Jul. 25

 

ART RULES: My Room of the Week

by Lynn Byrne

interior design by Raji RM

When I pick my room of the week, I choose one where the art makes the space.

In this room by Raji RM & Associates for the 2012 Kips Bay Showhouse, designer Raji Radhakrishnan  snapped a photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of a painting by  Romanticist artist  Pierre-Paul Prud’hon entitled   ‘Andromache and Astyanax.‘    Raji then had her digital photograph blown up to create this stunning wall mural.  The original painting was done in 1819 in France.  You can see more of the room here and on the Raji RM website.

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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

borne settee

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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