Tuesday, March 31, 2020

DFID: Layered At Home


Loving the idea of bringing a small rug back in to the mix- since I already owned this one it was easy and affordable to execute- of course, I do have my eye on several better quality rugs at
Miromar Design Center , and through my friend Ali Khorasantchi - here in Naples.

DFID (c) 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

COLOR: Carleton Style

Carleton Varney via The Glam Pad

Color is one of the most powerful tools in decorating and it's known that it can cheer one up if one doesn't feel so wonderful- Here our dear friend Mr. Carleton Varney proves the point with this stunning sitting room which was shown today on The Glam Pad  in an article on the grand millennial phenomenon- Stunning!  DF

Sunday, March 29, 2020

VIEW: Reflection

DFID (c) 2020
I took this shot the other day and thought nothing of it but later when I looked at it I felt like it was a very evocative image of what's happening right now and it's good to look at the past in order to understand the present.

For example, Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th century and still stands although it is now a world heritage site house museum but it brings inspiration to people today just like Downton Abbey has done and this home is considered the real Downton Abbey.

Perhaps this explains somewhat the current trend of the grand millennial's and their love of tradition and traditional decor at home.  An Overwhelming tidal wave of technology is driving us further into our homes seeking comforts on a human level.  While we seemingly have everything at our disposal via the push of a button some things cannot be purchased online such as human contact, human love the spirit and the soul.  DF

Saturday, March 28, 2020

NCH: Garden of Hope and Courage

NCH Naples, Fla.

One of the most peaceful spots in Naples is the NCH Garden of Hope and Courage should you find yourself in our fair city, try to see this hidden gem- food for the spirit and the soul...DF


Friday, March 27, 2020

U.K: Marquess of Blandford

Via Internet 

Loving the aristocratic and effortless style of Mr. Spencer-Churchill...aka Marquess of Blandford,
In line for Duke of Marlborough- as am reading the very astute bio, by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, "Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt".... and below, my take on English Style in decoration...!

DFID (c) 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020



This wonderful shop, Casa Gusto, on Georgia Avenue in West Palm Beach has a fine selection of antiques imported from Europe and also offers interior design services.  They also I hear from local sources throw great parties!
I discovered this firm from looking at the new issue of MILIEU  which covered Ms Brigers beautiful home in Mexico- (Cris Briger is the owner of Casa Gusto).
Obviously this global crisis is forcing us to have meals at home, and so the dining room may get daily use now...  Sadly, I've two friends affected- one is self isolating for two weeks and the other is a virtual prisoner in an assisted living facility.
Hoping these images from MILIEU and CASA GUSTO will cheer us up - BE SAFE, DF

Saturday, March 21, 2020

STYLE: Guinevere Kings Road

via Guinevere, London

So, I'm very inspired by this famous Kings Road emporium, Guinevere ...a veritable one stop shop for ideas, furnishings, and inspirations, the Weavers are amazing !  (Dean too) If you find yourself in merry old London, pop in and say hello, you won't be sorry!  Cheerio ! DF

Sig Bergamin for GUINEVERE, Chelsea Design District

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

LYFORD: Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter

So, the April May 2020 issue of house beautiful has a tour de force house on Lyford re-decorated by interior designer Matthew Carter  of Lexington Kentucky- Absolutely gorgeous!  Check it out - a fab escape from the reality of our current situation - although the house featured had its roof blown off
by Hurricane Matthew in 2016...enjoy!  DF

Matthew Carter Interiors, via Chairish

Thursday, March 12, 2020



Exciting news!  The Season 18 winner of Project Runway is....wait for it...here it comes!
 Geoffrey Mac !!!  Congratulations!  Great job!  DF

Monday, March 9, 2020

DFID: Close Up

DFID (c) 2020

The more I move things around the more I like it -it's just a matter of adjusting things until you get the desired result.  DF

Sunday, March 8, 2020

DEDE: Michael Taylor

Dede Wilsey

One of my decorative inspirations is the Michael Taylor client Dede Wilsey of San Francisco...
Love these images !  DF

Friday, March 6, 2020

DFID: Wilton Carpet

Dean Farris Interior Design, Naples, Florida (c) 2020

I was browsing some picture files and came across this image of my Naples living room from about a year ago- for an i-phone shot it's not bad- the held back curtains were inspired by our last trip to Paris, and there are so many things I like about this besides the curtains- the warmth from the large Wilton style rug by Stanton for example- there's a thin stripe of that spa blue from the carpet also in the curtain fabric- while this rug is now in my bedroom I've  thought of putting it back in the living room- so stay tuned for more upcoming posts* !  DF
(porcelain bust by Theodore and Alexander)

*Current and upcoming projects:

 A 1950's cottage in Naples

 A pool house in North Naples

 A new wing with solarium gazebo in South Carolina

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

EDIT: Continued

DFID (c) 2020

Here, you can see the repetition of the two covered jars sitting on the two empire style seats used as tables.  Just like the late Billy Baldwin and many others I use my living room as a sort of laboratory for experimentation with arrangements for furnishings.  You can try this at home by simply removing all of your decorative accessories, look at the room without them, edit them, and then bring back in only what you want to see.  Enjoy!  DF

Sunday, March 1, 2020

EDIT: Just One (or two)

DFID (c) 2020

Loving the idea of just the one thing on my table right now it's a big bold concept something Tom Britt used quite a bit in his work- much of the brilliance of his work, as well as that of Frances Elkins and Michael Taylor relied on this talent for editing and distilling down to the essence of chic!  DF