Friday, September 10, 2010
This table setting is called "Tea for two." The background paneling, painting, and scalloped table were made from scratch from my drawings and in our own workshop.
A meal at the bedside in this small room with oak paneling with a 17th century four poster bed is the setting in this renaissance vignette.
This is the home I lived in before moving to the north shore. We still use it today as a rental, but it was quite the showplace a few years ago.
The porch posts were adapted to create a small deck. Oval windows were fabricated from scratch to match the diminutive scale of the house. Jonathan Grimm built them in our work shop as well.
A greenhouse and copula were added to the existing cinder block garage to give it balance and character. The green house is a place to enjoy tropical planting like banana and orchids in the dead of Winter.
Friday, August 13, 2010
From the back of the estate, a snow covered monumental yew hedge wraps the grounds like a winter scarf. Beyond the hedge one crosses the ornamental moat to glimpse espaliered pear trees climbing the courtyard wall. Chelsea is once again alive with an enchanting graceful beauty.
An Italian fantasy figural carved ostrich chair with a limed finish is a rarity from the early 19th century that perches for a listener near the bell of the Steinway D Piano. All fabrics in this frame are from Lee Jofa.
The Art Deco shell chair is covered in Rose Cummings Silk with a Venetian blackamoor that looks as if it just stepped out of the Sert painting to punctuate the scene.
(Above) A Roman marble bust stands century over guests. Views from the sixty foot long room beacon to visitors to enjoy a romantic evening's entertainment. (Below) The master bath has become a sophisticated retreat where I created a custom sink and placed cork on the floor to warm the space both visually and temperature wise. Walls are prepared with a carved wood boiserie and Venetian plaster.
The paneling on the walls was applied with carved wood ornament from our own workshop. The filigree was modeled from ormolu mounts from an eighteenth century commode in the room.