[Last week The Peak of Chic wrote about inherited style and highlighted Maxime de la Falaise. This prompted me to pull a book off my shelf that features some of Maxime's work. Details on "the portrait bedroom" follow below.]
When I was in elementary school, nearly all my friends had portraits of themselves hanging in their parents' houses. (These oils and pastels must not have been my mom's thing at the time because my sister and I were never asked to sit for one.) But Andi's home had portraits with extra flair. Her mom -- a Jaclyn Smith look-a-like who drove a sports car -- was a talented artist. She painted all of her children in outdoor settings accompanied by pets.
In my memory, the portrait of Andi's mother that hung in their entry was as striking as a Sargent. Although I'm sure in reality it was a rather routine picture of a 70s beauty standing by a magnolia tree.
Maxime de la Falaise, on the other hand, grew up surrounded by truly exceptional portraits. Her father, Sir Oswald Birley, was a celebrated English painter known for his portraits of King George V and Queen Mary, The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Winston Churchill, and also lesser known exotic beauties.
The Provencal farmhouse bedroom shown here was decorated by de la Falaise for her friend, Sarah Saint-George, and includes Birley portraits of young Maxime flanking the fireplace.
Before portraits began to come back in vogue, Mary McDonald was using them. This distinguished gentleman popped up in more than one project, I think. Above, in the Buster Keaton guest house (House Beautiful) and in Mary's own home (Domino.)
Some favor portriats of their pets. Lisa Fine's dog is the focal point above her Paris fireplace (photo by Ivan Terestchenko for Elle Decor, August 2000).
Tim Clarke casually placed a portrait of his dogs on a bookshelf (photo by Grey Crawford, Elle Decor, May 2002).
These iconic Charles Bird King portraits of Sharitarish, above, and Hayne Hudjihini below, are among the most interesting in American history.
["The portrait bedroom" images are from Elle Decor's Bedrooms, link provided at top. ]