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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Visual Treats (forallofmydesign-obsessed peeps) Vintage Remix for the End of Summer


Atlanta's Nancy Braithwaite has almost single-handedly redefined the design vernacular of Georgia, the Carolinas, and parts of Virginia.  She makes no attempt to replicate fantasies of Tara, or recreate pastiches of French and English royal estates; instead she delivers well-edited and thoughtfully conceived interiors which are just right for their locale.  Nancy's expansive portfolio offers evidence of consistently achieving that 'timeless' factor.  Today's featured interior is quite striking it its simplicity:  a cozy seating arrangement comprised of two linen covered bergeres facing a slip-covered love-seat.  (Note: here a custom tailored slip-cover fits taut and is self-piped with hems just barely grazing the floor.)  Instead of a coffee-table which I frequently find to be too low/bulky/casual, Nancy employs a beautiful tea-table with wonderfully cabriole legs, and then repeats the shape of the legs in twin tables flanking the love-seat.  On the tables sit classically inspired reading lamps in a style much favored by English designer David Hicks and our own John Saladino.  A highly tactile zebra skin (laid on antique flooring of limed oak) introduces the exotic.  A bold contemporary painting by Robert Mangold and a modern table-top sculpture (by Joel Shapiro?) introduces visual contrast and provides a counterpoint to any inferred historicism.  Truly a lovely room and an inspiration for all of us who are planning to implement a summer look in our homes.


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