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7.09.2008

Leafing Through


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This morning Mrs. Blandings has a delightful post about silver leafing. It has prompted me to share again some information about Melissa Sellars and her sophisticated DIY projects.

Her ethereal bedroom, featured in Elle Decor about seven years ago, proves that with a good eye and restraint, a little DIY can yield supremely elegant results. (Sellars hired Tom Scheerer to orchestrate her overall interior decor but chose to do some things on her own.) For starters, she silver-leafed her king-size four-poster bed. Sellars also made her own curtains and enjoyed hunting for vintage and antique furniture. Visit Mrs. Blandings for the how-to.

As seen in Elle Decor, December 2001.

19 comments:

Poppy said...

Love how she included the Saarinen tulip stool in with the rest of the furnishings! It is a fresh and unexpectedly versatile piece in the bedroom.

Style Court said...

Great observation Poppy.

Anonymous said...

I love Melissa Sellars' Brooklyn home and have referred back to it on many occasions. Also within the article is a fantastic DIY project that I've been meaning to tackle...but, I hadn't realized that it's been on my to-do list for 7 yrs until I read your post this morning! Tom Scheerer created these beautiful mirrored sconces which flank the FP with materials from the local hardware store. Very elegant and sophisticated. It's really refreshing to see top name designers/shelter mag's highlight DIY projects....I think you hit the nail on the head though. It order to achieve such results, you need equal doses of patience and restraint.
-Inspired Living

Style Court said...

Anon -- thanks for reminding us about the other DIY element! Glad this was helpful.

Pigtown-Design said...

I would KILL for that desk in the top image!

simply seleta said...

This is lovely, and amazing that a chic interior such as this can still hold its own [style wise] seven years later. Wonderful post.

Style Court said...

thanks seleta. i agree about the timelessness!

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful post... I have a DIY question for you, actually, so it's funny that you mentioned this today. I have some great rattan chairs that belonged to my husband's great aunt and want to paint them (black?brown?cream?glossy?matte) and thought of your side table. Did you use the enamel spray or a brush? Would love any recommendations from you... THanks! Love your blog!

Style Court said...

Hi Anon -- thanks!

I bought a quart of semi-gloss black wall paint at the Benjamin Moore store and it was painted on with a brush. It would be interesting to hear what others have to say about spray vs. brush since rattan has so many nooks and crannies!

Louise said...

I used to have an old paper wicker set that was my great aunt's (I'm 61) so it was very old but in very good shape, even though it was on her wrap around veranda for years, but under cover. I painted mine dark brown and used spray paint using light, short strokes, which does a good job of getting into those nooks and crannies, with no dripping. I had white slipcovers made for the horsehair cushions. It came out lovely.

Style Court said...

Louise -- sounds lovely. Very helpful advice! Many thanks.

Mrs. Blandings said...

So sorry, I was out all day at a swim meet - what a treasure this post is! A bed would be quite an undertaking, indeed. I started a chandelier, but found another, better one and it now hangs, half-leafed, in my basement. This is truly a beautiful room and I love that it was a collaboration between the designer and the homeowner.

Balsamfir said...

I've always loved that bed, in that room, but never knew it was DIY. Very inspiring, as is Mrs. B's post.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- you should attempt a bed for the new dream bedroom!

Style Court said...

Balsamfir -- I was surprised when I read it :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Louise! That was very helpful-- it was the dripping I was most worried about, so I appreciate your advice! And thanks, Style Court, for the forum!

Louise said...

That Secretary is the single most beautiful piece of furniture I have ever seen!

TonicHome said...

What a great idea. I have a black iron entry table that has been needing something - just could not quite figure out what. I think the silver leafing would be a great idea!

Style Court said...

Tonic -- sounds like a great project!