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Autumn Hues – Yellow

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




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Licking Out Of The Same Bowl

Last night I attended the opening of the Natasha Law and Lucy Soni exhibition showing at the Diane von Furstenberg Gallery. Playing with the idea that both Law and Soni employ a concentration of vivid colors in their respective works, it is as if each is dipping into the same paint bowl. Viewed together, the works celebrate color, form, and, gesture, and yet uphold each painter’s singular and distinctive compositional artistry.

The exhibition was beautiful- with all of the vivid colors jumping of the stark white gallery walls it was hard to pick a favorite. One of my clients managed to do so and I know they will be thrilled with their new piece!

Natasha Law has gained international recognition for her signature female silhouettes. Rendered in a variety of media, including high-gloss paint on aluminum and assembled cut paper, Law’s works observe color, tone, and contrast. She examines the movements of bodies and flesh in space, and the folds and shapes that create forms, figures, and the experience of the body in the world. At once soft and bold, delicate and strong, each work is sensitively delivered and entirely emotive. Educated at Camberwell College of Arts, in London, Law shows with Eleven Fine Art, in London, and through Voltz Clarke, in Manhattan. Voltz Clarke featured Law in the solo show FOLD in 2006.

Lucy Soni examines the dichotomy between mother and child, the yearning of parents to protect and control, and the desire of the trained artist to manage the naïve. Moved by her infant daughter’s crayon scribbles, Soni first began incorporating unlearned marks into abstract colored pencil drawings. Over the course of two years, these drawings developed into large-scale oil canvases, which were highlighted by Voltz Clarke in December of 2005. That group show, LONDON BRIDGES, also included works by Shane Bradford and Michael Marra. Born in Kent, England, Soni received her degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, in London.

Go and see for yourself:

Opening: May 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
May 19 to June 2, and afterwards by private appointment ( email info@voltzclarke.com )
Diane von Furstenberg Gallery, 440 West 14th Street, New York, New York



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Voltz Clarke Gallery

Blair Clarke, the stylish southern gallery owner fills her New York City apartment with the work of the artists she represents and after looking at the images below you will know why. Blair has an eye for talent. I look to Blair to supply pieces that my client’s will love. She stages pop-up shows throughout the year at various Manhattan venues. The interiors of her apartment are quite classic in style thus setting off her collection of art very nicely. Blair’s home will be on the Armory VIP tour this year so you will be able to take a peak!

Focusing on the exposure of contemporary artists through private consulting and public exhibitions, the company has a particular emphasis on introducing international artists to the US market. Clarke’s experience combines over nine years of East coast gallery associations, curatorial projects and a consulting relationship with Sanford L. Smith & Associates.

Voltz Clarke maintains a roster of international artists whose works are available to view online and by appointment. Clarke who loves to travel believes that one should cast the net wide in order to identify new talent. In a market which is increasingly globalized, she is intrigued by the rich diversity in work found often in unexpected places.

The below works are for sale through Blair Voltz Clarke:

Email Blair Voltz Clarke and mention Travel For Design

Natasha Law:

An english painter, Law’s signature style is bold, high-gloss paintings. The high gloss is reminiscent of lip gloss, a polished nail, a shiny new car, or patent leather high heel. So glossy it almost looks wet. Multiple layers of high gloss paint on aluminum creates this effect. Her subjects are usually semi-clothed, cropped and fragmented, and distinctly feminine. She reduces the shapes of her subject and uses bold colors to create a minimalist style. Law graduated from Camberwell college in 2000 and has grown internationally with shows on both sides of the Atlantic: Eleven Gallery in London, Rivington Arms Gallery and Voltz Clarke in Manhattan. And yes, she is Jude Law’s sister.

**Natasha Law will also do custom paintings. You can sit for her or provide her with an image. I have commissioned several for clients ( of them, their children, and their dogs!)

Natasha Law, Pink Bikini on Coffee, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches

Natasha Law, Sitting H, 2007, Gloss on Aluminum, 24×24 inches

Natasha Law, Grey Vest on Blue, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Natasha Law, Green Bikini on Green, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge

Pink Vest on Pink, 2008, Gloss on Cartridge, 60 x 48 inches and 51.5 x 63 inches

A recently finished client’s apartment with their new Natasha Law

Me in front of my Natasha Law

Chrstina Burch:

Christina Burch’s recent body of work entitled “Garland of Skulls” includes twelve paintings commissioned by New York private collector Alberto Mugrabi. These are a play on the traditional natur morte combined with anatomical references from buddhist and taoist texts. These will be on exhibition in 2010 along with new works available through Voltz Clarke. Having recently relocated from New York City to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Burch’s new work is inspired by the full moon and natural surroundings in Michigan. Beginning this summer, she will be serving as the president of Copper Colored Mountain Arts. Set on over 20 acres of lush gardens in rural Ann Arbor, CCMA is an arts community offering workshops as well as exhibitions and events – visit www.ccma.org. Currently Burch is curating a show of sculpture and outdoor installation by young contemporary artists scheduled to open this July. I love the colors and the style of Burch’s art. Her paintings combine propaganda, cartoons, printed and digital media, landscape and figurative imagery. She is particularly inspired by Japanese prints, as is reflected in her work.

Sea of Marrow 30″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas

Garland of Lotus 32″ x 32″ acrylic on canvas

Sea of Blood 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas

I would love to use ” Sea of Blood” as a jumping off point for a dining room:

Walls painted in that dusty peach color (Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose) with high gloss deep blue trim (Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue). Soft french blue stried silk drapes unlined hung on lucite rods with gold leaf bamboo rings. Chinoiserie style dining chairs with ivory linen velvet seats. The table would be set with Imari china throwing in a punch of orange.

Sun K. Kwak

Sun is amazing! Her work appears to be paint but is actually masking tape.

She had a huge show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art recently: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/sun_k_kwak/

The above two images are an installation Sun did in Blair’s apartment. I love the modern “paint splash” effect on the classic architectural detail.



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