Tip deLuxe


LOOK TO NATURE

  

In an era when so much design is bold and over-the-top, it can be challenging

for the average person to step outside his/her comfort zone and make unique decorating

decisions.  One way to overcome this obstacle is to look to nature.  Chances are if it – color,

pattern, texture – works in the natural environment, it will work in your home.  Look

at the examples below and you’ll see – even Mother Nature has a glamorous side.

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As seen in last week’s Luxe & Lucid post, my shelling excursion

on Chappaquiddick yielded a wealth of design inspiration.

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Cool, distressed planks and endcuts for wood floors in a beach house or country home.

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This shell’s pattern would make a colorful, yet delicate faux finish for a table, cabinet or mirror.

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acorns

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I gathered these acorns while on a walk in Battery Kemble Park last fall. 

The warm tone and subtle striae would make for a beautiful wood finish.

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Think outside the box and the ubiquitous animal print and the animal world

can add a unique and unexpected layer of interest to your interior.

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silvereye

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Who knew?  Chartreuse is a natural color!  I would love to develop a living room

color scheme based on the Silvereye’s feathers – chartreuse, beige and grey … done!

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eve robinson kips bay

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And just such a room exists – the cool, sophisticated 2007 Kips Bay living room by Eve Robinson.

To quote Ms. Robinson, “The living room is about the color of life.  It is fresh, confident and colorful.”

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James Rixner’s take on the same combination of hues.

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jimmy choo

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Snakeskin was the textile this past year.  Inspired by fashion and the fabulous

footwear of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, I designed a custom console table for

a client’s downtown bachelorette pad and had it wrapped in a faux snakeskin leather.

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jewelbox table

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elephant skin - shannon plummer

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This incredible photo taken by Shannon Plummer illustrates the complex texture of an elephant’s skin. 

SJW Studios has a wallcovering that when installed on the reverse, mimics just such a texture.  Or

you could enlist the talents of a decorative finisher like Colorfaux Designs who created the look below.

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600_Elephant_skin colorfaux designs 

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tortoise_shell_trn

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Tortoiseshell is both classic and modern – a finish that will never go out of style.

I mean, really … could the shell above be any more beautiful?!

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mitchellyanosky mirror

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Huntley & Co. is fabricating a mirror similar to this Mitchell Yanosky

version to hang above the vanity in a client’s master bath.  So chic!

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And finally, the haut monde of animal skins.  Shagreen.  The pebbled skin of rays and

sharks can be found in its natural form – for a price – in accessories and furniture.

But it’s also being replicated these days in finishes and textiles to great effect.

I will never, ever tire of this naturally glamorous material.

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shagreen

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clockwise from top left: Clement Rousseau chair c. 1921, the Toulon Mirror in a Huntley & Co.

powder room, Jacques Adnet antique secretaire and bronze/shagreen/agate vases R&Y Augousti.

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… and faux shagreen paper covering walls and hidden doors in an H&C bedroom.

You don’t need to look far.  Rustic, subtle or glamorous – nature can inspire any interior.

 

Tricia xo

 

 

* POSTSCRIPT *

Huntley & Co. is featured this week in the Before & After section of lushclick.com – a modern

girl’s online design and lifestyle resource founded by Elizabeth Manresa.  Check it out! 

 

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