Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Details, Details....

Elsie de Wolfe said "Good dressing is largely a question of details and accessories." This applies to dressing people and rooms. The details of pulling together a room are often the most fun to design. Trim, pillows, lampshades, decorative accessories, books, objets d'art - all of these are the icing on the cake that define a room and make it sparkle.

On a recent project we have had the pleasure of working with a client whose parents' decorator in New York was Sister Parish. There have been many beautiful pieces of furniture, artwork and accessories with which to work. We are looking forward to sharing that project when it is complete in the Fall.

Fortunately, the kind client saved an old lampshade of his mother's for us - I love the detail and scale of it. It is no longer usable (the silk is falling apart), but I wanted to save it for inspiration and to perhaps copy the detail. The lampshade has a beautiful detailed top and bottom, with shirred gray silk. We just don't see shades like this anymore.

I wonder if this came from a Parish/Hadley design?

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ps - this lamp is not what the shade calls for, but I needed a place to put the shade.

1 comment:

  1. Helen, Gorgeous shade! Like the crenellated edge. I have not seen a shade like this in any photographed P-H interiors. What a treat!