Saturday, April 12, 2014

Decorating With Malachite

Last year emerald green was Pantone's color of the year so decorating with malachite was sure to become a trend. However for those of us who love classic design, malachite is always in style and the perfect touch to add to a collected, entertaining interior.This unique accent is so visually exciting with it's swirling pattern that makes for a great conversation piece.

Malachite is a beautiful stone with an intense green color. The word "malachite" is a derivative of the Greek word for mallow-green stone, referring to the mineral's resemblance to the mallow plant. It has long been revered for its varied color and texture and prized as a decorative stone. Malachite is often found in copper mines and is currently mined in many places around the world including Russia, Africa and North America, but the best material comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Malachite has always been a sign of wealth and status. Russia’s Romanov family was the first to use Malachite in interior decoration. The Winter Palace in Russia even has an entire room called the Malachite Room. Since the "real thing" isn't always affordable, today many decorators are using faux malachite in their clients homes to give them the look of elegance and sophistication that malachite can instantly bring to a room. At the end of the post are some links to tutorials that can show you how to dress up your own home with this technique.

The Winter Palace at St. Petersburg, Russia

It's famous Malachite Room

If you want to incorporate actual malachite into your interiors you might try this is a gorgeous malachite sink from the Sherle Wagner Collection.

For the serious collector there are beautiful genuine malachite pieces to be purchased at auction or in antique stores.

If you want just a bit of malachite, start a small desktop collection 

Genuine malachite is very expensive but here is an alternative.
Thanks to designer Tony Duquette for the popularity of faux malachite. He designed wonderful fabrics, wallpaper, and furniture in the pattern. The following are images from his Dawnridge Estate and they show his extensive use of faux malachite.

Tony Duquette's Dawnridge

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Duquette's Dawnridge

Malachite inspired pillows  take center stage in Duquette's home.

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My favorite is the wonderful faux malachite painted French desk.

Duquette faux malachite side tables -  top view

Tony Duquette Malachite fabric on this Louis XV style chair

Love this faux malachite ceiling treatment.

You can also apply the faux technique to your millwork. I marbelized all the trim in the hallway of my 110 year old house and it makes a huge statement. It is easier than you think and I am sure this would be too.

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Wallpaper manufacturers offer many selections of malachite patterns.

This is a great pattern for smaller spaces as it is a bit overwhelming when used to paper larger areas. It can quickly become too much of a good thing.

Wallpaper from Cole and Sons, England.

Maybe you want your version on this pattern underfoot.
From the top: “Kerkyra” from Marjorie Skouras Design; “Mineral Floor Canvas” from Tozai Home; “Malachite,” the Tony Duquette Collection from Roubini Rugs

Malachite patterned  Roman Shades

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These fabulous dishes are hand-crafted  Limoges porcelain and have 24-karat gold detailing.

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A malachite mirror is a great way to freshen up your bath or powder room.

Malachite patterned fabric is a sure way to make a statement at your windows. Of course there is the Tony Duquette line but here are others as well.

There are many wonderful faux malachite decorative accessories to be found in home decor stores.

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Whether you desire your interiors to be decorated in an eclectic, collected,  Tony Duquette style......

or that of Kelly Wearstler's modern chic, malachite will not let you down in the much sought after "wow factor"

If you are interested in trying your hand at faux malachite painting here are some tutorials that will help you.   This is the one I plan to use as I like the randomness of the design.   Uses a brush and has a more uniform pattern.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Decorating With Mint Green

Once associated with baby showers, mint green burst into adulthood alittle over a year ago and has been growing in popularity ever since. Mint is versatile and as you will discover while viewing the images I have posted for you, it can be cool and refreshing as well as warm and charming. I hope this post will give you something to think about if you are considering a make over and have never been properly introduced to mint green.


Mint green is the perfect pastel combination of youthfulness, elegance and vibrance.

First let us look at Mint's warmer side

Jacques Garcia

Mint has always had the ability to create antiquity without appearing aged. The backdrop of these wonderful mint green library shelves is perfect for shades of pink.

Howard Slatkin

When combined with darker colors mint becomes warm and invigorating.

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Mint, soft blue and muted reds...always a great combination.

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Lemon and mint.......luscious!

Jacques Garcia

Mint is a color that works wonderfully with charming Cottage interiors.

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Mint is a solid choice for someone who wants to bring color to their decor without it being too much of an attention-grabber. The striped window treatments and pretty patterned pillows are just the right touch.

Now for Mint's refreshing side

When set against the shiny surfaces of metal, mint brings refreshment.

The coolness of mint emerges when used with a grey walls and black damask print pillows. The silvered sunburst mirror pushes the cool factor even further.

The punch of mint upholstered Versailles chairs and the zebra rug bring energy to this room.

The glass table, mirror, and this cool shade of pink all help to make this mint and white room cool and refreshing.

When paired with white refreshing mint really lets it's cool side shine.

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Again mint is great at adding color without dominating the scene.

No matter how you decide to use it mint green is a lovely color to decorate with. This room has a wonderful mix of patterns.

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Stick to using small burst of the brighter color against the larger surfaces of mint.

The mint Paris dining room decorated by antiques dealers Françoise and Yves Gastou.

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Colors in the orange family look good with mint. Here is an example of how pretty it looks when used with soft coral.

And the bright orange looks equally fabulous.

Chateau de la Verrerie

If you don't want a room totally saturated with mint...... can be mixed with brighter colors to add a fruity punch to one’s decor like the Sitting Area in the Queen's quarters in Hampton Court Palace

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