Celery Kemble's New Wallcovering line by Schumacher

"In life as in design, it is not perfection you should be after.  There's beauty in the faded and worn, the well loved, and the sentimental...After all, life has seams. Your home should be like a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises."  - Celerie Kemble

Celerie Kemble is a woman after my own heart -- an enterprising woman who loves what she does.  A graduate of Harvard, Celerie worked briefly in film production before quickly succumbing to what she calls a compulsion for design (I can relate to that) and the creation of thoughtful interiors that “put the person in the place.” She was brought up in Palm Beach and her interiors exemplify that chic wasp design sensibility.  Celery has just come out with a fabulous wallcovering collection from Schumacher which you can see here.

Celery Kemble wallcovering by Schumacher, Feather Bloom

Celery Kemble wallcovering by Schumacher, Feather Bloom
Celery Kemble wallcovering by Schumacher, Hothouse Flowers Sisel in Seaglass & Chalk

Celery Kemble wallcovering by Schumacher, Ripple in Grass

Celery Kemble wallcovering by Schumacher, Cirrus Clouds in Fog & Chalk
Celery Kemble wallcovering by Schumacher, Acanthus Stripe in Tumeric

Enjoy and cheers!!


Cool Rugs from Celery Kemble

I know I have not been blogging as much as I would like, but it is crazy busy here this month with work, school and the kids...    I do have some things I would love to share, though, first off -- have you seen Celery Kemble's rug designs for Merida?  Smashing flat weave wool rugs some with a really low profile.  I am suggesting the top one for a friend/client...Rake in pulp -- has a subtle silver gray hue in person.

Celery Kemble by Merida, Rake, Colorways: above pulp and stone; below see the entire collection

Celery Kemble Collection by Merida


Trending Now: Mylar/Metallic Wallpaper

Reflective surfaces have been trending big-time -- and I am really digging metallic/mylar wall coverings.   What do you think of reflective wallpaper? I love it, but just not for my house (how's that for courage!)... Anyway, if you are thinking of using it, I would advise putting up a liner underneath both to hide any imperfections in the wall and to make it dry strippable so that it can be removed and replaced when you grow tired of it.

Here are some of my favorite metallic wallpapers:
Meg Braff -- Forbidden City

Schumacher -Cordoba - Taupe

Thibaut Shangri-La Collection, Ting Yuan in Metallic Gold


Still loving Thibaut's Shangri-La Collection

I adore Thibaut fabric and wallpaper and the Shangri-La Asian inspired collection (debuted in 2010) is still on my list of favorites -- I am still loving the Ting Yuan fabric in aqua. 


Fabulous Dorothy Draper Furniture Collection by Kindel

Greenbrier Hotel, designed by Dorothy Draper.
I am sure you have seen these fabulous pieces in and around the design world, but I did not know that American furniture maker Kindel had a collection called the "Dorothy Draper Collection".  Check out the reinterpreted version of cabinet pictured above from the Greenbrier Hotel just below.  Wow -- I am looking forward to seeing these in person next month.  To see more rooms by Dorothy Draper, click here. To see Kindel's full collection in the D.D line, click here. In addition to the fabulous cabinet, I love the screen, canopy bed and chaise lounge.  Enjoy!


Style Legend Dorothy Draper

"Dorothy Draper was to decorating, what Chanel was to fashion. The woman was a genius; there’d be no professional decorating business without her.”
                     ---Carleton Varney

The original doyenne of decorating, Dorothy Draper (1889 – 1969) capitalized on her aristocratic breeding and good taste and blazed a trail for female designers.  Completely self taught, she claimed that she had "no schooling to speak of, except that I was brought up where I had the privilege of being constantly in touch with surroundings of pleasant good taste".  Draper ushered in a new style known as "Modern Baroque", adding a modern flare to classical style. She was the anti-minimalist --- she incorporated black and white tiles, rococo  scrollwork, and Baroque plasterwork...Draper believed the energy of beautiful and bright vivid colors would make people feel happier -- a thought that is shared by many in the business today.   She shot to fame with her 1939 book Decorating is Fun. You can see her influence in the works of Miles Redd, Kelly Wearstler, Mary McDonald and Jamie Drake to name a few.  Enjoy the photos!

Lobby of the Greenbrier Hotel contain Drapers favorite design elements, black and white checkerboard floors with bold splashes of color and ornate plasterwork. Fabulous.

Dorothy Draper's best known work, the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.  Painted scrollwork and black and white tiles give the room the drama Draper loved.

The Greenbrier Hotel, designed by Draper in the 1930s. She mixed bold colors and patterns to great effect.

Dorothy Draper designed the room in the Greenbrier Hotel for people to take their afternoon teas.

Dorothy Draper: Greenbrier Hotel's Crystal Room

The Greenbrier Victorian Writing Room, designed by Draper in the 1930's was said in 1961 to one of most photographed rooms of all time.  

Dorothy Draper via House Beautiful. Just love the sofa, chairs tables and lamps.   
In 1949 Dorothy Draper collaborated with F. Schumacher & Co., to create a bright, tropical fabric and wallpaper collection they called Brazilliance 
San Francisco's Mark Hopkins Hotel 

Draper designed this sideboard for the Greenbrier Hotel in the 1930's  and it is a piece we have seen revived by modern furniture manufacturers.


New Traditional Designers: Leta Austin Foster and her Stylish Gals

Leta Austin Foster has been designing elegant interiors for over thirty years and has raised three impressive daughters, all talented designers in their own right:  Sallie Giordano, India Foster and  Elizabeth Dinkel.  Ms. Giordano and Ms. Foster work with their mother in New York and Palm beach respectively, while Elizabeth Dinkel has her own firm in LA.  

Leta Austin Foster also has a lovely boutique in Palm Beach as well as space at 96 Forest in Locust Valley, where I was introduced to the work of Ms. Giordano.  When I googled her I came across two great blog posts  at All the Best Blog and StyleBeat.   These articles inspired me to research these incredibly talented women and share their work with you.   Like their inspiring mother, all three daughters lean to the new traditional side of things, but each has their own distinct style.  Here are some pictures to give you a flavor of their styles:

Leta Austin Foster & Associates: Palm Beach

Leta Austin Foster & Associates, Palm Beach, Florida. Love this graciously styled Florida home -- oh that screen is just amazing. Via Allthebestblog.com

Leta Austin Foster & Associates/Sally Giordano in New York

Leta Austin Foster & Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster &  Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster & 
 Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster & 
 Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster & 
 Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster & Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster & Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster & 
 Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster &  Associates, NY

Leta Austin Foster & 
 Associates, NY
Via Stylebeat, courtesy of Sallie Giordano

Via Stylebeat, courtesy of Sallie Giordano

Inda Foster/Leta Austin Foster &  Assoicates

Leta Austin Foster & Associates, Florida

Leta Austin Foster &  Associates, Florida
  Elizabeth Dinkel  Design Associates deserves a post of its own and as you will see, her photos have appeared all over the web.   Ms Dinkel's style is also inspiring:
Elizabeth Dinkel  Design Associates

Elizabeth Dinkel  Design Associates

Elizabeth Dinkel  Design Associates
Elizabeth Dinkel  Design Associates
Here is a great article about the Leta Austin Foster Boutique in Palm Beach at StyleBeat.