A couple of days ago, One Kings Lane asked me what my favorite chair was. Hmmm… what a great question. As an Interior Designer, I have to admit that I really can’t say I have “A” favorite of anything. Being exposed to so many beautiful things on such a regular basis, choosing one thing out of everything would be like choosing a favorite meal. Is Lunch your favorite? Or Dinner? How about Dessert? Well, it all depends on what you have an appetite for at the moment the question is asked. What is the chair’s purpose? Does it exist solely for one to admire? Does it live to wrap you in comfort as you read your favorite novel? Is it’s most important job serving you up for good food and good conversation? There are favorites everywhere I turn.
I’m in love, at the moment, with the new Thibaut furniture collection. I am anxiously awaiting a couple of pieces for a client. I so enjoyed visiting the showroom up in High Point a couple of weeks ago. There are many beautifully tailored, expertly crafted pieces. Here’s a favorite; I love the lines of the Sutton Chair.
Such a sweet, feminine chair.
This is a great dining chair from Caracole Light, the dining wing chair.
1st Dibs never fails to have the best. Here is an awesome find from the LA dealer, Reform. 18th Century Denmark, a pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Lounge Chairs, E. Kold Christensen. Mid-Century Modern rocks on.
At the moment, I am in the process of redoing this tired Louis XVI chair that was found at a barn sale by the side of the road. A European antique? Anyone’s guess but it is obviously old. It’s been sitting around here for the past 15 years. Who knows how long it sat at that barn. I finally got fed up with looking at it every day.
And the makeover begins, thanks to Ronda Gilliard.
We were shocked that it was stuffed with straw. Hmm, hence the uncomfortable seat. Poor Ronda, she was pulling out nailheads for days. Certainly more work than she had anticipated when she took this beast on. But finally an end was in sight and she arrived at the fun part- painting.
She uses Annie Sloan paints, of which I adore the color palette. We went with the French Linen with a dark wash.
A little French Linen never hurts anything. I love the detail on this and with the new color, it’s truly showcased.
Now, it is sitting here waiting to be picked up by the upholsterer who will, no doubt, work absolute magic on this. The big question now is….. What should I cover this chair in so that it can become my new favorite?
More on fabrics on my next post… Welcome any suggestions.
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Nicknamed “Chateau de femmes” for the succession of the 6 French noblewomen who lived there, Chenonceau is a beautiful example of collaborated design through the centuries. It has been loving restored several times over the past 500 years, making it a magical place to experience. I love the history of the intelligence, beauty and taste of the 6 women that made Chenonceau what it is today. For me, it is a testament that great design is timeless.
I have always been in love with this classic floor design. The walls in here are amazing.
Monogramming, still popular 5 centuries later… Here is the famous monogram of mistress Diane de Poitiers initials interlaced with King Henry II and later changed to represent Henry II’s wife Queen Catherine de Medici’s initials after Henry’s death and Catherine reclamation of Chenonceau. This is the floor but it is represented in several places.
I love the use of open shelving in the kitchen.
Absolutely gorgeous handpainted floor tiles that have worn off except for around the edges of the room.
Timeless. Classic. There are certain design elements that will also be au current..
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged chateau, checkerboard tile, classic European design, French inspiration, gardens, kitchen, monogram, open shelving, timeless design | 1 Comment »
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged Aidan Gray, Art Classics Ltd, Arteriors, BBerger Fabrics, Best Slipcover Company, Caracole, Century, Currey and Co, Cyan Design, Dash and Albert Rugs, Duralee Fabrics, E Lawrence Ltd Books, Gabby Home, Ralph Lauren Fabrics | 4 Comments »
I love Versailles. Whenever we go to Paris, we always make sure to stay a couple nights in Versailles. I can’t resist the gardens and parks outside of the chateau. We love to stay in The Trianon Palace and always reserve a park view room. It is incredibly pastoral with animals peacefully grazing in the field below. bjbj
This past trip, the weather did not quite cooperate. We had many rainy days (and went through 4 umbrellas). Rain could not keep us from doing everything we wanted to do, but walking under an umbrella for hours at a time gives you a different perspective. What stood out to me the most were doors, shutters, walls and of course everything in beautiful full bloom.
I love this color of blue. It’s a gorgeous muted turquoise, very close to Farrow and Ball’s Blue Ground.
Although yellow is not my favorite color, I love this creamy, buttered shade. Very much like Benjamin Moore’s Soleil.
Many walls are this sort of peach-yellow-cream shade that I would use Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground, Farrow’s Cream and Dorset Cream in a layered effect to achieve this. This blue door is a very popular color, so rich. It is close to Farrow and Ball’s Drawing Room Blue.
In love with color, contrast and simple beauty, as always.
Posted in ambience, antique doors, architectual, Benjamin Moore, Blue, cobblestone, color inspiration, gardens, nature, Shades of white, simplicity, Turquoise, Versailles | 3 Comments »
2 words- amazing designer. I am inspired continually by Mrs Howard’s work. Her aesthetic is very close to mine and I love to see her work. I recently worked with talented photographer, Stephen Young (another post altogether) who has done work for Phoebe as well. He took these photos at the 2011 March of Dimes Showhouse in Charlotte. Stephen is an amazing photographer. Check out what he is up to here: http://jstephenyoung.blogspot.com/
More of her work here:
Posted in ambience, chic, color inspiration, Comfort, declutter, entertain | Tagged beautiful color, charlotte designer, desigenr colors, max and co, modern with a twist, mrs howard personal shopper, phoebe howard, soothing color | 1 Comment »
With names like these, how can you not feel the soothing affect of this beautifully serene art collection by Aidan Gray?
As part of their new “America” collection, they are really stunning (and made in the USA).
If you are interested in more info on any of these pieces, let me know.
Check back tomorrow to read the 1st of a series of posts I am going to write on my favorite designers.
Posted in Art, artist | Tagged Abstract, Art, blues, landscape, modern, neutral colors, seascape, Serendipity, Serenity, whites | Leave a Comment »
After a comment for request for more info on the Gustavian bucket I have a photo of on my picks link, I have had many people ask about it. This particular piece was an antique. I went to look at one of my favorite sources for these types of pieces – Love Train Antiques – to find that they have become part of Bobo Intriguing Objects! BoBo has very unique things and I always love to see their showroom when I am in Atlanta or Hight Point. Here are couple of things that I like from the line at the moment:
What do you think?
Posted in accessories, antique | Tagged antiques, decor, Gustavian, objects, Shades of gray, Swedish | Leave a Comment »