Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Perfect Gentleman

Thomas Britt, Architectural Digest, February, 2007.

So when my friend, Tom Britt, called me back yesterday...hmmm? What? Of course he called me back. I didn't mention it? I said he was from Kansas City, so naturally he would be gracious and lovely and have impeccable manners. Naturally.

All images Mr. Britt's Long Island home, Architectural Digest, August, 1991.

It was a perfect Kansas City moment, in fact. When I saw the 212 area code I thought it was my big city friend calling from work. Even after Mr. Britt (you don't think I would have called him Tom, do you?) began to speak I thought it might be my friend pulling my leg. Because he would do that.

The library.

But, no, Mr. Britt graciously apologized for not calling earlier. You see, when he lived in KC, he was great friends with Mr. Blanding's aunt. If you knew Mr. Blanding's aunt this would come as no surprise to you. She's beautiful and stylish and has the most perfect posture I have ever seen. And a movie-star gorgeous husband to go with.


The Living Room.

Anyway, Mr. Britt confirmed that his client had seen the paper in his Long Island bedroom. It is a vintage Woodson pattern. Being great friends with Murray Douglas (who happens to own Brunschwig & Fils) he asked her to recreate the pattern for him, which she did.


A guest bedroom.

So, the paper is, in fact, Brunschwig & Fils, but custom, which is why no one in this country or abroad could identify it. Mr. Britt says there are other folks interested in it as well, and, if Barbara lets us know how many rolls she needs for her bedroom, he will make arrangements to have it made.


The attic guest bedroom.

A perfect gentleman. I expected nothing less.

Hold on to your hats. A "Moroccan tent for dining and entertaining."

The article references the silver paper in the master bedroom, but, alas, no pictures.

14 comments:

Barbara said...

Patricia,

This post has rendered me completely speechless.You & Mr.Britt are matchlessly gracious.
Thank You.

xoxx,
Barbara

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

What an elegant, Poirot like, ending.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Barbara - do e:mail me soon! What fun.

Mrs. Blandings said...

HoBC - elegant is just the word.

Barbara said...

Of course he would call back,oh what an exciting story,thanks for sharing!

artist in NC said...

I am so impressed! I knew I loved this blog site. We have our very own detective, public relations,designer and friend in Mrs. Blandings. I will count you among my blessings!

linda said...

Wow! What a great ending to your sleuthing!!!!!

LondonCalling said...

Love his living room. I would never want to leave it, if it were mine.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Isn't Tom Britt amazing? I never think of him without thinking of his constant catch-phrase, "Ya get the picture?" when he is explaining something. He is such bliss. And an unbelievable decorator.

Style Court said...

Patricia,

You went above and beyond. How gracious of Mr. Britt to respond in this way!

Teacats said...

What a a wonderful and gracious gentleman!!! Can you just imagine the fabulous party in that tent! And that deliciously sexy living room in the dark colorways -- LOVE it!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

SGM said...

Wow, Mrs. B--way to deliver. Very impressive!

Alkemie said...

This is a really great post! I especially like the library with the dark walls and frames and the moroccan tent. So lovely.

Linda Cohen said...

I love Moroccan tents, they are lavish, and exquisite. I've been to couple of my friends weddings and they had Moroccan tents and Moroccan theme party wedding party and it was spectacular.
Check out this website, This company is located in San Francisco, California. They manufacture authentic Moroccan tents in Morocco and they also rent Moroccan tents for wedding, parties, corporate events and much more. They also offer party planning services for Arabian nights theme parties, Moroccan theme parties, Middle eastern theme parties, and Bedouin theme parties.

http://www.sainttropezboutique.us/products/patio--garden/moroccan-party-tents.aspx

Cheers,

Linda Cohen,