Changing with the Seasons
Decorating a room is an exciting endeavor, and if done beautifully and wisely, should last generations. Although today’s disposable society may seem to favor trendiness over timelessness, we are staunch believers that well-designed rooms have classic qualities that transcend mere fashion and ensure many years of comfortable, stylish living.
That’s not to say a little injection of seasonal décor is out of place. The easiest way to keep a room from going stale is with slipcovers. They not only extend the life of upholstery, but also wake up one’s eyes and give a room a fresh lease on life.
Photos by Matthew White
This sofa is normally covered in a lovely rust and ivory linen print, perfect for fall and winter. As soon as spring comes, however, it gets a new look with a crisp pale green linen cover. Both looks work well in the room even though they are very different, and both reflect the seasons in which they are used. If your upholstery works, but you feel the need for an occasional visual break, consider investing in slipcovers. They can provide practicality and a welcome change of scenery.
Photo by Stephen Nillson
What is it about the fairer sex and the color pink? You have to admit there’s a strong attraction. Granted, not every female wants to surround herself in rosy splendor, but it’s kind of amazing how many do. Whatever the reason, the love affair with pink transcends all ages, from girls of eight to ladies of eighty. In fact, we can support this scientific hypothesis with hard evidence from our archives. Herewith, we present two pink rooms designed (over a decade ago) for two of our favorite gals - one eight, the other eighty.
Photo by David Phelps
For the young miss, we created a room (above) filled with the fresh exuberance of springtime. Cherry blossom pink walls and a princess-like canopy set off a crisp white daybed strewn with pink geraniums. On the ceiling, sprays of hand-painted flowers encourage colorful daydreaming.
For a dear friend, who personifies the term “lovely lady,” we swathed the room in a complexion-flattering seashell pink and dressed the bed with a neoclassical chintz with swags and bloom-filled vases. French antique furniture lends an added elegance, but can scarcely hold a candle to the lady herself.