Thank you House beautiful for including us in the November 2010 issue!
Thank you House beautiful for including us in the November 2010 issue!
Gray – stone, elephant, dove, Dior, asphalt, slate, silver, steel, cement, anthracite, smoke, pearl, dust, driftwood, putty, charcoal. All these words are used to describe one of my favorite colors. It can be moody and calming. Grays are another way to go neutral depending on what you pair with them. Below are some of my favorite fall gray rooms.
A room designed by Mary McDonald for the Greystone Estate show house.
Thom Felicia designed the above bedroom.
Silver Gracie wallpaper in a dining room by Andrew Raquet.
Both rooms above are in Monique Lhuilier’s home featured in Elle Decor.
Jeffrey Bilhuber goes all grey with wall upholstery, painted floors, and upholstered sofa.
Pops of gray:
The above room by Todd Romano works with tans, caramels,a nd ivories with a nice pop of deep charcoal grey on two club chairs.
Room by Jeffrey Bilhuber
Gray paint selections ( as seen in House Beautiful):
1. Benjamin Moore Horizon
2. Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey
3. Benjamin Moore Stone Harbor
4. Modern Masters Platinum- this paint actually has some metallic in it so it glistens ever so slightly at night.
5. Farrow and Ball Down Pipe
6. Fine Paints of Europe Silhouette Gray
Gray Wall coverings:
1. F. Schumacher Zimba Silver 5003300
2. Osborne and Little Wilde Carnation W5554
3. Osborne and Little Trifid W5556
4. F. Schumacher Imperial Trellis in Charcoal 5003361
1. Vanderhurd Grand Prisme in french grey/ cream
2. Vanderhurd hand woven fabric fez in desert- how fabulous would this tough fabric be on a headboard or sofa?
3. F. Schumacher Cloisonne Velvet in platinum by Celerie Kemble
4. Lee Jofa flannel 2009138_11
5. Lee Jofa SC10026_1611
6. Thom Felicia for Kravet 30779.516
7. C & C Milano
1. Leontine Linens Addison and Grace Bed Linens
2. Throw pillow with spots in charcoal by Michael Devine
3. Moroccan Pouf in silver through Pieces Inc.
4. Alexa Chair in cerused oak through Tonic Home
5. Custom x-bench through Jonathan Adler
6. D Porthault bed linens Tigre on Gray
Beige- camel, sand, caramel, toast, tan, taupe, buff, acorn, mushroom, squash, milkshake, hay, chardonnay.
A shade or two darker than ivory or just shy of brown tan is a wonderful neutral. It can read both feminine and masculine depending on what is paired with it.
Soft painted beiges:
The above room by Bunny Williams has soft beige walls and a sisal rug while the upholstered pieces take the room into darker caramel and toffee hues.
A bedroom by Jeffrey Bilhuber plays with ivories, beiges and grays for a neutral, relaxing, and sophisticated scheme.
A living room by Jeffrey Bilhuber
Beiges and animal prints:
How chic! An entry staircase covered in leopard. The natural pine console and mirror keep it from going over the top.
Soft beige walls are the perfect backdrop to the bold art and spotted rug ( carpet is Antelope through Stark)
Soft beiges and creams keep the room feeling light and airy and the pinks, reds, and animal print benches add a spark of personality.
Ivory walls with pops of tan:
Above: I LOVE this tan sofa with the nail head details. Show stopper!
The effect of wood:
A home by Thom Felicia. The natural walls, beams, and stone fireplace take center stage.
A barn done by Carrier and Co. The natural wide wood planks on the walls and the beams create a wonderfully rustic backdrop for the linen sofa upholstered in ticking stripe, the rush wing back chairs, and the farmhouse table.
One more barn conversion above. The old brick floors are softened a bit by the sisal rug, kilim ottoman, and sofa.
Deeper textural caramels:
The zig zag patterned grasscloth makes this neutral color anything but boring.
Deep caramel walls and the caramel/ goldenrod mohair club chair make this room ready for fall. Room by Nate Berkus.
Though neutral in color (except for the wild yellow sofa), Nate Berkus heightened the drama of the room with texture. The stone fireplace, leather upholstered panels on the wall above and lots of brass and bronze make this room interesting.
Beige paint selections as seen in various House Beautiful issues:
1. Benjamin Moore Raccoon Hollow
2. Full Spectrum Paints Mushroom
3. Farrow and Ball Shaded White
4. Benjamin Moore Milkshake
5. Benjamin Moore Camelback
6. Farrow and Ball Buff
7. Benjamin Moore Chilled Chardonnay
8. Farrow and Ball String 8
1. C & C Milano Art. 161957
2. Michael Devine Orangerie through John Rosselli
3. Edelman Leather Royal Suede in Toast
4. Clarence House Tigre Velours Soie silk velvet
5. Edelman Leather Ostrich Color 11
6. Duralee Giraffe
1. Custom leopard print console
2. Holland and Sherry embroidered blanket EMB727
3. Leopard print settee through Todd Romano
4. Throw pillow through Michael Devine
5. Raffia chest of drawers through Italian Profiles
Brown- dark chocolate, dirt, coca-cola, teddy bear, milk chocolate, mink, otter, bronze, caramel, toffee, mushroom, elephant, fig, and bourbon.
Brown is courageous, rich, steady, understated, sensuous, warm, and masculine. Used a the base color of a room the possibilities are endless. I love a deep, velvety, dark chocolate mixed with McClosky’s glazing compound to give it a liquid-like look. I prefer to use this color on walls in a room that is all ready dark. It feels like you have found a secret nook where you can spend hours reading, writing, watching movies, or napping. Brown works as a neutral and you can bring any color in for a pop. Paired with white moldings the rooms has a crisp tailored feel and art work really floats on the wall. The lacquered finish allows light to play off it in the most beautiful way. A deep chocolate is another wonderful way to ground a room ( and hide stains!).
I love this deep caramel and chocolate brown room. The painted white faux moldings give the oil painting a nice dose of modernity.
This image is from Elle Decor 2006. Notice how the deep chocolate walls receed and the carpet, daybed, mantle, art, and drapes become the focal point of the room.
Both rooms above are by Markham Roberts. The dark wood paneling creates a serious atmosphere and the fabrics he adds lighten the mood. I love the pop of turquoise in the lamps seen in the top room.
Jeffrey Bilhuber gave this dining room high gloss deep brown/ burgundy walls and kept everything else light with pale blue leather dining chairs and a sisal rug.
Brown is used as the accent in this room in Veranda. I love the chocolate brown valances and drapes that surround the bed and club chairs. This room has a clean quiet masculine feel. The white walls, ceiling, and sheets keep the room feeling light.
A fabulous room by Christina Murphy. The dark brown walls and bookshelves make the space feel bigger than it is. She keeps it modern with a geometric print wall to wall carpet, an orange sofa, and geometric fabric on the club chairs and throw pillows.
Below are a my picks for paint colors, wall coverings, fabrics, and accessories:
Best Brown Paints as seen in House Beautiful:
Background color is Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate – a personal favorite
1. Farrow and Ball London Stone- a nice taupey brown for those of you who prefer lighter browns.
2. Farrow and Ball Buff
3. Pratt and Lambert Autumn Dusk
4. benjamin Moore Appalachian Brown
5. Benjamin Moore Middlebury Brown
6. Benjamin Moore Tudor Brown – a reddish aubergine brown- very warm.
7. Benjamin Moore Mink – another personal fave
8. Benjamin Moore Night Horizon
Brown wall coverings:
When painting or papering a wall with a dark brown it is important to have some gloss or texture. The two selections above have texture and a bit of sparkle. This will keep your room feeling inviting rather than a dark pit.
1. Phillip Jeffries – Glam Grass in Mink- The sparkling silver strands running through this are amazing. When the light catches it a slight sparkle is cast off. Very chic.
2. Farrow and Ball- Dragged Paper DR1283. This is a stried paper which peps up the otherwise classic brown. While it feels flat the strie gives it the appearance of texture.
Note: Using a chocolate wool, felt, or velvet as wall upholstery is another great way to envelope a room in a textural chocolate.
1. Lee Jofa – 2009145_8
2. Lulu DK Chant brown w/ cream – also available in wallpaper through Donghia
3. F. Schumacher 52321844 by Celerie Kemble
4. Lee Jofa – 2430-GWF_68
5. Lee Jofa – SC10050_616
6. Martyn Lawrence Bullard Bodrum in dark brown
7. Lulu DK Peru caramel – through Donghia
8. Lee Jofa – 2009138_68
9. Lee Jofa – AM-Dora_3
10. Lee Jofa- GWF-2643_24
11. Lee Jofa – GWF-2635_165
1. Carter club chair in bitter chocolate colored mohair through William Sonoma Home
2. Dodi silk throw pillow in brown through Madeline Weinrib
3. Leather Abbott sofa through Jayson Home- on sale!
4. Moses wool rug in brown through The Rug Company
5. Leather Conrad sofa through Jayson Home – on sale!
6. Dorea table linens through Leontine Linens
Are dust skirts a thing of the past? I myself love a dust skirt as long is it is crisp, clean ( NO ruffles), and tailored. I am a fabric junkie so I tend to go for a fun pattern or tape along the bottom of the skirt. Sara Costello had her debut article published in the Wall Street Journal today and her friend, the uber-talented designer Miles Redd, has no problem saying good bye to the dust skirt. The key: a boxspring cover made of a fabulous fabric ( and a bed with a beautiful frame…no harvard frame from Sleepys!).
Miles Redd’s bedroom above.
There are several books that have just come out or are about to come out that are a “Must Buy”. I mentioned Bunny Williams’ Scrapbook For Living in an earlier post and these few books fall into the same category:
At Home With Town & Country: This is the first book that Town & Country Magazine has come out with. All the homes I have drooled over the past years are included in this beautiful book. The book is full of inspiration and advice for creating stylish spaces. It is fun to take a peek into some of the most fabulous homes in the country!
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Mary McDonald’s first design book, The Allure of Style, is chock full of her amazing designs. She is a master at mixing traditional and whimsical styles creating unforgettable spaces. The book showcases more than 250 captivating photographs of lush interior design, complemented by witty passages.
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Alexa Hampton, daughter of famed designer Mark Hampton, gives you a very personal insight into her aesthetic and how it has been used to satisfy her clients wishes in her new book, The Language of Interior Design. Alexa provides a tour of stunning residences from her own portfolio. Eighteen classic spaces illustrate in rich detail the elements that govern cultivated design—contrast, proportion, color, and balance. Among the residences are a landmark 1912 McKim, Mead & White restoration on Fifth Avenue in New York City; an eclectic house by the sea layered in textures, patterns, and colors; a contemporary apartment distinguished by simple geometry and clean lines; and Hampton’s own apartment, filled with an exquisite collection of architectural elements.
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Coming out october 19th:
As the best-selling author of 16 decoration and lifestyle books, the host of her own – and one of the first – television shows on HGTV for eight seasons, the creator of home fashion products that have generated close to two billion dollars in sales, and the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of her multi-million dollar empire, Chris Madden is an iconic name in the world of design. Widely known as the powerhouse who made “personal space” and “haven” household words through her ground-breaking books and products, Chris will now, for the first time, accompany her readers in THE SOUL OF A HOUSE through her own unique homes, showcasing her signature personal style that resonates throughout each room and share the basic steps and thought-processes that can easily turn any space, large or small, into a comfortable and stylish residence. Each room—from the entry foyer, master bedroom and living room to the mud room and greenhouse — will be explored with rich photography by Nancy Hill along with Chris’ styling tips as she chronicles the transformation of both her husband’s and her 100-year-old carriage house on three rambling acres outside of New York City and their mid-century modern getaway tucked in a bucolic apple orchard between the Green and Taconic Mountain ranges in Vermont.
Also included will be a sampling of those historic spaces that have served as an inspiration to Chris— from the early works of the legendary Billy Baldwin, Elsie de Wolfe, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler and Thomas Jefferson – through lessons gleaned in the great rooms of designer showcase houses (including those of Mario Buatta, Mark Hampton, and Albert Hadley) and her travels to such architectural treasures as the summer dacha of Czar Nicholas II in Russia, Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment and Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Washington home and museum, Hillcrest, to her hands-on design work at the homes and offices of Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric and Toni Morrison.
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Owner of Hollyhock, Los Angeles’s renowned antiques and decorative arts mecca, Suzanne Rheinstein is known for her relaxed, elegant style. Style maker and interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein has a keen appreciation for special luxuries. She is a master at taking an eclectic mix of furnishings from the past and arranging them in a fresh, inspiring way. Elegant simplicity and attention to detail are the hallmarks of her look. A timeless quality pervades every room she designs. Rheinstein feels that how you live your life every day is much more important than getting your house together for a special occasion. Beautifully photographed, this inspiring volume shows examples of her work, ranging from a brick farmhouse in the Virginia countryside and a sophisticated rustic getaway overlooking the Big Wood River in Sun Valley to a year-round shingled residence on the beach in Newport Bay, as well as her own homes—a gracious Georgian Revival in Los Angeles and a New York City prewar pied-à-terre. They exemplify her talent for creating attractive homes that make living and entertaining extremely pleasurable.
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In Bunny Williams’ third book you are lead room by room through homes she has designed and along the way she gives tips on ways to organize and personalize your home. All of her suggestions are timeless, classic ways to make your home welcoming. For those of you who are not familiar with Bunny Williams, she is a master of detail and comfortable living. In her book she dissects the design process and enables readers to take on the various rooms in their homes: dining rooms, lighting, entertaining, bedrooms, and furniture layouts are all discussed. I just received my copy and it is one of those books I will turn to time and time again for advice.
Visit my amazon store to pick up your copy: http://astore.amazon.com/trafordes-20/detail/1584798599
Purple- eggplant, aubergine, plum, lavender, lilac, violet, mauve, lilac, mulberry, orchid, grape, amethyst, twilight. Purple represents royalty, creativity, romance, power, nobility, luxury, ambition, and sophistication. Dark purples lend a warm, sexy, quiet feeling to a room while light purples add a touch of romanticism. I love pairing deep aubergines with crisp apple greens, oranges, and silver or brass. While light purple leads me to blue and white china, grays, yellows, and mirrored furniture.
This room is so warm and feminine with soft lavender/ mauve walls, silk drapes, and french chairs.
A living room by Kelly Wearstler showcases a lavender geometric print rug with a deeper purple sofa and yellow and gold accents.
A room designer by Windsor Smith pairs up both light and dark purple with chocolate brown, crisp white, and pale teal.
Katie Ridder punches up the lilac walls with green, ivory, and bright orange.
David Kaihoi wraps his dining room/ living room entirely in purple. The red chair and tiger print throw pillows mix it up a bit.
Amanda Nisbet takes the plunge into purple with a deeply tufted headboard set against a deep aubergine wall with hints of pink and chocolate brown.
Aerin Lauder’s dining room as featured in Elle Decor. I love the deep dark plum walls and trim with the soft grayish plum zebra print table skirt. The pale wood chairs work beautifully in the room.
Touches of purple:
Keeping the rest of the room neutral lets the focus fall on the table skirt of Janet De Botton’s library.
A tufted chair by Jeffrey Bilhuber upholstered in Malabar’s Carom
Two chairs upholstered in Madeline Weinrib’s purple luce silk ikat bring this living room to life.
1. Benjamin Moore Grape Hyacinth
2. Pratt and Lambert Autumn Crocus
3. Benjamin Moore Galaxy- deep dark purple
4. Benjamin Moore Caponata
5. Farrow and Ball Brinjal- I have used this many times and it is beautiful…especially in a high gloss finish
1. Osborne and Little Bedlam W5557/01
2. Osborne and Little Maharani W6022-01
3. Katie Ridder Attendants in purple
4. Fromental hand painted and embroidered chinoiserie in lavender
1. Katie Ridder Moonflower in purple
2. Peter Dunham Pasha- KT03
3. Amanda Nisbet Fabric on linen Francesca in grape fizz
4. Osborne and Little Papini F5851-03
5. Carolina Irving Andaluz in Viola
6. Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Sultan’s Suzani on linen in lavender
7. Edelman Leather Royal Suede in dusty rose
8. Scalamandre Rio 26676-007
Using the painting breakfast by Pierre Bonnard as a jumping off point I selected the above accessories.
1. Pierre bed linens by Julia B.
2. Pierre Bonnard Breakfast circe 1930’s
3. Purple samarkand area rug by Doris Leslie Blaue through 1st dibs
4. Tub chair by Peter Dunham Hollywood at Home
5. Vanderhurd rug pattern dew drops in amethyst
6. Set of 4 shagreen coasters in faux shagreen color amethyst through Sara Gilbane Interiors
7. Silk ikat throw pillow in purple luce through madeline weinrib
8. Pair of antique suzani throw pillows through 1st dibs
Blue- sapphire, azure, aqua, teal, turquoise, sky, ocean, blueberry, chinese blue, baby blue, Lanvin blue, cobalt, haze, royal blue, Mediterranean blue, slate, denim, navy, marine, sea foam, robins egg, Tiffany blue.
Blue is contemplative, meditative, and depending on the shade can be energizing (deep blues) or relaxing and light ( pale blues). It conjures thoughts of water and sky. I often paint ceilings in the palest blue to raise the height of the room. Whether you go with a textured grasscloth on your walls, several slick shiny coats of paint, or just blue accessories it is hard to go wrong with this color.
Cristina Cuomo’s house by Emma Pilkington features a study with pale blue walls ( and a fab etching by Cy Twombly)
This soft blue bedroom has a cool, feminine, eclectic feel.
A beautiful country house decorated by Miles Redd stays true to form with blue on blue stripe wallpaper in the hallway. Hallways are important spaces through out a home and a great chance to try a wallpaper.
High gloss slate blue walls in a room decorated by Steven Gambrel look like water. This is the perfect backdrop for all the dark wood furniture and brass fixtures.
Cadet blue walls look warm and inviting with saffron yellow drapes, a pickled/ bleached floor, and tortoise shell moldings. Delicious!
Deep Dark Blues:
This room, recently featured in House Beautiful, is grounded by the deep blue grasscloth on the walls. I love the texture and color.
This blue is amazing! It seems to glow. Anytime blue and red are together they make they other color feel richer. Room by Christopher Maya.
In a room by Ashley Whittaker we have a deep blue wall and bookshelves paired with pale orange and a rusty red. I love blue in a library. It is totally enveloping.
This small galley kitchen is handsome in lacquered navy.
Another blue library featured in the recent Elle Decor ( Patricia Lansing’s) is fabulous. The navy lacquered walls seem to recede and make the room bigger ( dark colors do this!) while the white sofa and blue and white zebra linen upholstered chair pop out at you. I love this room!
1. Farrow and Ball Chinese Blue
2. Benjamin Moore Paddington Blue
3. Sherwin Williams Verditer Blue
4. Dunn Edwards After The Storm
5. Benjamin Moore Patriot Blue
6. Pratt and Lambert Blueberry Myrtille
All colors shown in House beautiful
1. Phillip Jeffries Juicy Jute in Tantalizing Teal
2. Neisha Crossland through Stark Berry Flower in Marrakesh Blue
3. Farrow and Ball Ringwold Paper BP1650
4. Manuel Canovas through Cowtan and Tout trellis
1. Gracieux through John Rosselli Serrano in Cobalt on Oph
2. Chapas Textiles Safari in Sapphire Ochre
3. Robert Kime Palmette Blue- embroidery
4. Lisa Fine through John Rosselli Rambagh reverse in indigo
5. Celerie for F. Schumacher Bleeker in Twilight 23969260
6. Celerie for F. Schumacher 711897
7. Osborne and Little Papini F5851-04
8. Chapas Textiles Vienna in Deep teal
9. Edelman Leather Shagreen City Lights in Blue Streak
1. William Sonoma Home bed linens with classic greek key embroidery in blue
2. Holland and Sherry custom embroidered pillow Java EMB 717
3. Blue and white ceramic lamp by Bunny Williams through Mecox Gardens
4. Peacock Rug by Matthew Williamson through The Rug Company
5. Small agate napkin rings through Vivre.com
6. Daphne Blue Hollywood Regency chair through Madeline Weinrib
7. Fez indigo dhurrie through Vanderhurd
8. Matignon arm chair through TK Collections
9. Clinton Sofa in navy velvet through Jayson Home and Garden
Green- moss, lichen, verdigris, acid, grass, malachite, lime, olive, pea, apple, asparagus, emerald, jade, sea green, mint, forest, aquamarine, chartreuse, kelly green, sage, and viridian. Green is restorative, restful color with the same calming attributes as blue. It signifies growth, health, and environment. Both pale greens and deep rich jewel tone greens feel like Autumn to me, so I picked a few rooms in both palettes.
Pale soft autumn greens:
The above room is wallpapered in de Gournay. I love the pale moss green background.
The pale apple green walls above brings a calming grounding effect to the bold ikat chairs and bright pink carpet.
This is a beautiful soft mossy colonial green that is quite serious. The moldings are painted the same color for a soothing seemless effect.
Bold jewel-tone autumn greens:
The deep hunter green walls in the Oscar de la Renta showcase room at Lee Jofa are a sharp and arresting background for the bright yellows, blacks, reds, and tans used throughout. The black mirror keeps the room feeling modern.
Deep apple green walls work well with the wood daybed and bookshelves. The orangey red throw pillows and little brass tables give this guest bedroom a clean masculine vibe.
Room above by Schuyler Samperton
Room above by Todd Romano
Both rooms above pair deep olivey green walls with orangey red ( this reads cozy NOT Christmas!) and zebra rugs for an unexpected pattern.
Jeffrey Bilhuber puts deep green velvet on the walls and sofa. This room is perfect for a fall afternoon. The brass lamps and blue and white china are beautiful. The pale blue pillow and animal print pillow throw in a bit of the unexpected to keep the room for getting too matchy-matchy.
Tory Burch’s apartment also showcases green velvet on the walls. In one shot you see blue and white vases that sing off of the green velvet walls. In the second image you see through to her orange lacquer dining room. Very sharp if you ask me!
Nervous to go for the all green room? Just add a few pops of green for an effect that is just as lovely.
A sophisticated library with malachite objects strewn over the desk and side tables.
Amanda Nisbet has fun in a children’s room with clover shaped green headboards, monogrammed bed covers, green piping around the roman shade, and a green polka-dot lamp shade.
Green paint colors ( as seen in House Beautiful)
1. Benjamin Moore aganthus green
2. Farrow and Ball Verd de Terre
3. Pratt and Lambert 22-20 Clover
4. Benjamin Moore Lafayette Green
Green wall coverings:
1. Farrow and Ball Ringwold BP1638
2. Lee Jofa stillwater peacock feathers #5003950. These are actual feathers backed with paper for wallpapering. I am dying to do the walls of a study in this with teal lacquer bookshelves.
3. Farrow and Ball Lotus Papers BP 2045
1. Peter Fasano Brompton in Sage
2. F. Schumacher #63036
3. F. Schumacher #173631
4. Brunschwig Dzhambul 71099-435
5. F. Schumacher 2643763
6. Kravet #9307-123
7. F. Schumacher #54955
8. Peter Fasano Jaipur in Ocean/ Olive
1. Leontine Linens Rebecca bath towels
2. Venetian sofa by Oscar de la Renta through Century Furniture – 60_22_727
3. Madeline Weinrib Mu pillow in celery
4. Stripe Moquette celadon rug by Vanderhurd
5. Tufted leather corrigan chair through Anthropologie
6. Hand embroidered pillow from Holland and Sherry- Athena EMB686
7. Renee Green Lamp through Tonic Home:
8. Boxed nailhead coasters in faux alligator through Sara Gilbane Interiors