Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Office Chair is in Good Company

I approved the cutting for office chair's reupholstery yesterday. Even when things are in stock, it all just seems to take too long. I guess if it takes you months to choose a fabric you shouldn't be too impatient when your fabric house takes ten days to ship.

In the meantime, while working on another post, I started coming across all these great rooms that have that soft aqua and sharp red. I can't believe it took me so long to see the light.

This image and the one top, Courtney Haas's home by Joe Nye, House Beautiful, Oct. 07.

The upholstery on this day bed is spot on what I am after for office chair. I was almost bummed when I saw it here; I wanted to be the first on my block.

Elle Decor, Oct. 07.
As it turns out, this combo has been around a while. Here it is used in "Dior's favorite room." I love the way the architectural elements are highlighted in the different colors.

From Southern Accents on Color, Frances MacDougall.
Many of these rooms have gold accents, which might have been my sub-conscience's inspiration for the nail head trim.

Alexandra Champalimaud's kitchen, Rooms to Inspire, Annie Kelly.
Admit it, you want that sink. Well, I do. I always imagine these folks finding things behind a gas station or something and saying, "We found it on the way back from Santa Fe and just tossed it in the trunk."

Decor, Fall/Winter 07.

These are the kind of details that always surprise me in their wrong rightness. Were there ever tassels on each notch? And the red ones, were they added later? But it doesn't matter. In fact, it's better. It all works so beautifully.

From Farrow and Ball: The Art of Color

This Farrow and Ball paper is so classic and lovely. Those rooster watercolors make me want to get out my paints.

Miles Redd in Rooms to Inspire, Annie Kelly.

There is something so appealing to me in the chalkiness of the blue and the richness of the red.

Elizabeth Locke's entry, House and Garden, Oct. 97.

We've been here before; this whole setting makes me swoon.

Kenleigh and Michael Larock's Connecticut farmhouse, publication unknown.

Um, yes, I did notice the yellow. I'm not sure, but the fabric on the chair might be a particularly yummy velvet by Etienne. This is a bedroom-turned-dressing-room. Lucky girl.

Michel Arnaud's 1996 photo of Marie Gersh and her son, HG, 1996.

See how she's shoved aside that red velvet pillow to have a tickle contest with her son just before she jets off to the ballet? Bother the peanut butter and jelly on his face, she knows all is well because she has him - and the fabulous striped curtains with the lovely robins egg blue chairs. Heaven.


Things That Inspire said...

This is a post to remember. Lovely. I have seen many of these pictures, but noticed few of the details until you pointed them out (like the red pillow tossed onto the floor to make room for an affectionate child).

Mrs. Blandings said...

Inspire - Oh, thank you - that image is gorgeous - she should have that photo framed on her bedside table for eternity.

The Peak of Chic said...

I love every image you've chosen, particularly the Nye rooms and of course the Dior room. Is that too fabulous or what??!! Can't wait to see your chair once it's complete. Sounds divine :)

Style Court said...

I've always liked that red bedroom with all the art -- Southern Accents!

Have you seen the red/turquoise/yellow combo in Kevin Haley's home? ( A bit edgey for you on the whole, but I think you would appreciate the colors.

ALL THE BEST said...

Great post and what wonderful phots!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Jennifer - thanks, once I've decided I'm so impatient with the process!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - a bit edgy for me to live in, but not to admire - it's amazing how often he uses that red/turquoise combo. It's stunning - thanks for the link.

Mark Cutler said...

I feel like I have just been on a lovely walk through a delightful home...thank you!

Brilliant Asylum said...

I love the pale aqua and red combo. It's seems so 1930's to me. Perfect selections of photos to illustrate the point.