Old Pieces, New Ideas
On the Parlange family property in Louisiana, there is a centuries-old building known as a pigeonnier, shown top. Designer Angele Parlange has transformed it into her own personal nest -- a place to land when visiting -- by covering antiques with contemporary John Robshaw textiles, below.
Recently I asked fellow Atlantan, design blogger and community arts volunteer, Brilliant Asylum, for her views on youthful Southern style. She said, "Having worked in New York, I have had the chance to recognize some of the qualities which makes the South unique in its style. A factor which stands out is the incorporation of family antiques into the design scheme. A young Southerner inherits a family heirloom, but may use it in a way that would be shocking to her mother or grandmother. I think Chassie Post and Angele Parlange employ this brand of connecting well."
"They add their youthful, sometimes humorous perspective, while honoring their past. Rarely do you find a home in the South where at least part of the design has not been cultivated over generations. In New York, an "existing" piece may be shuffled into storage (or off to Sotheby's). In Atlanta, special antiques are worked with and around--no questions asked."
Kerry Moody, manager of the culinary antiques store Lucullus, is known for his love of antiques. I've always loved his acid green plates pictured above. Image from Southern Accents.
The butterfly-infused loft of domino's contributing style editor, (and Miles Redd's friend) Chassie Post, was featured in the magazine's February 2008 issue. Her first Tiffany-blue New York pad was decorated by Redd.
"Tiffany" apartment photographed by Oberto Gili for House Beautiful, March 2001.
All Parlange photography is from Creole Thrift. © William Waldron, Harper Collins, New York, 2006.