Friday, April 26, 2013

Junior League of Greensboro Show House 2013 Sponsored by Traditional Home Magazine: Miles Redd's Grand Reception Room.

We arrived for the press breakfast at Adamsleigh, the unbelievable remnant of the American Country House Movement, to view the resurrection of a home that had been virtually untouched since 1930. To read our last post on the architect, Luther Lashmit and other artisans on the property click HERE.

I showed the main reception room in the previous post, but wanted to juxtapose the dramatic Miles Redd, Oscar de  la Renta Century Furniture transformation. 

While we can see that Arthur Cassel Griffin, the original designer was adhering to the antiquarian precedents of an ancient structure, Miles Redd relevantly applies a graceful Chinoiserie style throughout the room. Open fretwork Oscar de la Renta chairs are ingeniously placed in the central area of the room allowing a clean, homogenous visual sweep of the room. 

Parsing the large space with a central table and chairs creates a functional gathering area maintaining the characteristic airy Chinoiserie effect without sacrificing the density of seating required for large receptions. Flow throughout is achieved by the repetition of the branching patterns on the rug, fabrics, wall panels, that the fretwork chairs echo. This room becomes engaging and complex by Redd's masterful mix of blues, complementery orange, bold large scale ceramic pieces and architectural pediments. The original architect, Luther Lashmit, had a predilection for octagonal windows, so Miles Redd nailed the vernacular in his mirror selection above.  

This is a characteristic octagonal window in a friend's Lashmit home in Winston-Salem. Many of the surviving homes feature this signature flourish. 

Early mid-century lighting combined with a modern abstract painting convey a light-handed sense of continuity and the evolution of decor over generations. This market more than any other market in years, reiterates a luxurious aesthetic through rich tactile fabrics, carpeting and precious veneers. Chinoiserie, popular since the 17th century French infatuation, has never gone out, but is more visible in the showrooms and has been reinterpreted by many designers. Where did we find the look around market? Let's start with Mary McDonald's beautiful linen chinoiserie wall panels. 

Chelsea House had a wide array of Chinoiserie on hand for buyers, as has been their tradition for decades. 

The prices are unbelievable!! 

Christine and I are never tired of Alexa Hampton's Susanna Table. Hickory Chair is a custom manufacturer, so we love seeing what Alexa does with this piece every market. Don't you love how you can add notes to your images in Google+?

Bungalow 5 speaks fluid Mandarin and Cantonese in their well curated line and demonstrated how to use it with neutrals several markets ago. Here is what they've got going on this market!

Bungalow 5 High Point April 2013

Worlds Away
Liz Gray of HGTV's Design Happens blog and I chatted about our collaboration on a Worlds-Away giveaway for the Feebie Friday post. Worlds-Away does a fantastic job with modern interpretations of Chinoiserie fret work, lacquer and pagoda designs. Finally, I have to say Mirror Image Home has a premium line of Mirrors with design legends Bunny Williams and Barclay Butera. We were delighted to find them in Market Square Suites and look forward to adding these items to our online store. 

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  1. Hi Liz, The grand room is stunning! It is so light and refreshing with Mile's color palette. The various Chinoiserie pieces and fabrics are luxurious without being too formal.

    Beautiful examples as well of the Market Finds!

    PS I am having a Paris Book Giveaway!
    Art by Karena

  2. What a transformation! The grand room is outstanding! But the blue beams bother me. Perfection without that!

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  4. So glad you took us on a tour of the room dahhling.. very interesting indeed.

  5. Your article is very interesting Beautifull photos and great blog to read thank you

  6. Hi Friend!
    So beautiful room designing. There are some of the options available online that provides a wide variety of furniture made up of different materials. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post.


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  7. For some reason I've never taken much note of Miles Redd, but there's something about the way you showed his work that made me sit up and take notice. I likey! I'm loving that rug, amongst several other things. But most of all I like the balance.

  8. I so wanted to make it to this showhouse, but, alas my spring was filled up. Thank you for the beautiful coverage and I feel as close to the experience as possible. It looked like a very fresh mix of traditional design but with a fresh, modern appeal. best wishes, tamara of Nest by Tamara

  9. Thanks for Posting ! first time I have found a genuine post related to 3D Interior Design


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