Jul. 23

 

Surprisingly Affordable Chic

by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

 

 

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Elsa Soyars‘ master bath at the Hampton Designer Showhouse was jaw-dropping chic.  That rug!!  So when I spotted a stylish horse box accessory, I thought it had to be Hermes (and, thus, very, very expensive).

I was delighted to discover that the charming container comes from Jonathan Adler and costs only $98.  Now that isn’t pennies, but it is surely more attainable than Hermes.  Plus there are several attractive designs available–the rectangular boxes are a bit more costly at $148.

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Jul. 14

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Borne

by Lynn Byrne

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Trianon Palace hotel in Versaille

“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms”–Socrates

BORNE:

A type of settee, round or oval, with a pillar in the center. Originating in France, it began using an especially lavish form of tufting which was developed about 1830.  Borne means “milestone” in French which suggests the importance and large size of this design.  It demands a grand room.  For this reason, it is more commonly seen in commercial spaces like hotel lobbies where  the pillar is sometimes topped with flowers or even a fountain, but interior designers also have used the borne is residences for years.

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Jul. 11

 

Why Don’t You?

by Lynn Byrne

holiday house hamptons iris dankner bike

A bicycle with a basket of flowers reads quintessentially summertime.  So why don’t you bring that feeling inside your home.  

That is just what Iris Dankner did by adding this charming bicycle sculpture to her space at the 2014 Holiday House Hamptons.  Endearing.

Here are a few other charming moments in her kitchen and living room.  Love how she invites her guests for a cocktail.

Great dry goods storage in her kitchen.

And the quote in the painting?  If only it were always so.

All good food for your design thoughts

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Jul. 09

 

Designer Secrets: Michael Taylor Inspires James Huniford at Holiday House Hamptons

by Lynn Byrne

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Interior design by Michael Taylor

Interior Design by Michael Taylor

Interior design by Michael Taylor

A close look at the room designed by James Huniford at Holiday House Hamptons suggests that he was keenly influenced by iconic interior designer Michael Taylor, whose work is shown above.  As we have seen before, a strong grasp of the signature style of design greats from the past can be hugely inspirational when tackling an empty room.

Do you know Michael Taylor?  He is most famous for his “California Look” which he developed in the 1970′s. Founding his own firm in 1956, Taylor  designed rooms and furniture till his death in 1986.  Here are 5 elements typically found in his work.

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Jul. 07

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Pique Assiette

by Lynn Byrne

Pique Assiette

Pique Assiette fireplace. Interior design Tom Scheerer

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”-Socrates

PIQUE ASSIETTE:

A type of mosaic that is distinguished by its use of broken ceramics–such as dishes cups and tiles in the design.  

Called Trencadis in Catalan, Antoni Gaudi and Josep Maria Jujol  used pique assiette in their Parc Guell to great effect.  It is perhaps the most famous example of the art form.

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