Part of the struggle in any home is to have a curated look. That thoughtful, and expert collection of things that have both a meaning and a symbiotic beauty. Perfecting the modern and traditional blend is not as easy as those four men make it look.
Nothing seems out of place, even though all of it comes from different themes, generations, and styles. It's a clever and difficult balance, that Budd does with great ease.
More of the space, looking into the other side of the room now. Potted olive tree and French chair next to modern laminate and glass tables, and antiqued mirror.
More of that room. You can see now, this is actually a bedroom. This is actually an incredible space. Bruce was the designer for the late Bunny Mellon who put him up in this tony carriage house while he was working on her family home. Bunny Mellon was a philanthropist, horticulturalist (who designed for The White House rose garden for Jackie Kennedy) and heiress to the Listerine fortune. FORTUNE!
Pretty snazzy digs, huh? The carriage house was featured in World of Interiors before Bruce moved on after finishing the Mellon residence. This space was my largest impetus in making a decision toward an all glass table. Mark D. Sikes further pushed me in that direction with this amazing space from his new book, Beautiful. Which I reviewed here.
This space is, without a doubt, my idea of a dream room. It has all of the things that I find most beautiful, and it has really helped me pull together this version of my new space. It's a lovely room with amazing architectural details (which I don't have) but there are so many decorative details that I love here. The tailored, upholstered sofa. (CHECK!) The antique Oushak over jute. (CHECK! ish I have a sunwashed Anatolian over seagrass, a much less expensive alternative.) Blue and White porcelains (CHECK!) Modern Art (CHECK!) Books (CHECK!) Boxes (CHECK!) Leather (CHECK!) And that glass table ... (CHECK!)
Mark's personal design aesthetic has really been an inspiring one since I saw his home published in House Beautiful. But when he redecorated, and it was featured in Veranda - well, I committed myself to being an avid follower. So, if you're seeing a lot of his influence coming into the new space - it's with good reason.
Mark has seen wild success in the last few years, with amazing projects published in House Beautiful and his amazing New York Times BestSeller, Beautiful. His fabric line with Schumacher just launched, his rugs with Merida, as well as his furniture and accessories line with Henredon furniture. I'm sure that we will see another book from Mark in 6-8 months. He's on fire right now!
Here's a sample of Mark's furniture line. I love this Presidio Settee, and those Queens Road Coromandel Screens!
I also love this Bel Air Stripe fabric in the Neutral colorway from his Schumacher fabric line. I just need a little of this in my life.
Darryl Carter's spaces have always been an inspiration. He has been a master of blending modern and traditional for years, especially within very neutral spaces:
And finally, young, beautiful, talented, rising star William Rankin McLure. We oddly enough moved the same weekend, and at the end of day one he was posting pictures of his beautifully finished space. Sigh.
I mean REALLY!? R.E.A.L.L.Y!? How does he have FRESH FLOWERS already!? Surely someone sent these to him as a house warming gift. Where are mine!? All of his own original art hangs along the gallery wall in his new dining room, with a table from Holland and Company, in Atlanta.
I've blogged about William a few times. I think that he's a master at what he does, and I couldn't think of anyone more deserving of the success that he's seen these past few months. There are a few pics though that I really get so much inspiration from. This one from his first apartment:
And this one from the apartment he just moved from, which will actually be featured on One Kings Lane soon.
I'm also a HUGE fan of his paintings:
If you're interested in seeing more of his paintings, or contacting him about them, you can find more about that here.
Each of these designers is unique in their own way, but they do all have a few things in common. They appreciate the layering necessary to create a good interior. They all have a flair for modern art, neutral colors, and antiques. After years of helping clients successfully find their own style, I finally took the time to understand the evolution of my own. I spent the majority of my twenties in someone else's house, with someone else's restrictions and rules, trying to blend what I thought was my design identity with theirs. I don't regret that time, but I firmly believe that our tastes change as we age, explore, travel, and are exposed to more and more beauty, but eventually, with freedom and unrestricted space, you find out what your core foundation is. Mine may have taken a bit longer than I hoped, but these four designers have helped me to find this version of it thus far.
I'd be silly not to also mention Joni from Cote de Texas, who has been inspiring me for 7+ years, and has challenged me to do things I wouldn't have thought of doing otherwise; Joan from for the love of a house, who has always encouraged me to buy and keep what I love; Deserae from Peeking Thru the Sunflowers who has so much talent in vignettes, and layering, and is constantly there to save me from melt downs; ALL of my blog readers who applaud and encourage and question my work making me better and better, especially artist Dianne Ballard, designer Dean Farris, my Canadian friend from RMS and long time reader, mrsben, and Houston based artist and author Leslie Sinclair.
I'll be back soon with updates, just as soon as I get the coffee table, console table and cover, leather chair, and a few other details. I'll need to finish painting the baseboards, putting down the floor, and touching up. But progress pics are coming!