Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday: Inspiring Spaces by John Saladino

John Saladino is a genius. Simply put. He has a inimitable power of infusing a house with a sense of drama, sophistication, and permanent aesthete. By that I mean - his rooms are tokenless expressions of traditional design that will last through the ages. We'll be sitting in our wheelchairs at the home thumbing through his books, saying "I wish my suite looked like that."

The Manhattan based interior designer has created stunning works of art, mostly on the west coast in past years, and has gained phenomenal fame for it. Most notably, his second home, a romantic ruin of a 1920s Santa Barbara estate that he restored to remarkable grandeur. Its elegant transformation is the focus of Villa, one of his best design books, and arguably the best of any design books printed in 2009. I remember Joni Webb of Cote de Texas telling me to pick up a copy of Saladino Style, that it was the only interior design course I needed ... and she was undoubtedly correct.

A true master of the subtle gesture, Saladino's work appears effortless, timely yet timeless. Check out these photos from his portfolio, and if you haven't already bought or received the most current issue of Veranda, buy it - his feature in this month's issue is gorgeous!


  1. I love that he follows no trend but his own. He is indeed brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration this Tuesday!!

  2. Salandino is a master of space design. I have been a long time admirer. Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed.

  3. Wow! What talent that man has! I love his designs...they don't say "designed" to me...they say "lived and loved". Nice post, Artie! Hugs-Diana

  4. As always, so well put and I do agree!

    I have loved his work since I was a 20 something and that was a while ago!!!

    Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday...LA time

    : ) kelley

  5. I'd love to sleep in that bed, even if for only a night!

  6. * Soooo beautiful~~~ so "perfectly UNpracticed~~~ so totally UNfazed by any latest trends" (YES, the "T" word! OMG, in the same sentence as his name! OUCH!), but that's John S... perfection with great style n' flair & superb understanding of the people with whom he works to create THEIR nest.

    * "To thine own self be true"~~~ I think that typifies John S.

    * BTW, I've had that 4th photo (the white DR table/linens, etc. in the FAB room w/ the limestone (?) walls), as a FAVE for gosh, I don't know H*O*W long, & just recently received the book Joni suggested, too... Can't wait til my darling hubby leaves for a business trip tho, so I can sit down, dog asleep on my feet or in my lap (all 65 lbs. of her!), pour my Pellegrino n' simply read n' absorb it all, and NOT neglect my Jim (or at least FEAR or FEEL like I am!).

    It's always a treat to read and/or see anything of, or about, JS & try to figure out how his mind WORKS!!!

    Thank you very much, Artie, and blessings,

    Linda in AZ *
    (Formerly AKA: "Mom of a German Shorthair")

  7. Ahh, Saladino, my one true design love. To have him design a room for me would be my idea of heaven.

    Thanks for featuring his work on your ever delightful blog.

  8. I do love his style, so comfortable and not decorated feeling at all.

  9. mmmmm...love the old worn but comfortable and cozy looks!

  10. I am still trying to get my breath back. OHHH that fireplace. Gorgeous.


  11. i am madly in love with his work.

    it is always great to see it again.

    i would love to live in it.


  12. I am positively swooning! So elegant and inviting. The colors are incredible.

  13. I have been a Saladino fan for as long as I can remember. Thanks for sharing these lovely images.