Monday, June 30, 2014

Decorating With Paisley

Paisley has been a popular interior design motif for decades. It is a perennial favorite that never seems to go out of style. Prior to it's use in home decor, paisley was a much-loved motif in the fashion world and was particularly popular during the "Summer of Love", and heavily identified with psychedelic style. I remember as a young girl wearing paisley and feeling so "groovy"!

Resembling a twisted teardrop, the kidney-shaped paisley is of Iranian and Indian  origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley in West Scotland, a center for textiles where paisley designs were produced.

The designs come in various colors you will certainly love. And in the right colors for your room, paisley can lift the spirit and give the room a fresh, bright feeling. Or it can bring a textured elegance when presented in neutral tones.You will be impressed on how a simple paisley can breathe fresh life into your interiors.

There are many different ways to incorporate paisley patterns into your home. Here the walls are covered in fabric. Even though there is a saturation of paisley, it is done very well.

Paisley pattern can be statement enough without adding anything else. Use other textural patterns instead.

If you want just a little bit of this exotic motif, consider pillows or a throw.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design

Or why not try paisley window treatments.

Benny Jackson Designs

Paisley can add a playful quality to almost any surface.

When paired with a more neutral room, this beautiful pattern can make a gorgeous statement.

Paisley can add richness to your room. To keep it from becoming overwhelming just keep the rest of your room simple and clean. Also don’t be afraid to use a bold pattern in a small room. 

A small powder room is a great place to experiment with a bold paisley pattern. Small rooms can benefit from large pattern.

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This pattern fits in both modern and traditional interiors and can create handsome effects when paired with plaid fabrics, floral print fabrics, or even animal print fabrics. 

Allessandra Branca

This design is great with  modern color combinations.

Or as in this case, it is used with more traditional colors such as this bedroom by Barclay Butera with Plaid & Paisley Bedding and Paisley Wallpaper in Shades of Red, Olive Green, Brown. 

Many paisley prints maintain a classic look with rich tones and textures.

Or you can incorporate paisley it in a less traditional way with large, blown-up versions. 

Paisley with neutrals....lovely.

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Locate a paisley print you love and decorate around it. Take a swatch of the fabric with you wherever you shop and match accessories to the colors in your print. It's best to choose two or three colors and stick to those.

SallyWheat Interiors - Cole and Sons Paisley Wallpaper 

 Paisley can quickly overwhelm a room containing too many decorative items. Make sure you have enough "negative space" This room works because of the solid rug, curtains and seating.

Over sized paisley wallpaper pattern with soft colors or tone-on-tone patterns keep the space clean and distinctive.

Pierette - hand printed wallpaper - blue paisley on white - from the Les Indiennes Collection by IVM Prints

Make paisley your key theme and design the rest of your room in muted stripes or play with textures.

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Paisley bedding is a stunning statement on any bed. Picture a thick, luscious paisley comforter with different, yet coordinating colors for a bed skirt, sheets and pillow cases. It's a guaranteed feast for your eyes.

Le Cuona's "Antique Paisley"

This is more the paisley style I prefer because I think the ethnic look is so beautiful.

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Subtle use of paisley on the upholstery and window treatment. Very chic.

A stenciled background sets the stage for the energy and beauty that arises when you decorate to create contrasts in pattern, scale, color and texture.

Connect paisley and floral patterns within a room by selecting similar colors or pattern sizes.

A paisley sofa or chair can be the inspiration point for the rest of the room.

If you don't use a paisley fabric for your color palette inspiration, then a paisley area rug is the next best thing. Fall in love with a paisley rug; then proudly display it as the centerpiece of the room. Pick off the colors in the area rug and match your furnishings to the colors for a perfect design blend.

The beauty of decorating with a paisley fabric is that the pattern can contain so many different colors. This makes it easy when coordinating accessories. 

Suzanne Rheinstein

There are many paisley styles to choose from. Here the designer has chosen a whimsical floral paisley print

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Decorating With The Knole Sofa

One of the earliest examples of a sofa, the Knole Sofa has quite a pedigree. It was originally an upholstered casual throne on which the monarch would have sat to receive visitors. Named for one of the great houses of England, Knole House, located in Kent and owned by the Sackville-West family since 1605, this sofa has unmatched style and class. As with all "classics" it comes and goes with the times, and is still very much in production today

Sofas were uncommon before the 17th century. Seating for more than one person was in the style of a bench (which was pushed up against walls for back support as well as drafts from the cold air). The Knole sofa was designed with high, adjustable side arms and considerable depth of seating. Back in Tudor times, the sides were kept high to keep out drafts. When necessary the sides could be lowered to provide a chaise-like arrangement making it perfect for lounging or napping. The tops of the back and sides have finials and when the back and sides are in an upright position, they are held in place by braided cord, often with tassels, wrapped around the finials.

I adore the silhouette of the Knole sofa and so must many others as it is one of the "go to" sofas people want to own when they intend to add some elegance to their homes.

The original Knole sofa in Knole House, which is part of the National Trust

During the Jacobean period seating for more than one person was usually a backless couch set against a wall that was frequently hung with tapestries. Eventually an integrated back was added, which led to the design of the now-famous Knole sofa, which dates to the period just prior to the English Civil War in the early 1600s. The back, along with those tall arms, could create a shelter from cold drafts and allowed the seats to move out into the room, away from the wall.

The Knole sofa adds instant class to a room. While typically English, it works beautifully with French furnishings as well. It is perfectly at home in an antique eclectic interior.

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From English cottage to manor house the Knole makes an Anglophile's heart skip a beat.

Knole sofa in a 14th century Cotswold cottage.

These twin Knole sofas grace the saloon of Coughton Court, Warwickshire.

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 My personal favorite is this tapestry Knole sofa. Yes, I do have sofa envy!!

British royalty of stage and screen, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were Knole owners

Knoles are traditional English country-house sofas. You see them usually in velvets and trims.

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The Knole sofa still adds a sophisticated presence to the modern living room.

Beautiful Knoles in the Bloomsbury Hotel.

Knole Velvet Sofa with Silk and Hand Appliqued Details, England, Circa 1880. 

A Knole Settee by Francis Lenyon 1910. Edgy lines form the seat's unconventional silhouette, while finial tie backs grace each corner with elegant appeal.

A rare, late-18/early-19th century, Knole settee upholstered in 17th century, verdure tapestry. The British Antique Dealers' Association

Velvet clad Knole sofa in this Alberto Pinto designed room. I think these sofas are displayed at their best when used in the center of large rooms, instead of the traditional up-against-the-wall setting.

A Knole Sofa sits in the salon of Timothy Corrigan's Chateau Du Grand-Luce.

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This venerable English silhouette has a talent for shifting from traditional to contemporary, depending on its cover, while still maintaining a meaningful historical reference.

A Ross Bleckner painting hangs on the far wall above a Tiplady Knole sofa recovered in Fortuny fabric.

Midwest Home Magazine

The Knole sofa is in a class by itself with unmatched style. I love the way it has been updated it in this fantastic grey fabric.

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy

The Knole has a talent for changing its look according to its upholstery and the ornamentation used. Using a sleeker finial, for example, takes the sofa in a much more contemporary direction.

What sofa gives you these striking grand proportions other than a Knole? Brilliant design and tasteful aesthetics make this sofa an incomparable addition.

A crafty blend of fashion and function allow this Knole sofa to bring fundamental elements to your home without sacrifice.

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Layla Grayce

You can make a Knole sofa contemporary in design depending on how you dress it up.

The drop-down arms are a fascinating feature of the Knole sofa. When fully dropped down, they allow the sofa to be used as a bed. When fully raised, they keep out the cold, creating a very snug and cozy place to nestle for the evening.

They are expensive....but aren't all works of art?

Downton Abby fans will be familiar this Knole!

This Knole would look as at home in an old world interior as it would a contemporary one. It has such handsome lines.

Although some say the Knole sofa is passee, I think it will always be with us.

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