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!
Participating in the Traditional Home / Junior League of High Point Showhouse in April was one of the most gratifying experiences I have had in my career. I The creativity and camaraderie of the design community blew me away and seeing it in print brings back a flood of fond memories! We have all been anxiously awaiting the October issue to share all of our hard work for a wonderful cause…benefiting the Junior League’s community programming for High Point. Thank you to all of the gracious editors at Traditional Home, the countless volunteers from the Junior League and the amazing sponsors that brought our visions to life! Click here to read the full story and see the complete portfolio of images.
The final stop on the second floor is Cathy Austin’s beautiful daughter’s bedroom. Blessed with great bones—note the 10 1/2-foot ceilings and swoonworthy windows—the space is impeccably tailored from head to toe. Shaped valances mimic the Moroccan scalloping on the patterned headboard.
Circa Lighting’s brass orb chandelier and the pillows’ chopstick monogram reiterate the room’s Eastern influence. Overhead, Pratt & Lambert’s pale-pink paint in high-gloss finish complements the vintage Murano glass lamp on the bedside table. A tufted-velvet bench with Lucite legs and an antique English settee updated in sumptuous animal print round out the dazzling sanctuary.
There’s a lot to love in these beautiful showhouse bedrooms…click on the image below for a video tour of the spaces.
I envisioned my “imaginary” client as the sophisticated daughter of the family. She is well-travelled, artistic, and likes a modern, yet glamourous room that still reflects her Southern roots. A portrait by favorite artist, Kate Long Stevenson, (from Hidell Brooks Gallery) became my muse for the project. I had her in mind whenever I was making decisions for the space. The portrait and the large vintage abstract provided the color palette that inspired the design scheme. The room is a blend of unique pieces from High Point based craftsmen along with a collection from her travels around the world. A Moroccan inspired headboard, Murano glass lamps, original modern art, bespoke linens, dressmaker detailed drapery, and glamorous materials such as shagreen, agate, brass, and velvet add to the feminine mystique of the space. I indulged myself with an “imaginary” trip around the world for inspiration for the space…from the palaces of Morocco and India to the Murano glass factories and sunsets on the Nayarit Riviera.
Bernhardt Furniture is one of the generous vendors that has helped me with my bedroom for the Traditional Home / Junior League High Point Showhouse opening this weekend during High Point Furniture Market. I fell in love with so many pieces introduced this past fall and knew I had to use them in my bedroom designed for my “imaginary” client, who is the sophisticated daughter of this family. She is well-travelled, artistic, and likes a modern, yet glamorous room that still reflects her Southern roots. Bernhardt’s Salon and Jet Set collections were perfect for this storyline and I am thrilled with how the room is coming together. If you are coming to High Point for market, please come by for a visit and see how all of the designers have worked their magic on this grand old High Point manse. Click here for tickets and hours.
Bernhardt recently celebrated its 125th anniversary with a year-long celebration honoring culture, heritage and a legacy of giving. This iconic brand has always been one of the industry’s most dynamic and stable furniture institutions. Devoted to creativity and the artistry of furniture making, the new introductions each market are always highly anticipated. In addition to producing extraordinary collections, the company is still a family owned business with a strong commitment to people, relationships, and the welfare of the local community. Since the theme of the Showhouse is “From High Point to the World,” I could not think of a more appropriate brand to showcase in my room.
For the Showhouse, I styled the brass bookcase with a collection of design books, brass animals art and objects from the daughter’s travels abroad . The various shelf heights makes the piece incredibly versatile in any interior for display or for storage. The luxurious finish also adds a touch of glamour to the room.
The Salon Nightstand is the perfect scale for any bedroom. Here I have used two to flank a kingsize upholstered bed. The tabletop provides ample space for any size lamp along with other bedside necessities and the drawer is an added bonus. The square tapered legs, cross stretcher, and brass escutcheon add elegant detail.
Bernhardt let me take an exclusive “sneak peek” at some of the pieces being introduced at market this week. Over 100 new works of 21st century modern furniture will be exhibited. Each item is designed to be a showpiece with simplified classic forms and luxurious multidimensional surfaces and fabrics.
“Pattern creates energy in a purposeful object that can also be read as something decorative. As these pieces are intriguing, but not overtly trendy, we think people will find them to be powerful, fresh and timeless.”- Heather Eidenmiller, director of brand development
New surfaces include mother of pearl and true silver leaf, and wood finishes in layered, translucent pearly tones that change with the light of day / night and are designed to work with most any color palette choice. A number of accented upholstered seating pieces are covered in bold classic patterned wovens. All are designed for big visual impact in small amounts.