Editor’s note: I have worn a white dress every day this week....I will mis them until next spring. My dress today is Gianni Bini and shoes are from Coach.
Happy Friday and happy Labor Day weekend!!! Oh boy..... this has been a trying week ....I will be happy to have 3 days off and clear my head. I think I sometimes problems just have babies and keep coming like rabbits. That has been this week. I think I have solved all but one... and I will persevere . From plans being wrong ( I had to run the rug the other direction to make it fit yesterday!)to counters in a kitchen that were built in the 80s not deep enough to receive today’s size of dishwasher....this has not been one of my most fun weeks. My grandmother One Momma used to say that it took the bad days to make you appreciate the good days —-and that really rings true. I wish I could let problems run off my back like water on a duck... but I care too much. I know all will be perfect in the end ...it always happens because I keep on until it does! I don’t have any plans for the weekend... which is fine by me. I think a little R&R is what the doctor ordered for this tall blond designer. I get to see Harrison for Saturday night after his fantasy football draft( that is serious business!) and I get many Riley back for another wedding next week. It is always the utmost joy to be with my twins!!!
I was reading the new September/October issue of Veranda when I came across a short article on Elsie De Wolfe. Born in 1865 and leaving us in 1950...De Wolf was America’s first Interior Designer. She started out in theater and then transformed into a designer after the Parisian clothing she wore in her performances outshined the acting. She was part of the formation of The Colony Club in 1905 made up of powerful New York women. Mind you these were not the times for women to be in control of business. Her business cards had her trademark wolf with nose gay crest on them. I loved reading that because I fashioned my business cards and logo from an antique monogram. I am always interested in self-taught designers like myself who were just born with the talent and refined it over the years. One of her breakthrough jobs was with Henry Clay Frick who was a famed industrialist who grew into a passionate art collector. The Frick Collection is one of the world’s finest small museums today. De Wolf designed rooms by putting unique pieces together while suites of furniture that all matched were in vogue. I looked up some of her room on line that I am sharing today. In my opinion....they could all be in a current home. Good taste is just good taste ....if done right a room will withstand time. This is how I design rooms....why a lot of my client’s homes are just the way I left them 20 years ago when I finished. I wonder if De Wolf had as many problems as I have had this week......my guess is she did and she kept on until it was right. Enjoy these beautiful rooms done by a talented and way ahead of her time lady. Have a super weekend.....and I will be back with another blog next Wednesday. Happy end of summer 2019!
The article in Veranda pointing out some of her trademark design elements. I know this room is very formal for today’s Melliniums..... but I find it stunning. I was just with a young professional today that said maximalist rooms were coming back ( she is a real estate agent) over minimalist. I never left full rooms unless the job dictated it. I adore accessories! This is a living room in her country home Villa Trianon in Versailles, France.
One of her sketches. Oh how I wish I could draw! This is how I envision rooms in my head when I start designing a room.....I just cannot draw it. But my clients get my vision once I do floor plans and pull fabrics.
What an elegant lady. You can look at her and know she is in charge!!! Love the hat!!! And I wear heels most days....I think well in them.
Marlene Dietrich”s Beverly Hills home. That wallpaper——looks like de Gournay or Gracie. I love how it curves up the ceiling. The balance of the pairs of chests, lounge chairs, and side tables allows other single elements in the room to shine.
A sectional at Villa Trianon.....which I am sure was not in vogue at the time. The way she hung art on the walls in the perfect spot with the hand painted walls is fabulous. I also love the low screen to the left of the fireplace.
A dinner party in Paris with Tony Duquesne....what a table!!!! Those dishes and those monogrammed napkins.....so right down my ally!!!! The flowers are stunning.
Another room at Villa Trianon. Once again her use of symmetry is marvelous. I love the banquettes on either side of the marble mantel and the benches in front. The art above that is a beautiful pair......perfection at it’s finest.
A room from the 40s. The drama of the French bed is fabulous!!!! I would never think to place a tiny chair and bench in the middle of the floor in front of the fireplace......but it sure has attitude. My interest is so piqued by this article and what I have briefly looked up. I am going to have to do more research. She and Sister Parish might just be my idols now!!!!
I love this!
Roy Popes fried chicken breast and steamed green beans.
This song always makes me happy. So long Summer of 2019!!