Thursday, August 2, 2007


Black and white is the evergreen of decorating schemes--the combination that always works in a sophisticated, graphic way. Inspiration comes from Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin and classic black and white marble floors in grand entry foyers. Here are some new sources to create the look:

Photo Courtesy of Kor Hotel Group
If you crave Kelly Wearstler's style sense and jump at the chance to stay in a Kor Group Wearstler-designed hotel, then you are in luck. You can bring it home by purchasing key signature pieces on the Kor Group site, Kor Group under shop, then signatures. For those of you that wanted the black and white positive/negative floral wallpaper that lined the inside cover of her first book, Modern Glamour, and is in the Viceroy, you can now use it in YOUR powder room. Hot tip: This fall be on the lookout for Kelly on the cover of A Fashionable Life, a special issue from Harper's Bazaar.

Photo Courtesy of Oly Studio
The Oliver Ottoman from Oly Studio is great looking, roomy and graphic. Use an ottoman as a cocktail table and pile it with design books. Hamish Bowles of Vogue is coming out with a new edition of the highly coveted Vogue Book of People Houses, Gardens, People, called Vogue Living. Get ready to pounce on it late October!

Photo Courtesy of Cole and Son
Piero Fornasetti's vest pocket store in Milan is divine. One of the most recognized patterns is the face motif. Done on plates for Rosenthal and printed fabrics it is now available in a wallpaper from Cole and Son, the venerable British house that is largely responsible for the return of wallpaper a few years ago.

Photo Courtesy of Arteriors
Conical shapes lead the eye up. The black and white marble cone lamp from Arteriors would look sleek shown as a pair on a sofa table.

Photo Courtesy of Chairloom
The terrific artist Virginia Johnson does fabric by the yard, airy dresses, and wool scarves with her eclectic, graphic and colorful prints. Check out her youthful and exuberant creations at Virginia Johnson

Varenne Opera metal frame chair from Casamidy takes a traditional form of a chair and reinvents it, creating a light and airy piece of sculpture. From Casamidy

Photo Courtesy of Artesia Collections
For those looking for classics reborn, here is one of the ultimates: The Frances Elkins Loop Chair in black! So de la mode! It looks great upholstered in a colorful fabric or in a black and white scheme. Check out the side and arm chair from Jayson Home

Photo Courtesy of Artesia Collections
Storage options are hard to find. Circular patterned detailing add a deco twist to a great piece. Store your electronics in style in this find from Artesia Collections, where they will direct you to a retailer.

Image Courtesy of Two's Company
Great looking flatware is hard to find, especially when you want something really unique. This well priced faux bone and ebony pattern from Two's Company is British West Indies chic, and would have also felt at home on the table in Out of Africa. Barley Twist handles have the design detail to make these unique, from Two's Company

Photo Courtesy of Two's Company
Mirrors add pattern to a room. This black and white inlaid stunner from Two's Company adds a bit of old world import appeal to your casa. From Two's Company

Photo Courtesy of Bungalow 5
Bamboo detailing is something I never tire of. This sophisticated Chloe mirror from Luca Rensi's terrific furniture line, Bungalow 5, is an instant classic. Stay tuned for their elegant lamps...

Image Courtesy of Shades of Light
A valance like this deserves the spotlight--it takes toile to a whole new, tailored place. From a great catalog, I never expected to see such savvy window treatments--this is a real find! Chinoiserie detailing add tailoring to an otherwise traditional motif, how refreshing this is! Check it out at Shades of Light

Image Courtesy of Shades of Light
If you have a bungalow that you would like to give the L.A. treatment, these curtains on a bamboo rod are just the thing! Also from Shades of Light Shades of Light

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