Furnishings

Oct 222013
 

Thirty years ago I had a black living room.   At the time, it was quite a statement, so much so that I had to paint everything before the house would sell.  Everyone loved it but couldn’t picture their furnishings in it.  Here is an wonderful collection of basic black today.

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Black is dramatic and elegant when paired with white.

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Classic!

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Sep 122013
 

I love this new category.  It will be fun to explore and pick the classics to share with you  in the Arts, Design, Architecture, and Beauty.  These classic furniture pieces work in any decor.  They add style, sophistication and classical beauty.

19th Century French Settee, Loveseat, Sofa

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The iconic Bergere

“Other than baguettes, berets, and Brigitte Bardot, few things are more classically French than bergères. Popularized in Louis XV–era salons, these cushy armchairs survived the revolution, adapting easily to the changing fashions of the Directoire and Empire periods. Today they remain as in vogue as ever. And for good reason—with their plush upholstery and regal frames, bergères blend comfort and style seamlessly.”  Elle Decor

What sets them apart from other stately seats are their characteristic closed arms, loose seat cushions, and exposed-wood frames.

“Bergères were really designed for palaces,” notes interior architect Beata Galdi. Still, she finds their elegant form fits into even the most contemporary rooms, whether grouped in a formal seating area or standing alone in a bedroom. “Excellent design is timeless,” Galdi says.

Louis XVI

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Club Chair

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This is a recliner from LazyBoy

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Timeless English Leather Chesterfield
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A favorite classic of mine.   Had my first kiss with my life partner and business partner next to a Morgan+4 he was rebuilding, which he still has.

Morgan Roadster

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 September 12, 2013  Posted by at 1:36 pm Furnishings, Interior Design, It's A Classic No Responses »
Aug 202013
 

Traditional Home, Editor in Chief,  Ann Omvig Maine’s editorial begins with “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only”   and quotes Coco Chanel, “Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live.”   The September issue explores the synchronicity between fashion and home design featuring the Boston home of Joseph Abboud.  A Richardsonian Romanesque structure which is part of the city’s old Waterworks Building and has  a five-story tower.

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Joseph Abboud’s menswear is known for his neutral color palette and mix of sumptuous textures.  He collaborated with the recently rebranded RH (Restoration Hardware) newly opened Boston store to furnish his home.  The prevailing style is neoclassical, which is Joseph’s favorite.  “I love pieces with substance and heritage.  If you told me I had to live with mid-century modern, I would rather live in a tent. I like richness and romance,” he insists.

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Love the RH Versailles Chairs in Natural Belgian Linen.

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The Foyer with Iris Lee Marcus’ hand-painted acanthus leaves on canvas coffered ceiling  are “an ode to all the beautiful things I’ve seen on my travels in Italy,” says Joseph Abboud.  florentine-recessed light trim

Beaux-Artes Florentine recessed light trims would look perfect on this handsome ceiling.  Abboud-coffered-ceiling

Here is a wonderful use of large scale photography (see my blog for more examples).

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Great idea the corinthian capital as a shower seat.

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RH Game Table

Love the Chesterfield from RH.  I appreciate Abboud’s collection of sculpture.

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Apparently his most prized piece is this bust of Napoleon.  If you like using sculpture also, some of the pieces are from RH.

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Great space, great view, love the columns, but the furniture not quite right.  What do you think?

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The Wine Room is Joseph’s favorite.

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Abboud joined Ralph Lauren there in 1981, becoming associate director of menswear design. In 1988, his own label, JA Apparel, was launched; in 1990, he became the first to be named Menswear Designer of the Year for two consecutive years by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Another great issue of Traditional Home.  It is one of my favorite magazines.  They emphasize throughout the magazine the way fashion and interiors play off of each other.  I love to share with my readers ads which use fabulous interiors for the setting.  Here are some fabulous places shown in Vogue’s big 902-page September issue.

This one is my favorite.  The gown and the wall are exquisite.

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The windows, narrow panel and ornament over the door make this a corner worth capturing for this gown.  Painted drywall would not do.

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Fabulous ceiling.

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I think this shade of pink is a color we will be seeing a lot of.

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Love this fabric of Venice.

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You can have the wall panel in this add by Ralph Lauren.

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Love this panel with the black center.

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 August 20, 2013  Posted by at 2:13 pm Furnishings, Interior Design 3 Responses »