Dec. 10


NOW AND THEN: Art Nouveau in the West Village

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Art Nouveau is often considered the first “modern” style.

To get a sense of its hallmarks, one need only look at the Paris metro entrances designed by Hector Guimard, shown above.  Here you see the famed whiplash curve, called the “line of beauty” by painter William Hogarth.  You also get a feel for its organic  and exhuberant nature.  Here is a detail shot. 

The style began about 1890 and lasted until about 1910.  It was named after Paris boutique La Maison de l’Art Nouveau, established by Siegrfried Bing in 1895.  The entrance, with its very organic decoration, is shown below. 

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Nov. 02


NOW AND THEN: The Flaming Hot Flame Stitch

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Although the photo from Apartment Therapy above is a bit bold for my tastes, the classic flame stitch is experiencing a resurgence.  “Granny-fied”, it looks like this: 

But today’s top interior designers are interpreting the flame stitch  in fresh new ways.

The glamorous Mary McDonald also put the pattern on the walls.  This is her closet!

These photos from her book  Mary McDonald Interiors The Allure of Style

Sherril Canet Interiors featured a flame stitch carpet in her charming living room at this year’s Kips Bay Showhouse. 

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Oct. 27



by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Pagoda, pagoda, pagoda–that is the common theme noted by reviewers of Mary McDonald’s new book, Interiors, The Allure of Style.  I bought it (no surprise there), but I haven’t had time to digest it yet.

Still she does love those things.  A quick flip through the book turned up these images.  I suspect there are more. 

Of course she is not alone in her love affair.  Mariette Himes Gomez used a white one to great effect in this garden room.  Photo from her book Rooms. 

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Sep. 09


NOW AND THEN: The Silhouette

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. The silhouette is sure having a moment.

In fashion.  Brahmin handbag’s ad campaign.

For the mass market.  John Derian for Target mug. With a contemporary spin.  The silhouette supersized.

Photo from Real Simple

As a lampshade.  Woolpit Interiors.

Even top designers are into it.  This is Jeffrey Bilhuber’s home.  Check out that line up next to the fireplace.

Photo from House Beautiful.

I guess silhouettes must be the NEXT BIG THING if they are in the West Elm catalog.

There is even a new book out covering the history of the art.  (I am starting to feel my addiction crave.)  Haven’t seen it in person, but how about this cover?  So nostalgic.  Wonder if this is the type of book with images that lend themselves to framing?

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Aug. 26


NOW AND THEN: Patchwork

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Patchwork is not just for the country look anymore. Today’s patchwork has more sophisticated colors and patterns. Think “hip bohemian” or “gypsy”. Not at all “down on the farm”. And it is not just limited to quilts. (Though there is that too!) This first photo from Living Etc. says it all: the multi-colored mid-century floor lamp, the crystal chandelier, sunburst mirror and the patchwork sofa. Uber cool. But there is more. Lots more.

Anthropologie is a prime “go to” source in the US for the new patchwork look. You can get a folding patchwork chair with the gypsy look at Anthropologie for $198 and very bohemian bedding starting at $168.

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