26 August 2011


Never one to follow the rules of the seasons very closely, my eye has lately been turning to pink interiors. Because I like to balance feminine and masculine elements in my decor, a vast swath of pink would never show up in my house. But there's no denying that pink puts a smile on my face. Whether slathered on the walls or peppered into a neutral palette via cushions and art, pink is an act of rebellion in an adult interior. From dusty to coral to shocking, the hue doesn't matter. It is undeniably girly. And sometimes a woman just wants to feel like a girl.

Images: Achados de DecoracaoBrabourne FarmLonny magazine, December 2010, June/July 2010, Feb/March 2010, House Beautiful magazine, March 2011, Living etc magazine, May 2011.

05 August 2011

Library Chair

I recently caught the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier on TCM and was both amused by the outlandish costumes and salivating over the furniture. Before the film, one of the stars shared how her love of antiques developed while on set. Because the studio had unlimited funds for set design, they had little appreciation for the history that was in their possession. In one scene where Olivier sat behind a desk, the desk was deemed too high. Instead of raising the camera, two inches were sawed off the bottom of the desk. 

In a scene where Mrs. Bennett is lamenting her daughters' lack of good suitors to Mr. Bennett, I so fell in love with a chair that was occupying Mr. Bennett that I had to rent the DVD to get a better view of it. The library chair was introduced to the U.S. in the 1700s by Benjamin Franklin after a long visit to England. The above engraving from Banana Strudel shows how it converts to a ladder just by tilting the seat back forward. The following specimen from Debenham Antiques is the sketch brought to life. Add to this a bay window and a wall full of books and I would be set.

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