Archive for January, 2011

Draper Moment

Iconic Dorothy Draper Interior; photo credit Arch Digest

We had a major Dorothy Draper moment yesterday.  It seemed like everywhere we looked, there was the influence of the famous American 20th century decorator.

The famous dresser designed by Draper for Heritage, circa 1940

We’re so into this dresser and never get sick of seeing it (a rare quality for us!).  Found via &foundfurnishings, an adorable vintage and antique furniture boutique (and side note, owned by a great friend of ours).

Draper dressers as seen in the Vogue office set design of Sex and the City movie

Some more Draper we’re loving…

Scalloped is IN! Pair of amazing pedestal tables with crenelated apron; found at Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques, Stamford, CT

Ruched back upholstery would be amazing in a print fabric! An occasional chair in the style of Draper, circa 1940s; found via Tom Gibbs Studio, Boston

Armchairs from Draper designed Greenbrier Hotel, circa 1950s; found via Dragonette Ltd., LA

Reproduction Dorothy Draper ceiling light fixture, originally designed for the Metropolitan Museum; found via Urban Electric Co.

Take a Seat

Chair drawing by Thomas Chippendale, 1753-54; photo credit Metropolitan Museum

“A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why a Chippendale is famous.” – Mies van der Rohe

Architectural drawing of Mies' famous NY skyscraper, Seagram Building at 375 Park Ave; photo credit

Avante-Garde Christian Lacroix

Hotel du Petit Moulin

The Tilton Fenwick trip to Paris was a great success! Lots of learning experiences, a few amazing antique finds and some great new international sources from Maison et Objet (the French really know how to put on a trade show!) A highlight: our boutique hotel, Hotel du Petit Moulin, with crazy interiors designed by fashion designer, Christian Lacroix. Every design detail was over the top…and we loved every second.


One of seventeen rooms, each with it's own unique and eccentric design scheme

Bathroom detail

Fashion by Christian Lacroix

The stairway: Lacroix translated to interiors; photo by Ed Alcock for NYTimes

au revoir!

marche aux puces

Off on our first international shopping and sourcing excursion….Will be back with updates and (hopefully) some goodies!

Pierre Frey, tres magnifique

Pierre Frey pillow fabric "Taj Mahal"; Interior Design by Gideon Mendelson, photo credit: House Beautiful February 2011

Pierre Frey "Taj Mahal"

A quick spotlight on one of our (emphatically) favorite French brands Pierre Frey.  Above: pillow fabric as our top pick from the latest issue of House Beautiful, “Taj Mahal.”

Pierre Frey "Toile de Nantes" wallpaper; Interior Design/Photo by Celerie Kemble

Pierre Frey "Toile de Nantes"

One of our classic favorites used by designer Celerie Kemble: Pierre Frey Toile de Nantes – available in both wallpaper and fabric.

Interior by Miles Redd, Town & Country August 2010

Pierre Frey's Tarantelle Wallpaper

Oh-so-French! An Atlanta home designed by Miles Redd as seen in Town & Country, August 2010.