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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.29.2009

Universal Things

It's sort of a tradition in my family -- on my dad's side -- to go against the grain. "Just because other Americans have HBO or frequently eat at hip restaurants, doesn't mean we have to." This philosophy is decidedly uncool when you're thirteen but no so bad when you're an adult. Being frugal in certain areas sometimes makes it possible to enjoy other luxuries, and it definitely comes in handy when the rainy days hit (or the stormy years).

I feel grateful that last year I was able to purchase a few small paintings and drawings. Each one has a connection to a kindred spirit. Above is Vicky's interpretation of LouLou de la Falaise's Paris apartment, and below is the Guillaume de Laubier photograph that inspired the painting. (Image is from Dressing the Home.)

LouLou's eclectic vignette is all about personal objects. More and more when I look at other people's interiors, I find myself focusing on their art and accessories. It's been said a million times but those are the interesting things, whether the art is hanging in a stately Neff-inspired house or a tiny bungalow.

So while I love the fantasy of Yves Saint Laurent's and Pierre Bergé's exotic and far-flung homes captured by Ivan Terestchenko in his new book, Les Paradis Secrets d' Yves Saint Laurent et de Pierre Bergé, I'm most intrigued by the arrangements of art, personal collections, and inspiration boards.


Ivan says that famed brit designer, Peter Saville, is responsible for the French cover. Other editions will be published in the UK at Thames and Hudson, and in the US at Vendome, but with different covers. Pierre Bergé wrote the introduction.

Enjoy this sneak peek.




For the scoop on the related YSL Christie's auction, be sure to read Emily's wonderful post.

15 comments:

Janet said...

That is what we northerners refer to as a "Yankee mentality" (not that it is unique to us)!!! My grandmother would wash out a reuse ziplock baggies, but then turn around and buy a beautiful antique chair. Lovely watercolor ~ a very wise splurge. I think we are on the same wavelength today. BTW, I love the Cafiero Select link!

Style Court said...

Washing out ziplock baggies ties her with some of the "extreme" things my Granddad used to do :)

Hopping over to your site now.

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

or watering down the Ivory's liquid soap....

back to Pierre and YSL - there is some serious tablescaping going on here...

Style Court said...

Emily -- love your new pic!

pve design said...

movies, but no popcorn, at those ridiculous prices.
just think of the money saved. Dad always said money saved is money not spent.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- I forgot about the concession stand thing. A classic.

molly said...

Going against the grain is not such a bad thing at all. I loved your story about your Father's frugal ways. Good choice on the beautiful painting.

Molly Mackey
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Style Court said...

Thanks Molly!

Karena said...

Yes, when I was young and our family went to the "Drive -In Movies" we would make a huge brown grogery sack of popcorn and a jug of "Kool-Aid" to take along!

Diane said...

love the flowing yellow drapes

Beautiful Living said...

Love your framed water color painting :)

Style Court said...

Thanks Beautiful Living! Vicky did a wonderful thing.

Mélanie said...

wonderful paintings. I'm a big fan of Loulou de la Falaise , she has such a style. I remember an armchair she had reupholstered with a mexican traditional fabric ( fro cloth ) , I loved this armchair

Paul Pincus said...

i love your painting. it's very beautiful! i think the way you framed the work is perfection! i love the mat's gold core. -paul

Style Court said...

Oh thanks Paul!