellow -- as well as florals, graphic striped rugs, chinoiserie, globe-trotter chic and French pieces.
[House & Garden, March 2006, design by Emma Jane Pilkington.]
Unfortunately she feels prisoner to her gorgeous blue walls, but repainting is not an option. Besides, this fan of Schuyler Samperton, Ruthie Sommers and Betsy Burnham is up for a challenge. She wants to problem solve.
[House & Garden, January 2005, design by Emma Jane Pilkington.]
On her to-do list: upholster a sofa like Ruthie's on the cover of domino; paint a large 80-year old rustic cabinet, and bring in tables and lamps. "I'm just petrified," she says, "Can anyone relate to this feeling?"
Do you have any suggestions for this reader on a mission?
[ Cottage Living, December 2006, design by Ruthie Sommers.]
[Restoration of Edith Wharton's home The Mount.]
[Lynn von Kersting's luscious citrus-hued Chinese silk and European pillows as seen in Caroline Clifton-Mogg's Textile Style.
[Jonathan Adler used a Scalamandre linen floral with wild abandon in Jane Wagman's apartment, as seen in Elle Decor, May 2005. I think the walls might be blue.]