I am thrilled to participate in Dering Hall’s Wired + Inspired Americana Showhouse which kicks off today. Dering Hall challenged the participating designers to design spaces inspired by American design icons, drawing from the incredible product assortment available at High Point Market. Billy Baldwin is one of my personal design icons and as I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been feeling very inspired by his Arbre de Matisse fabric. I opted to design a dining room inspired by some of the hallmarks of Mr.Baldwin’s work– skirted dining tables paired in groups, rich chocolate lacquered walls, a mix of abstract art and traditional style furniture, and of course, I had to include some of his famous slipper chairs. The space is glamorous, yet cozy and intimate.
I started with the Arbre de Matisse fabric, which I used on the table skirts and draperies. I then opted for rich, chocolate lacquered walls, pale wood floors, a large rush rug to ground the space and make it feel less formal; black and white abstract art, and white plaster accents including the mirror over the fireplace and classical brackets with coral fragments in the background. The idea of a pair of dining tables feels at once grand, yet intimate to me. I am sure Mr. Baldwin’s clients must have loved the effect, particularly for dinner parties because he often used groups of tables as opposed to a single large one. To see the full design and the individual products I used in the space, you can check out my dining room here.
Speaking of High Point, if you will be attending Market, please join me and Jeanne Chung, Jennifer Mehditash, and Robin Baron for our panel, “East Coast to West Coast Design” hosted by the Antique & Design Center of High Point on Saturday, October 17th at 1:30 pm in the Luisana Designs & Antiques Showroom, MS M 68 ADC in the Antiques & Design Center.