There's a correlation in the design world, and it evidences itself as sameness.
Sure, we all follow trends, but hopefully a designer can transcend them. Not that I dislike natural linen, reclaimed wood or ikat prints, but there a great big design world out there to explore. In the next several posts I'm going to show you some of my favorites.
Elsie deWolfe sits securely in the pantheon of famous American interior designers. In the mid-thirties, while most of the country was still reeling from the Great Depression, Beverly Hills was basking in a golden age. It was there that deWolfe designed a jewel box of a house for Countess Dorothy di Frasso. But what's so amazing is that 70 years afterwards, the rooms were basically unchanged. House & Garden chronicled these interiors in their May 2007, issue, photographed by Simon Watson, and wittily titled "Elsie in Amber."
In a old photograph from 1944, this same room was the setting for a party thrown by Elsa Maxwell. It included celebrities such as Orson Welles (top right) and Charles Boyer (with drink in hand.)
The living room boldly features Chinoiserie wallpaper, a deWolfe signature. But look closely at the mirrored treatment around the fireplace, the doors, and even the chamfered corners -- and all trimmed out with bamboo. It's these details that make a room memorable.
It's hard to imagine creating spaces today with so much painstaking attention to details. When I saw last month's Elle Decor, I was struck by the color saturated bedroom on their cover. And while it's not even close to the richness and the layers of deWolfe, it is still nice to see how beautiful jewel tones can be.
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