Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I am currently researching canopied daybeds and single beds, and this one I found on Pierre Frey's website. It's my favorite version of the "tree of life" motif and I think the canopy on this bed is really perfect. I was thinking about doing a crown canopy at one point but I have moved away from that, perhaps i will address that in another post... I also love the repetitive use of the same pattern to do up a room. Most of my friends think this is a tired worn out look and I am often made fun of for loving it. But I don't care because I don't think anything this over the top could ever be "tired" or "worn out". In fact, and it all depends on the quality of fabric one chooses, I would go so far as to say that this could be a truly avant gaurde look, especially in this time of contemporary, and seemingly disposable design. Its funny because I have been told that this style is oppresive! Hardly the case, in fact I think the sparse cold rooms of a modern or contemporary house are the most oppresive places I have ever spent time. As I have said before my motivation is not historical, but one of looks and feelings - I want my rooms to feel like a cozy soft nap in the most beautiful garden in the world. Now don't get me wrong, this look can go horribly wrong and when it does it can be bad. Like an old tranny on a sunday morning, not pretty. Some one who was (I dont know what she is up to these days ) a master at this and one of my my favorite influences is Fernanda Niven Senior or Big Fern. She had a knack for making a room feel just like that. At her house in South Hampton, the house is long gone now I suspect but I remember she had a guest room - the Sweet Pea Room. It was all the way at the top of the house which I think was 3 storys on Wyndanch lane, it was certainly not the show piece of the house but the room was like all the other rooms - cozy, comfortable and attended to with loving detail and quality. The room was entirely done up in sweet peas. Drapes, wallpaper, bed spreads and carpet. I remember the sweet pea print was a soft green and lavender color and it gave the room a breezy feeling. Far from oppressive. There might of been a few wicker pieces in there which I have conveniently forgotten as I despise wicker, but regardless, I always slept so well in that room - it was such a plesant room to wake up in and like a great meal - I have never forgotten it.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
One of the things thats sort of annoying about "blogging" is this pressure to comment on the images I post in a factual way. Like a biographer would. I am not that type of personality. Facts and tid bits of information are not always a priority to me. Mostly because I am lazy, but also because I forget the "tid bits" as soon as they are told to me. Research can be a bore and being an authority on anything has never been a priority for me. I mostly am inspired by the way something looks and in turn makes me feel. In saying that, here is what I know about this painting. It is called Sisters. It was painted by my father. He paints full time in his studio in a small town out side of Boston. He shows at a gallery called Powers and the most important thing I know is this - its absolutely beautiful and I love to look at it. Nothing makes me happier than when people come to my house and comment on its surreal beauty.