Monday, August 18, 2014

Decorating With Camelback Sofas

The camel-back sofa is one of those 18th-century styles that remain popular to this day. This classic and refined sofa, named for its graceful arched back, was a Thomas Chippendale original and was fashionable from the 18th century to the mid 19th century. 

I bought my camelback in 1980 and it still holds court in my living room. We have grown together as my tastes have changed. I have had it reupholstered several times and am always delighted with it's graceful silhouette. To me the camel back sofa never goes out of style, but I am not a trendy person. Styles come and go but I am always delighted when this classic piece fights its way back to the forefront of fashion.

 If you have never considered a camelback sofa because you thought it to formal, think again. I'm a true believer that the right fabric can completely transform a piece and this sofa can look fresh and modern with the right choices. While this blog post features some of the camelbacks in traditional, classic rooms..... hang on till the end. The camelback isn't just a historical, period sofa anymore and hopefully the pictures below will prove it.

George III Style tapestry camelback sofa.

The camelback is an upholstered sofa or settee with an arched back that rises to a prominent point in the middle, and rises slightly again at the ends; usually has scrolled arms. Many times they were made of tapestry like this beautiful antique one.

A classic Chippendale camelback sofa graces the English home in Wiltshire belonging to Juicy Couture co-founder Gela Nash-Taylor and her husband, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, and their family.

The leg and foot styles vary, depending on the exact period - cabriole legs are typical on Queen Anne and Chippendale  pieces, while tapered legs characterize those in the style of Hepplewhite.

I love he camelback sofa because it is beautiful from all angles. I prefer bringing a sofa out into the room and the camelback is made for this. Here it is in a traditional setting.

You can find lovely camelbacks in great condition and at affordable prices in antique and secondhand shops around the country. I recently picked up a fabulous one this way to have recovered  for a client. Pick a fabric from many of the gorgeous ones on the market and you will have the perfect focal point.

This is a picture of my camelback. I love the fact that their entire length and depth is devoted to actual seating space. With the camelback you don't have wasted loose back cushions or oversized arms.  And with the single cushion you have no annoying cracks to fall into, a pet peeve of mine. I love to curl up and read on this sofa!

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Depending on styling, a camelback sofa can run the gamut from traditional to modern. Here it is featured in a country style with skirting instead exposed legs and stretchers.

The camelback comes with 1, 2, or 3 cushions. Word of advice.....choose the single cushion. It makes the sofa far more comfortable. Plus I think it is visually more appealing.

Many times fringe is also used to conceal the legs. The sofa is still elegant enough for any grand room,  even in it's more casual state.

You will find the camelback sofa in many colonial homes. There are certain fabrics that give it an elegant, primitive look. Checks, plaids........

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and flamestitch patterns are good choices.
This sofa has the ability to add a touch of history to any room.
Fresh life was breathed back into the camelback sofa when pictures were taken on the evolution of designer Windsor Smith's  home.The Indian octagon coffee table and the trendy upholstery was a huge hit. You can see how versatile the sofa is when you see it used here and in the room below.

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A more tailored version of the sofa.

Camelback sofas are perfect for the cottage style living room. They look wonderful in slipcovers as well.

Henredon Chloe Camel Back Sofa

A beautiful camelback sofa and its graceful hump would enhance any style interior space.

Karge Furniture

I believe that quality, timeless, furniture can be versatile and the camelback sofa is a piece that can be moved around your home and used in many different ways. I have a client right now that is going to reupholster her loveseat for use in her large kitchen where extra seating is needed.

Alessandra Branca

Chesterfield style leather camelback sofa.

The Camelback sofa can look fresh and modern with all the exciting new fabrics and colors to choose from.

Suzani-Upholstered Camelback Settee


Love the Boho Chic iron camelback!!

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An eclectic design is a great way to use family heirlooms, antiques and trendy new pieces in a cohesive way. The velvet camelback is perfect for this room.

If preppy eclectic is your style, consider investing in a camelback sofa. This is one sofa that can be recovered over and over as styles and color change and it will still look fabulous in you interiors.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Decorate Your Interiors With Pagodas

A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with sometimes as many as 15 stories, each projecting an upward curving tiled roof. They are common in Nepal, India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Burma and other parts of Asia and are usually part of a temple or monastery group that serve as shrines. The pagoda is an iconic Chinese silhouette that is associated with Chinoiserie or Chinese Decor, a style that has been around for centuries and is making a strong comeback. Pagodas were plentiful at the High Point Market in April and today the pagoda can be seen on everything from wallpaper and fabric to lighting and furniture.You can find this element in interiors from modern to eclectic or traditional.

Tony Duquette, the late costume and set designer and decorator, brought the pagoda to the limelight, using them in numerous rooms and the exterior of his enchanting home, Dawnridge.

Pagodas in the form of a large curio and light fixtures.....just some of the Duquette magic.

A pagoda in the Chinoiserie sunroom of Furlow Gatewood's Georgia home.

The pagoda bed belonging to Dodie Rosekrans. The sculptural interest of a pagoda adds sophisticated flair in any space.

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The pagoda silhouette works well with decorating styles  from eclectic to traditional.

A fabulous bed with pagoda headboard in Brocket Hall in England.

The quickest way to add a worldly sophistication to your decor is Chinoiserie decor. This charmingly exotic decorating style has been around for centuries, and now it’s bigger than ever.

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If you like whimsical touches and conversation pieces, add a large pagoda like this one to your space.

This bedroom's Chinoiserie style wallpaper ist he perfect backdrop for the white pagoda lamp.

Howard Slatkin

This pagoda headboard offers a bold touch of romantic notion and exotic style.

Photography by Monic Richard via Canadian House and Home

Pagoda wallpaper is very trendy!

To bolster the style you are going for, nothing works better than accents. There is no shortage of pagoda  inspired home decor items to choose from.

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Pagoda style window treatments become a dramatic focal point for any room.

Renzo Mongiardino

Lee Radziwill's pagoda bird cage.

Brunschwig & Fils pagoda wallpaper

John Fowler - Claydon House

Meg Braff

If you have a thing for these Asian structures with their interesting roof lines,why not incorporate one or more into you home.

Pagodas guarantee you will have enchanting rooms!

Toss around some pretty pagoda themed pillows.
Pillow are one of the easiest and the simplest way to transition into a style, or even check out if you can live with it.They are always easily replaced and add much to the over all look of a room.

Manuel Canovas Pagoda Chinoiserie,, via pinterest

 Out in the mass marketplace there are  mirrors, chandeliers, and many other objects to satisfy the pagoda craze.

Whether you have eclectic or modern taste, pagoda inspired pieces like this will help you bring the chic touch of Chinoiserie style into your home.

I love this gorgeous aqua pagoda wallpaper. Manufacturers are making wonderful Chinoiserie wall coverings and fabrics today.

Antique Chinese Plate Allerton's England 1831 Blue & White Transferware featuring a Pagoda and Flowers design.

Michael Smith

Had to share this stunning pagoda style door facing. Just breathtaking!

Ann Getty House - Pagoda Chair

Michael S. Smith

A collection is always nice to display. Why not make yours pagodas.

Pagoda etageres from Brooke Astor's estate.

This talented designer collects them. The most amazing thing about pagodas is their incredibly detailed decoration.

Thibaut - Oriental Toile featuring pagodas.

This may be a too much for you but you can always pare it down bit by bit. The print is lovely no matter 
how much you choose to use.

Century Furniture Pagoda Bar Cabinet

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Try an exotic Pagoda display cabinet filled with pretty collectibles.

Designed by Dennis Rolland for The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala, held annually in New York

A pagoda can add drama and energy to any project whether it be decorating or entertaining.

The exterior pagodas of Duquete's Dawnridge.

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