March 19, 2012

GREEN ROOMS

GREEN
It's a comfy color...
Psychologists tell us the color green represents plants that are nurturing in the form of food, and/or used for medicinal purposes.
In ancient Chinese cultures the yin and yang symbol is often red and green (not always the black and white we see).  The red represents good luck, the sun and happiness which is paired with green representing nature, grass and crops.

A WEE BIT O' HISTORY
Historically, green has been a popular color!
For centuries the best royal palaces used lots of green as the pigments were expensive in the 18th century, making green a major status symbol. 
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Peterhoff Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Catherine's Palace [Tsarsko Selo] St. Petersburg, Russia
(notice the solid malachite fireplace mantle!)

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The dining room at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, which looks turquoise here - but is actually a nasty 'spearmint' green


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The family dining room at Mt. Vernon

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The White House "Green Room"

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An 18th century American Colonial Home


 GREEN IN 'TRADITIONAL' INTERIORS
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(Designer: James Michael Howard)
The beautiful hand painted walls are in a soft 'olive' green which is especially pretty with the white trim and upholstery - the simple palette makes this work.




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(Source: Martha Stewart)
The three shades of Mount Vernon green are beautiful, but a wee bit too much for me here. It would be (in my opinion) better with more white....




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(Designer: Phoebe Howard)
The narrative for this seaside bedrooms  monochromatic palette of 'sage' greens with touches of tan says - relax baby!




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(Source: House and Home)
I am all kinda' in love with this room! It's all cottagy and cozy without lookin' all granny-ish. 
Study it's simplicity - notice the lack of small crap sitting around and the humble cotton textiles.




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(Designer: Nancy Serafini)
A little paint and ingenuity created this cute room.  




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(Home of clothing designer Andrew Gn)
Mr. Gn has a taste for 'high schmaltz' I'd say...
The 'spring' green color is timeless and a perfect background for the Chinese export porcelain.




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(Source: Elle Decor)
I love rooms with one textile everywhere!
This soft 'fern' green toile is totally restful and comfortable
(a tad 'adult' but nonetheless pretty)




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(Designer: Billy Baldwin)
This room's so well done - it's the reference for anyone trying to do something similar. The 'English' green trellage wallpaper creates a timeless garden-room feeling. 




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(Designer: Mary Douglas Drysdale)
The monochrome palette here makes this bedroom feel like a place to sleep - not play air-hockey!  Soft 'avocado' green and white linen with lovely dressmaker details make it simple and  tres elegante!




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(Designer: Miles Redd)
This bold foyer fo shizzles my nizzle!  
I love the bold Kelly green lacquered walls with the solid colors of blue and white - This is the 'new traditional' !




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(Designer: Barry Dixon)
This coz-a-licious library with the 'antiqued' green-painted walls and the soft organic patterned textiles underscores the aforementioned psychologists definition of green by creating a nurturing environment.




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(Source: Martha Stewart)
The queen of the soft-toned colors has successfully mixed soft 'fern' green with a butter yellow creating a quiet, calm breakfast room.




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(Designer: Meg Braff)
$20. /yd. cotton canvas is used for the curtains and slip-cover -  you cant beat it, cheap and chic!




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(Designer: Frances Schultz)
This Frenchie-fied kitchen sho' ain't missin' no details...Lawd knows. It's carvings, valences and nooks make it too busy for my taste, but all that shit does create a 'romantic' attraction. The green makes it much less frou-frou than a French blue or yellow would.




GREEN TRANSITIONAL ROOMS

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(Designer: Martha Angus)
A little of this and a little of that....
The green wall-to-wall and the antique style Chinese wallpaper create a natural envelope for the highly styled furniture and art pieces.




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(Designer: Allison Palladino)
This is a cool Palm Beach house that has the island thing going on.
The 'celedon' green is the perfect backdrop for eclectic furnishings.




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(Designer: Katie Ridder)
This wickedly chic dining room combines several colors all of which are held together by the 'chartreuse' green walls.




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(Designer: James Michael Howard)
This 'kiwi' velvet sofa is the anchor color in the room. The subtle green adds depth and a certain quality to the mostly beige room.




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(Designer: Joseph Paul Davis)
This fresh 'lime' green was taken from the French Impressionist painting above the bed. The wallpaper, headboard and linens are kept simple to let the painting be the bigmouth in the room.




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(Source: Veranda)
GTFO!!! This room is da bomb!  
Cool, clean and not pushy! The taupe colored wood patterned wallpaper, leather chairs with the warm wood table, crystal chandelier and cotton rug are perfect backgrounds for the 'grass' green accents.



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(Designer: Maureen Footer)
I think using the 'lettuce' green on the wall behind the shelves is brilliant!  It's not too much color, it adds some drama and makes the white ceramic pieces stand out better.



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(Designer: Heidi Friedler)
This early 20th century house has been zhuzhed up with color and scale. The bright white makes a clean envelope for the fun 'pea' green textiles and coffee table. 
It's casual and fun = exactly what we all want now!  




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(Designer: House Beautiful)
This kicked up living room is IT!   'Apple green' lacquered walls, psychedelic carpet and a total mish-mosh of furniture upholstered in the exact same color green accented with Pucci-esque pillows shows that someone with a big personality  lives here... So totally cool!




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(Designer: Meg Braff)
This 'leaf' green bedroom feels fresh with the white thin-framed furniture and plain painted walls. A bedroom is supposed to be restful, not exciting....



GREEN CONTEMPORARY  ROOMS

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(Designer: Joseph Paul Davis)
This foyer provides the narrative when you first walk in the door of this seaside retreat. The 'seafoam' green painted walls and ceilings create an ethereal feeling; the tone-on-tone decor in shades of sea greens and sea-glass blues create a very calming effect.




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(Source: Unknown)
Wow, how now!
The deep green walls compliment the art pieces whilst creating a smart background which highlights the lighter colored pieces in the room.




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You don't have to make the whole freekin' room green - just touches of green can be perfect.




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(Designer: Katie Ridder)
LOVE this!  Instead of curtains or something cliche' they've painted the window frames 'pea' green - matching the chair and the carpet.
Just touches of green can add the grounding effects of nature.




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(Designer: Christina Murphy)
I saved the best for last! 
Floors painted with organic flowers and vines provide the color scheme for this modern home on the Long Island Sound. The green color brings the outside in while working nicely with the antiques and contemporary furnishings


You can do it, I'm here to help!

jpdsodpb@aol.com 

March 9, 2012

DECORATING WITH BUSTS

BUST'S AS DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
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But... 
these aren't the type of busts we'll discuss in this missive!
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Greeks used them to honor deities; the classicists used them as inspiration; the neoclassicist's used them to imply power and now modern decorators use them to ramp up the tone as they can be elegant, or sometimes campy - which is cool too. 


TRADITIONAL USES
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(Sir John Soanes Museum, London)
Those interested in classical architecture should visit Sir John Soane's Museum in London. It an amazing clusterf*%k of architectural remnants and details. 
Click to go to Sir John Soans Museum


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(Althorpe, in Warwickeshire, England)
Princess Diana's home in England has an amazing collection of art and classic sculpture
Click to visit Althorp


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(Designers: Verre Grenney, London)
This is how the 1%  in England live!  
This beautiful, simply finished drawing room has two classical busts on brackets ramping up the 'importance' of the fireplace


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(Jacqueline Onassis, 1040 Fifth Avenue)
Jackie O had a good eye for classical art and form. Her collection of Greek and Roman busts casually displayed here adds depth to her very "old world" looking apartment.


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(Source: Unknown)
This terracotta bust on the mantle in this old Italian villa looks like its been there for 100 years (prolly has!)


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(Burgh Hall)
Burgh Hall's grand foyer displays several ancient busts and sculpture - it adds a DFWMe look to this old, stuffy manor house.


BUST'S IN TODAY'S HOME
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(Source: Habitually Chic)
This updated traditional living room has a 'herm' on a sculptors work pedestal. Every room looks better with art or sculpture and this 'found object' adds some patina to this super clean-lined room


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(Designer: Christopher Knight)
This eclectic mish-mosh - ahem - 'bohemian melange' works in an artistic way, the huge-ass white bust adds beaucoup drama by being the 'big' thing in the room.


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(Source Unknown)
This foyer has a carefully balanced assemblage of antique and distressed items creating a softened old English look - the bust adds romance to the mix.


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(Designer: Joseph Paul Davis)
In the dining room of my country house outside of Washington, DC, I used busts of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington (which were apropos for the DC region) on pedestals flanking a bay window.  The small side walls were hard to decorate, the busts took little space and added 'strength' to the room.


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(Designer: Gary Spain)
This 'Mid-Century-Regency' style space has a glazed terracotta 'Caesar' in the corner adding to the mix of a Lucite classical desk and a Piranesi print - shagolicious, I'd say....


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(Designer: Bunny Williams)
Those aren't busts they're bas-reliefs which are less defined wall mounted busts (or sculptures). They look awesome here because they add classical elements and depth; their ovoid shapes are a contrast to all the 'square' shapes in the room as well.


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This cute little seasonal vignette is made a wee bit more interesting by using the terracotta bust which will look great at night with candle light flickering on her face. 
(waddup with those fake votive candles - anyone really  think they look real???)


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(Source: St. Georges)
This freekin' awesome loggia is all about the sea. The dolphins and sea nymphs are cool, but those two Blackamoor bust's with their shell encrusted turbans and cloaks are da' bomb!

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Have a music student in the house?  Place a Beethoven bust on their desk and let them channel the master. 

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(Source: County Living)
This country cottage is all about eclectic and mixing found objects together. The Greek bust adds age and implies knowledge....as if...

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(Source: Unknown)
OMG a crystal Napoleon?  How cool is that??
I'm not big on glass or crystal objects as accessories but that is HOT! 

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(Source: Elle Decor)
If you weren't sure of what to put on top of that radiator cover, Abe Lincoln will at least make your guests smile - making a not-so-interesting bathroom more interesting.

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(Designer: Garrow/Keddgian)
In this super chic library a small Greek bust adds an authentic classical element to the Greek key patterns and the Attic black-figure design on the pillow

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Poor Chopin, lost his street cred...left holding the door....
Still looks better than a rubber wedge doorstop.


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Let pervvy Napoleon watch you tinkle.... The white porcelain bust contrasts nicely with the brown walls.  Notice the hands in the photos of Michelangelo's 'David' which are complimented by the bust.


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(Source: Unknown)
A Victorian white marble bust of a lady is stained from the ages and looks all the better for it.  Her snotty look across that half-dead plant looks as if she's saying  "get rid of that hideous plant immediately, if not sooner!"

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(Designer: Doug Wright)
LOVE THIS ROOM! 
All my favorite elements come together here; sisal, slip-covers, awesome tapestry, books and unusual accessories.

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(Designer: Kelly Wearstler)
Wearstler, known for kooky juxtapositions uses this gilded head as it's fun, unexpected and funky.
(Is the Kennedy Center missing theirs?)

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(Designer: Alberto Pinto)
In this awesome Moroccan-style riad Pinto uses a blackamoor bust to add indigenous flavor with an old-world feeling. 

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(Paolo Moschino, London Residence)
This small London dining room hasn't much room for art, so this tall rococo pedestal with the Greek bust on it adds relief and 'depth' to the space.

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(Designer: Suzanne Rhinestein)
In this super-sized ladies dressing room Rhinestein used two whitewashed (yuk, hate it whitewashed) terracotta busts, but their symmetry is important and they definitely add a 'power punch' to Madame's dressing room.



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(Designer: Jacques Grange)
The best designer ever, Jacques Grange's own apartment in Paris has every period and century represented in what feels like a very contemporary space.



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(Designer: Kelly Wearstler)
A wacky collection of busts and sculptures creates a focal point in this mostly unused dining room. The range and types of busts is what makes it work.



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This beautiful aged marble bust with its imperfect finish and mossy schmutz sits casually on a side table, slightly smiling wearing a glass bead necklace - which happily brings down the tone a tad.




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Someone spent a lot of time collecting these busts; but the genius is grouping them all together on in one place creating an impactful focal point.



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(Designer: Timothy Corrigan)
As part of a grouping of all alabaster objects the bust adds a friendly, sculptural element.


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(Designers: Caldwell-Flake, Inc)
This distressed, whitewashed, re-purposed garden ornament adds some interest to this otherwise boring vignette.



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A ladies dressing table is made more feminine with the small white porcelain bust, and its useful as the lady can hang her necklaces on it!



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A low-budge garden sculpture is used on this country-style hunt board adding an unexpected element.  The beads and neck pieces add humor - taking away the pretense.


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(Designers: Ross and Kochar)
This cozy weekend cottage is filled with things that the owners have collected along the way. The bust adds a touch of drama creating a personal, idiosyncratic style which is why we like it - it shows who they are not who their designer is...


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(Source: Unknown)
Yes, busts even have a place in contemporary settings with other art pieces. This blackamoor sits atop an old steamer trunk in a room filled with various periods and qualities - chic!

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You'd be surprised what a bust can add to your room!

You can do it, I'm here to help!
202.669.8669
jpdsodpb@aol.com

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