Saturday, March 20, 2010

Floral Fantasy Settee

The Fabric for one of our New upholstery Projects - supplied by our clients - is an intricately designed Fantasy of Flowers with a few Butterflies fluttering here and there. The Cloth is of a soft Cotton Linen - earth-colored - of a warm terra cotta with olive green and a touch of light grayed aqua.
(Paintings By Mary Maki Rae - 2010 (c)
The Fabric - Called "Jovesa" - was beautifully designed by Raymond Waites Inc.(c)
The Antique Settee - Charmingly Petite (31"x18"x40") - with the original upholstery.
 A close-up of some of the Settee's Hand-carved details.
More to come as the project progresses.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Black & White Decor - #2

I love the way Black & White patterns or stripes when used together like Salt & Pepper - just as an accent - will add such a distinctive flavor to what one may consider a "bland room" of mostly all white-!
In this corner of a living room, Bold Stripes & White Cotton curtains dress the windows & cushions.  The walls have been sponged a soft Peach (not orange-!) using a diluted acrylic paint.  A plaster cast bust from a Flea Market sets upon a small Biedermeir bedside cabinet.
Love the Ionic Column Lamp-!
And the Silver Trophy Vase with White Roses
The Bed is Crowned by White Sheets turned over and attached to the ceiling with brass hooks and held back by Rosettes from a Church organ.
Cupboard and Screen are from a Flea Market -
Love the Whimsical Sculpture and crown on top.
The Designer lives in Zurich, Switzerland. She painted the walls and made all the curtains and valances herself. Needlework is still widely practiced in Switzerland and She feels that to lose the skills would be sad. - "It's a good feeling to make things with your own Hands. And most charming when they aren't Perfect-!" (Interiors By Jutta Christ - World of Interiors-April-1994)
Another accessible Idea: Six Vintage mismatched found chairs painted Black - set around a White round table in a All White room. (Paint: Benjamin Moore's "Black Regal Matte").   Egyptian Chandelier. 
Image: "SO CHIC" By Margaret Russell & Editors of Elle Decor.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Playing With Threads

A Nest of Inspiring Threads

My Blue and Green Stitchery Finished with the Embellishment of Yarns, Wooden Beads, and Classic Embroidered Stitches-
I can see a Small White stockinged Foot in a Green Silk Shoe walking through a Garden of Flowers and Grass 
Blue Muse Painting By Mary Maki Rae 2010 (c)
I decided to try the Embroidered detail on an actual painting - really like the effect - many more could be added-!
Such as these pictured above that I've been painting for her hat and dress 
Mary Maki Rae - 2010 (c)
Threads and Beads like these put me in mind of Rooms in India - a Country that is not afraid of a little Color-!
Glossy White Chairs & Trim set off a Lime Green wall treatment based on traditional Indian pigments

A Living room in an Apartment in Jaipur - housed within an 1880 Mansion
More rooms in the same dwelling
The Images of the Indian Rooms above are from The Book:
"SO CHIC" - Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces - By Margaret Russell &
Editors of Elle Decor - 2007