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


Annie Kelly II

[Above, Annie Kelly's tablescape featured in Rooms to Inspire, photography © Tim Street-Porter, Rizzoli New York, 2007.]

We all enjoy reading decorator and design journalist Annie Kelly's book reviews for Introspective, and today she has contributed a feature on fellow Californian Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. If memory serves, Lawrence-Bullard is also Kelly's neighbor and he has apparently influenced her style a bit. This tablescape -- or "tray-scape" -- in the writer's home, Villa Vallombrosa, has that global chic Lawrence-Bullard feel. (But the master of layers, Tony Duquette, was another Kelly mentor.)

I thought it would be fun to take another look. Large trays offer opportunities for all sorts of lavish vignettes -- a way to assemble found objects.

This red lacquer version from Wisteria is not quite as generous, just about 17" in diameter, but I love the looks of it. World Market is always worth a try for budget-friendly trays. And below, some truly ample options, lacquered burlwood available in 20" or 30" square from Wiliams-Sonoma.

The "Fanner" sweetgrass basket from Mae Hall is nice too.


Mrs. Blandings said...

This is sending me digging through my cabinets and chests right now. I need a bit of a Fall spruce-up.

Style Court said...

Good! I was hoping a few readers would have that reaction :)