Monday, February 9, 2009

History Repeating

Coined the "Dean of American decorating" Billy Baldwin (1903-1983) was a genius! It is rumored that the book is being re-released this spring. The book, Billy Baldwin Decorates, A book of Practical Decorating Ideas -- is a must have! He continuously reinforces that the best interiors "...should begin as an outgrowth of your own personality, then become more personal,
and welcoming with every year." This is how I work with all my clients, trying to draw out their style, their lifestyle needs and how they function in thier home. It's does'nt matter if somethings beautiful or fashionable -- if it doesn't work for you! Baldwin's work has influenced so many young designers and will continue to do so!

Ventry Furniture has come out with a furniture line which reflects Baldwins style, I have featured a couple pieces.

These this Turkish Ottoman are very cool -- would love to use in project!

Turkish Ottomans, great for pulling together a room -- extra seating or as a foot stool.

Baldwins Studio Office Library, talk about packing a ton of style in one small space! He lacquered these walls in Coromandel Brown -- how fabulous! This has some elements of Coco Chanel's apartment, with the deep cognac colors mixed with light tones and layers of chic.

Coco's Den Below...

Coco Chanel's Paris Apartment.

Sidenote: Coco Chanel, used REAL suede on this sofa, way before ultra? suede became popular in the 90's -- Coco was so ahead of her time...with everything!

Other Items from Billy Baldwin Ventry line below...

Very sharp looking book shelf's -- love them! Brass mixed with inset black marble.

The studio sofa from Ventry, not to big -- not too small, still cushy enough to fall into or take a little cat nap!

For more Billy Baldwin Inspied pieces, go to

Watch for the re-realse of his Iconic book on Amzaon:

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