Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fantasy in Decoration III

Anouska Hempel

Ann Getty

Carmen

Carolyne Roehm

Casa Battlo by Gaudi'

Celerie Kemble

Versailles

Renzo Mongiardino


Louisville

Maharaja of Jaipur

Widcombe Manor Bath


Widcombe Manor

I felt compelled to add to my mood board for inspiring images...these all resonate for me.  I see a recurring motif in these images- a love of grandeur and beauty!  I never knew that my old friend, Lord Fry, who lived to be 81, had owned and lived in the manor house shown above.  When I was introduced to his lordship, he was living in the royal crescent...he was quite a dashing figure- see here for more on Jeremy Fry.  Stay tuned for more inspiring images to come!  Cheers!  DF *****

Verdura


12 comments:

  1. Jeanne/Washington, DCJuly 17, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Hi Dean,
    Summertime and the living is glitzy. I'll take the Versailles Room, thank you very much. I love damask wall treatments.
    Best, Jeanne

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    1. Hi Jeanne,
      That is the room of "le dauphin" - I never got to see this one when I was on that Versailles palace tour- isn't it so beautiful? I love the palace style!
      Dean

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    2. Jeanne/Washington, DCJuly 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Nothing beats French palace style as far as I'm concerned. It also goes well with a couple bottles of Champagne. One of my best friends has a volume on the history and ratings of all the Champagne houses.

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    3. Jeanne/Washington, DCJuly 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      For my money, nothing beats French palace style. I never got to see this one on the Versailles tour either. I would like to stay in one of those rooms for a week, or so. With a mini bar stocked with the best Champagne.

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    4. Jeanne,
      Champagne is something we never can get quite enough of! Yes, I so agree, what fun to live in the chateau (palace) for a while- what a fabulous fantasy!
      Dean

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  2. Jeanne/Washington, DCJuly 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Dear Dean,
    You're so much fun to correspond with! I'm seriously thinking about having my apartment walls covered in that same shade of damask as "le Dauphin's" room above. And ad a square, marble top cocktail table with one of those tall Renaissance style candlesticks in the center. Ooooo, la, la. What color for the French style draperies would be best with that wall treatment?
    Thanks for your advice,
    Jeanne

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    1. Jeanne,
      I want to suggest using the same damask as the walls- or a beautiful silk taffeta stripe with greens, corals, pinks, and a bit of yellow- let me know if you need some samples-
      Dean

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  3. Jeanne/Washington, DCJuly 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Hi Dean,
    Thank you for your advice, which is very generous of you. I like both possibilities. Will sleep on them, and then see which one turns up in my mind in the morning.
    Jeanne

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  4. Jeanne,
    Sounds like a very good idea!
    Dean

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  5. We have some beautiful silk stripes, from Old World Weavers, and Highland Court, in our showrooms at the Miromar Design Center-
    Dean

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  6. Magical! Thanks for including that gorgeous room from Carolyn Roehm - what a fabulous painting over the Swedish settee.

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    1. Loi,
      Check out CR's site- it's amazingly beautiful and down to earth at the same time. She tells the story of finding the painting while on a bicycle tour through Bordeaux- her prose is quite charming and very amusing and so friendly too, similar to yours!
      Dean

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