When in Chicago Bobsy Goodspeed lounged about in a sleek apartment, on Cape Cod, she preferred the Victorian, or as Harper's Bazaar referred to it -"Neo-Victorianism." Regardless, her decoraing tuned changed abruptly when on the Cape. She decorated her country cottage in Osterville called Weeping Willows just as she pleased-and without help from any decorators.
BOBSY with a sailing ship's figure called MILDRED in the garden.
BOBSY & BOWS
Glamorous Bobsy in Repose. Lace curtains at the windows in the Goodspeed Living Room are part of the laying on of Victoriana, finished off with magenta bows over roller shades with homey scenes-a la Courier and Ives. No ordinary lace, Bobsy acquired the lace from her Paris dressmaker-and made the curtains herself. Blackamoor pedestals served as end tables flanking a curvaceous sofa that I suspect matched the bows-both covered in a lustrous satin.
I do hope so.
Her papier-mache cocktail table was decorated with a shell "crammed with flowers from her picking garden." She selected the flowers in her garden to perfectly match her rooms.
The wallpaper was printed in a repetition of chairs, consoles, candelabra, etc. that reminds me of the smart petite patterns created by British company Osborne & Little. Bobsy added a decorative fillet molding around the room's walls that I bet was gold-something she just could not resist. At her feet, a needlepoint rug in Bobsy colors.
Sister Parish's Island HouseHer penchant for the Victorian wasn't too out of step with the Cape Cod style of Sister Parish.
Take away those bows and Bobsy's look begins to become rather appealing. More Victorianisms- domed covered fruit (a Victorian staple), opaline crystal compotes filled with fresh flowers (the opaline pink or maybe jade in color I think), porcelain shoes (surely your grandmother had a pair of these sit-abouts), and an intricate piece of needlework hanging above it all.
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I imagine Jeffrey Bilhuber would feel right at home in Bobsy's living room (Bilhuber below).
The Harper's Bazaar article appeared in 1940, one year before the States entered World War II, but the magazine's cover in September included the American flag.
This photograph appeared in a feature called The Call to Color with a royal purple Germaine Monteil dinner dress and a magenta satin ottoman-and riotous needlepoint carpet so reminiscent of the colors of Bobsy.
photo by Hoyningen-Huene
Raoul Dufy paintings, Henderson’s Superb Double Fringe Petunias, 1898. H. Mellen Co. Spring catalogue 1907,