It's no secret that I love Miles Redd. You can see evidence of that here, here and here. Of course, I am not alone. Redd is one of the top names in the industry right now and somehow, despite his busy client schedule, he made time to take care of the most important client of all, his parents.
Flipping through this month's issue of House Beautiful I was blown away by his mothers emerald library. I have to admit, if you had shown me this ten years ago, I'm not sure I would have had the same reaction. The green walls? Yes. A skirted chintz table? Probably not. Even the ginger jar lamps (which I now collect and adore) probably would have just confused me.
The more time I've spent around decorating and interiors, the more I find myself gravitating towards more traditional and classic designs. Probably because the churn of trends makes me reach for things that I know will stand the test of time.
Now, would I do a pillow in chintz?
Would I do a whole room in chintz?
Would I hang floral wallpaper?
Guilty as charged.
Would I match my floral wallpaper to my pillows, curtains and sofa?
By the way, I can't think of Mario Buatta without thinking of his guest appearance on Southern Charm. Any other Bravo watchers with me?
Ok. Well, even if you haven't seen it, let's just jump down the rabbit hole of the internet shall we? Here is the entire house Buatta designed for Patricia Altschul (matriarch on Southern Charm) which was featured in Architectural Digest in 2014.
Can you say curb appeal?
For the project, Buatta told Architectural Digest that he actually re-purposed many of the items from Altschul's previous homes which he had also designed including the gorgeous wallpaper in the dining room.
I mean. I can't. I need to get myself one of these caftans stat. If you're looking to venture down another rabbit hole, here are 8 Life Lesosns from Ms. Altschul.
I find a lot of my clients gravitate towards a more contemporary and modern vibe. And of course, there is definitely a middle ground between modern and this. However, I really think parts of each style can live harmoniously. There's nothing more fabulous than a room that's a mix of styles.
I love when a client has something "traditional" that they want to keep right from the get-go. And by traditional, I mean something that not everyone would immediately jump at. We're not talking vintage Eames lounge chairs people. I'm talking about that pink chair that came from grandma. With the pink chair with the fringe. And the floral back. You know that one right?
Sometimes they tell me almost apologetically that they "have to keep it," and sometimes their spouse is mouthing behind them "get rid of it!"
However, I won't.
Because it's their..."grandmother's dresser, husband's lamp"...or my favorite..."mother-in-law's rug" (I mean, I would never mess with that).
These pieces are always interesting and they tell the story of who we are. They are just another parameter of the design and they force me to think outside the box. Often, they are also a key piece that keeps the room from feeling too "new."
After all, a room is always better if it looks like it has been built over time.
And so, back to Mr. Redd.
Thanks to his recent refresh his parents house isn't looking too "new" or too "old." In fact, I would say it's just right.