Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's All Here in Black and White


I was visiting with a friend recently and she mentioned that she'd like to update a traditional room. Make it a little fresher. A little younger. At the same time, she didn't want it to look trendy or trying-too-hard.


I've always like the use of architectural prints.


Clean. Crisp. Graphic.


But I suggested using photographs instead. To give it a little bit of an edge. I wonder if that is what Bruno de Caumont has done above. With the rosette? It could be a drawing, of course.

Local photographer, Keith Davis, has stunning pieces capturing the architecture of many state capitals.

I'm not sure he's photographed them all (and I guess I'm too lazy to find out) but it would be great to choose images from capitals that mean something to you. Or not, because I'm crazy about the first one here and I have absolutely no connection to Arkansas.
Images from top, Michael Smith, Houses, photography uncredited. I'm pretty sure this is right; no photo credit for page 24. Suzanne Kasler, Inspired Interiors, photography Erica George Dines; Albert Hadley, Albert Hadley, the Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer, photography by Mary E. Nichols (Megan says I am a Hadley Head - guilty); Bruno de Caumont, Elle Decor, April 2010, photgraphy by Simon Upton; remaining images via Dolphin Gallery by Keith Davis.

8 comments:

Karena said...

Love the orange and blue bedroom offset with the black and white images.

Karena
Art by Karena

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I love the idea of photographing favorite Capital bldgs. We've lived in so many wonderful places that it would be a way to remember each State in a special way. Thank you Mrs. B and enjoy your time in gorgeous LA.

mary said...

I love the black (Charcoal?) walls. Architectural engravings- but Piranessi is even better. Have a great trip to LA. Looks like the weather is going to be perfect.

Henley on the Horn said...

Just beautiful! Thank you for the great ideas!

Balsamo Antiques and Interior Design said...

always love
white
all white
with accents of
gold
gold leaf

Lina said...

Well, you know I love it, Patricia! Now I just have to convince my husband to by those prints...

cassandra @ coco+kelley said...

i do so LOVE architectural prints!! and that 4th room is so divine! the orange daybed is gorgeous with the blue draping... so rich.

HONEYBEEANDME said...

WOW, A MID-WESTERNER LIKE ME...
FROM SALINA, KS LEFT AT 20 AND ONLY RETURNED TO VISTED..
STRANGE THAT IT HAS NOT CHANGED A LOT SINCE I LEFT IN THE LATE 80'S..

SAW, A PHOTO OF YOU ON MR.WOLF'S SIGHT AND YOU ARE LOVELY...
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU IN PURPLE AS YOUR HAIR AND COMPLEXTION WOULD SHINE IN THAT COLOR...

HOW HAS KANSAS CITY FAIRED IN THIS DOWN TURN IN THE INDUSTRY???


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MELISSA