Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LES SALLE DE BAIN, Before and After

My Charleston project, as submitted to AD, Sherle Wagner sink and faucet (c) DFID

Here's a before and after, from my interior design project in Charleston, South Carolina...

The before (c) DFID

And here's a shot I had shown before of my project in Simpsonville, South Carolina...

(c) Dean Farris Interior Design, PHOTOGRAPHY, Related Images

Here, we were able to incorporate into this new construction project an existing antique stained glass window that my client already owned.  Enjoy! DF *****

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

HURRICANE SEASON, Carolyne and Ralph

via Carolyne Roehm
I couldn't resist this image featuring Carolyne Roehm's use of the "Classic" hurricanes by Ralph Lauren Home... Inspiring!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Albert Hadley
Not often seen, the painted floors I dream of are the rara avis of high style decoration.  Think Bunny Mellon,  Sister Parish, and Carolyne Roehm...the room shown above is in Florida and was designed by the late Albert Hadley. 

Gloria Vanderbilt

Even something as simple as a plain (un-patterned) painted floor sends me over the moon!  Such as the Long Island salle a manger of tastemaker and style icon, Gloria Vanderbilt, shown above.

Gloria Vanderbilt
A variant on paint is the collaged fabric floor, varnished.  Todd Oldham the fashion designer, also had this done in his boutiques once upon a time.

John Fowler for Rachel "Bunny" Mellon

Former Mellon townhouse, New York

Mrs. Henry "Sister" Parish

T. Furlow Gatewood


Louise Wilcox Cronan, Cottage Living

Albert Hadley (House Beautiful)

Mario Buatta (Architectural Digest)

Mary McDonald

Miles Redd

Bunny Williams

Pauline de Rothschild (AD) 


Deeda Blair

Madcap Cottage

Mario Buatta (AD)

Howard Slatkin

Howard Slatkin

Alex Papachristidis

Alex Papachristidis

Steven Matable

Albert Hadley and Britton Smith

Albert Hadley and Harry Heissmann

Jeffrey Bilhuber (Elle Décor)

Jeffrey Bilhuber



Jeffrey Bilhuber

Albert Hadley (House Beautiful)

Parish Hadley

Carolyne Roehm, Charleston



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Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Celerie Kemble, House Beautiful, Morris Large lantern, Visual Comfort and Co.
More exciting news for May 2017!  Our new Visual Comfort gallery is officially open in suite 101, Miromar Design Center, Estero, Florida.  We'll be having a lovely opening party on May 23rd and would love for you to stop by and enjoy some champagne with us!  (Date subject to change, please rsvp to MP at 239-498-9074). 

Visual Comfort became known in the world of design because the brilliant founder, Andy Singer, had the foresight to partner with Bill Blass early on, in creating a collection for the company.  Check out the complete design partners list !

Above, you can see where House Beautiful covered Celerie Kemble and her use of the Visual Comfort "Morris Large" lantern in an entry way, along with her own "Floribunda" wall covering for Fromental as well.  Kudos to Celerie!

Stay tuned for my exciting upcoming post on something I'm obsessed with, PAINTED FLOORS !  Just a heads up, it'll be a LARGE post !  Happy May 2017, DF *****

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Alex Hitz

Honey Collins

Anthony Baratta

Casa Bonita project, (c) DFID

Hal Ainsworth

Cathy Kincaid

Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort

Some random images from my files- I'm mad for those Louis XV chairs in the Beverly Hills residence of Alex Hitz, image courtesy House Beautiful.  Enjoy!  DF *****

Thursday, April 20, 2017

STYLE: Pauline and The Pink Door

 The Baroness Pauline de Rothschild

So, my very kind friend, Ted Glasgow, the super talented interior designer- sent this image to me recently.  It reminded me of how I've always been inspired in my imagination by this icon of style, Pauline de Rothschild . 

Ted works with The Pink Door in Greensboro, NC and is a decorator who is aware of past designers such as Otto Zenke, and later, The Zenkes.

Check out this amazing video of The Pink Door here !  I first discovered this chic emporium years ago while visiting my parents in Winston-Salem.

Our friend, the writer Mitch Owens, is working on a book about the Baroness, and just told me that the new very high style book on Thomas Britt that he's working on is now in the captions on images stage, so you know I just cannot wait for that one to come out!

I imagine that the Baroness would approve of Tom's new book.  I forgot to mention in my previous post, on Carleton Varney, that he'd made a point of reminding the HSN viewers of the importance of fantasy in our lives and in our homes, while selling very beautiful sheets and bedding.  I couldn't agree more!  "Mr. Color" promotes the use of bold palettes and has an international point of view.  He also has a new book out,  "Decorating On The Waterfront" Click here to view/order.  Enjoy!  DF *****

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TIMELESS, Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney
What fun and excitement too, to have famous Carleton as a friend and an inspiration!  An iconic figure in the interior design world, he's written over 30 books- and has appeared on HSN (television) as well as fathering three sons, and running the oldest design firm in America, Dorothy Draper, Inc.  (and prestigious) - a true man in full!  

Speaking of Home Shopping Network, I just this morning purchased some of the famous CV sheets, in the "Versailles" pattern- inspired by D. Porthault!  Click here to read more on fabulous and inspiring Carleton Varney!

Carleton Varney

Carleton on HSN

Carleton Varney

Carleton's Palm Beach residence 

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney "Growing Wild"

Carleton Varney

Carleton at MP Interiors (Naples, Florida)
You can also find Carleton by the yard at MP Interiors, in the Miromar Design Center, tel (239) 498-9074 or

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