Something Red, Something Shabby
Like Jennifer Boles and Charlotte Moss, Toronto designer Jane Hess has an amazing archive of vintage magazines. In fact, her 40-year collection of Vogues was chronicled in the April 2008 issue of Canadian House & Home.
In response to my question in an earlier post, "What tastemaker said every room should have a touch of red?" Hess found one possible answer: Lady Juliet Duff. According to Hess, the English aristocrat believed an interior should have one red piece and a touch of the shabby.
The painted bulletin board above, in an early Miles Redd bedroom (Elle Decor, March 2001) definitely adds a punch of red. Shabby is open to interpretation. I don't see anything really threadbare or peeling here, but I'm guessing some of the accessories on the chest are vintage and time-worn.
Click here to learn more about Redd's inspiration. I think a chic bulletin board is a brilliant alternative to expensive art. Unframed sketches found at flea markets or student art shows could be rotated on it.
Over the next few days I plan to highlight other rooms with "something red and something shabby." Stay tuned.