Welcome to my virtual “Artists Salon” for Dering Hall’s Wired & Inspired Showhouse in collaboration with the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center! When asked to design a space inspired by my favorite city, I let my imagination run wild creating my fantasy penthouse in New York City. Be sure to click here to see the rest of the showhouse on Dering Hall including spaces by Angie Hranowsky, Beth Webb, Cathy Kincaid, James Wheeler Designs, Cloth & Kind, Tammy Connor, Yvonne McFadden, Melanie Millner, and Karen Ferguson.
INSPIRATION IMAGE: WILLEM DE KOONING’S ART STUDIO
Living in New York City in my twenties made an indelible impression on me. I felt like I had encountered the center of the creative universe that attracted the most talented, imaginative, and artistic people I had ever met. Since space was so precious and provided solace from the grind of city living, I became fascinated with how people treated their interiors. I used to fantasize about my “dream” apartment and this is my version of heaven…a penthouse overlooking the Chrysler Building, surrounded by a blend of iconic furnishings and paintings by my favorite abstract expressionists that also came to New York for inspiration. Whenever I need to get my creative juices flowing, New York is always my city of choice…taking in the latest exhibitions, observing what is happening on the streets, and soaking up the vibe of the city.
WIILEM DE KOONING/ Gotham News, 1955, oil on canvas
HELEN FRANKENTHALER / Tutti-Fruitti, 1966, acrylic on canvas,
A double height penthouse overlooking the Manhattan skyline is the perfect backdrop to showcase the works of my favorite artists. The Farrow & Ball color palette of the interior was inspired by the city lights, bold colors in the paintings, and Babe Paley’s infamous “taxi cab yellow” living room decorated by Dean of American Decorating Albert Hadley.
The large scaled embroidered linen kaleidoscopic pattern used for the drapery illustrates the creative process of Patrick Frey who is constantly playing with shapes and colors to keep his work fresh and exciting much like the Abstract Expressionists featured on the walls.
On the pillows, another multicolored fabric by Pierre Frey depicts Japanese theatre masks, yet also evokes Picasso’s Les Desmoiselles D’Avignon at MOMA.
The Jean de Merry chandelier reflects the edgy glamour of the city.
An ebony and gilt Origami cocktail table by Angelo Donghia adds a 70s/ Halston-esque vibe to the space.
A hand crafted hide rug by Kyle Bunting is a work of art on its own, yet the small scale of the pattern plays off of solid upholstery fabrics and large scale of the drapery fabric.
A pair of “Hadley” lamps by Chrisopher Spitzmiller pay homage to legendary NYC interior designer Albert Hadley while the touch of black punctuates the bold palette of the interior.
A Cuff Console by Natasha Baradaran plays with negative space and becomes another work of art placed against the taxi cab yellow walls.
A very special thank you to artist Becky Clodfelter for bringing my interior to life with her amazing talent!
I came across a wonderful blog over the holidays that described design styles based on one’s astrological sign. I thought it would be fun to take a stab at creating a room for an Aquarius based on the description below from StyleatHome….
I started the scheme based off of my favorite blue and violet finds from the past High Point Market. The amethyst chandelier is from Regina Andrew. The cobalt commode, upholstered ottomans, and acrylic and shagreen bedside tables are from Century Furniture. The wavy mirror and rock crystal and nickel sconces are by Vaughan. I would switch out the pair of ottomans for one long custom sized ottoman with the nickel nailhead trim to pick up the polished stainless steel bed frame from Horchow. The brilliant blue Sophie lamps are by Christopher Spitzmiller. The purple pillows are from John Robshaw and the metallic vases are by Arteriors.
My favorite piece in the room is the art by James Nares that hangs behind the bed. To create these larger than life paintings, he hangs suspended above his canvas with a huge paintbrush. There is no room for error which makes these works even more spectacular!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AQUARIUS!