Thursday, February 27, 2020


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While I've shown this before I forgot to mention that the table came from Charleston, South Carolina-
I was doing a house south of Broad in Charleston years before BRAVO came out with "Southern charm" featuring the magnificent home of the Mario Buatta client Patricia Altschul.  My clients there gave me this table as a gift and whenever I look at it I think of them and all the fun we had remodeling and decorating their house on Saint Michaels alley behind St. Michael's Church.  DF

Thursday, February 20, 2020

COLOR: Pop Art

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What do you get when you add a Warhol print to sunflowers? Answer: you get fun!  When I was a teenager I used to haunt this fabulous shop called the shop of John Simmons it was a brilliant hippie chic mix of Fitz and Floyd dried flowers incense and all kinds of decorative furnishings it was in a word fabulous!  Like Deeda Blair I'm waiting until I can get a true 18th century signed French commode to put under my Warhol print until then I have this somewhat Kitsch wine table topped with a copy of a Chinese jar which I bought in a junk shop tres' chic a la babe Paley...! DF

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

CLASSIC: Arrangement

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I am pretty much constantly rearranging my small living room here in sunny Naples on the gulf and here, I placed the small settee on an angle just to change out the room a bit since it's a boring rectangular box with a low ceiling height.  I also ganged up the two Empire style pieces in front of the sofa which broadens the length of the room a bit and gives me more space to display my precious books and Objet' -  In the image below which I found on the enchanted home I am using this example for a current decorating job to show porcelain on brackets which is something else I'm very fond of and use quite frequently.  Enjoy! DF

Monday, February 17, 2020


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As you should probably know by now "Maximalism" in decorating as well as fashion is making a big comeback -for some of us it never left in the first place -we were just waiting!

I'm pretty sure this image is from the book called Horst  interiors and I found it very interesting because of the pale green wall color the gilt over mantel, Louis XV mantel and the furniture as well with a non-formula color scheme.

This is the look and atmosphere of lived in Grandeur, something I was exposed to when I studied at the American museum in Britain outside bath Avon back in the late 70s early 80s- As a very young man living abroad in the Royal Crescent Hotel I was exposed to the British aristocratic way of living including Lord Fry and his unbelievably elegant townhouse in the Royal Crescent to which he had downsized from the manor house in the countryside- (Widcombe Manor)  it was through Jeremy Fry that I was introduced to Lord Snowdon who was then the estranged husband of princess Margaret someone you may have heard about-!

There's definitely something to be said for family heirlooms or attending auctions and going to beautiful shops and finding incredibly beautiful old pieces which are sometimes called antiques.  I certainly did have a lot of fun shopping for antiques in Manhattan back in the 1980s where I was often driven to the shops in a chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce or a chauffeur driven Mercedes-Benz limousine sometimes with the client and sometimes not.  Amusingly being only in my 20s I would quite often stop in front of an 18th-century mirror and stare at it and think who is that incredibly good looking young man looking back at me? LOL!  DF

Sunday, February 16, 2020

COZY: Palmetto Snug

Lucas Studio, Inc. for 2020 Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House

One of the most charming spaces at the Twenty20 kips Bay show house was
 the small cabana off the garden which designer Joe Lucas dubbed the palmetto snug.  I especially liked the small vintage sofa angled in the corner which was reupholstered for the show house and behind it was a stunning arrangement of yellow forsythia  mixed with some dried materials not shown in this image.  @lucasstudioinc   Show house is open now through March 1st.  DF

Friday, February 14, 2020

ARISTOCRATIC: Leta Austin Foster

Leta Austin Foster and Associates, Inc.

I find this really very inspiring and it's classic somewhat old fashioned point of view with the beautiful details which Leta Foster is known for.  Having followed her work for many years she's always been one of my favorite decorators in the Palm Beach New York axis- And I'm quite proud to relate the story of how she once sought to recruit me straight out of design school back in the 1980s-
I assume she called Stanley Barrows my department chair and asked him who he would recommend and he probably gave her my name-!  If you happen to be in Palm Beach this winter pop in to the kips Bay decorator show house- Leta designed an interesting library with a custom zebra wallpaper, she also has a beautiful boutique in via Mizner off Worth Avenue that's definitely worth a visit- DF

Thursday, February 13, 2020

WALLS: Celerie Kemble

Celerie Kemble for F Schumacher via Connecticut Cottages and Gardens

So, I'm specifying this beautiful printed grass cloth from Schumacher for the den of an old friend here in Naples I know she'll love it when it's installed!  DF

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Palm Beach : Kips Bay

2020 Kips Bay Palm Beach

It was fun to visit the latest Showhouse however I was disappointed to not have time to visit some dear friends as we were only in PB for the day-
The house was gorgeous and I especially liked the garden- Enjoy!  DF

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

SUZY: A Class Act

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One of my favorite (and possibly my best) clients ever was Suzy- she hailed from Bloomington Indiana and wintered in Naples. I was privileged to work with her for 20 years on multiple residences.  What a charming beautiful lively fun intelligent woman she was as well as a devoted wife and mother grandmother and great grandmother! May she rest in peace - always a beautiful old fashioned rose in the garden of life.  DF

Saturday, January 25, 2020

MARIO: Prince of Interiors

Via Sotheby's

Of course I enjoyed following the sale of Mario Buatta's estate at Sotheby's and I was not surprised to see many of the prices go 4 to 10 times higher than the estimate-  There will never be another one like Mario- he was truly one of a kind, a true gentleman , a New Yorker , and a great talent- RIP

Thursday, January 16, 2020

STYLE: Meubles

Dean Farris Interior Design, (c) 2020

Ask me what I really love, and there's probably nothing more than getting up early and rearranging my furniture.  If you have time to follow along with me you probably already know this.  So, accordingly, I've been up since 4:30 this morning dusting cleaning and rearranging my collection of decorative objects and meubles as the French would say.  The famous early pioneer of interior decorating, Elsie de Wolfe, also known as Lady Mendl, was also fond of using this term for furniture that can be moved around easily.  If you haven't heard already I'm with Miromar Design Center located at 10800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL - hoping you can visit me soon.  DF

Monday, January 13, 2020

MAXIMAL: Decorative Pillows

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Here, I've created a lovely very symmetrical bouquet of decorative pillows which I've collected over the years from various sources -some were custom-made and some ready-made.  Time to take the Christmas wreath down I suppose however I do enjoy the exuberance it adds and I'm still contemplating refinishing the mirror in a flat palm beach white -like plaster of Paris.  DF