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In a recent interview with Vogue.com for a piece entitled Why Brown Is the Color Taking Over Interiors in 2022, I noted, “Everyone is wanting to feel close to and comforted by the earth, whether it’s an organic brown linen for a family room sofa or a rich chocolate silk velvet on bergères for a living room.” For me, brown is anything but a passing trend. Some of my favorite spaces of all time by the iconic interior designers that I look up to feature chocolatey brown walls and upholstery. The work of David Hicks and Albert Hadley will forever grace my mood boards. When I think of spaces that have looked great for decades and will continue to inspire me, these are at the top of the list.
On my desk right now is the scheme for a living room in the charming Chicago suburb of Hinsdale that we are installing next month. Built in 1893, this magnificent home is certainly worthy of timeless design. For the walls of the living room, I chose Mahogany No. 36 from Farrow & Ball, an earthy hue that has welcoming, warm undertones. The brilliant decorative painter Julie Lutjen Lawrence will be adding a Greek key detail around the moldings. We're also repeating the Greek key motif, one of my favorites, with trim from Samuel & Sons on the leading edge of the ivory drapery. With rich brown velvets and an exciting mix of antiques and finishes, this room is fit to be one of the chicest yet!
MDS FOR SCHUMACHER
The Mark D. Sikes for Schumacher line of luxurious fabrics consists of modern takes on my go-to favorites including a pretty chinoiserie floral, a smart ikat, a playful paisley medallion, and, of course, stripes. Proving the power of pattern, each piece is designed to mix and match in fresh color groupings including blues and whites, neutrals, and reds.
THE BEAUTIFUL OUTDOORS
MDS FOR CHADDOCK
Our most recent collection of furniture with Chaddock is entitled "City, Coastal, Country." Drawing inspiration from each of these three environments, we have created timeless furniture you can customize, curate, and collect.
JULIE LUTJEN LAWRENCE
Meeting artists and artisans from around the country is such a rewarding part of the job. Collaborating with Chicago-based Julie Lutjen Lawrence has been a real pleasure!
PALOMA & CO
Our friends at Paloma & Co stock everything from jewelry to antique furniture. We're excited to be sourcing artwork from their impressive roster of artists for this upcoming install.
SISTER PARISH DESIGN
In the design world, it doesn't get more iconic than the work of Sister Parish. Their joyful and timeless patterned fabrics have a place in almost all our projects!
PENNY MORRISON LTD
Inspired by cultures all around the world, the fabric and decor items that Penny Morrison produces are often unexpected but always chic.
SAMUEL & SONS
Each room that we create is chock-full of Samuel & Sons trim and we wouldn't have it any other way!
A. TYNER ANTIQUES
In the living room of our Chicago project, we're excited to showcase a set of four French armchairs from A. Tyner Antiques in Atlanta.