Archive for March, 2012

Albert Hadley, 1920 – 2012

Saturday edition in honor of the great Albert Hadley, who passed away Thursday at the age of 91.

Albert Hadley, 1970, via AD

Above, a room designed by Hadley in 1970. How timeless? The mark of true talent and influence on how we live, even forty plus years later.

Hadley in his own NYC apartment, Lonny Magazine Dec 2010

Just last year, Architectural Digest asked Hadley, What is your definition of a great room?

“The best rooms have history and meaning: photographs that remind you of someone, furniture that has a story. Whatever you put in your house should be interesting. I may not like it, but that doesn’t make any difference. And decorating is not about dollars and cents; it’s an emotional thing, it’s passion. Buying a painting or a piece of furniture just because a famous name made it isn’t passion.”

A statement resonant with meaning for us.  Read more of the interview here, the NYTimes obituary here, and a beautiful tribute post by Jennifer of The Peak of Chic blog here.


Friday Passementerie

Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2012

If we’re following the fashion trends, tassels have without doubt made their mark the past couple of years (see here for more runway examples- DVF, Gucci, Pucci, etc).  Above, Oscar Spring 2012 collection makes a major tassel statement.  And, just recently (below), accessories from the latest Jason Wu runway show – we were there!

Jason Wu, Fall 2012

And on the red carpet…

Natalie Portman, 2011 Academy Awards in Tiffany tassel earrings

Here’s how this tassel trend is feeling for us on the home front…

Grant Gibson

Brockschmidt & Coleman

Tassel Chair, The White Warehouse, via 1stDibs

Proud Mary Cirque

Do you spy the tassel trim? Mary McDonald

Tony Duquette Birdcage, Anne Hauck via 1stDibs

West Elm Chunky Tassel Throw

Franklin Frieze, Adelphi Wallcoverings

Rug, image via First Home

Ben Brougham, LonnyMag AugSept2010

Grant Gibson / Brockschmidt & Coleman / Chair / Pillow / Mary McDonald / Birdcage / Throw / Border / Rug / Ben Brougham


Fifty Off!

Check it out! 50% off some great pieces at Lars Bolander, starting now (even though it says April 2nd).

Some we have our eye on…

$2,800 - now $1,400

$2,800 - now $1,400 (can you imagine this game table top reupholstered in a fun print?!)

$4,400 - now $2,200

$5,200 - now $2,600

Large: $225 - now $112.50 / Medium: $195 - now $97.50

$5,500 - now $2,750

$730 - now $365

$620 - now $310


Wallpaper Weekly, no. 27 / a bit unique

 Manufacturer: Essef Décors Muraux / Pattern: No. 76.14

"Bunch of Flowers" watercolor dated 1925 in the Essef records, via Morateur Galleries

Something a bit unique this week. A 1925 watercolor painting that became the model used by Essef Décors Muraux to create the wallpaper No. 76.14.  Sadly, this paper is no longer available (and the manufacturer is out of business as of 2006), but can’t you see it covering the walls in a country house powder room?

If we can’t have it all over the walls, here is the next best thing: the original watercolor for sale via Morateur Galleryin LA.

"Bunch of Flowers" dated 1925 in the ESSEF Records


TF + DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Today is the day! The Architectural Digest Home Show opens – along with the DIFFA Dining by Design tables.  Our “Emerging Designer” table will be on display at Pier 94 through Monday – if you’re in NY, we hope you can check it out (along with SO many amazing table creations and the AD Home Show!).  Here are some images and the info behind our inspiration, in the event Pier 94 is not one of your destinations over the next three days…

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Our inspiration…“Vuelta” by Christian Lacroix through Designers Guild, distributed at Osborne & Little. Our most heartfelt thank you to all at Designers Guild and Osborne & Little for their generous donation of fabric to benefit  DIFFA – Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

“Vuelta” by Christian Lacroix through Designers Guild. Distributed at Osborne & Little.

 “Vuelta conjures up a scene of  the flowers thrown to the toreros after the corrida.

As a reference to this bullfighting tradition, a rain of carnations – his favorite flower – would also pour onto Christian Lacroix after each show.”

As a continuation of this over-the-top floral print by Lacroix, we had an 8′ x 8′ platform handpainted to match the table skirt.  We have NO doubt in our minds that our decorative painter is one of the best in the world…we are still in awe of how beautifully he continued the pattern and colors exactly onto the floor – the extension of Lacroix’s “rain of carnations.”

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

We chose lucite ballroom chairs – the “Crystal Chair” from Canvas Home – as to not compete with the table and flooring. Below, a view right through!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

A red ruffle at each corner is our reference back to Lacroix’s original inspiration – the red of the matador and the throwing of red carnations!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

And to the tabletop… layers, layers, layers!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

The blue and white plates were a vintage LA flea market find, perched above Mottahedeh Blue Lace chargers.  Napkins and placemats from William Wayne.  Towle silver from Bed, Bath and Beyond – love us a little high-low!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Thank you again for the true generosity of those at Designers Guild + Osborne & Little, and our amazingly talented vendors that we are honored to call friends: Luther Quintana Upholstery (tablecloth) and Agustin Hurtado (custom painted floor).