Friday, December 19, 2014

Inspired by Matisse - Christmas Gift !

Original painting, oil on board, Dean Farris, Photo: Susan Swanson

Couldn't resist sharing this image of my latest work of art, inspired by master Henri Matisse~ My wonderful collaborator and friend, Susan Swanson,  framed it for me and her company is called Aldecor.  I'm giving this to some good friends as a Christmas gift this year~Enjoy!  DF *****


Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Holiday Decor 2014 !


Entry DFID


Entry detail DFID

Table detail DFID





Detail table, DFID


Detail bust shelled, DFID




I had such fun putting some things together for my little old holiday celebrations~ here are some more views of the living room, also known as the petite salon~ which has been decorated for Christmas in a very simple and easy manner. Enjoy!  DF *****

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Home Sweet Home

DFID My Living Room in Naples 2014
All of my friends, clients, and family members have commented on how much they like my new flat, here in Naples.  I love it too, but as usual am probably going to be making some minor changes soon.  For example, I might replace the showy ikat rug with a solid sisal.  I would also like a lower and larger coffee table, and am considering a tall armoire across from the sofa for some added height. Then I can tackle my bedroom~ where I plan to use a Dana Gibson print for a headboard- or get a nice tester bed from OLY STUDIO, which we carry at MP Interiors.  Still deciding! I can be as picky and indecisive as any client!  Enjoy!  DF *****

Beeby, It's Cold Outside!

Justin Bieber
When you're hot you're HOT !  Just ask Justin~ do stay warm this Winter, and be good!  Santa is coming to town!  DF *****


Monday, December 15, 2014

Godetia Redux

DFID 2010

I created these very charming small bouquets about 4 years ago~ for a send-off to Barcelona dinner I hosted for some old friends.  I had forgotten all about them, (the flowers) and when I found them again, I thought how beautiful, and timely for the holiday season!  They are called Godetia, and come from Ecuador.  Table, Spencer Ott, selenite holders, Stewart Galleries, flowers, Fresh Market.  Enjoy!  DF *****

You have power over your mind -- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. -- Marcus Aurelius

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chateau d'Anet

Chateau d'Anet
Love the classical simplicity of this chamber~the use of one beautiful textile is sometimes all a room needs!  Enjoy!  DF *****

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Geronimo Chair - Rat Pack Chic

Bradley Cooper by Sam Jones in VF January 2015 in Andrew Martin chair
What fun to see Bradley Cooper, one of my favorite actors, sitting in one of our Andrew Martin "Geronimo" chairs~check out his great profile by Buzz Bissinger in the new 2015 Vanity Fair! Enjoy! DF *****

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Andrew Martin Wall paper, MP Interiors

We recently installed this new blue and white porcelain inspired wall covering from Andrew Martin~ which also comes in a beige background- the one shown above is called Cargo blue-grey #CG02, 10 meter rolls, made in England.  This is what I used for my lacca povera entry door~ (see recent posts on the transformation of a banal door into something totally fabulous!) And, here I am again looking like a young Gary Cooper~ 22 years ago!

Dean in 1992
How amusing~ that I had completely forgotten about this old (1992) image of moi looking like a Chinese porcelain addict (which I was, and am) in that to die for RL silk shirting~and of course, I'm holding a paper Dixie cup of "sweet tea" since this was from when I was decorating a large-ish house in Greenville, SC for old clients there. Enjoy! DF *****

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Valentino Garavani for Christmas

New Book I want from Santa
Dear Santa, I would like this book  very much~ click here

From Valentino The Emperors Table, by Andre' Leon Talley

Andre' Leon Talley

Valentino, Gwyneth, and Bruce

Here's Valentino with pal Gwyneth Paltrow ~ and (his) boyfriend Bruce Hoeksema~

Valentino and Bruce out on the town
P.S. Santa dear, if you want to throw in five homes and a yacht~ (like Val has) it's ok ! :)
Enjoy!  DF *****

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pelican Bay Condo

Saint Kitts Condo - Pelican Bay - Naples

I thought you might enjoy seeing something I did for clients- back when I was associated with Interiors by Design West, Naples.  Since this picture was taken, some beautiful teal-aqua silk pillows were added to the Kreiss sofa- I designed this unit with Glenn Midnet in the Saint Kitts condominium~ Enjoy!  DF *****


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lacca Povera as Inspiration for Doors

Lacca Povera
Recently, I posted about my entry door, and a painted treatment for it.  An Andrew Martin wallpaper and the 18th century art of lacca povera (poor mans lacquer) inspired me to further embellish the door, with a chinoiserie motif~

18th century lacca povera 
The Venetians created this style, and it satisfied a desire in the rococo for opulence, without the extravagant expense.

Lacca Povera commode 
Prints were cut out, pasted on, and varnished over to get the look~see here for more on lacca povera from a 2012 piece by John Tackett on The Devoted Classicist ~

The door before
This door was a plain vanilla, before it was done in a trompe l'oeil molded look with faux marbre~

I cut out plates from left over wall paper, shown above~

A quick snap shot gives an idea of the dramatic look of it~

I haven't yet varnished over the plates.  The varnish will give it a more finished look~ and then I would like to have a leopard rug made for the area to give it a very Madeleine Castaing mood~ stay tuned!  Enjoy!  DF *****

Richard Lowell Neas
Bunny Williams

Here I am 1993, shirt by RL
DFID Lacca Povera Door

Couldn't resist adding this last shot of my "lacca" door ! I finally had a reason to buy Mod Podge from Michaels! DF
(notice the three more pieces I added ~)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Just Kick It"

The former Mellon townhouse drawing room
You know, when I was living in New York, learning from the masters~ I often heard very interesting stories... we used DeAngelis almost exclusively for our upholstery and curtains, and one day someone, it might have been Kenneth (DeAngelis), told us that when Mrs. Mellon had him make a sofa for her, she would leave it there for almost a year, with instructions to "just kick it" every time someone walked see, it was age and patina she was after, not NEW ! How ghastly! Whether this is true or not, I have no idea, but I don't doubt it for a minute.

Former Mellon townhouse, salle a manger
 As evidenced by this highly textured cross hatching on her walls, and the distressed paint on the floor~ very wisely retained by the most recent owner.  I just read that this house, built in 1965, has just gone to contract for a reported $41 million. Given the provenance, the size, and the location, it seems quite reasonable!  Enjoy!  DF *****