6.30.2012

Glamorous Rooms by Miles Redd


Given his extraordinary talent, you would not expect Miles Redd to be so young. His style is characterized by bold colors, lustrous surfaces, layers of offbeat glamor and an inviting comfort.  His rooms are a wonderful blend of the masculine and feminine, geometric and curvilinear.  He loves Hollywood style and uses chinoiserie pieces to great advantage. The Hollywood vibe is not  surprising given his background  -- he initially came to the Big Apple from Atlanta to study film at NYU. While at NYU, he became interested in set design and after graduation, went to work for  John Rosselli antiques and then the immensely talented Bunny Williams.    Miles Redd has the soul of an artist, and I for one am thrilled that interior design claimed him so that we can all benefit from his ability to channel his gift into the creative spaces that showcase his vision.  Visit his website here to see more.


Blue wallpaper by de Gournay
Blue Green (Aqua lacqured) dining room with Venetian mirror, bleached mid century chairs in Edelman leather circle a table finished to look like Ivory. Love the celedon vases atop of the classic corbels.


Miles Redd's NYC apartment.  Love the way the art is placed all the way to the ceiling, mixed gold frames with white mats and all rectangular shapes marry the pieces in harmony.   The texture of that  chesterfield sectional makes it so inviting.  
Bold red walls are so vibrant.  Love the curved venetian mirror, lines of the of the horns give direction to your eye and structure to the focal point of the room.  This room has it all, bold color, rich texture and wonderful layered artistic sensibility.



Mirrored bathroom in Miles Redd's apartment.  Love the chrome molding and the Venetian mirror.

Green de Gournay wall­paper in this bedroom -- fox fur blanket is so luxe.


This is the classic Domino Magazine photo.  

Custom de Gournay wall­paper was made for the foyer. The neoclassical console and faux-malachite column lamps are from John Rosselli. The chevron floor is stained in contrasting tones. Via House Beautiful.


Redd lacquered walls in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue, he states it is "a great way to do a moody color because of the way it reflects light. It doesn't look dark so much as rich." The chairs include a graceful Maison Jansen slipper chairs from John Norwood Antiques, upholstered in Velours de Soie Uni in Bleu de France from Prelle. "It's a divine fabric, with an inky, lustrous quality."  Via House Beautiful.

Predominantly green dining room set off with de Gournay wall­paper and  sculptural accents like the foo marble dogs and classical greek urn.  Love the suzani pattern table covering and gold bamboo chippendale chairs.  The leopard seat covers add an exotic surprise to the space.  


De Gorney paper or mural on the wall?  Love the leopard slipper chairs contrasted against the dark marble floors.

Love the pelmet over the bed, and animal print carpet.  He loves those curvy mirrors -- this Asian mirror is similar to the one used in the salon below.

Blue dressing room with de Gournay wall­paper Asian style silk pelmet and curtains make for a ravishing space.

Blue and silver wallpaper, mirrored dressing table and Venetian mirror give this bathroom and incredibly romantic feel.

How about those fabulous 1940/50s fashion illustrations.


Blue living room seems to change color with the light, must be Farrow and Ball. Beautiful art sets this room apart.

Love the Asian mirror. The  palace sized carpet really unites the seating areas and the texture and pattern of the rug helps fill this enormous space to make it more inviting. 

Enjoy the beautiful day! Cheers.  

6.28.2012

Some sexy offerings from Worlds Away

Oh, I cannot resist snazzy case goods.  Check out these lovelies form Worlds Away...



I love this side table.







Fretwork cocktail table come in teal, white and red.




A am kinda over mirrored chests, but folks still love them and in the right space they work great.

Grey Gardens in HC & C


Grey Gardens Circa 1979

Grey Gardens today


I am always dreaming about fixing up a historic and neglected gem around the corner from my house so June's issue of  Hamptons Cottages & Gardens (HC & C) really appealed to me because the cover story is about Grey Gardens.  The Grey Gardens Home is known for its neglect by reclusive bohemian socialites Big Edie and Little Edie Beale (aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill) as  documented in the famous documentary Grey Gardens (1975) by Albert and David Mayles and the recent movie of the same name.  The House got its name from the soft grey of the dunes that surround the - 14 room Arts and Craftsman ocean front cottage.   Grey Gardens was sold to Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee in 1979 with the caveat that it could not be raized -- and they have since painstakingly restored not just the house, but the furniture they found in the attic and the gorgeous gardens as well.   I have included a few "before" photos I found on Decorology and Cote de Texas, so that you can fully appreciate the work that went into restoring this home. Cote de Texas also has some great photos from before the Beales and when Architecural Digest came to photograph the restored home in 1985.  Pretty cool stuff.


Here are some before pics (I tried to match them up with photos from the restored room where I could):


The solarium






I could cry looking at that piano

The rooms were filled with piles of books and sea shells

The Beale ladies had an affinity for cats and scores of cat and raccoon bones were found all around the house during the restoration.


The house today:




from decorology













6.27.2012

Oriental Rugs

When my parents emigrated to the United States from South Africa when I was 4, one of the few possessions my mother insisted on bringing was her oriental rugs.  They passed this love of rugs on to me so much so, that on my first trip to the Middle East as a teen,  I brought all of my pocket money to buy a rug of my own.  Some of my favorite orientals are Turkish Oushaks, Persian Tabriz and Tribal Afghan Baluchi Rugs.


Today, almost all textile floor coverings are referred to as "rugs" or  "carpets" without much of distinction made between the two except with respect to the manner of installation (wall to wall carpet vs. an area rug).   When referring to oriental carpets, I always think of oriental "rugs" as smaller than 9 x 6 while "carpets" are those greater than 9 x 6.  It has taken me a long time to come around to modern or contemporary floor textiles -- I have always thought of rugs as an heirloom item that is not disposable like machine made or wall to wall.  I love to layer oriental rugs over sisal/seagrass floor coverings and they still remain a passion of mine despite their not being as popular.


Some of my favorite oriental carpet or rugs are Oushaks from Turkey:







Faded antique Oushak rug layered over seagrass/sisal floor covering in Carol Glasser's  living room (probably sometime in the early 90's) courtesy of Cote De Texas.  


Tom Scheerer with Oushak Carpet



Subdued Oushak in a Bunny Williams Library 



I also am fond of Persian Tabriz rugs:

Antique Tabriz


I also adore Afghans (Tribal) Baluchi (also referred to as Balouch) rugs:







I will post soon about my favorite fun floor coverings.

Cheers!