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

6.20.2008

Personal Art and Photography III



[Martha Baker's bedroom as seen in Chris Casson Madden's A Room of Her Own, Clarkson Potter]


[Charlotte Moss' study as seen in A Flair for Living, Assouline, 2008.]


[A past incarnation of India Hicks' island master bedroom and other rooms. All Hicks photos by Arthur Elgort as seen in Vogue, 1998.]

Interesting conversations about copycat rooms, trends, and "it" fabrics are taking place on all the design blogs. Whether we have West Elm chairs or real Chinese-Chippendale chairs, it's sometimes inevitable that our furniture may look like our neighbor's. But I think original art and accessories can be the key to a personal home. Art always adds a meaningful dimension that goes beyond coordinating fabrics.


And, to be honest, I'm thinking of taking the plunge and covering each wall in my bedroom with some sort of gallery-style grouping. So this week I've been revisiting the images you see here. Large masses of art and photography aren't for everyone -- some people need a more minimal look. But I hope this mix of old favorites and new postings will offer a little inspiration.



[Above, decorator Charlotte Moss in her private study, as seen in House & Garden.]


[Above, Kim Zimmerman's photography collection personalizes her Atlanta loft. Photo by Pieter Estersohn for Southern Accents.]


[Gallery owner Timothy Tew. Image is from Atlanta at Home, Wyrick & Company, 1994.]



[Above, the eclectic collection of writer Frances Schultz. She and her designer-friend John Oetgen bent the rules a bit by hanging works directly over, and under, her dining room chair-rail. Photos by Langdon Clay.]





[Kate and Andy Spade's New York apartment. Photography, Eric Morin for the December 2006 World of Interiors.]


[A New Orleans bedroom as seen in Southern Accents on Color]


[My oft-posted visual favorite, the flat from Indiscreet.]


[Amanda Peet's home via domino, photo by Coliena Rentmeester]


[Also via domino, Schuyler Samperton's vestibule, photo by Paul Costello]


[Lynn von Kersting's collection of 19th century dog portraits as seen in Chris Casson Madden's A Room of Her Own, Clarkson Potter]

31 comments:

Riley said...

I've also been thinking of doing a gallery wall on the back wall in my living room. It's dark, kind of big, and uninteresting. I think this could really bring some interest to it!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Style Court said...

Hey Riley -- sounds great. Always a fun weekend project to plot out a plan on the floor, as an experiment :)

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed this post - favorites were Francis Schultz and the New Orleans bedroom, two entirely different looks, something I struggle with constantly, pattern.

Style Court said...

Anon -- thanks for taking time to comment. I think we all can relate to being drawn to different looks.

MABELLE said...

I'm drooling over this post!! You know how I love me some gallery walls!! Great pics :)

Style Court said...

Michelle -- thought of you when I put this together!

simply seleta said...

It's inspiring to see how other designers surround themselves with their art and photography. Thanks for sharing. Been working on a post similar to this, but of course yours blows it away. You are quite the resourceful blogger. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great post! I LOVE the idea of hanging pictures below the chair rail. Now why hasn't anyone else ever thought of that? How original. I'll come back to this post again and again!

Style Court said...

Seleta -- I'm curious to see what you do! Thanks as always for the kind words.

Style Court said...

Anon -- glad this was helpful!

Cote de Texas said...

pretty images - did you see how gorgeous the fabric on the chaise in the Flair for Living picture was? when you make the picture bigger you really see it - god, it's gorgeous - wonder what it is?

have a great weekend - can't wait to see your new art walls!

Style Court said...

Joni -- yes, it's amazing! Thanks for the encouragement. Have a great weekend too.

annechovie said...

I LOVED this post! Gallery walls are the coolest. No two are the same, so they are really a huge dose of unique personality and lend individuality to a home.

Style Court said...

Anne -- great observation. Glad you like this one :)

Julie said...

I love the shots, especially the Indiscreet still. Her apartment was the inspiration for my first gallery wall. They are now peppered throughout my home as I have a collecting issue. Also for Cote, the fabric for the chaise in the Charlotte Moss study is Kashmir. It is a Quadrille design and even more beautiful in person. Thank you Courtney for the continued references to The Grand Tour. My customers and I are avid readers of you blog.

Julie Belfer
The Grand Tour

Style Court said...

Julie -- great to hear from you! I'm a big fan of your shop. Thanks for the info too.

erika - urban grace said...

I feel guilty looking at such a wonderful selection of images for free! How insane is that!? I know others who read your blog must feel the same. I think you should charge me $ for the joy that this post brought. I also think you need to start a magazine, or write a book... okay? I'll buy it for all my clients (and of course myself) and make it like "required reading" before we start their project. You are such a wealth of knowledge! You are brilliant, honestly.
Charlotte Moss was my favorite, but they were all gorgeous. I have started some framing for my home office, if it weren't so dang expsensive and if I didn't have such champagne taste I'd be further along in my endeavor!
Thanks so much for a lovely round up!
Was that your tiny gold frame with black mat? I loved it. I framed an eye chart (http://www.keepcalmgallery.com/products/rarely/) in a similar frame, but floated it... the black mat seen here makes me regret that a tad. Oh well!
Is there a "Personal Art & Photography I & II"?
erika
ps- I should have emailed you instead of writing a novel blog comment...

Style Court said...

Erika -- wow you are too generous! The editors and stylist who produced these stories deserve the credit.

Actually I feel bad that I forgot one of my fave Peter Dunham bedrooms here.

Yeah, I've done at least two similar posts that used some (many maybe) of these pictures.

Thanks for your kindness! The eye chart sounds great BTW. That piece with the black mat came that way.

columnist said...

Yes, the black and white's go really well together, and have been placed exceedingly carefully too - it's masterful, (Charlotte Moss's), but I think it's really important to get that bit right, and it takes a long time!

Anonymous said...

I think the red New Orleans bedroom is in Patrick Dunne's home. Mr. Dunne is an owner of Lucullus Antiques and has a fabulous knack for color.

Thank you for a lovely post.

Style Court said...

Hi Anon -- it does look so much like Dunne's style but I think maybe the homeowner was a man who worked for Jim Thompson. I've misplaced the full story. You could be right though!

Janet said...

I haven't had a chance to stop by in a while...and there are so many wonderful goodies to catch up on. This is a great post...the perfect inspiration for hanging things in my new place! Cheers!

Christine said...

Hi,
I came across your blog because I'm a customer of Ann's. I now have it bookmarked as one of my favorites! Thank you for gathering all this inspiration in one place! I do have a question, by any chance, do you know who the artist is of the painting shown in Charlotte Moss' private study (it looks like sketch of a woman holding a purse, but from the skirt down?)

Style Court said...

thanks christine! I will try to find out.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I love the gallery wall. Back when Mrs. E. and I were between residences, we moved into an apartment in a house that was being demolished around us. Ours was the last apartment to go. Moving from a house to a two room flat meant that we had to pare down our belongings. The apartment was really depressing, but a fresh coat of white paint and all of our art hanging on one wall of the living/dining/everything-but-the-bedroom room was comforting and energizing. It felt a little more like we belonged there. You can't go wrong surrounding yourself with what you consider to be beautiful.

Oh, the house was completely renovated back into a single family dwelling and sold for a then astronomical USD$750,000.

Style Court said...

E & E -- you always offer great insight. So true about the best way to energize and personalize a space when some elements are beyond your control!

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Anonymous said...

does anyone have any information on the wallpaper in charlotte moss study? I must find it!! Thanks so much

Style Court said...

I think an artist painted it, based on a diiscontinued print.

W. Adair said...

So very pretty. I have that tear sheet of Martha Baker and that fantastic bed years ago. I searched for it and finally bought it 10 years ago or so. The room is charming with the photos and all. Thank you!

little augury said...

with all the gorgeous bedrooms here- I love that Martha Baker one- (in my I would have files) la