Style Court

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

2.04.2009

Images of the Day

Peaceful yet invigorating, greens and blues feel soothing right now. In the March Elle Decor, Peter Dunham says he is currently drawn to jade and turquoise. This image, from Selvedge issue 15, is one of the most beautiful mixes I've seen. What you are looking at is horsehair. As the magazine explains, Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite favored woven horsehair for upholstery, and today John Boyd Textiles still produces horsehair cloth.

The Majolica vases above are my mom's, I believe found at a Paris flea market. Aqua on the inside is such a nice surprise.


Above, from Sarah Lowengard's The Creation of Color in 18th Century Europe, at top, a blue base (Saxon blue process) and Strasbourg green. Credit: Rapport sur la vert de Saxe du Sr. Roederer. Document preserved at the Centre historique des Archives nationales, Paris. AN F/12 /2259.

Ellen Baker is in the enviable position of still possessing a Liberty of London child's dress that has been passed down in her family since the early 1970s or late 60s. I'm taking poetic license and adding it to the mix, even though the colors in the print look more like blue and a green-ish earth tone.

BTW: Ellen says that soon Knitch in Virginia Highland will sell Liberty fabrics.

Lisa is doing her part to help craftspeople keep their jobs. Stop by and see Ricardo's lovely work. Curtain fabric of course is PD's Samarkand.

8 comments:

Janet said...

Like mother, like daughter. Beautiful!

Style Court said...

thanks janet :)

Karena said...

Beautiful, colors and hues like my latest painting!

maison21 said...

maybe blue & green is a recession thing. my mom's living room in the 70's had a kelly green and turquose color scheme. i remember the orange of my hot wheel race tracks looked prettty good in the room too...

Style Court said...

m21,

Love it. A bit of orange is perfect with those shades of blue and green!

Paul Pincus said...

the majolica vases are beautiful. love blue and green!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

The turquoise of those majolica vases against the soft reddish hues of that rug take my breath away. Beautiful, beautiful.

Style Court said...

Oh Lisa, I love your description :)