Nov. 03


Goodman Gracious

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn  Byrne. 88 year old Jeremiah Goodman is revered in the interior design world for his luminous depictions of gracious interiors.   The current exhibition of his work at the New York School of Interior Design is not to be missed if you find yourself in NYC.

After I attended the lovely exhibition last week, I realized I had photographs of some of the rooms portrayed in Goodman’s paintings.

I thought it would be fun to compare reality to Goodman’s work.  My scans from the exhibition catalog shown above only hint at the rich, vibrant quality of  the actual paintings. Plus, I am only showing a few of the beautiful renderings.  So, please still go to the exhibition.

Billy Baldwin’s living room.

Photo via the Whitehaven Interiors


Reed Krakoff’s  townhouse. I think my photo may not be the same room/residence as the rendering because I don’t see the bookshelves.  However, the art, rug, coffee  table, sofa and chairs sure look like they made the grade. 

Photo via Habitually Chic.

Diana Vreeland’s famous red room.

Photo via House Beautiful


Rose Cummings’ bedroom.

Photo via the book, The Finest Rooms, edited by Katharine Tweed


The Duchess of Windsor’s bedroom at her retreat, the Mill, in France.

Photo via the book, The Windsor Style by Suzy Menkes

Tony Duquette’s living room.  

Photo via

The Goodman exhibition runs until December 20  at NYSID, 161 East 69th Street, Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 6:00.  It is free, and a small catalog of images (where my scans came from)  can be purchased at the school bookstore.

If you want  your own Goodman, you can now buy a giclee print from London-based Dean Rhys Morgan.  Each print is signed, numbered and titled  by Jeremiah.  They are in editions of 300.  I can’t decide which one I want.

Finally, a wonderful book of Jeremiah Goodman’s book will be released in March 2011.  It is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Photo of Jeremiah Goodman from the opening gala for the exhibition courtesy of  Stuart Cohen of HWPR.

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. 

Of course the pattern has been around for centuries.  It also is known as the bargello pattern.  The name originates from 17th century chairs found at the Bargello Museum in Florence.  Click here to check out the namesake chairs and other early examples of the flame stitch in Europe.

And here is an example  from the Colonial Williamsburg website of the flame stitch in our own country dating from 1771.  This is a  gentleman’s pocket book from that period. 

Do you think the flame stitch sizzles?

Kips Bay photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

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