BOOK RECOMMENDATION: "HOW THEY DECORATED"

This is not your average coffee table book. There’s a brilliant mix of styles in there, fascinating characters, women with real guts and chutzpah. Unsung heroes too. I loved discovering Fleur Cowels, whose determination to not be among the unsung was fierce. And Georgia O’Keefe, whose crisp modernism seems to me to be absolutely fresh still.

How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century, by P. Gaye Tapp, with a foreword by Charlotte Moss

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BROWN/BLACK/CREME

It’s early summer here, I am already thinking about fall… Life is elsewhere.

I recently found this beautiful 19-century outfit for sale at Charles Whitaker auction house:

Victorian dress via Charles Whitaker auction house

Since then I can’t get these colors out of my mind, I want to add them to the line. Here are my thoughts…in paint!

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HAPPENINGS

Good Morning!

I had an amazing time painting and meeting people at Legends LA last week.

Artwork by Kate Loudoun-Shand

Here are my highlights:

These Chairs at Harbinger LA I want to teleport to my new home:

I loved finally getting to Una Malan’s showroom. The Window by Bridgid Coulter Design was a showstopper (and won 2nd place I believe). She called it “Women of Color in Decorative Arts: Icons in the Shadows.”. The textures and layers were absolutely brilliant.

Una Malan carries these double lens sconces by Neptune Glassworks - love these:

Lighting by Neptune at Una Malan showroom

But my piece of the week goes to these hand-painted art screens from Sasha Bikoff’s window display. She made them in collaboration with Londubh Studio. I just love what she’s doing - fortune favors the brave!


Off to Neocon in Chicago in a couple of weeks. I’ll be giving a talk and demo too at Cloth & Kind Interiors in Detroit on Friday 14 June. Watch this space and my social media for more info. Have a great week!




GREEN

Each month I’m going to try and put together a moodboard about something that’s in the air or on my mind… This week it’s green.

I’m seeing green. Pretty much everywhere. Bottle Green to Sage, there are so many hues. Maybe the freshness and naturalness and pedigree of green are things people need right now. Here are some of my favorites.

xK

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Objects:

1- Dorothy Draper- She was a big fan of green, I love this Interior illustration from In the Pink by Carleton Varney.

2- Sister Arabella’s paintings- The best colorist I know.

3- Duplo -need I say more.

4- My parents used to bring back Stone Eggs from all around the world and keep them in a big bowl, these are a few green hued ones.

5- Cabana Mag- One of my fave reads, this edition by Dries Van Noten, my hero.

6- A Vintage Kate Spade Bracelet- Another brave lady who loved green.

7- Tales of the City, if you haven’t read it you should!

8- Decline and Fall/Gibbon… If you haven’t read it, I’m not surprised, but in the meantime the volumes brighten up a dreary shelf.

9- Farrow and Ball color chart, they have a great range of livable greens.

Fabrics:

1- Zoffany-Colonnade-Empire, Bold and Brave!

2- Peter Dunham outdoor fabric Burkhara, so bright and happy.

3- KLS Botanical in Green and KLS Botanical Green ground. 

4- KLS The Dash in Blush/ Ginger & Stone, because its all about the offset

5- KLS The Leaf in fresh green

6- Antique warp printed silks from ebay!

7- An Aunts dress made into a pillow 

8- Sari Falls I pick up in India, more on that in another blogpost.