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Easily the favorite design project so far in my career, this sublime, sophisticated and altogether sensational ranch was a labor of love. Working with the owner, I found textiles, rugs and accessories that brought the home and its four 'casitas' to life. Whle rural Texas is stunning, it doesn't have all the resources of a big city, so I shopped auctions and antiques shops on the East Coast and shipped most things there. Some of my greatest finds were original Navajo rugs and one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. In the main house, my favorite area is the game table and chairs. The chairs were custom made in California and covered in a sturdy cork material, making them both timeless and durable. Finally, the vignettes in each guest house are assembled from many locally-found items and hint at the romanticism of the Old West.
An Inviting Bachelor Pad
The client wanted comfort and style to co-exist. We opted with a lot of neutrals and dark woods with furniture so the art and antiques could shine. Curtains and pillows are made from men's suiting material, giving a rich, masculine feel. The giant Polaroid over the couch is by photographer Zak Zavada and the wonderful dark blue celestial globe is a flea market find. For the reading room, I chose a colorful vintage rug from Iran, a vintage cabinet from a doctor's office and a great graphic woodcut which is a nod to the client's career in publishing. It's a warm, eclectic space that now feels like a haven for this busy executive.
Eye-Popping Kitchen & Dining Room
I made the most of this space by having custom cabinets built in the kitchen and custom shelving built in the dining area. The kitchen was built around a set of Riviera china (Fiesta colors, but Art Deco lines). I found a wonderful green countertop, an orange fridge and stained glass windows that pull it all together. The dining area is intimate and veritable sentimental journey down flea market lane. There's wonderful potter, art and a touch of whimsy with the taxidermy.
A Sweet Pied-a-Terre
For this small but lovely space, like most of my design projects, I was able to incorporate some great vintage flea market finds, such as horns mounted on Lucite, a campaign-style desk and chair, a French Art Deco poster and wonderful painted gourd. By keeping the furnishings simple, the accent pieces really pop. In the entryway, there's some really fun de Gournay peacock wallpaper and an English tea cart and Italian gilt mirror, both from The Garage flea market in NYC. When my client arrives at her home away from home, she is greeted with fun and intersting things that reside in a light, airy space that is perfect for a weekend away from it all.
This collector's paradise is eclectice, sentimental and maximalist! It is furnished with attic treasures and flea market finds. Guests are never at a loss for conversation, as round every corner, there is something interesting to see. The space is filled with antiques and art culled from NYC dealers and Eurpean buying trips.
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I take decorating seriously year-round, but why do it if it's not fun? Each year my tree trimming party is the perfect mix of good design, good friends and good times. This year The New York Times dropped by and reported on the festivities. Read all about it »
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