Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This will be our High Point wrap up. Gray scale showrooms still dominate the labyrinth of halls. Flour Sack pillows and upholstery, destination signs and calligraphy patterns saturate the city. Accessories I might have gravitated towards in shops, now fatigue me. I remember one market where it seemed like every showroom had identical majolica fish pitchers. I loved the first one I saw, yet after the 1,000th, I had to turn away.
Don't get me wrong. I have enjoyed this trend and think its useful in small doses, but after you've followed the herd for a couple of hours, you feel like the sled dog at the end of the pack. We felt like the lost Dorothy in the black and white world, when we wandered towards color.
Hail Britannia, is a theme I'm still enjoying. I love to mix a bit of tongue in cheek throughout the house.
We followed this candy strewn path. And found ourselves back in the devil may care 60's, on the other side of the rainbow.
Hello Lilly Pulitzer! HF Brands and Lee Jofa brought us a soaring 60's visual break from recession griege.
I was looking for this guy!
Over 200 pieces comprise this retro collection of mid-century lacquer and painted furniture. Granted, I don't want a house, or even an entire room in Lilly Pulitzer, but there are wonderful pieces that would work anywhere.
This shade of blue is all over town.
We are seeing inlay and marquetry in bright 60's shades. If you think its just me, look at this chic new space in London.
This is the new 5th Floor bar at Harvey Nichols flagship store in London. It was inspired by Emile Gallé's iconic 1902 anemone design for the Cuvée Belle Époque Champagne bottle.
I see the motif on the ceiling, but the pink and green is pure Palm Beach.
Paul Smith Rug
There's that shade of blue again. Bold swirly graphics are every where.
Bold ethnic prints have been the mainstay at Quadrille.
Vintage ethnic clothing was a fantastic new addition within the new antiques center. This is a traditional Afghan woman's tunic, representing centuries of textile work that is sadly becoming a thing of the past, now that the Taliban has mandated the Burka!
These fabulous traditional costumes could have come from the pages of a Look Magazine trend report. I hope we are in for a light hearted, revival of all things creative, rather than a faint stab at a trend prediction. Speaking of trend predictions, I'll leave you with a humorous quote: