this is a story of bruce budd, an economics major with aspirations of becoming a banker, who ended up becoming the prominent and powerful mellon family’s exclusive interior decorator. was it talent, luck or charm?
it all started when bruce decided to to leave his studies and move to connecticut to work at a friends antique shop. because of his apparent skills, he was encouraged to participate in a local show house. he was then noticed by bill blass and albert hadley. that’s impressive! mr. blass, in my book, is mr. chic!! bruce had talent! he soon was called upon by bunny mellon. bruce had luck! soon after that he landed the mellon family as his first- and exclusive client. bruce had charm!
the story doesn’t end yet! the mellon’s decided to give budd a terribly chic carriage house in manhattan. soon after shot by richard felber and published in world of interiors. it was cemented- a triple threat with talent, luck and charm!
the carriage house is the purist definition of chic and charming. a simple recipe of white rooms with artfully arranged antiques, art and seating. pops of blue and major art standout in a predominantly neutral color palette. full of many of my favorite things- stripes, leaning art, books, ficus trees, rush baskets, eclectic antique chairs and tables, hand woven irish rugs, gilt mirrors, swing arm wall scones. traditional mixed with modern beautifully- lots of style, lots of details, lots of chicness and lots of charm!
as charmed as his story is, i hope we get to see more of his work and interiors in the future. I admire the talent, i appreciate the charm and i envy the luck!