18 August 2014


A Room that Is  EVER INSPIRING ME is The Library at MOUTON- It’s Just  PURE Heaven.

Blue Heaven.

I Think- or at least it's my idea of What an Ideal Room Should look Like,
Elegant, a bit Idiosyncratic, sophisticated, comfortable, with expansive places to read- and with Books...

Lots of Books.

Now there's no more wondering where to read in the Ideal Room, thanks to TRUEX American Furniture. Dedicated to carrying on the ideals of  Van Day Truex: It is our mission to bring back the best of this era to contemporary interiors. Our name is in honor of Truex, but we take inspiration not solely from Van Day, but from those he inspired as his era continues to inspire us. 

From Mouton, Truex has created the PAULINE CHAISE, c. 1960. Designed by the chatelaine herself, Pauline de Rothschild, Truex offers options to the elegantly turned silver leaf  leg, but I wouldn't have it any other way, nor would I change the heavenly blue velvet of the original. The only thing this chaise lacks is length. Measuring in at 66.5 inches, Pauline's sofa was at least twice that no doubt. One hopes that in the truest sense of Truex, they would make it quite as long, and of course accept commissions to create the entire suite of Mouton's library seating.
As they say less isn't more, more is more.


see all of the TRUEX COLLECTION here

13 August 2014

house soul

Ever since I started working on a particular project-a sprawling ranch with Frank Lloyd Wright history, I've been intrigued by my client's collection of art. One piece- a large landscape, immediately caught my eye, and  it's been in my mind to write about. Never capturing the perfect image-always focusing on tasks at hand, it eluded me.

Just this week I thought about the landscape again-and went back to the last photographs I took-discovering, along with the pumpkins, part of my intrigue is in its reflection.

Artist Nancy VanNoppen states in her portfolio: These works employ a variety of media and techniques including paper collage, film, and digital negatives that are used in layers to construct a scene. Their large format (typically in the 40” x 55” range) allows viewers to examine details up close in addition to appreciating the landscape as a whole. As a result, they present the landscape as both a single scene and complex construction, evoking a sense of simultaneous unity and multiplicity as is often experienced in an environment.
Some of the landscapes are commissioned. Commissions are catered to a specific site (usually private property) and reflect unique characteristics of that environment or location.

Nancy provides us with that perfect image on her artist's website.

To my eye, VanHoppen beautifully captures the house and surrounding landscape, there's just enough for the eye to appreciate, and for one who knows the house, to distinguish. As I scanned my pictures again, I began to see them for what they really are. Pictures reflecting the soul of the house, ever changing, with the faint image of a lamp, a table, a chair, and a child flitting through the trees.

Rooms beyond reflected, even a faint mountain that lies some distance from the house is caught inside the landscape. Given the time of day, the season- when those chairs are filled with people, the piece must be alive with movement-filled with transience, making an impression on its surface.

Next time I'm at the house, I'll look at VanHoppen's work with a new appreciation,and there is no telling what I'll see.

11 August 2014

Bouché Portraits

The quick study for a portrait has always appealed, so too the captivating sketches of artist Rene Bouché. From his flowing lines, emerge apt portraits of stylish women that graced the pages of Vogue from the late 1930's until his death in 1963. He said "My style may be described as a kind of loving criticism." No sitter could have been disappointed in the results. In fact Bouché's chic portraits of society scions have been likened to the portraits of painters like Sargent, and Boldini.
It's easy to recognize his work-all the women are beautiful, coiffed, jeweled.
Do they look alike?
but do they look uniquely themselves?
that is Bouché.

 Mrs. John Drexel III

The Duchess of Windsor

(from the pages of Vogue, March 15,1954)

Rene Bouche here


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