A few months ago I announced my participation in a contest sponsored by French fine furniture company, GRANGE. I was asked to design an ambiance featuring GRANGE’s beautiful Directoire console for a chance to win a trip to Maison et Objet in PARIS for myself and one of YOU, my wonderful readers!
I designed my heart out in hopes of getting us one step closer to the City of Light, and now it’s judgment day…
Voting is open on the GRANGE Facebook page and I would be so grateful for your support! Become a fan, like my ambiance, and we could be saying: “Bonjour, Paris” in a few months!
A little background on my submission…
I sent the GRANGE team my design plan and they brought it to life in the beautiful rendering above (I wish I had the original, isn’t it frame worthy?) The allure and exoticism of the Far East during the 17th and 18th centuries inspired the fanciful chinoiserie ambiance.
The blossoming Tree of Life patterned paper, ornate gilded pagoda mirror, marbleized lamps and zebra hide combine to create a statement making entry that is just as beguiling today as it might have been in the home of an East India Company merchant.
My design selections:
Win or lose (but obviously I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a win!), it was such an honor to partner with GRANGE throughout this competition. Their 110 year heritage of expert craftsmanship speaks for itself, and their focus on classically designed pieces with modern sensibility is something I fully embrace.
Don’t forget to head on over to the GRANGE Facebook page to cast your vote, and Paris here we (hopefully) come!
I’m off to Nashville tomorrow to celebrate my bachelorette with some of my best girlfriends. Our itinerary is still a surprise, but I’m told amazing restaurants and a boutique hotel that I’m going to love await! Any recommendations for must-visit spots? This will be my first visit and I can’t wait to explore!
While I’m eagerly awaiting slipping on my cowboy boots and cut offs (also packed this sassy little number which is slightly moredaring than my norm, but SO flattering–highly recommend) allow me to distract you with this gorgeous Nashville home designed by Markham Roberts and featured in House Beautiful. Projects like this are exactly why I’m so eagerly anticipating Roberts’ forthcoming book: Decorating the Way I See It.
The home owners had a beautiful older home and impressive collection of antiques which Roberts skillfully mixed with modern art, delightful color combinations, and some of my all-time favorite fabrics and wallpapers–Arbre de Matisse (chairs, second photo), Le Touches (chairs, third + fourth photos), Talavera (wallpaper, third + fourth photos). Read Roberts tips for mixing old and new–I’m taking notes!
Ask interior designers for their favorite paint line and you’ll start hearing one brand over and over: Farrow & Ball. The British company manufactures some of the most highly pigmented paints and distinctive wallpapers around–it’s really no wonder why they’ve attained cult-favorite status within the design community!
Being one of those devotees, I was honored to be asked to curate a selection of paints and papers that represent Washington, DC in celebration of the opening of Farrow & Ball’s new Georgetown showroom. The inspiration behind my choices was drawn from iconic events, architecture, historical sites, my favorite neighborhoods and the vibrant and ever evolving personality of DC. Read more about my choices below and for more color inspiration visit The Chromologist.
P.S If you’re in the DC area I would love to see you Thursday, September 18th to celebrate the opening of the brand new Farrow & Ball showroom in style!
A few months back an old friend connected me with Samantha Knapp of Tiger Lily’s, a family owned interior design studio and custom workroom in Greenwich, Connecticut. Knowing we each had come to interior design from somewhat unexpected backgrounds (me from politics, and Samantha from journalism) and our shared penchant for turning tradition on its head (check out Samantha’s cottage in Lonny!), our mutual friend knew we had to chat.
We talked about the inherent opportunities of life changes and cooked up a little collaboration that I’m excited to share today! Tiger Lily’s is truly a full service design studio offering everything from custom furniture and window treatments to interior design services. The options were limitless, but we decided my desk chair needed some love and got to work designing a custom pillow to zhush it up.
To coordinate with my lavender fretwork desk chair and coral desk, Samantha suggested a Tilton Fenwick for Duralee fabric paired with a coral brush fringe from Duralee’s outdoor trim collection. It was love at first sight and I now want to put brush fringe on everything. More importantly, I’ve actually started using my desk rather than decamping to the bed.
Samantha is such a talent and it was such a pleasure working with Tiger Lily’s on this project. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll check them out. I can’t wait to stop in next time we drive up to the Cape.
P.S don’t miss Samantha on HGTV’s House Hunters Reno Saturday, August 23 at 9PM!
Last weekend I picked up a copy of The Signature of All Things–an airport decision that I’m not too terribly embarrassed to admit was based largely on its fern bedecked cover. I’ve been tearing through the book–definitely worth picking up–and unsurprisingly given the subject matter, botanicals have been on my mind.
A few of my all-time favorite interiors featuring botanicals are above. Tom Scheerer is a constant source of inspiration, and the decoupaged chest is an unexpectedly chic choice that has recently had my wheels spinning.
Botanicals and naturalist studies always look best in groupings as Steven Gambrel so deftly illustrates in the bathroom above featured in Elle Décor about a decade ago–still amazing–and another bathroom from the pages of The English Country House.
Wouldn’t you love to know the name of that mint paint color?!