Thursday, June 30, 2011

To Skirt, or Not To Skirt ... That's the Question

This dining room by the iconic John Saladino, has been on the top of my inspiration pile since I started my mini-renovations here at CDLV. The oval table, skirted so beautifully in three different colors of neutral Belgian linen is the real showpiece of the room, highlighted and complemented by the stunning mural on the back wall. A color story of greys and taupes, it's soft, serene, elegant, and sophisticated - all of the things that a formal dining room should be.

Another triple skirted table, and another stunning dining room. As you can tell, I'm quite fond of the layers. This time in varied shades of solids and stripes, the table is still neutral, timeless. It's not the fabric that stands out, it's the drape ... the silhouette.

Here the full cloth is solid white, and only the cover, which doesn't completely touch the floor is patterned. Now, although I'd ultimately love to have a story of solids like the Saladino table, I happen to have two PERFECT fabrics, one (a heavy linen) the new color of the walls, and another in a mysterious sort of blue gray and olive (a sumptuous pale silk) that I could possibly make work. Neither have enough yardage to do an entire cloth alone, so I suppose it's best they be married like above.

Yet, I love this bold statement, too. A strong color, pulled pulled from the rug and scattered about in accent fabrics around the room, you can't help but notice the table and its draped form. I can't decide whether I need my dining room to have a statement like this, or simply adorn the dining room like the pictures before it.
Here, the pattern is on the bottom and the solid is on top. It's less bold than the other table with the reverse composition, but it's still lovely. I'm starting to be fond of patterns, even as I write this post. Perhaps a pattern, maybe a complementary fabric to the drapes would be the best fit for the small space.

Yes, just like this. Divine inspiration from the "old" Cote de Texas dining room. When Joni decided she didn't want the yellow anymore, she opted for no pattern, but I still find this dining room to be one of the most beautiful in blog-land, and say a little RIP to it now. My drapes are the most beautiful shade of gray blue silk, and I bet I could find a plaid to coordinate, possibly even a stripe.

So the question: to skirt or not to skirt? 

Million Dollar Decorators: My Take Episode 5

I can't believe that we're more than 1/2 way through the 8 slated episodes of our collective guilty pleasure, Million Dollar Decorators. Unfortunately, I forgot to set the DVR to record the show last night, and had to wait until Bravo replayed it at 2:00am this morning. Yes, that's how dedicated I am to bringing you my two cents! So, my question before I get started: Do you think it's getting better as the show goes along!? I sure do!

This time Kathryn. sweet Kathryn who has more patience than I, and obviously more experience dealing with crazy (yes, I just used crazy as a noun); gets her ear fill from Shannon Factor when, after Shannon decides that she's a decorator, turns the project over to her brother-in-law ... who, won't communicate with Kathryn!

Now, I know this is real and not made up! As astonishing as it is to watch, it's nice to see that this happens to world renowned decorators with million dollar budgets, and not just poor little ole' me who gets the crazy calls wanting a whole house redo for a budget of $500. (I'm not kidding!) ... but I digress ... I was happy to see Kathryn tell Shannon that she could essentially go jump off a cliff, that she was in charge, and taking BACK control where it rightfully should have been along!

Shannon, who I think would rather choke herself than give up control, concedes (for this episode anyway) and we move on to watch JAM and Ross have a lovers quarrel over lighting.

... happens to me and Scott ALL the time!

Martyn (MAH-TIN) attempts to pick up yet another CELEBRITEEE client, Daisy Fuentes, (who has her name on a whole line of polyester bedding). She finally gives him the living room before agreeing to the rest of the house, which seems a little odd to me for two reasons:

1. When you have the sort of money that it takes to hire a decorator like Bullard, oh, I'm sorry ... Lawrence-Bullard, you know what they're capable of.
2. THEY ARE FRIENDS!!! Yes peeps, they know each other, and posed all lovey dovey when she was photographed in 2008 at the Greystone Mansion showhouse.

Anyway, my point, (and I do have a point) is that it seems a little sketched for television, don't you think? He finally delivers a product that is essentially off the shelf, and she says, ok - I love it, you can do the rest of the house now?
Cute Nathan Turner hosts a party planned by Susan Feldman, co-founder of One Kings Lane, after they both traveled to India to buy a boat full of interior must haves.  Everyone is mingling, while JAM decides that the fight over lamps is worth finding a new man, and begins to "pick up on cute boys.” I'm really starting to not like JAM ... he reminds me of a person from my past who still makes me grit my teeth!
Overall, great episode. I really got a ton of ideas from the party Nathan and Susan threw, and I kinda liked the room that Martyn did for Daisy, sans the mirror sculpture that cost more than my living room furniture to date. See you Saturday with a little taste of the interior changes around CDLV! I can barely wait!