Bold textural mixes in cool shades invoke the glamour of Beverly Hills society and Palm Beach ladies who lunch. Palm fronds sway across Martinique by Stockwell from Hinson & Company, the wallpaper of Beverly Hills Hotel fame. Our three incognito idlers are wearing, from left: a beaded tunic by Tory by TRB ($795), a pink silk dress by Douglas Hannant ($2,420), and a cotton piqué sundress by Luca Luca ($1,100).
Wallpaper hats and handbags were made by Matthew Sporzynski—from left: Syrie from Quadrille Wallpapers and Fabrics, Tropicana from Rose Cumming, Warrenton from Hinson & Company, Tropicana from Rose Cumming, Imperial Trellis from House of Kwid Collection by Kelly Wearstler for Decorators Walk, Check It Out from Brunschwig & Fils. Scalamandré's Blythe Diamond is on the folding screen; Le Promenade by Twigs from John Rosselli & Associates is below the chair rail; and the "floor" is Coconut Grove from Brunschwig & Fils. Shoes, from left: Angel sling-backs by Jimmy Choo ($595), green Fiorellino pumps by Christian Louboutin ($715), Hida sandal by Manolo Blahnik ($655). Mademoiselle chairs by Philippe Starck, Kartell ($717 each). Saarinen table, left, Knoll ($399). Hepplewhite table, right, DelGreco ($2,475). Porcelain pineapple candleholders from Providence Antiques ($56, small, $76, large). Plaster terrier by artist Chuck Price for Homer ($3,500).
Wallpaper steals the scene in our irresistibly red-on-red library/dining room.
On the walls: Blanton Hall, a damask by Studio Printworks from Hinson & Company. On the floor, a "carpet" of Bokhara from Zoffany is topped with a "runner" of Chant from Lulu DK. The peony-covered Roman shade is made of Asuka from Osborne & Little; the lampshade is Silvergate Papers from Farrow & Ball. Trellis armchairs by Oscar de la Renta, Century Furniture ($1,365 each). Strut table, Blu Dot ($1,199). Galloping porcelain horses, Lladró ($275 each). Black crystal goblets, Baccarat ($1,950 for a set of six). Flowers throughout are by designer Oscar Mora.
Chippendale-filled dining rooms aren't the only place for classic Chinese motifs. Updated color schemes and shifts in scale bring fresh life to old-school looks.
Shoe boxes covered in a half-dozen fanciful wallpapers—from the geometric Chinese Chequers by Alexander Beauchamp for Fonthill Ltd. (top box and center lid) to Schumacher's shiny Meiling Floral (top lid) and Cowtan & Tout's La Pagode Chine (bottom box)—are perfect for Matthew Sporzynski's artfully crafted opentoed d'Orsay "pump" made of Chinese Toile paper from Colefax and Fowler. The real shoes are by Manolo Blahnik, top ($735), and Christian Louboutin, center ($820). The background is Shibui from Scalamandré, the "floor" is Nassau Weave from Schumacher.
Who could resist designing a whole room around Studio Printworks' Southern Flowers from Hinson & Company, a charming gardenia-strewn wallpaper? A sidechair covered in Albert Hadley's Fireworks from Hinson & Company is wonderfully theatrical. The "coffee service" is Studio Printworks' Polka Dots from Hinson & Company, and the "tray" is Bowen Stripe from First Editions, all crafted by Matthew Sporzynski. The "floor" is Wembley Stripe from Cowtan & Tout. Intaglio chandelier and console, White Webb ($3,900 each). Black vases, from left, Tiffany & Co. ($195) and Lalique ($2,400). White vases, B&B Italia.
Ten fabulous papers—overblown damasks, Indian sari-inspired patterns, and bold geometrics—make for a grand entrance.
Dress up your dressing room by covering the walls with Shanghai Moon from Stark Wallcovering—a traditional Chinese garden scene wallpaper, printed with pagodas and peonies in new candy colors. Make over a plain chest of drawers with Maiko from Osborne & Little.
Scalamandré's Chinoise Exotique covers the seat of Jonathan Adler's Chinese Chippendale side chair ($595), which can be ordered in any Benjamin Moore paint color. Boxes are covered in (from top) Bamboo Grove Tea Paper from Brunschwig & Fils, Chinoiserie from Stark Wallcovering, and Chinoise Exotique from Scalamandré. Beads, Patricia Von Muslin (green, $2,500, brown, $2,300). Yellow temple jar by J. F. Chen, Watkins & Fonthill ($1,124); Carp vase, Homer ($70). Crystal handbag, Fendi ($3,170).
Black, white, and pink all over makes for a strikingly graphic place setting that doesn't sacrifice warmth or welcome. Our "tablecloth" is Albert Hadley's Reddish Rose from Hinson & Company; our "napkin" is Sand or Stripe from Christopher Norman.
Stencil cup and saucer ($25), bread-and-butter plate ($20), and charger ($60), in pink, all Calvin Klein. Parisian Wallpaper dessert plate, Rosanna Inc. ($25 for a set of four). Orbital dinner plate, Johnson Brothers ($49.99 for a 16-piece set). Quintessence sterling silver flatware, Lunt Silversmiths ($336 for a five-piece place setting).
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