06 March 2009

Marquess of Queensbury Rules

In response to a delightful design challenge by maison21, and I can't resist a challenge or the chance to work with that much loved fantasy client. They let you do, they praise your every choice, they adore it; You are invincible!
the Maison21 DESIGN CHALLENGE: pick two disparate elements from the post and combine them with choice from your own latest decorating obsessions (whatever they may be)

In the Tradition of My Current Design reads-David Mlinaric,Michael Taylor & David Hicks

The Grand Dining Room

(with very good moldings and a fireplace with formal Georgian Mantle, of course)

FLOORS: Ceruse floor (from Maison21's List)

WALLS: 2 views of the Walls-from Valtekz- Vernice-Black-a polyurethane/PVC wall application (oh yeah) Those good moldings in picked out in Mount Vernon colors- Cobbled Path and New Room White

over the Mantle: A Large Oil Painting ( circa 1790 ) of Charles Emmanuel (1770-1800)
Prince of Corignanao, Duke of Savoy. By Giovanni Panealbo (1742-1815) (1st dibs)
on either side of fireplace: A Pair of Antique Standing Lamps with Antique Movie Reel Shades Featuring Eiffel Tower and Pantheon Imagery on Antique Wood Tripod Base (1st dibs)

THE RUG: Indian Agra (1st dibs)

France,1930's (1st dibs)
chairs covered in Decorator's Walk-House of Kwid-Gordian Weave/Natural on Greige

The Table: 19th Century and Contemporary-A Large and Handsome Contemporary Oval Dining Table on Canted Legs, Veneered in 19th Century Italian Walnut. Width: 115.5, Depth: 71 (1st dibs)
Chandelier:A circa 1900, large patinated bronze Dutch chandelier with original patina. 10 arms, with smoke bells on top of arms (1st dibs)

Console: (from Maison21's List)-NOT the objet on top!

over this: (another Maison21 pick-and WHO could resist?)- Cy Tyombly Painting

framed in: 17th century Spanish black painted and gilt wood large scale frame (1st dibs)

Curtains: David Hicks by Ashley Hicks-Knossos in Beige Linen with borders in Kelly Wearstler's Vintage Link- dove/mocha

also in the room a Queen Anne Japanned Chest on Stand decorated in shades of gilt with birds, pavilions and flowers on a black ground (1st dibs)

hanging over the above:An Unusual Applique Made from the Underside of a Tortoise. French, Circa 1960's
(1st dibs)
and finally to set about the room: (I love additional chairs to set about the dining room, especially these amazing ones) A Set of Six Italian Empire Black Chairs with X-Back Slats Joined by Center Gilt Medallion and Featuring Red Eglomise Glass Inlay Trim above Original Leather Seats with Geometric Design and Supported by Front Tapered Fluted Blunt Arrow Feet with Gilt Banding. (Ex. Gianni Versace Collection) 1st dibs


  1. Beautiful! I especially love the floor lamps....very unique!

  2. my dear, typical of your high minded design ideals. M.

  3. BC-thanks for the kind words- My favorite thing is the life size portrait.

  4. thank you for sharing such excellent and beautiful pieces of history.

  5. Christian,Thank you- I adore all these pieces- to do such a room. Any one of the pieces- of course I would love to own- perhaps my favorite, this will be hard- but I will quickly say that Portrait, and if sold- the Spanish frame, of course those Versace estate chairs aren't bad-not bad at all.GT



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