Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Off the Rack - Best Rooms of 2008


Or "Some of the Best Rooms of 2008" also known as "A Random Selection of Rooms I Liked This Year."  I did go back though my files and pulled a selection of rooms that made my pulse quicken over the last twelve months.  Once I had them in one spot I realized most were from December and, shamefully, January.  I considered disqualifying January, but, well, it's my list and I received the magazines in 2008 so they remain.  My filing system is abysmal, so I don't mean to suggest that these are not fabulous rooms, I'm just saying it's likely there was something great from February to September and perhaps I over looked it.  Enough qualifying - here goes.

Image, above, interior design Carol Curtis & Sarah Norwood, photography J. Savage Gibson, House Beautiful, February, 2008.

Kate and Andy Spades's apartment, interior design with Steven Sclaroff , photography Simon Upton, Spaces, September, 2008; the apartment was previously featured in World of Interiors, December, 2006.


Michael Bastian's apartment, his own design, photographs Melanie Acevedo, domino, September, 2008.


Pamela Skaist-Levy's home, interior design Peter Dunham, Bazaar, September, 2008.


Gretchen Bellinger's home, interior design Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman, photography Joshua McHugh, Elle Decor, November, 2008.


Annette and Oscar de la Renta's home, with architect Ernesto Buch, photography Francois Halard, Vogue, December, 2008.



A New York apartment, interior design Bill Sofield, photography Simon Upton, World of Interiors, December, 2008.


Miles Redd, photography Paul Costello, domino, December 2008/January 2009.


Madeline Weinrib's SoHo apartment, photography Simon Upton, Elle Decor, December, 2008.

Marco Scarani and Jamie Creel's Paris apartment, their own design, photography Roger Davies, Elle Decor, December, 2008.


Home of Stephen Gambrel and Chris Connor, their own design, photography William Waldron, Elle Decor, January, 2009.



Joseph Montebello and Ron Leal's home also of their own design, photography Tim Street-Porter, Metropolitan Home, January/February, 2009.

It was a very good year.

25 comments:

Karena said...

Some great choices Patricia! I especially love Madeline Weinrib's bedroom and Kate Spades wonderful abode.

Carolina Eclectic said...

What an amazing collection! My favorite is Kate Spade's room (of course that is nothing new for me).

Cote de Texas said...

my vote: Oscar's - I just love everything he touches.

pve design said...

The red accents seem to all be calling my name. A little pop of red certainly would be nice during the holidays - valentine's day too.

Topsy Turvy said...

All great rooms - for different reasons!

-Lana

MIMILEE said...

I love them all! Great job, Patricia, in your selections! I have to say, that Oscar and Annette's is my favorite. Each one is beautiful in it's own way.....What inspiration for 2009! Now, if my pocketbook would just cooperate!

Happy New YEAR!!

Miss Fluff said...

I prefer Joseph Montebello/Ron Leal. It's airy, charming, and looks perfect for a gathering.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful choices! Oscar yes yes and also M Bastian!
Christy

Things That Inspire said...

Clever idea! I am working on my Jan 2009 'Dream Home' again, and I am sure it will have some new images. However, I am way too lazy to scan the best of 2008, and appreciate that you have provided some wonderful up to date images for us.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Gretchen Bellinger and the last image are my ideal setup: library cum dining room. And great examples of how different that concept looks in different hands — but both appear comfortable and personal.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- so many of my favorites are on your list. The Gambrel house is just one of the all-time best. His combined with Redd's work in both Elle Decor and domino was such a treat. And of course Annette and Oscar -- always a wow!

Dianne said...

I love the Weinrib bedroom. It has an ethnic vibe going that is so earthy.

Lee said...

I love the yellow wallpaper with the blue and white accessories. It's making me want to change all of my colors.

GloucesterMary said...

Have you noticed that most of the rooms feature a round table!?

All of these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
Happy New Year!

Suzy said...

I think I'm in agreeance with you on all of these!

parisapartment said...

Love the one from World of Interiors and also wondering why we haven't met before? Anyway Happy new Year and glad to be here now!

katiedid said...

Ah....the memories! It was a great year for design....yes. :)
Happy New Year Patricia!!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I do wonder if Oscar and Annette need a new friend?? One who likes to visit now and then.

Visual Vamp said...

Oscar & Annette get my vote.
Thanks for sharing your ever interesting clipping file.
Wishing you a wonderful 2009!
xo xo

victoria thorne said...

Dearest Mrs. Blandings--

Our heart just did a little happy flip-flop, seeing the magnificent news (on the Hovey Herald) that you and HHH are House Beautiful denizens!

Ah, how brilliant they were to pick you. Cheers, a round of applause, and an encore! Glorious news for a glorious new year!

Bravo!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Victoria - I learned about it the same way! I mean, obviously, I knew it might be happening, but have not seen it yet. Thanks so much for your well wishes.

Renee Finberg said...

i love Marco Scarani and Jamie Creel's Paris apartment. it is so inviting and cozy !

it is such a good post , thanks

xx renee

Laura said...

God I love that Miles Redd room...as well as Gambrel & Connor. Guess I must be having a color moment. Gorgeous blog by the way, I'm just getting into it and am complete heaven.

Anonymous said...

The Miles Redd room isn't his own. Just a thing he did for domino.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - thanks ever so much - I've changed it.