Style Court

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


Simple Beauty

In December 2006, Elle Decor featured Provincetown painter John Dowd's 19th-century Cape Cod cottage. William Waldron photographed it and Carlos Mota did the styling. Take a closer look.

There are quiet nods to the holiday season.

A fragile branch with berries is juxtaposed with a heavy gilt frame. No ribbons needed here.

And the asymmetry continues with a random mix of mismatched candlesticks, compotes, and one lone red amaryllis that stands out against the dark tones in an 1837 portrait by Joseph Greenleaf Cole.

Vaguely related past post: Cafiero on Art.


Ivy Lane said...

Love those "quiet nods"!!! I love having a few amaryllis around at Christmas time..... such a grand flower!

Happy Weekend Courtney!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Really lovely.

Urban Flea said...

I adore that space! I think those subtle nods to the season speak volumes. Thanks for the post!

xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :)

Jaime Rogers said...

This is the type of holiday decor I sooooo appreciate. Thanks for the post!


La Maison Fou said...

Like the soft touches of red, the branch, the amaryllis, the berries in the crystal bowl, just a nod to the holidays is nice 7 easy clean up!

Transformations Home Stylists said...

Gorgeous- I've done a couple of posts about portraits in holiday decor...this is a beautiful example!

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...

One word:Perfect.
Two words: Great post.

António Erre said...

Elle Decor is very good, especially thr french edition;-)

TSL said...

It's the simple measures that often speak volumes.

Gramercy Home said...

I'm waiting for my amaryllis to bloom - hopefully before Christmas gets here! Thank you for the walk down memory lane w/ Elle Decor. Great Post.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Such a great post! Thank you for reminding me of this issue...I'll have to pull it out today and take another look at it! xx