Friday, September 1, 2017

BOOK : Thomas Britt

About This Book

This first book on the famed designer, renowned for rooms with bold color palettes, strongly graphic style contrasts, multicultural allusions, and stylish innovations, is a sweeping survey of his fifty-year career. Ever since Tom Britt opened his New York-based firm in 1964, he has been creating dramatic environments for his high-profile clients on multiple continents. His masterful design palette, with a wonderfully exotic slant, includes plush upholstered furniture, boldly patterned carpets, seductive lighting, and an elegantly theatrical use of mirrors. The resulting spaces are perfect for luxuriating and entertaining. From a chic pied-a-terre in San Francisco and tantalizing rooms at New York's famed Dakota apartment building to suburban manses in America's Midwest and a palace apartment in Jaipur, Britt's inimitable style merges saturated colors with an easy luxury. This book is necessary reading for anyone interested in the modern masters of interior design.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SUMMER: See You in September

via T. Furlow Gatewood

Last year, as you may recall, I decided to take a break from posting- for June, July, and August.  Thought it might be good to do it again this year! 

Summer, a time to wind down, unwind, chill out, take on a few remodeling or decorating jobs, and take some nice trips away from the usual scenery, if so fortunate!  Enjoy, wherever you are!  See you in September!  DF *****

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Friday, May 26, 2017

DESIGNER SKETCHES, Weekend Inspirations

Dean Farris Interior Design

Albert Hadley

DFID

Dean Farris Interior Design

From my student days at FIT


DFID

Parish-Hadley

Detail from a DeGournay wall paper

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Fla.

Decorator-designer Ruth Condit at Ralph Lauren Home


With Julie C. Britt and William R. Rain at Mecox Road, Watermill, New York

Putti, shot on my last trip to NYC

 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LES SALLES 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

PAINTED FLOORS, Ultra Chic

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

TFG

Louise Wilcox Cronan, Cottage Living


Albert Hadley (House Beautiful)

Mario Buatta (Architectural Digest)

Mary McDonald

Miles Redd

Bunny Williams

Pauline de Rothschild (AD) 

PDR

Deeda Blair

Madcap Cottage

Mario Buatta (AD)

Howard Slatkin

Howard Slatkin

Alex Papachristidis

Alex Papachristidis




Albert Hadley and Britton Smith

Albert Hadley and Harry Heissmann

Jeffrey Bilhuber (Elle Décor)

Jeffrey Bilhuber

JB

JB

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Albert Hadley (House Beautiful)


Parish Hadley

Carolyne Roehm, Charleston

CR

CR

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