I love the look of feathers, especially how intricate and saturated the colors can be.
This design scheme came about while I was working with an existing client, brainstorming ideas for their dining room.
When the latest copy of Architectural Digest arrived, the feature about photographer Clifford Ross immediately caught my eye.
This past weekend, I took a stroll through the Antique and Artisan Gallery and Hiden Galleries in Stamford.
One of my favorite shops to visit and explore is Bungalow in Westport, CT.
I love the look of feathers, especially how intricate and saturated the colors can be. You get such a sultry, silky feel with feathers. When I think of feathers, I think layers, texture, and tonality.
Feathers can be present in small doses as an accent, such as a lampshade. It would make a dynamite back wall for a bookcase, or in a piece of art.
This design scheme came about while I was working with an existing client, brainstorming ideas for their dining room. I wanted to do something glamorous. The adjacent family room and kitchen included a lot of yellow, so for the dining room I decided to insert some brass for a touch of glimmer. The room is somewhat small and intimate, so I wanted to smother it in saffron. I thought of silk walls, saturated drapes, and a pure gradation of the same tone. The light fixture is something I really fell in love with. Because the plan for the walls and window treatments is monochromatic, the rug provides contrast. The resulting scheme has a depth of color reminiscent of summer and happiness.
A New York native, Ross earned his BA in Art and Art History from Yale in 1974. He began his career with painting and sculpture, not turning to photography until the 1990s. His large scale black and white photos in the Hurricanes series from 1996 represent a milestone in his photography career. He captured these incredible shots during hurricanes by actually going into the water, keeping himself tethered to an assistant on land.
I have always been so drawn by the water and find Ross’s photos of rolling surfs and hurricane waves to be ridiculously beautiful. He really puts himself in harm’s way to capture these moments, creating work that is truly special.
Ross’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, Brazil, and China. It can also be found in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. You can see more of his work on his website.
This past weekend, I took a stroll through the Antique and Artisan Gallery and Hiden Galleries in Stamford. With over 20,000 square feet and dozens of prominent dealers, the Antique and Artisan Gallery is a treasure trove of incredible antiques. I could spend days browsing the various vignettes and never get tired of finding new items to love. Here are some of my favorite finds:
I also enjoyed a stop at Hiden Galleries, although covering 48,000 square feet and 250 dealers takes more than just a stop! Hiden Galleries features constantly changing collections of vintage finds and antiques. From furnishings to accessories and lighting to rugs, there are just so many incredible pieces to explore. I found a lot to love at Hiden Galleries!
Design Dose: Reflective peace.
Details are everywhere.
One of my favorite shops to visit and explore is Bungalow in Westport, CT. As soon as I step into Bungalow, I find myself wandering throughout the shop, visually devouring all of the beautiful items. From furnishings to jewelry, Bungalow has a wonderfully curated collection of pieces. Owner Wende Cohen launched Bungalow after moving from Manhattan to Westport and wanting to pursue a business that would incorporate her passion for travel, antiques, and decor. With sources ranging from local artisans to European craftsmen, it’s no wonder she has turned Bungalow into a vibrant success.
Bunglaow is one of the places I love to shop for furniture, accessories, and lighting for clients. I can find true one of a kind pieces here. Bungalow is a real gold mine! It’s one of the first places that comes to mind when I want to accessorize an interior.
Sometimes while shopping for clients, I discover other things to fall in love with. One of my favorite finds at Bungalow is the jewelry line JL Rocks. Featuring artisanal and designer jewelry, JL Rocks has a modern, but sophisticated, approach to jewelry design that is so appealing. Here are some of the pieces that really caught my eye.
Amy Judd is a London based artist whose work is just spectacular. Her work is represented by Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon. Amy’s paintings, according to her website, “are a collection of sensitive silent moments; some full of whimsical intrigue, others more surreal and seductive. These paintings draw inspiration from the enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and nature found in traditional mythologies and folklores.”
At first glance, Amy’s work looks like photography. The level of detail in each piece is so refined, it’s hard to visually categorize them as oil paintings. They feel sultry and a little risque. I love her saturation of color and the amount of sheer depth, but at the same time there’s a quirkiness that makes her work so memorable. One of her pieces would be a confident addition to a striking interior.
Mix and match.