Before and After

I have not read it cover to cover, merely flipped back and forth and oohhed and ahhhed. The HG Complete Guide to Interior Decoration, 1960 is a gem. A few images caught my eye. I'm pretending they've inspired some modern day masters. The image above is Violet Searcy.

Whom my big city friend is unlikely to know, but I think his Sag Harbor living room has a similar feel. It's a bit hard to tell from the camera angle. Trust me.

The Raleigh Tavern room in Williamsburg is certainly color cousins to Sallie Giordano's work in Farrow and Ball's The Art of Color.

Edward Wormley designed the room below.

It is just me, or can you see the influence on the Gambrel room?

Natural wall covering, punchy pillows, sculptural lamps?

This is one of my favorite rooms in the book.

Which Bunny William's barn seems to echo.

The space, above, designed by Richard Kelly, is just as striking as the much blogged Paltrow Hampton's hangout below.
There are a few images with charming chintzes. This one, likely a multi-colored floral, still reminds me of Peter Dunham's fabrics.

There's sure to be more to follow as the book is truly a treasure. As is it's giver.

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