Jul. 23

 

Surprisingly Affordable Chic

by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

 

 

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Elsa Soyars‘ master bath at the Hampton Designer Showhouse was jaw-dropping chic.  That rug!!  So when I spotted a stylish horse box accessory, I thought it had to be Hermes (and, thus, very, very expensive).

I was delighted to discover that the charming container comes from Jonathan Adler and costs only $98.  Now that isn’t pennies, but it is surely more attainable than Hermes.  Plus there are several attractive designs available–the rectangular boxes are a bit more costly at $148.

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Jul. 22

 

Are You Missing Something?

by Lynn Byrne

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I have seen quite a number of quotes advising you to put your desires and goals out to the universe and they just might come back to you.  I know it worked for my dear friend Jennifer .

Jennifer took this approach when she said publicly that one of her biggest goals was to participate in a designer show house. Sure enough immediately after her speaking engagement, she was asked to design a room for last year’s Ronald McDonald Show House in the NYC metro area.

So what’s my goal?  I want to be a freelance writer.  Don’t worry.  I will never give up Decor Arts Now.  I love my blog and all of the wonderful friends and experiences I have had because of it.   But I most certainly want to expand my writing for others.

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Jul. 21

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Quatrefoil and Barbed Quatrefoil

by Lynn Byrne

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The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Venice, Italy

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms”–Socrates

QUATREFOIL :  (Rhymes with “baby oil’)

A popular ornamental motif found in architecture, decorative arts and fashion , the quatrefoil consists of four, partially overlapping, symmetrical circles of the same diameter.  In Latin, the root of the word means four leaves.

BARBED QUATREFOIL:

A related shape, the “Barbed Quatrefoil”  is a quatrefoil notched at the angles with an inscribed square.  The earliest example of a barbed quatrefoil appeared in 1260 on Notre Dame in Paris.

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Jul. 18

 

FLASHBACK: How Does Calico Make Their Gorgeous Marbled Wallpaper?

by Lynn Byrne

Calico Wallpaper from their website

Calico Wallpaper from their website

Calico and its gorgeous marbled wallpaper has been warmly received by the design industry.  The Calico wallpaper installed in Carrier & Company’s  room in the 2014 Kips Bay Show House made it sing, but I first wrote about Calico more than a year before that installation.

Interior design by Carrier & Company. Wallpaper by Calico. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Carrier & Company. Wallpaper by Calico.  Photography by Lynn Byrne

It’s fascinating how Calico makes their stunning paper and you may wish to take a look back at how they do the marbling process. For Calico, it all started with Hurricane Sandy, but the art of marbleizing itself began in Japan around 825 CE.

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Jul. 17

 

Creating an Ambiance

by Lynn Byrne

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Do you want to come to Paris with me for free?  If your answer is yes, read on….

Over here on Decor Arts Now,  I work hard to create a special ambiance everyday—striving for beauty, timeless elegance, knowledge and style.

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected by the luxury furniture line Grange to create a new type of ambiance—the French kind.   Grange is running a contest among select bloggers where we customize their popular Directoire Console Cabinet using their new design tool MyGrange–giving the console its own very special environment, or, as the  French would say, its own special “ambiance”.

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