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We have recently added a shop to our website. You will find a variety of items we have purchased on our travels ( antiques, accessories, wallpapers, fabrics, pillows, art, etc). New additions are added frequently so check back often. A few of the items are listed below:
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Draped over a sofa or armchair, folded on a bed, or wrapped around your shoulders, a traditional Celtic throw is a warm, wonderful way to transition into fall and winter.
A perfect medley of classic, beautiful and decadently soft, these throws are the genuine article, made from cashmere harvested from the fine, downy undercoat of the Mongolian mountain goat (shed in the springtime and obtained by combing), as well as angora-blend styles, all masterfully produced by premier Scottish weavers. They belong in every room of the house.
They are selling out quickly….
Visit and sign up for One King’s Lane to shop: http://www.onekingslane.com/Event.aspx?l=00010194056800000000
McGuire is also having a sale and some of my favorite items are still available ( like the killer Bassam Fellows counter stool).
McGuire commissions some of the world’s most respected designers and rising stars to create collections with depth and personality. Crafting raw nature into a geometry of perfect proportion time and time again, McGuire creates a flawless harmony between form and material. Whether bending sinuous vines into subtle, elegant curves or using century-old techniques, each piece elevates craft to an art form. With their strong lines, these pieces mix effortlessly with everything from modern forms to antiques.
Visit and sign up for One Kings Lane to shop: http://www.onekingslane.com/Event.aspx?l=00010303056800000000
Yellow- Saffron, butter, dandelion, daffodil, gold, corn, buttercup, sunshine, canary, citrine, grapefruit, maize, taxi cab. Yellow conjurs up a positive sunny feeling. I have come to love yellow more and more and tend to mix traditional with modern for a youthful feel. As I stated in a previous post regarding yellow two of the most celebrated rooms in 20th century interior design had bold lacquered yellow walls: Nancy Lancaster’s legendary London sitting room/office (shown below) and Babe and Bill Paley’s Fifth Avenue drawing room, decorated by Albert Hadley and Sister Parish. Let’s dive into some fabulously chic autumn yellow rooms.
The traditional approach:
We will start of with Nancy Lancaster’s famed yellow drawing room above. This room was done by John Fowler in 1957 and would be just as stunning if done today. Fowler applied numerous layers of glaze over a butter yellow paint.
Andrew Virtue drew his inspiration from Nancy Lancaster’s yellow room and created his own writing room ( on a smaller scale) at the Greystone Estate show house. This deep vibrant yellow works so well with burnt crsipy browns, greens, and plums.
A sitting room designed by yours truly. When the sun sets in the afternoon the pale gold walls glisten ( custom paint color by Rollinson Hues). A soft pale yellow is a great neutral backdrop for most colors. We wanted to enhance the sunset so the reds, corals, pinks, oranges, and golds were introduced. The simple sisal rug keeps the room grounded and approachable while the scattered throw rugs add warmth underfoot.
One of my favorite rooms in a house by Architect Gil Schafer. They used a slightly bolder yellow than I did and kept the furniture simply upholstered. The antiques steal the show ( all brown wood always looks great against yellow). Beautiful! On a side note, Veranda and their new editor in chief Dara Caponigro selected and recently announced the winners of their second annual Art of Design Awards. Honoring design industry trailblazers whose work is both “innovative and timeless”. Gil Schafer won the award in the architecture category. Congrats!
The bedroom above by Jeffrey Bilhuber introduces a strong yellow as drapes for the bed. How lovely to be cocooned in a yellow tent! I love the pale lilac paired with it.
Christopher Spitzmiller’s apartment is shown above as seen in Elle Decor. Yellows, browns, and teal blues keep the room fresh and modern.
One final Bilhuber creation. The slightly more modern tufting on the chairs (loosely tufted rather than deep) and the yellow sign in this room off of the dark wood walls.
The modern approach:
Tone on tone yellows paired with black and white by Jamie Drake make for an exciting bedroom. I love that the base of this bed is upholstered in zebra. Very chic.
Kelly Wearstler created this yellow and black library for the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Again we see tone on tone yellow paired with black, white, and mirror. The bookshelves turned on diagonal and books stacked in opposite directions adds whimsy and a focal point when you walk into the room.
Another room done by your truly. We needed to bring some life to this manhattan loft space. With pale seafoam on the walls and grey suede sofa we brought in a strong yellow Oushak carpet and pops of yellow ( throw pillows and accessories) for life.
This room could be filed under pink, red, or orange. I love the high gloss pink fireplace and I die over the silk ikat upholstered walls. The yellow linen roman shades with crisp brown ribbon tape inset keep the room feeling clean rather than chaotic.
Yellow paint picks:
1. Donald Kaufman Collection #30
2. Ralph Lauren Goldfinch
3. Benjamin Moore Showtime
4. Farrow and Ball Babouche
Traditional yellow wallcovering picks:
1. Farrow and Ball BP 1928
2. Farrow and Ball BP 1632
3. Farrow and Ball BP 572
Traditional yellow fabrics:
1. Lee Jofa Oak Leaves in yellow BFC 3514-14
2. F. Schumacher Seneca Cotton Stripe 62982
3. Lee Jofa Hisari ikat in plum 2008136_909
4. Quadrille Simba beige on gold
Traditional yellow accessories:
1. Antique spool stool with Robert Kime fabric through John Rosselli Antiques
2. Antique Samarkand rug through Doris Leslie Blau
3. Christopher Spitzmiller Happy lamps in Butter with 23k gold water gilt base
4. William Sonoma Home cashmere yellow throw in lemon drop
5. Sharyn Blond table linens in Jardin pattern
6. Bee Line Home throw pillows through John Rosselli Antiques NYC
Modern yellow wallcovering picks:
1. China Seas Balinese Batik in inca/ gold
2. F. Schumacher Imperial Trellis in citrine
3. Manuel Canovas Trellis in citrine
4. Cole and Son palm leaves in yellow
Modern yellow fabric picks:
1. Lee Jofa Tulip in white/ yellow GWF-2622-140
2. F. Schumacher Katsugi in gold and mushroom 2620934
3. Lee Jofa Facet in Saffrom SC10049-1612
4. Ruby Green Mary in yellow
5. Ruby Green Marilyn
Modern yellow accessories picks:
1. Lippa armchair in yellow through Tonic Home:
2. Yellow geometric pillow through Pieces Inc.
3. Pink Jacket on Yellow 50″ x 50″ gloss on aluminum by Natasha Law through Voltz Clarke Gallery
4. Yellow garden stool through Tonic Home
5. Jonathan Adler Carnaby Lamp:
6. West Elm Parsons desk in tumeric:
7. Yellow vases set of 6
8. The Rug Company Sellarsbrook rug by Suzanne Sharpe ( The Rug Company also won in it’s category for the Second Annual Art of Design Awards by Veranda.
9. Vanderhurd Kafir throw pillow colorway 4
Orange – pumpkin, rust, saffron, marigold, paprika, melon, peach, copper, spice, gold, flame, citrus, poppy, curry, mandarin, tangerine. Orange brings energy to a room. It can be dramatic in a deep rich shade or soothing in a pale peach or apricot. It works well with all colors ( just get the shade right, for example, a pale blue or a navy blue, a soft lavender paired with a deep orange is calming, orange paired with green brings a tropical feel to a space, bright orange with crisp white and chocolate brown keeps a space modern and fresh). Below are a collection of my favorite oranges:
The above image is Fredric Fekkai and his wife Shirin Von Wulffen’s 5th avenue apartment. I love the eclectic mix and the deep orange velvet in the living room is stunning.
Tory Burch’s orange library in her New York City apartment is amazing. Pulling in deep blues, chocolate brown alligator (the cocktail table), leopard print ( on stools), and tortoise shell decorative painting ( on the molding around the doors) makes this room work.
The above bedroom by Sarah Story is all neutrals aside from the vibrant orange bird wallpaper. When you have a wallpaper like this…who needs anything else! The side tables, lamps, and headboard keep the room from going vintage.
I love this room with it’s hot orange de Gournay wallpaper, bright coral silk drapes, and blue and white ikat chair seats. The rug, table, chairs, and wallpaper are quite traditional but the colors make it modern.
This room by James Lumden for the Greystone Estate show house is wonderful. The melon colored walls bring a warm glow to this bedroom while the moses rug from the Rug Company and the soft brown tufted mattress ground the room.
Another fabulously energizing room by my close friend ( and former colleague at Kemble!) Christina Murphy. The orange sofa pops dramatically off all of the chocolate brown and white. Love it!
The slightly more subdued cantaloupe orange walls work well off the grasscloth insets and dark wood.
Both images above are of the same room designed by Honey Collins. Again we see how nicely orange pops against dark wood and canvas. I love the orange piped trunk, throw pillows, and pops of orange in the rug and wing chair fabric.
The above room by David Netto is all cool blues, greys, and crisp whites. The orange throw gives the room some zip. If you are nervous about bathing your room in orange this is a good way to test the waters.
Kelly Wearstler added a pop of orange leather in her pink and black room. Unexpected and chic.
The iconic Hermes wool blanket gives this room a jolt.
Below are some orange accessories to bring your home to life:
1. Dempsey & Carroll pumpkin stationary
2. Glazed orange lamp with gold base through Tonic Home
3. Orange faux shagreen pencils
4. Orange cashmere throw through Tonic Home
5. Orange Luce silk ikat throw by Madeline Weinrib
6. Hermes wool blanket through Hermes
7. Orange and gold giraffe print coasters
8. Leontine Linens Alcott pattern
9. Orange wool rug through Madeline Weinrib
10. Wedgewood Dynasty China
11. Hermes ashtray through Hermes
Drool worthy orange fabrics:
1. F. Schumacher Bleeker in Spark by Celerie 174043
2. F. Schumacher Arches Print in Orange by Trina Turk 174272
3. F. Schumacher Nurata Embroidery in Coral 174180
4. F Schumacher Weave in Spice 62541
5. Lisa Fine Baroda II in Cury
6. F. Schumacher Imperial Trellis II by Kelly Wearstler in Ivory/ Mandarin 174410
7. Katie Ridder Peony in Poppy
8. F. Schumacher Bagan in Spark 62652
9. Vanderhurd embroidered Stellar in Sunrise
Fabulous orange wallcoverings:
1. F. Schumacher Rajasthan Paisley in Persimmon 5004471
2. Katie Ridder Pagoda in Persimon- I LOVE this. I am dying to do an entry hall or powder room in this paper.
3. Farrow and Ball The Ranelagh Papers – 1822
4. Farrow and Ball Strie wallcovering – DR 1285
5. Farrow and Ball Plain Stripe – ST 1147
6. Room by Kimberly Ayre and wallcovering ( on wall and inset) is grasscloth by Twenty2 style Montague
7. Manuel Canovas toile Tortuga in Safron
Orange paint selections:
1. Benjamin Moore Corlsbud Canyon #076
2. Rollinson Hues #20
3. Benjamin Moore Soft Marigold
4. Farrow and Ball Orangery
5. Sydney Harbour Paint Blood Orange
For some people the Fall brings out their lacquered reds, peacock blues, and vivd oranges while others shift into classic neutrals (tans, greys, browns) with pops of animal print. As a designer, I am comfortable with all of the above and depending on the day you will find me expressing myself with different colors. In the boldest environments I still like a polished sophisticated tone so even if color abounds I will keep a neutral wall, sofa, or carpet. While in a neutral environment I love a dash of bold rich color (found in Lamps, a throw, or a chair) to give the space depth and warmth. I have selected rooms that represent fall to me in all the colors of the rainbow.
Red: Crimson, scarlet, tomato, brick, oxblood, geranium, cherry, pomegranate, fire engine red, sangria, blue red, orange red, chinese red, tulip red… Everyone has a particular red in mind when they tell me they want a “red room”. There is a red for everyone. I adore red in a room. It feels daring and bold, while at the same time warm, sexy, and intimate. It works well with other colors ( particularly greens – not christmas tree green but apple greens, spring greens and other more modern shades) and blues ( I love it with pale sky blue, and cadet blue). Below are some of my favorite red rooms:
A high gloss lacquered red wall is amazing. It makes me think of nail polish. The neutral sofa, deep chocolate velvet arm chair, and leopard stools keep the room sophisticated.
This dining room/ library is fabulous. The deep red felt table skirt is so festive ( as are the tiny lacquered red sconce shades). Mixed with the antique carpet, warm wood bookshelves, and patterned drapes this room is so cozy. Many people only use their dining room for formal occasions. By making this a library/ dining room combo you would spend all your time in here.
This is a room done by me! Brick red venetian plaster walls gave this sunny room a bit of atmosphere. We kept the sofa and arm chair clean in ivory linen and let the throw pillows and zebra rug be our pops. A leather ottoman, leather floor lamp gave us some additional texture to keep the room tough enough for after dinner cocktails.
I love the bold red sofa and carpet mixed with all the various prints. Bohemian luxe!
Miles Redd kept it classic with a bamboo bed, antique carpet, upholstered fabric walls. But somehow you get a fresh feeling with the simple triple line sheets, pops of deep crimson in the table skirt and drapes. And the shape and detail in the pelmets…amazing.
Glossy red walls in a dining room set off by deep brown/ burgundy moldings. Very glam.
de Gournay wallpaper in red on the walls, chocolate brown and ivory ikat desk chair, bright red leather desk chair, blue and white china planter, and zebra rug make this room delicious!
Tory Burch’s New York apartment’s bar is another favorite. Glossy red walls with delicate unlacquered brass sconces brings a vintage feel to the space.
Another Miles Redd design- Red felt walls mixed with sky blue and deep cobalt blue- delicious.
Another woman who loved red… Diana Vreeland. She is pictured above in her “Garden In Hell” room by Billy Baldwin. The chintz fabric can be found at Pierre Frey.
Perfect red paint ships below:
Above: Farrow and Ball Blazer Red
Above: Benjamin Moore Chili Pepper Red
Above: Benjamin Moore Red
Above: Ralph Lauren Dressage Red
Above: Pratt and Lambert Vintage Claret
Above: Fine Paints of Europe Tulip Red
Fun red wallpapers below:
Scalamandre Baldwin Bamboo
Scalamandre zebra wallpaper has been a huge hit- we get lots of requests for this one… it was also featured in The Royal Tenenbaums ( see below)!
Clarenece House- Flowering Quince is another popular wallpaper. It has been featured in many design magazines but one of my favorite room’s is Sara Costello’s NY bedroom (below).
I love the above room: wallpaper is Jardin Chinois by Waterhouse Wallhangings
The October issue of House Beautiful shifted into fall beautifully. With pieces on sun-drenched Tuscan color, animal print rugs, pumpkin cupckaes, and fall fabric collections I was feeling the urge to head upstate to see the leaves starting to change and drink a cup of hot apple cider.
My favorite feature was the Park Avenue apartment designed by Daniel Sachs. The moody grey/ blue entry hall feels like it has been there forever with the large Italian mirror, indian painting, Flemish table, and swedish chandelier. I love a layered atmosphere. It is a great way to let your personality shine through.
The living room is chock-full of pattern and color. Keeping the wall color neutral adds a sophisticated look to this well traveled vibe. We have ikat, floral, stripes, and embroidered suzani all living happily in one space. The turkish rug is from the 19th century. The modern art mixes beautifully with the traditional setting, keeping the room feeling fresh.
Lastly, I love the boys room. The blown up map applied as wallpaper is the perfect way for kids to spend an afternoon “traveling” within the safety of their apartment. I would have looked at this map for hours as a child. A very sophisticated way to add whimsy to a child’s room.
More on fall color to come….
While some pieces from the spring collection were a bit too retro for me I loved the 3 looks below. I am always a fan of his embroidery and his lady like dresses.
Oscar’s new fabric collection with Lee Jofa is fabulous! Rich embroidery, velvets, wools, felts, ikats, and stripes make this collection one you want to touch. Perfect for fall!
I MUST use these for a future client…. a headboard, drapes, wall upholstery….please! The embroidery is stunning and the colors are so rich.
A beautiful ikat fabric in light blue, teal, and green
A rythmic classic stripe in deep navy and blue.
A wild suzani in plums, reds, teals, and yellow packs a punch and would be lovely on club chairs.
Glam pair of french cobra sconces
Pair of French brass sconces in form of a cobra, newly electrified with vintage metal shades. Converted from candle sconces. This pair would look amazing on either side of a door or a large bookshelf.
Silver leafed pagoda console by James Mont
This Beautiful silver leafed Pagoda console by JAMES MONT retains its original silver leaf finish which is in outstanding condition. The console has three cut out decals which support the pagoda top and has three drawers, with the center one which is braded “JAMES MONT DESIGN”
height: 27.25 in.
depth: 19 in.
width/length: 6 ft. 5 in.
late 20th century
Ceremonial feather hat worn by Fon(kings) and senior dignitaries in various kingdoms of the Grassfields region of Cameroon. Originally the coloration of this kind of hat was more subdued and its construction allowed folding in for storage. Later on the colors became more vivid and the construction more rigid. It makes a wonderful and easy to use decorative element. I love hanging these on walls to add a textural element to the room. The feathers and the color are fun and bring a bit of whimsy as well.
A pair of porcelain elephant lamps
A majestic pair of Italian ceramic elephant busts that have been mounted on acrylic
bases and wired as lamps….Funky and fabulous!
Beautiful Swedish Rococo Writing Desk
Period Swedish rococo writing desk, circa 1760, with original hardware and secondary blue paint. Three drawers in the bowed front with a smaller drawer just under the drop leaf. The interior features two banks of three drawers on either side, as well as other drawers and compartments. Original bun feet. This desk is similar to a secretary I purchased for a client ( you can see it in my portfolio). I can’t tell you how many requests? comments I get on that piece.
Attributed to Howard & Co., Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
The imposing size suggests that this Ox Weathervane was made on commission for a large barn. It is perhaps the largest example by Howard & Co. known to date. It is an exceptional piece based on its sculptural form, size, and virtually untouched condition. I love the way the colors fade on this piece. Measurements: height: 22 1/2 depth: 6 7/8 width/length: 35 in.
A collection of herbiers from the 1900’s. The color preservation is out of this world… they are quite spectacular, but it person they are even more magnificent.
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height: 22.5 in.
width/length: 17.25 in.
Dark walnut shows through the soft, aged gray paint.
height: 30 in.
depth: 29 in.
width/length: 10 ft.
Pair of branch coral lamps on coquina stone bases
Late 20th C.
A pair of branch coral lamps, mounted on coquina stone, with matching finials. I love the green shades and how full the coral branches are. Perfect for a large room that needs some fun.
height: 31 in.
diameter: 7.5 in.
19th century anglo indian carved swing
Fully hand tooled swing, teak wood. Used for the Royal Queen’s palace during British Raj in India. This is your statement piece. This would look incredible at the edge of a garden or in a grove.
I recently met up with the lovely ladies at Vanderhurd to see their latest besopke designs in fabrics, carpets, and accessories and was blown away. Those who know my design aesthetic know I love color and Vanderhurd’s products do not disappoint in that category. I have always been a huge fan of their products ( see my previous post on the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho) and was not let down by the latest additions. They offer endless options for carpets: hand woven flat weave wool, linen, hemp, hand-knotted cut pile and loop linen, silk, hand knotted cut pile Nepalese wool/ silk blend, felted wool, Tibetan silk, New Zealand wool….the list goes on and on); fabrics: block printed, hand stitched, hand printed, vintage; and accessories: cloisonné trays and lamps boasting chevron-esque geometric patterns reminiscent of a Missoni print.. A few of my dream carpets, fabrics, and accessories are below.
Above: The pruple, black, and ivory silk dhurrie (Rhonda Amethyst) is a fun choice for a room when paired with neutrals. I love the soft taupe and peach hexagonal silk dhurrie and would pair it with a neutral rough grasscloth on the walls for a livable but beautiful room.
Above: A silk grey and grey stripe dhurrrie with metallic threads woven through. This would be an amazing runner in a stairwell. The metallic threads catch the light and the grey is so soothing.
Above: Silk zig zag dhurrie in the most fabulous sorbet colors. I am picturing this with high gloss lavender walls and white furniture.
Above: The green, black, and aqua carpet on top is a nice thick rug (Cordoba Emerald) made of hand knotted cut pile wool. The black and white carpet below is made of 100% hemp and is surprisingly soft. Vanderhurd has also come out with a line of sisal carpets that are truly beautiful.
Above: These linen carpets were a favorite. I would love to use one instead of sisal. The colors are so vibrant and the woven linen is beautiful. The pattern you see above is a hand woven cut pile and a hand woven sumac- creating a tripe like pattern.
Above: Vanderhurd’s hand embroidered textiles are the ultimate in bespoke fabric. Employing intricate French knot, “Satin” and “Kanta” stitches, the collection is available on natural coloured linen or cotton cloth, or on any of the patterned fabrics, and has been designed to compliment their collection of hand printed textiles. In addition to the collection, they can embroider any design in any colour cotton thread on any cloth. The standard width of their base cloths is 44 inches, but requests for custom widths can be accommodated.
Above: more hand embroidered fabrics.
Above: Vanderhurd’s hand printed fabric designs are entirely modern in form and colour, although they derive from antique Indian block print motifs. This marriage of ancient techniques with contemporary design—informed by a great knowledge of the history of textiles, manifests their design philosophy. The textiles are hand block printed or hand screen printed on a selection of natural base cloths—linen, cambric or chanderi—and the colour palette reflects our quintessential juxtaposition of soft and vibrant shades.
Above: a few more examples of their hand embroidered fabrics
Above: Vanderhurd routinely designs custom pillows, bedspreads and headboards, and offers in house upholstery services.
Above: Antique African Indigos. These Indigos are woven by the Koulongo and Abron weavers from the Bondoukou region of the Cote d’Ivoire and by the Nigerian Yoruba people. These cloths were woven on small looms as narrow strips, which were then sewn into “Wrappers” worn as skirts by both men and women. Vanderhurd New York’s Creative Director, Emilie Jean, an avid collector and dealer of tribal and antique textiles has introduced them to Vanderhurd’s repertoire. Also, their presence in Vanderhurd’s showroom makes perfect sense, given Vanderhurd’s commitment to handmade, unique textiles, and to sustaining the culture and tradition of exceptional indigenous craftsmanship.
Above: The pale purple and pink silk and the gold silk with chartreuse border are two of Rocio Moreno’s silk fabrics. Rocio Moreno, a well-known interior designer in Spain, has long been a traveler to India where she developed her collection of exquisite hand-woven silk brocade textiles. The weavers she works with there are unique in that they continue to employ the complex technique of weaving silk brocades by hand, in the same way as they were produced in the 15th and 16th centuries in Venice as well as the Imperial Moghul court in India, where all the court rituals and its economic structure were built up around the symbolism, cost and almost mystical stature of the silk. Today the weavers Moreno works with continue to produce silks for temples and palaces across the East, for the Dali Lama and the Royal Family of Nepal. Moreno was fascinated by the workmanship, quality and texture of the brocades. Up until the weavers produced her designs, they had only ever produced very traditional textiles. Moreno’s designs are totally modern in form and colour, although they are derived from Ottoman motifs. The result of this marriage of ancient techniques with contemporary design informed by a great knowledge of the history of textiles is Rocio Moreno’s collection, and as such, very much in the spirit of Vanderhurd.
Above: Their beautiful cloisonne trays and lamps.
To see many more examples of their beautiful work visit their website: http://www.vanderhurd.com/