Friday, August 16, 2019

MOUNT AIRY: Circa 1758

The John Tayloe Emery family at Mount Airy

I discovered this amazing family house, called Mount Airy , in Virginia- near Warsaw- it was the first Neo Palladian Villa to be built in the pre Civil War colonies- sitting on 1,600 acres- and amazingly still owned by the 10th generation of Tayloe descendants!

Dining Room, Mount Airy
 This view above, shows one of the Tayloe ancestors in the portrait above mantel-

Orangery ruins, Mount Airy

This Orangery- "in ruins", is what inspired me the most from looking at various images of Mount Airy- the romantic nature of an old orangery cannot be overstated.  I recall reading how (decorator) Billy Baldwin was entranced by one of these at Wye House- an old plantation owned by relatives of Pauline Potter - later the Baroness de Rothschild-.

Mount Airy facade (flanking wings not shown)

Tayloe Emery, who now lives in Mount Airy with his young family, has an interesting background working with non profits to direct celebrities towards helping impoverished Africans- an interesting note since these old farms were sustained by slaves prior to the War Between The States-. Similar to owners of Stately Homes in Britain and Europe, the family resides here while also making the house and grounds available for tours, events, and weddings- portending a most promising future for this important piece of our nations history.  DF


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

BEFORE/AFTER : DFID

Dean Farris Interior Design 2018

My Naples Living Room - before with carpet, and after with travertine floor- ! DF

Dean Farris Interior Design 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

HOUSE: Painted White


Fort Lauderdale, Florida




I've always been drawn to a white painted house- like so many of us- the crisp look of the white painted brick against the background of bright green lawns and even brighter blue skies is a sight to behold... this "Monterrey" style house is facing the intracoastal, just off of Las Olas Boulevard, and is probably my favorite in a neighborhood where it would be hard to decide which one is the prettiest-

I also found this one (below) on Acacia, in the same neighborhood- it reminded me of the one belonging to my friend Louise in West Palm Beach- the awnings are something I'm very partial to- like a tuxedo!  DF






Thursday, August 8, 2019

BOOK: Henri Samuel

Henri Samuel via AD

More Henri Samuel, so enjoying my copy of "Henri Samuel, Master of the French Interior"...by Emily Evans Eerdmans-
Enjoy this article by Emily on 1stdibs.... DF

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Monday, August 5, 2019

DUNMORE: Pineapple Folly

The DUNMORE Pineapple

Our good friends Jerry and Chris will be visiting this historic 18th century folly this summer -
One can if they so wish, stay in the folly-as it rents out!
A fabulous summer destination !  DF

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PARIS: Henri Samuel

Henri Samuel for Susan Gutfreund

More inspiration from the famous French decorator Monsieur Henri Samuel- for more of his work refer to the 2018 book by Emily Evans Eerdmans -
Enjoy!  DF


Friday, August 2, 2019

RICH READING: Elegant Emily Evans Eerdmans

Mario Buatta, AD

Summer reads from E.E.E... and to quote this fabulous connoisseur of decorative arts: "I don't know about you, but it feels as if summer has just arrived this very moment.  Could there be anything better to fill the long, languorous days than a delicious book -"

What could be better than learning from past and present authorities on design and decoration?

Emily Evans Eerdmans has a prolific portfolio:

CLASSIC ENGLISH DESIGN AND ANTIQUES (2006)

REGENCY REDUX (2008)

THE WORLD OF MADELEINE CASTAING (2010)

MARIO BUATTA (2013)

WENDELL CASTLE (2016)

HENRI SAMUEL: MASTER OF THE FRENCH INTERIOR (2018) 

E.E.E. has also written and writes for AD and House Beautiful... teaches at NYSID,  has a youtube on her Hillwood talk - and one can follow her on Instagram: @emily_evans_eerdmans -Impressive!

www.eerdmansfineart.com 

ENJOY-!  (all books available on Amazon) DF

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“One of the lessons I’ve learned from Mario as a designer and friend is that life is for living. This extended to his rooms, which were pure joy. He was a magician pairing aubergine with cornflower blue, lemon yellow with watermelon pink. He also understood the importance of comfort, something he often lamented that many of today’s 'curated' interiors are missing. But what I will most miss is his sense of humor—another one of his secret weapons, which earned him legions of friends, fans and clients.” — Emily Evans Eerdmans, co-author of Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

Monday, July 29, 2019

NIMES ROAD: Classic Dream

875 Nimes Road, Los Angeles, CA

This amazing 1930's estate in Holmby Hills is on the market- 
With interiors by Henri Samuel- sited on 10 acres in prime west Los Angeles- its imposing grandeur inspires me a la Walter Mitty- reduced from $245 mill to $195 mill- google 875 Nimes Road to learn more and gain further divine inspiration - 

And speaking of inspiration, I was mightily
 inspired by the new Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood -with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate - ! Stunning cinema verite' !  Enjoy! DF


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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

SUMMER: Notes on Living

photo: William R. Rain








Summer is for relaxation, but I seem to be busier than ever- what fun to catch my friend Pamela Smith on the Bravo television show "Below Deck Med" last night- !  DF

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

VINTAGE: Chair, DFID

Dean Farris Interior Design (c) 2019

Carpet - Stanton, chair - Baker. I enjoyed capturing the morning light here in my Naples apartment when I was still using the beautiful Wilton carpet from Designers rug center- And below a shot of  beautiful vintage Greystone Inn at Roaring Gap, North Carolina which I recently visited with my family- DF


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

STYLE: Amanda Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet via LUXE

JUST SAW THIS IMAGE ON LUXEDAILY.COM AND COULD NOT STOP MYSELF FROM POSTING IT -THIS IMAGE REPRESENTS A LOOK AND THE STYLE THAT I'M ALWAYS STRIVING FOR -KUDOS TO AMANDA NISBET !!!