Jul. 31

 

SOLO EXHIBITION: Landscapes by Jack Stuppin

by Lynn Byrne

Jack Stuppin
Apple Trees, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 52" x 65"

Jack Stuppin
Apple Trees, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 52″ x 65″

Detail Apple Trees, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 52″ x 65″
Jack Stuppin

Detail from Apple Trees, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 52″ x 65″
Jack Stuppin

“Paint what you see in yourself”  Jack Stuppin

I was mesmerized.  So much so that I fell down on the job.  Jack Stuppin’s landscapes were one of my first discoveries at Art Hampton earlier this month.  As soon as I saw them, I began snapping photos.

The colors, the brush work, the composition—I am all over these pieces.

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Jul. 30

 

3 Top Tips for Decorating Your Outdoor Space from the Hampton Designer Showhouse

by Lynn Byrne

Porch by Ken Gemes for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph courtesy of him.

Porch by Ken Gemes for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph courtesy of him.

By far the best part about attending a showhouse (aside from supporting a worthy charity) is the design inspiration.  At this year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse, the outdoor spaces were filled with good decorating ideas.

Here are my  3 top tips gleaned from the designers who created outdoor rooms at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

1. Think beyond standard issue outdoor furniture when outfitting your space, particularly when decorating a protected area such as a porch.

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Jul. 29

 

HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE: Dining Room by Lillian August

by Lynn Byrne

Dining room by Lillian August for the Hampton Designer Showhouse

Dining room by Lillian August for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photo courtesy of Lillian August.

My favorite part of the dining room by Lillian August, a corporate sponsor to the Hampton Designer Showhouse, is the palette of chartreuse and aqua.  If you have visited my Montauk house, you know why.  I use those same colors, albeit in a very different way.  Beachy, but not the typical blue and white.   Additionally,  Lillian August reminds us  about the importance of addressing the “fifth wall”  (the ceiling) in a room by wallpapering it in  that very pretty shade of blue.

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Jul. 27

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Ribband

by Lynn Byrne

Thomas Chippendale chair with ribband back

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

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

RIBBAND:  Carved ribbon decoration.  First used by Thomas Chippendale in 1754 to describe the elaborately pierced center support of a chair back in form of a ribbon and bow.  Sometimes spelled with one b, riband.  Can also be used to describe a painted ribbon decoration.

Ribband back chairs line drawing by Thomas Chippendale. Signed in pen and brown ink at lower left of recto: “Th. Chippendale inv. at Diln”

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Jul. 24

 

HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE: Living Room by Brian del Toro

by Lynn Byrne

Living Room by Brian del Toro for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph by Marco Ricca

Living Room by Brian del Toro for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph by Marco Ricca

Today’s coverage of the Hampton Designer Showhouse  features the living room by Brian del Toro.  Earlier posts showed Celerie Kemble’s master bedroom and Michael Herold’s entry foyer.

The palette for Brian del Toro’s living room is the ultimate chic red, white and blue. Turquoise blue and red are one of my favorite color combos.  Brian’s space is sophisticated and comfortable, with beautiful, subtle layers of art and accessories.  The modern wing chairs and curved sofa are so inviting.  Faux bois wallpaper from Cole & Son provides  texture, and I have never met a double-height window treatment that  I didn’t like.

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