The massive reorganization of my oldest tear-sheets continues and along the way I'm finding some great apartments. For example, the home of cosmetic company executive Marjorie Wollan, as seen in Elle Decor (maybe from the late 90s).
According to Wollan, her NYC residence reflects an "urban French sensibility," the undecorated look. She tells the magazine, "Beautiful old apartments in Paris are rarely 'decorated' in the strict sense of the word -- there are simply objects and pieces of furniture that someone loves, treated almost like works of art..."
This approach is a good fit for Wollan because she is a self-described flea market addict, having made purchases across the globe while traveling on business. The rooms shown here are brimming with her random finds. Classic ticking stripes, and crisp navy, white and red unify everything. Hiding somewhere in my stacks of pictures there is also a white sofa with multi-colored tassel trim -- sounds dreadful but looks very cool.
Wollan believes that if you only buy objects you love, everything will eventually fall into place. I think this is great advice, especially if you are trying to acquire "forever" pieces and build a room over time. It should be noted though that when Wollan did settle in here and bring together all these collected items, she had the luxury of great architecture as a backdrop: built-in bookcases, French doors and other details were all customized for her.
Continuing with France and stripes, I also stumbled upon a spread from Traditional Home, March 1999. Shown above is the tented courtyard of Marc Charlat and Bernard Montalegre.