It’s cherry blossom time. I know this not from seeing cherry blossoms outside my window (unfortunately), but from seeing so many on Pinterest. I don’t think Boston is big in cherry blossoms. In my neighborhood it’s magnolia trees that bloom like crazy, though not quite yet. If you’re wild about cherry blossoms, when you’re done scrolling through these, click over to my “Cherry Blossoms in the Home” post on Wayfair’s blog today too.
By now you know we have a lot of artwork. We’ve been diligent about hanging, but there are plenty of pieces propped against the wall, and worse, hiding in cabinets and behind furniture, but in some cases we’ve gotten creative. While we haven’t hung art on the fronts of our built in bookshelves, I did recently grab a hammer and nail to hang a lovely nude drawing by Chaim Gross on the frame of the bay window in the living room. I love the way it adds a touch of color and movement to an otherwise bland surface. (The blinds have got to go.)
My Back Bay living room
In related news, my second blog post for Wayfair went live today: “8 Ways to Display Art.” Today’s post is taken from tip #6: Be Brave with Bookshelves. Here are 34 rooms that do just that. Would you try it? Here’s a secret. . . we mounted our flat screen television to the bookshelves in the family room. Didn’t think the shelves would still be functional, but they’re actually fine for DVDs.
Why gray sofas? First, I apologize for missing two days of blogging. I took a quick day trip to Connecticut to visit a friend. A friend who has so much faith in my taste that she has hired me to decorate her gorgeous new apartment in New York City. You didn’t realize that I’m an interior designer? I’m not! This very loyal friend is confident that through my writing and research, experience overseeing the building and renovations of my own places, and years of absorbing interior images, that I can do this. Or rather, we can do this. It’s definitely a collaboration. And really fun.
I’ll mainly be choosing furnishings. The project doesn’t involve any construction, kitchens, or bathrooms. The apartment is brand new and will be delivered finished and pristine. We will pick paint colors, wallpaper, rugs, furniture, and light fixtures (perhaps from Visual Comfort lighting.) The budget is similar to what I would spend if it were my own home, which makes it a lot easier. I’m nervous, but excited.
We’ve decided to go with a gray sofa in her living room. We’re thinking about a serene white and gray scheme, or white and gray with green accents. The dining room is in the same space, so we can play with that too. I’m sure I’ll be treating you to a lot of posts inspired by our deliberations and eventual decisions.
I love the richness of the painted bookcases in these rooms. The tones are much deeper than I would dare to go in my own home. Most of the time. A couple of years ago, inspired by such shelving, I had my husband paint the built-in bookcases in our family room a deep purple. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either. We’ve since gone back to white, with taupey greige walls, to complements the neutral re-do of our family room. But still, it doesn’t stop me from admiring the work of designers accomplished enough to pull off the look of richly painted bookcases. I particularly like Katie Ridder’s rooms with painted bookcases; she does it with great panache, in monochromatic and highly contrasty spaces. As does Miles Redd. Which colors would you experiment with for built-in bookshelves in your own study?
Lindsey Coral Harper
Designer Eric Gartner – Photographer Tim Street-Porter – Elle Decor
Collette van den Thillart of Nicky Haslam Design
Photographer Diane Sagnier – The Socialite Family
Miles Redd – Photographer Simon Upton – Elle Decor
Miles Redd – Photographer Simon Upton
Todd Alexander Romano
Meredith Heron • House and Home
ODA-Architecture • Architectural Digest
Elle Decor Espana
Susan Sargent – Photographer Eric Roth
Martha Stewart Living
Techentin Buckingham Architecture
Angie Hranowsky – Domino
Martha Stewart Living
David Kaihoi – House Beautiful
Inès de la Fressange’s Paris office – The Selby
Corinne Gilbert, Mc&Co. – Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna
I’m not the biggest fan of the animal print, but I must admit that these zebra print patterns achieve a certain pop. Jonathan Adler lurves zebra – three of these rooms are his designs. Two are boutique hotels designed by Kelly Wearstler. Mostly the poor guy’s skin is found on the floor, but it occasionally makes an appearance on upholstery. I like the zebra paired with pink, even if it’s reminiscent of the Good & Plenty. (Are those still around?) My favorite is the gray drapery next to the desk with the Chinese Chippendale chair – so subtle. Ashley Whittaker’s blue zebra print room is anything but subtle, and made quite the splash in Domino. It’s Rose Cummings’ Zebrine, the red version of which I actually featured in “Cover Ups,” the first piece I ever did for the Globe magazine.
Photos: Viceroy Palm Springs Hotel designed by Kelly Wearstler, Eric Roth Photography, Domino, Shelly Riehl David, Erin Gates, House Beautiful, Wendy Blount, Jonathan Adler, The Tides South Beach designed by Kelly Wearstler, Palmer Weiss, Jenna Lyons’ dressing room, Katie Ridder, Nate Berkus, Domino, Margaret Ann McEver, Jonathan Adler, House Beautiful, Ashley Whittaker in Domino, Apartment Therapy, Jonathan Adler, Domino, House Beautiful, Living Etc., Ashley Whittaker, Sara Story, Domino, Domino, Domino, Domino.