The Best Voices In Design Weigh In On Interiors

Rose Tarlow

Designer Rose Tarlow With Her Furniture Line

Rose Tarlow House Beautiful

My desk is a nine-foot-long table, piled so high I never actually sit at it. I end up doing all my work in a club chair, with my dog curled up on the ottoman.” – Meet Rose Tarlow Home Beautiful

Rose Tarlow Rose Tarlow Seen In Arch Digest June 19912

Romantic Interiors- Rose Tarlow Seen In Arch Digest June 1991

Her design store, the Rose Tarlow Melrose House opened in 1979. The Rose Tarlow-Melrose House line is now sold in showrooms in 12 metropolitan areas.

Having opened her first shop in New York while in her early twenties, it was said that Tarlow wasn’t afraid of altering antiques to make them her own…… She would take a Chippendale chair, edit the arms and enlarge the scale, and re-think an entirely new concept from an antique. While some people shy away from touching an antique, just because it is old….this designer is and always has been hands on.

Just because something is an antique doesn’t always raise it to a level of good design” she says. “Many antiques are poorly proportioned and aesthetically unimportant.

“I would rather have an excellent newly designed piece in good scale than have an antique that’s not great,”Rose Tarlow

When I began my antique business, I read a book by Tiffany that influenced me. He said he never bought for clients, he only bought for himself. I also heed this advice: Never buy what you think will sell, buy what you yourself like. -Rose Tarlow

Shopping With Susan Weber New York TimesShopping With Susan Weber New York Times Magazine

The subjects of our exhibitions at the center are always serendipitous. I saw a piece of Castellani
jewelry at an antiques fair and thought it looked ancient until I discovered that a 19th-century
Roman family made it. The idea for our upcoming show on Swedish toys came when I bought a
little antique hand-carved horse. I went on the Internet and realized there was a 150-year history of Swedish wood toys Susan Weber, founder of the Bard Graduate Center program in the decorative arts and design history in New York

Personally, I don’t collect anything. My home is full of beautiful things, but it’s eclectic. I have Ruhlmann furniture, Renaissance pieces, and Axel Salto vases from Denmark. I like to mix high and low—Tramp Art with Lalique. I’m always moving things around”  Susan Weber, founder of the Bard Graduate Center program in the decorative arts and design history in New York

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Craig Wright Antiques

Wright studied architecture at USC and UCLA, and soon after his first decorating project in 1966, he began making regular shopping trips to Europe for clients, which ignited a lifelong passion for antiques.  Featured in Architectural Digest 38 times, he has a loyal following of clients and celebrities. Vendors proclaim that Wright has a keen eye, and seeks to find the best value for his clients.

I’ve been driven by the possession of beautiful objects since I was a child……that’s
why I have an antiques shop—it’s a way of expressing that.” The shop has also increased his own antiques collection considerably- “I have favorites,”he says, “and when one of them hasn’t sold, I have a great temptation to take it home.Craig Wright Antiques Dealer

Wright On Painting A Backdrop For His Late-18/19th- Century Northern European Furniture– “The walls of the main space—a combination sitting room, dining room and library—were painted shrimp pink, a shade that makes “everyone look like a million dollars,” says the designer. ‘The colors happened over a period of time‘ he adds. “After the first two coats, the walls were sponged over with a white overglaze, which gave them a very ethereal, almost cloud-like quality.” The guest bedroom, in contrast, was painted blue. “It was initially too strong,” he explains, “and we kept over-glazing it until it had an almost chalky quality—as if you were looking at the color through gauze” – Craig Wright Antiques Dealer

Victoria Hagan In Her Manhattan Residence Seen In Architectural Digest Photography By Scott Frances

Victoria collected a number of captivating pieces to finish her home in the picture above.  A Biedermeier chair, two 1940s benches, a pair of Italian iron chairs, a table covered
in linen which have clean, classical lines. In the library. Hagan used a carpet with a prominent Greek-key motif that echoes the carved rim of a round white 1940s Neoclassical table. She also installed a pair of bookcases with Neoclassical cornices based on originals she had seen in a house in France.

Victoria Hagan In Her Manhattan Residence Seen In Architectural Digest Photography By Scott Frances 2

Victoria Hagan – Manhattan Residence Seen In Architectural Digest

Photography By Scott Frances

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Victoria Hagan

Victoria HaganVictoria Hagan

I pull my palette from nature,” says Victoria, “And I don’t like any one thing to stand out.” Designer Victoria Hagan

My philosophy is always to respect the architecture and work with the architecture,” she says. “Then the interior design comes naturally.Designer Victoria Hagan

Beach Children's Room by Victoria Hagan Interiors and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Beach Children’s Room by Victoria Hagan Interiors and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Victoria HaganDesigner Victoria Hagan

Frances Elkins Architectural Digest

Design Legends: Frances Elkins :Architectural Digest

Frances Adler Elkins, (7 November 1888 – 26 August 1953), was one of the twentieth century’s most prominent female designers. She was the sister of architect David Adler. Their travels together in Europe inspired her passion for design. Elkins was celebrated for inspired designs that integrated various periods and styles, from country French to chinoiserie to art deco. She found inspiration in the work of Jean-Michel Frank and Alberto Giacometti.

Alan Demachy Photography By Marianne Haas Architectural Digest2

Designer Alan Demachy’s apartment– Drawings and photographs by friends are arranged in the master bedroom. “The Louis XVI screen, by Canabas, has painted tapas, or bark cloths, from New Guinea.”

Alan Demachy Photography By Marianne Haas Architectural Digest

Designer Alan Demachy’s apartment -Photography By Marianne Haas Architectural Digest-

The stone-and-marble floors in his apartment were original to the building, but the various doors, with decorative gold hinges, in just about every room date from the 1920s. He’s kept the mirrored
doors and the gray-and-white faux-marbre walls in the living room. The painted doors above, come from Pavilion Colombe, Edith Wharton’s estate outside Paris.

I like things from the beginning of the century: Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Art Deco and especially the modernity created in the following decades, the classics—Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, the Danes—which we saw re-edited by Knoll.” Designer Alan Demachy

Dislikes – the 1936-38 period, with its false classicism. “Those years weren’t very inventive; they were decadent in comparison with the beginning of the century.” He cites the work of Kmilio Terry and Jean-Charles Moreux as examples, but adds: “I do like Jean-Michel Frank, although he’s currently overvalued.” -Quoting Designer Alan Demachy-Interviewed by Patricia McColl for Architectural Digest

Timothy Corrigan Library-Doheny

Timothy Corrigan Library-Doheny

Timothy Corrigan Los Tiempos

Timothy Corrigan Los Tiempos

Is There A Designer That Has Influenced You? Interview With Design Elements Blog

“Jean-Charles Moreux who lived in Paris from 1889 to 1956 did it all. He was an architect, he designed interiors, he created furniture and he did landscape design. In short, he was a true renaissance man. He believed, as I do, in the importance of creating a fully integrated environment. Moreux’s furniture took classical forms as their basis and then shifted it to make it feel more contemporary, provocative, fresh and alive. He mixed wood finishes and materials in unexpected ways. He played with perspective and color. When you see his rooms you are reminded of the past and yet they seem very suited for the day.

The other designer who has played a huge role in my life is New York designer, Vicente Wolf. While at first glance we may appear not to have much in common from a design perspective, we both approach design on the premise that by mixing pieces of different styles, periods, textures and quality you appreciate each one more. Contrast creates spaces that are intrinsically exciting and alive. I hate spaces that look too perfect or “decorated.” Vicente has also been such a great inspiration in the way he manages it all: he runs a successful design business, is a brilliant photographer, designs lines of his own furniture and fabrics and is a great collector of photography”

“I have dustbusters everywhere—even in my cars. Black & Decker’s 18V Pivot Vac PH V1810 is the one! It’s got plenty of power and can get into all the small, hard-to-reach places”  Timothy Corrigan in House Beautiful Magazine

My new secret weapon is an under-the-bed TV lift so that you don’t need to have those huge, ugly cabinets sitting at the end of a bedUnder Bed TV Lift & Swivel  Timothy Corrigan in House Beautiful Magazine

“A home is not a museum. There shouldn’t be any surfaces on which people can’t put their feet up—or set a drink down.”Timothy Corrigan in House Beautiful Magazine

The Most Versatile Paint Color?  Interview By Diane Dorrans Saeks

 “Verte de Terre” by Farrow & Ball: Green is my favorite color because it reminds me of life and renewal. This green is particularly good because it has a touch of gray to it so that it is really easy to live with. I have used this in the entry to my Paris apartment and as the trim color in much of my chateau in France.

“Cream” by Farrow & Ball is warm and rich. It’s a strong, gutsy cream color that reflects really well on people’s skin.

“Parma Gray” by Farrow & Ball is the perfect blue for bedroom walls, especially when paired with white trim. It is fresh but very sophisticated.

“Riviera Terrace” by Polo Ralph Lauren: This is my favorite color for ceilings. A lovely warm white wit has just enough yellow and pink added to it that it works with almost every color wall; I usually use it in an eggshell finish to help make rooms look a little brighter and the ceilings a bit higher.

Diane Burn Diane Burn

Diane Burn Diane Burn

Diane Burn Diane Burn

Diane Burn on her first house in Los Angeles- She saw thick walls, lime-stone columns, and terra-cotta floors that seemed to her as if “they’d spent half their life in Spain……it called for
some real strength,” she says of the 1926 Mediterranean/Spanish Colonial Revival structure. To lighten the varnished ceilings and mitigate the heaviness of the architecture, Burn called upon artist Karin Linder, who created fanciful wall and ceiling murals throughout. Burn chose large-scale antiques to complement the scale of the rooms. Many of the pieces—from the Louis XV side chairs in the living room to the French canopy bed in the master bedroom—date from the eighteenth century. “I’ve moved all over the world to see where I belong’ the designer reflects. “The truth is, I think I belong in the eighteenth century. It’s not easy for me to live in America—it’s a new country, and I’m an old soul.Architectural Digest Interviews

Imagination is huge for me’ explains the designer. “All of my interiors make you feel transported to another era. “Heavily influenced by European design (“Even as a child I had a passion for Versailles“), her tranquil, romantic rooms evoke those of 18th-century chateaus. Louis XVI
pieces and whimsical print and check fabrics, not to mention her signature wall treatments, all figure prominently. “I really don’t do modern,”says Burn, who counts among her inspirations designers Renzo Mongiardino and Madeleine Castaing and collector Lillian Williams. “I long for the return of classicism or traditional design. “”I think decorating is always creating an illusion, to make things look loftier, more elegant, as though you’re stepping into another era, away from harsh everyday realities,” the designer observes. “A lot of people ask me if I can do anything else,” Burn remarks. “I can, but I’m very comfortable doing what I do. It holds up. I try for the classic, the traditional and the timeless.“- Architectural Digest Interviews

September 2014 issue of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens

September 2014 issue of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens – See the article and pictures here

The Wiseman Group

The Wiseman Group - Architectural Digest: Nob Hill Neoclassicism

Architectural Digest: Nob Hill Neoclassicism

On His Own Apartment, on Nob Hill, “It’s my private space,” Wiseman says. “I like to cook and have dinner parties for small groups—the apartment is great for that sort of thing.” In fact, he cohosted a fund-raising dinner party there with Jamie and Phillip Bowles for Grace Cathedral,
which stands just across the street. “We dressed up as a French waitress and waiters and served a French meal accompanied by French wines, champagnes and cigarettes,”- Architectural Digest

The Wiseman Group

When a room tells our life story and reflects who we are, it gives us license to open up to our true self,” Interior Designer Paul Wiseman

The Mistake Most People Make When Hiring A Designer-…Thinking that because they can get it wholesale, it’s good. It’s more a matter of, Is it right? It doesn’t have to be expensive, but is it the right piece? A lot of people think that hiring a professional means that somebody is going to do it for them. I’m always saying, “That’s not what you’re hiring me for; I’m going to do it with you.”” Interior designer Paul Wiseman Architectural Digest

Collections For Investments- Photography. As in all art, a lot of the dealers have pushed some names into the stratosphere, but you don’t have to go there. There are some very talented people out there. I love old photography—I collect 19th- and 20th-century photography myself, and I love itInterior designer Paul Wiseman Architectural Digest

If someone walked into one of the residences I’ve designed and said, ‘Oh, Paul Wiseman did this,’ I’d feel like a failure,” “I want a space to look as though a decorator hadn’t been there. I spend a lot of time finding out what my clients really do like—and if they like purple with white polka dots, it’s my job to make it look chic.Interior designer Paul Wiseman Architectural Digest