We must, simply must, address the PUDDLE GATE situation. I LOVE my puddles. Yes, we are talking about draperies. Beautiful, elegant, sophisticated, oh so lovely, draperies with a puddle at the base. BUT – the design police will not let me use them anymore!!! SO, I am finally ready to go with them. I don’t really have a choice.
OK – I know it may be more “practical”. And in today’s economy, anything lush is not what we are doing now. So I give up. I don’t mean to sound cynical. I even, basically, agree. I just don’t want to be dictated to by trends. Well, Celia, get over it! OK, I guess I will. We are installing a new project tomorrow. And, yes, our draperies have a break, not a puddle. I’ll send you a photo of the installation later this week. Not pro shots, that takes a little more time to accomplish. Just a snap shot.
The point is, several of these truly beautiful draperies CAN be updated very simply and quickly. We can take them back to our workroom and take up the hem. Yep, that is all it takes. Just like a dress that is just a bit too long. Some of these luxurious rooms should not go too short. It would not make sense for the overall look. But we can simplify the puddle. I think a full break, one that gives us just a little fabric still on the floor, will be enough to bring us up to date. Again, I don’t advice going crazy over this. But I know things can be updated and simplified very easily.
I know we can all handle this transition, if we take it slowly and not go overboard. We can smooth out the lines of our rooms with just a few instructions to workrooms or other contractors or vendors. So don’t panic. Help is on the way. You don’t have to start over! We will tweak. I’ll address the next step soon.
As I mentioned a few days ago, I want to explore a few ways to bring my traditional clients up to date. Most of them are not interested in going 100% contemporary. And we have gone to a lot of trouble and expense to make their homes beautiful and comfortable. Yet, they are traditional. Well, let’s face the facts, the work is spinning as fast as it can toward contemporary design. I think this is a good thing. –overall— But let’s not all jump on the wagon TOO TOO fast. Let’s take a look at these fantastic traditional interiors and think…OK – how do we update these to the world of today without ruining our look and all our work. This is a truly lovely bed. It has the proverbial “clean lines” (so tired of that saying) and it is a simple design. But look closely. It has taken a few Neoclassical details , simplified them, and made an exquisite piece. This bed could go with almost any style. and this particular finish is luscious. OK – the reveal – it is a Baker piece. Thanks, guys, for an almost perfect bed. I’ll explore some ideas and updates soon. Let’s do it.
When you want to add a pretty tassel trim across the top of your draperies, use flat inverted pleats. This will help the trim to lay flat and keep the tassels in a row. This one is a black tassel across a very subtle green and ivory silk stripe. It was tricky to pleat it just right to make the stripes look right. But our workroom is the best!
The black picks up on the black inlays in the furniture. Just the right aged gold hardware gives it the grace and style needed.
I’ve used this in a quiet dining room. It makes for good digestion to have a pretty room in which to dine, now doesn’t it.
I love all of the posted bedrooms. All are very beautiful. I was asking which is the MOST ROAMNTIC of the group, for Valentine’s Day. This is the one that received the most “romantic” votes. the French Neoclassical touches did the trick.
Our next “MOST ROMANTIC” bedroom, from our readers, was this beautiful yellow and silver bedroom.
This Art Deco bedroom also received many “most romantic” votes.
I’ll get this last one in. It may just be the one. That is in the true sense of the word “Romantic”.
- The Growers Exchange Offers Ways to Spice Up Valentine’s Day with these Romantic Herbs (prweb.com)
- Flowers And Fragrances (proflowers.com)
Cool blues are mixed with teals and great mahogany finishes on both antiques and new pieces.
- The Bag To Have: Nine West Art Deco Clutch (fabsugar.com)
- Deco delights (boticca.com)
- Art Deco Aspirations (thehankerer.com)
- Vintage Sapphire Blue Glass Silver Art Deco Bracelet (boylerpf.com)
Here is a classic……a Neoclassic, to be more specific. And, although, usually the Baroque styles, with graceful curves are considered the most romantic, Neoclassical elements are, I believe, my favorite of all. —syle wise…
- All Points Bulletin: Neoclassical Romanticism (reversethieves.com)
- Breakfast Perfect (designerdiner.wordpress.com)
- Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Planned at Madrona Manor, Voted One of the Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. (prweb.com)
This is my sexy room. It just is. My client was adorable when we started this project. A woman, obviously. She had been divorced before she moved to Manhattan. She had furniture, but wanted to keep nothing but this bed, which she had recently purchased. (I confess, I was glad to hear it. The big green monster in the living room was, I think, suppose to be a sofa) She wanted her new man to be comfortable in her apartment. He was. He married her.
This project was a delight to do. I took advantage of the four cornered iron bed by using a flowing shiny silver sheer. The existing paint in the room was an off white and since this was a rental, I could not even add paint. If this is your situation, take a moment to look at the white. there are a million tones of white. This was a cool white, so I went with cool tones, overall. The silver gray sheers literally “connect” the bed to the wall, architecturally. A little trick for the eye…..by tying the drapes at the top of the bed up high and the drapes at the bottom of the bed much loser, it opens up the bed visually, and this detail is what holds the bed to the wall.
- Day Three – Timeless and Colorful (designerdiner.wordpress.com)
- Launching our ROMANTIC BEDROOM series (designerdiner.wordpress.com)
- SAG Awards: Fashion hits and misses (cbsnews.com)
- Harpers Bazaar:The Bold and the Bright (harpersbazaar.com)
- Grey Days: Inspiring Silver Rooms (apartmenttherapy.com)
- Just Call Me Sexy Ms. Carolina Herrera (fabsugar.com)
OK –had computer problems over the weekend. And what a week it was! We were all working hard to get the presentation boards finished for a hospitality project that we are working on. I have to admit, it is going to be a fabulous project! Can’t wait to show you—–later.
But, let me get back to our residential projects – AND our Romantic Bedrooms. This one was a challenge. My client is in the middle of Manhattan and bought this condominium. Here is her dilemma. She is a single mom with two young children. She bought the apartment from a bachelor. Yes, the bedroom had a distinct “bachelor pad” look to it. But she couldn’t do a full gutting and do over. So we added the female touches and connected it to the existing items.
First, the bed itself. Big….leather…..gray. My client is from Florida originally, so she really loves color. Lots of color, bright colors. My challenge was to give her the bright colors, connect them with the cool gray, and give the room a little femininity. After much searching, I found a print she loved that had her favorite –yellow. And I embraced the gray, which is an elegant neutral, so I am happy. The cool tones are a great backdrop for bright colors. And guess what! I get to go with lots of silver! I love silver! Old silver, new silver, aged silver leafing, bright clear silvers. The elegance it brings to any room is so…..pretty.
With the print in place, I decided to use almost all solids in the rest of the room. I made fantastic shams to lift the eye a little, from the low bed. Now it was time to add an elegant yellow Scalamandre silk. It is a sunflower yellow, bright but not over the top. Wonderful with gray. This made long full flowing draperies. A high quality silk can make all the difference when you are making draperies for a wide window. I have learned from the very best workrooms, always line and interline. Yes, it adds to the cost of labor. But boy, does it make a beautiful drape, I mean the way the fabric falls. You want it to cascade down the wall. You want to look at it and…sigh. I love that.
With lots of yellow silk, I wanted to have very graceful lines, so I asked the workroom to do one very large swag across the window. After I begged Michael, my workroom owner, for forgiveness, he, as usual, came through with a perfect window. He says he has started called my drapery designs Barrett Specials. I’m not sure if he meant it as a compliment, but, well, I’ve decided to take it that way. I think you should definitely take a look at the full room on my website. There is another window to the right of this photo. But it has a soffit over it. So we could not do the same treatment. You may have noticed that the draperies have a border of a gray fabric. It is an inexpensive chintz – works every time. The other window also has a French bureau plat (writing desk) with a silver leaf finish and a lacquered black top. ….another story…. you will find it on www.celiabarrettdesign.com .
Back to the bedroom area itself. In front of the big window, she wanted a seating area. We used basic slipper chairs in a gray strie fabric. It is a wool gabardine fabric that has a soft sheen. I added yellow silk lumbar pillows with gray chintz welting. This ties them to the draperies behind them.
The whole principal of the big columns of yellow is to give an almost architectural backdrop to the entire room. And did you notice? I love this — To accent the touches of silver that are used throughout the room, I went for the biggest fattest tiebacks I could find in silver metallic threads! Oh how fun is that! And instead of using them to tie back the draperies, I hung them from the edges of the really big valance. A little different. And it worked for me and my client.
Now we go to my favorite thing in the room. Or favorite things….. silver leafed end tables… They have graceful feminine curved legs. It is a French look, a neoclassical style with the corner blocks and appliquéd piece applied on the front drawers. The tops are black glass. I found these silver, yes, silver, not chrome, lamps who’s basic lines let the silver be the star. When something has a great finish, keeping the lines of the piece simple is always a good idea.
For a romantic detail that was not TOO expensive, I added a flat weave Aubusson rug. This one has a floral pattern and picks up on the grays with a finish aged with a tea wash. I think it adds that feminine touch we are looking for here. It leads you from the entry door of the room to the writing desk that I mentioned.
It is made just a liitle more romantic by adding red lilies at the window in a tall vase. I placed elegant white tulips, gracefully folding over the vase, on the bedside. Always ask yourself, what is seen behind the flowers. Can you look at the vase and actually see these beautiful touches? Flowers can be expensive, so make the most of them.
Sunny, comfortable, enticing. Feminine, but I do think the man in her life will be comfortable here. Don’t you?