Saturday, October 3, 2020

Dean Farris Interior Design

Dean Farris Interior Design (c) 2020 


It's October and yes we will make it through this year...check back in a while and see my latest project for a dear friend in her Naples (mid-century) cottage... hint: we used our friends Jason and John from Madcap Cottage as one of our inspirations, and a Celerie Kemble for Schumacher grasscloth as another...!  DF

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

SUMMER: Opulent Idyll

Dean Farris Interior Design (c) 2020

  Surprise! I couldn't resist one last post to start off the summer of 2020.  Years ago, when my late friend Albert Hadley would winter at his charming 1920s cottage here in Naples,  I was exposed to a way of life that few are aware of.  It's the life revolving around a grande passion and enormous  talent and a flair for living not often seen.

  The small cottages of old Naples exude a rarified charm which not many people get to experience up close.  This morning I explored one of them not far from where Alberts was and I serendipitously picked up this beautiful seashell on the beach.  The seashell that you see on my table here in the picture above reminded me of when Alberts friend the talented Mark Sciarillo would find a coconut and bring it into the cottage and place it on a table like a piece of sculpture.  Like almost everything Albert did, it was a profound visual experience bordering on the spiritual.  On that note, enjoy your summer and let it nurture your soul.  DF

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

EMILIO: Niarchos

Emilio Terry for Stavros Niarchos, Paris

  The strict classical simplicity of this entrance gallery is an inspiration to me.  When I studied and lived in New York, My dear friend the late Tice Alexander was always talking about Emilio Terry and he also wrote an article about him for connoisseur magazine.

  If you follow this site then you probably know I usually take the summer off.  See you in September! Vaya con Dios...!

Vaya con Dios tulips

Monday, June 1, 2020

JUNE: Sailing Away

via my phone ...

  My beautiful family is visiting for the weekend and we're going sailing -we're just going to sail away from everything.  Escape!  Yes!  We may visit a small island called Keewaydin - once owned by Lu Drackett, the mother of my friend Spencer Ott.  Yesterday another old friend of ours, Sam Booth esq
sent us this fun early 70's pic of me and Dad- the best Dad ever!  DF

Sunday, May 31, 2020

LOUIS XV: Chinois


I've always liked using Chinoiserie Objet in my decorating projects- in this assemblage I used a few pieces of porcelain to great effect, and may install a climbing vine paper soon!  DF

Saturday, May 30, 2020

MONOGRAMS: C'est Chic!

DFID (c) 2020

  Loving the idea of "summerizing" my living room with this euro sham (from the bedroom) designed by Suzanne Kasler for Ballard designs.  It was great fun to see Suzanne's living room at this years Kips Bay Palm Beach Decorator Showhouse - and here in Naples we have Monogram Goods for all kinds of fun items with or without chic monograms- follow @monogramgoods on Instagram... DF

Friday, May 29, 2020


House Beautiful

A Naples, Florida, living room was decorated by Carrier & Company with shots of yellow, featured in the October, 2013, issue of House Beautiful. Photo by Eric Piasecki.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


DFID (c) 2020

Here, a layered look was the goal.  Fortunately, this room has an eastern exposure, allowing for glorious morning sun... See my earlier posts on layering and creating a comforting mood of permanence in a space - DF

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

BOOKS: Escapist Pleasure

via web

  Books! Wonderful books -how could we live without them ? I have so many associations regarding books -a few which I'd like to share with you.

  My first impression of visiting the Manhattan townhouse apartment of Tom Britt was towering Chinoiserie style bookcases which had been lacquered in an ivory color -they were stacked with hundreds of books which had been wrapped in off white glossy vellum paper.  The spine of each book was labeled with small gilt edged titles hand written in calligraphy.  Imagine all of this combined with huge well organized stacks of vogue magazine as well as architectural digest. Of course Tom had been featured in  AD many times during his career.

 Another one which stands out in my memory is summering in Southampton with my mentor Mr. George Clarkson.  He had a handsome son-in-law who would do nothing all day but lay on the bed and read a book between meals -I thought this was fabulous and I hadn't really seen anybody do that before -instead of drinking cocktails or trying to play cards or tennis he simply read ! I admired him for that.

  Many of the best booksellers have closed - but Amazon seems to be the way to go these days.  My good friend the late Tice Alexander, had a very nice collection of books on art and fashion and design as well as gardens and the room that I slept in was flanked by huge bookcases which we had custom designed and custom made containing this collection.  It was a great pleasure to have these available - and that was in the pre-Internet era... It seems that now perhaps devices are replacing actual bound books- but for diehard bibliophiles the desire will always remain!  DF

Monday, May 25, 2020

TOMMY: All American

Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger via Haute Living

I chose Tommy Hilfiger as my inspiration for Memorial Day -he's a great American.  His name has become practically synonymous with the American flag - and his all American lifestyle and success story always inspire me..!  Check out this haute living story on Dee and Tommy...DF

Sunday, May 24, 2020


Dean Farris Interior Design (c) 2020

  Between the impending rain and the pandemic situation it seems like a good idea to just stay home.  Like most designers and decorators I'm always promoting this idea anyway- it's life enhancing as one of my mentors Albert Hadley would've said.  One of the elements I enjoy about this image which I took with my phone is the quality of light.

  The late great decorator Billy Baldwin was always saying that it's the personal in decoration that makes a room warm and inviting and I think this image conveys that idea.  While I haven't used any chintz in this room I do think it still has a mood of Colefax and Fowler in London- perhaps a Gentlemans club or personal library.

  It's important to use your rooms as much as possible because a somewhat lived-in look is what makes your room the most beautiful and I especially love having fresh flowers and plants. (See my Friday post showing a phalenopsis orchid).  Although I love fresh flowers I'm not above having certain types of artificial flowers if they amuse me.  Above, you can see where I did purchase some silk flowers from Sweetgrass Designs  here in Naples for the pair of tole Cachepot flanking the mirror.  Facing out towards the sliding glass doors I placed a pair of topiary trees (faux) exactly like the ones fashion designer Carolina Herrera has on her office terrace in Manhattan.  These trees have been with me for the last three or four moves and still look great!  Enjoy the weekend as we gradually re-open and get back to living our lives...DF

Saturday, May 23, 2020

BLUES: Brunschwig et Fils

Saraya print, Indigo (cotton) Brunschwig et Fils

  Beautiful blues from Brunschwig !  Here, a couple of new introductions that were sent to me - as blue is the most popular color, what better subject for a post?  The gorgeous Saraya -shown above -would make beautiful curtains and perhaps for covering a pair of Billy Baldwin slipper chairs as well.  The registration on this print is spectacular- like the old Boussac of France.
Below, Montguyon in blue/sky is gorgeous -printed on linen- and I'd specify this one for a stunning baroque shaped headboard in a master or guest bedroom.  Beautiful!  DF

Montguyon print in blue/sky (linen) Brunschwig et Fils