Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Yes Man

Every now and again I'll receive a request from a reader.  If at all possible I try to lend a hand, but sometimes I get distracted.  Last week I had a lovely request from someone wondering if I had the March 2008 issue of World of Interiors.  This woman was on the hunt, scouring the net for back issues with little luck.  Well, yes.  Yes, I did have it and yes, I understand being so hungry for a certain designer or a certain feature that I would search frantically until I found it.  

When I pulled the issue from my shelf I remembered it for a striking shell folly that had so captured my heart that I had foolishly overlooked this stunning apartment by Veere Grenney.  Surprising, too, as I find honey-toned interiors such as these irresistible.  The dining room, above, features a Jansen chandelier and gilded, satin-covered chairs.  The chairs are from a set of fifty originally made for a Viennese palace; Grenney designed the table and the fabric on the walls.


The drawing room maintains the same palette and is anchored again by a sisal and jute rug offering a nice juxtaposition to the Robsjohn-Gibbons chairs and the Regency table.


A confident mix that travertine mantle with its hodge-podge of personal effects and the rush basket.  The windows here treated in a way that would make me surely purse my lips if it were described to me.  Valance?  Usually not.  Fringe?  Certainly no.  But it is just what the room wants and that perfect kiss of floor and hem with that - what, quarter inch? half inch? - of satin.  A resounding "yes" to all.


The sofa is pink silk.  No nonsense is made of the radiators.  Again, hooray and hooray.


This is the desk that you see from the drawing room.  Like it?  Hmmm....Jansen for Billy Baldwin.  Good eye.

Can you hear the violins swelling?  The bed fabric is, again, Greeney's design.  Kime on the quintessentially English club chair, antique images of the Middle East adorn the walls, the flash of silver from the lamp in contrast to all that golden glow.  Yes.  Yes.  Yes.

Bathrooms and kitchen.  I know, Mr. Blandings will be squawking as he thinks these are the most important, too, but they are classic and right and that is all I care about.

Except, again, this flash of gold here against the grey.  Whew.  Many thanks, gentle reader, for bringing this to my attention.  Yes, you were right, it's a keeper.

All images World of Interiors, March 2008.  Photography, Fritz von der Schulenburg.  For additional images of Grenney's work check here.

20 comments:

Bayou Contessa said...

Oh yes, back issues of WOI, I never throw one away. Oh yes, the very elegant and perfect designs of
Veere Grenny, oh yes pink silk sofa, oh yes honey toned interiors, oh yes to just the right mix of coarse and fine, oh yes to custom designed fabrics and wall coverings. Yes to all of it.

Cote de Texas said...

she wrote me too - I gave her his web site with all those same pictures on it plus more. small world.

pve design said...

Could you give me a moment.
I would love a "time out" there.
In any one of those chairs.
I'd even volunteer to clean and polish that spot.
pve

An Aesthete's Lament said...

It is a very handsome pad, indeed. Grand yet discreet. And the pearly tones make me quite happy.

Habitually Chic said...

Veere Greeney is one of my favorite interior designers! There is also a great article and better photos in the November 2008 issue of Australian Vogue Living. I have a few better photos in this post too, http://habituallychic.blogspot.com/2008/10/london-calling.html.

ArchitectDesign said...

Just another reason that this magazine is so amazing and I never part with an issue! They consistently put out the most beautiful and interesting interiors out there. I remember not being able to put this issue away on the shelf for looking at this apartment over and over again!

erika said...

this is one i could look at and study over and over and over again, and quite possibly never tire of. it's a brilliant mix!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Contessa - a pink silk sofa. Delish.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Joni - that is funny - I saw that you had posted on him in the past as well.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Patricia - you know I have a thing for chairs and those are particularly good ones. With 500 out there (ok, maybe a few less over the last two hundred years) surely they may pop up again.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Aesthete - your outlook seems rosy all around of late - must be a pretty spring in Gotham.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Heather - I'm sure she will be happy to have the additional images from his site. So glad you forwarded the post address - I had googled and missed it.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Architect - you are spot on - it is on my desk still.

Karena said...

I love it when an issue or article speaks to so many! The layout is stunning, very refined.

Renee Finberg said...

excellent post.
the chandelier is fabulous.
also i noticed a interesting detail used in the design of the cornice , that is over the panels by the desk.
[i think it was baldwin]
just stunning.
thank you mrs. B

Suzy said...

A stunner...one of my all time favorites I think!

Linda said...

I was looked for an old World of Interiors and emailed the magazine in London. They sold me a copy and mailed it to me. Took a credit card for it. Easy.

Clarity said...

Sun-drenched honey tones, check, no-nonsense radiators, check, discreet yet large mirror reflecting gentle light...and the floors...

It's suprising too - how the narrow kitchen can look just right.

victoria thorne said...

Mrs. B, Patricia dear, it's your eye that has perfect pitch. The music is in the background...

Beautiful.

little augury said...

I love this place- linked this to a post of mine recently. always enjoy your writing.