Fabulous Room Friday 01.23.15

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More and more lately, I have found myself shying away from trends and seeking out beautiful things that have not already been seen a million times before. After nearly eight years of blogging, this is a difficult feat, but I find that it is just part of maturing in both age and style sensibility. I find myself drawn to spaces that feel distinctly personal and are composed with a fierce editor’s eye without sacrificing function for style. I draw more inspiration from rooms that have been carefully curated rather than those that have been decorated in the go-to formulas we designers use time and time again. There are times when I know exactly which room I want to feature on Friday and other weeks, like this one, when nothing in particular seems to resonate. As I poured through magazines, books, and Pinterest searching for the top contender for this week’s “Fabulous Room” I found that while there are thousands of beautiful rooms out there, nothing was standing out to me. I made myself step back and reflect on what I had been inspired by lately.

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Enter Bruce Budd, exclusive decorator of the late, legendary Bunny Mellon. He is the type of decorator that designs in the way that I just described, creating a symphony of beautiful pieces that work together in perfect harmony. The spaces designed by Budd are effortlessly chic, timeless, without a hint of artifice or predictability. My good friend, Mark D. Sikes has featured Budd’s work extensively and among the rooms he has featured, I am particularly fond of the striking sitting room in the New York carriage house which was given to him by his faithful clients, the Mellons.

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The foundation of the sitting room is a stark white palette– white walls, white millwork, and white painted floors. The rest of the palette is composed of blues and grays with some touches of warmth compliments of a gorgeous convex mirror (my primary design weaknesses are chic convex mirrors, beautiful lighting, and stylish chairs), rich finishes on a few casegoods, and woven seagrass baskets. The wall of built-in window seats and bookshelves frames the room and it’s elegantly composed contents– Louis XVI chairs, modern tables with clean lines, and abstract art. The result is a beautiful room that feels as fresh and timeless today as when it was first designed.

What have you found yourself drawn to in the world of interior design lately? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend!


{Image Source: World of Interiors via Mark D. Sikes}

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  1. Bruce Budd is at the top of my list of favorites! When I feel like I’m losing sight of what I’m trying to accomplish in my own home I go back and study his carriage house.

  2. Paloma I love that you featured Budd’s carriage house room. It is perfection to me. That nook with the convex mirror, the art it all works for me!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    The Arts by Karena

  3. This room is everything I am drawn to lately as well. Your eyes can actually rest and appreciate each of the pieces individually. It just seems so peaceful yet personal. It seems purposeful but not forced, not overly decorated. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  4. Beautiful yes,but has it been decorated to be viewed as a work of art or as a place to live?

    P.S. They are called fish eye mirrors!

  5. Just wanted to clarify that Bruce’s floors are actually a very light grey. Also, the small print fabrics are Fortuny. And, the slipper chair is by Billy Baldwin from his decorating at La Fiorentina for the Lawrences.