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Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

Inspiration David Hicks

David Hicks - Timeless Chic
David Hicks (1929-1998)was the superstar designer of the 1960s and 1970s – sought after by royalty and the privileged. Though it's been many years since his last projects were center stage in the design world, David Hicks' influence is still felt today. David Hicks built the bridge connecting the formal classical styles of the past to the current modern style of today. Many past and present day interior designers, such as Billy Baldwin, Mark Hampton and Vicente Wolfe, got their inspiration from him. When you look at a room with a harmonious mix of classical and contemporary pieces, you are seeing an echo of the David Hicks style.

(Notice the painted antler head over the fireplace)

David Hicks was born in March of 1929 in Essex, Great Britain, surrounded by great country manors and sweeping formal gardens. He trained at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts, and through visiting the homes of some of his school friends started to explore the rest of Europe. His career was off to a great start when he was published in 1954 in House and Garden.

David Hicks' styling and color schemes blew in a fresh wind to the stale design environment. He would juxtapose a modern abstract painting with classical urns or vases. Antique sculptures would stand on plexiglass bases. Period French fauteuils would be upholstered in bold modern patterns. Expensive objets d'art would sit in a tablescape next to ordinary found objects from a beach or a ruin. Striking colors of vermilion and scarlet contrast against the dark woods.

He discovered unused printing blocks from Colefax & Fowler and commissioned new wallpaper prints with striking colors – blacks and yellows, scarlets and khakis.
Then by 1960, in typical whirlwind fashion, David Hicks met and married Pamela Mountbatten, the daughter of the Earl of Mountbatten and Viceroy of India.

Besides working in interior design, David Hicks designed furniture, jewelry, textiles, carpets, wallpaper, and even gardens. He opened several shops to showcase his products. His obsession with decorative details and extensive exposure to beautiful homes provided a constant source for creative ideas. His trips abroad to India and Middle East inspired his geometric designs for his carpets. Recognizing his popularity, the American textile company, JP Stevens, commissioned him to create designer linens for the American market. His daughter, Ashley Hicks, has also recently re-released editions of his fabric and carpet patterns. They can be seen on the Web site:

David Hicks' melding of yesterday's designs with modern works has proven timeless (excerpt from Dezignare)
Timeless Chic
Definition of 'chic' (shēk)
1. The quality or state of being stylish; fashionableness.
2. Good form; style; elegance.
All of these rooms are by David Hicks from the David Hicks Archive and date from the 70's & 80's. They are remarkably and undeniably just as Chic today as they were 30 years ago. I am adding David Hicks to the dictionary definition of the word 'chic'...................
3. Timeless as in interiors by David Hicks

I love the way David Hicks masterfully handles canopy beds.

What a beautiful detailed room done all in white with punctuation marks of Yellow & Black

Geometric carpet
Love the mirrored ceiling
Textured Carpet
Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

Wallpaper 'Tema e Variazion...

'Tema e Variazioni'

I was spellbound when I first saw this wallpaper on the blog of The Peak of Chick. Then I saw it again a day later in Elle Decor UK Edition June 2007. My clients had given me the magazine with some pages turned over of things they liked and there I saw it again. So I have decided I want to use this paper somewhere and if I don't get to use it for a client I am going to wallpaper my own Powder Room with it. I think it would make a memorable visit to that room.

Here's what Elle Decor had to say:

Cole and Sons wallpapers are beautiful, well-made and bang on trend. Its latest collection transfers the work of bonkers Milanese artist and interior designer Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) into bold wallpapers. My favourite ‘Tema e Variazioni’ inspired by the enigmatic face of a beautiful woman he came across in an old French magazine. (I thought I sensed some French Chic)

Piero Fornasetti was born in 1913 in Milan and became an eclectic painter, sculptor, interior designer, craftsman, engraver of art books and organizer of international exhibitions and events. Believing strongly in disegnothe practice of sketching and copying – as the legacy of the Italian artistic tradition, his unique style shows a strong sense of irony. He worked independently of the avant-garde and his production of exquisitely made objects, textiles and furniture, some of which are in the V&A Museum, is one of the largest of the 20th century.
Elle Decoration UK Edition June 2007

If anyone knows the translation for 'Tema e Variazioni' please let me know!!!
Themes and Variations The House of Beauty and Culture
Topic and Variations Cote de Texas
Variations on a Theme Studio Annetta
Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

Chairs as Bookshelves

I love the casual elegance of stacking books on a chair. I can never have too many books around me. They usually land in stacks all over. I love to have them around for inspiration. I have never been in a home in Paris that didn't have a stack of books in the living room. When I go into people's homes I always look to see what books they have on their bookshelves and what they are reading beside their favourite chair or on the night table. I went to see a new client today and saw some familiar books there. My heart felt warm and I felt an immediate kinship with them as I imagined that we had shared some of the same reading. I also came away from that meeting with a new book to buy. It was lying on the coffee table and I loved the cover and was compelled to pick it up. I loved the feel of it in my hand. I wrote down the name and author and on the way back to the office I stopped at the bookstore and picked it up. The book is The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff. The previous book that she wrote was 84, Charing Cross Road which was made into a movie with Anthony Hopkins and Ann Bancroft 1987. So I picked up that book to read also. I don't know how I missed the movie with two stellar actors in it. So one thing does lead to another and another and another.......... Happy book stacking.

If anyone has read these books
please let me know how you liked them.
Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago

Green Chic

The color green is timeless. Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. I have just painted a client's entry and dining room Benjamin Moore Jalapeno Green. It is a wonderful color and I accented the room with white and dark wood. The color I used is almost the same color as the sofa Vincente Wolf used in the room he did below. I was looking through some archives of rooms that David Hicks had done probably 30 years ago and I was quite taken with the two rooms of his, shown below, as they are so current now. The first room is a match to BM Wales Green 2028-60. Notice how he has used a splash of neon yellow and turquoise to add a punch to the room.

The room above of David Hicks was done years ago and the two pictures below are current. Quite similar use of colors.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd
Antonia Hutt
Mary McDonald is a master at using color. This room makes me feel happy.
Sheila Bridges This room has a wonderful soothing quality.
Eileen Kathryn Boyd
Eileen Kathryn Boyd I love the touch of Schiaparelli Pink in the two chairs and flowers on the mantle above. Schiaparellia was a French fashion designer, born in Italy who lived 1890 - 1973 and made this color of pink her signature color.

This chair is similar to the one that Kelly Wearstler has on the front cover of her book Domicilium Decoratus. chair Jayson Home and Garden

LuLu DK fabric
Mary McDonald Shelley Gordon Love this Billiard Room Green
Le Gemme glass tiles Bisazza Bisazza tile is all the rage right now. This one has touches of mustard yellow to accentuate the green more.

Treillage The inexpensive and ever so chic and timeless ceramic stool
Interesting facts on the color green:
Nature of Green:
Green is a restful color with some of the same calming attributes of blue. Like blue, time moves faster in a green room. Green of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings. Green is very nourishing to to your health, it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing vibrations from Nature.
Culture of Green:
Because of all the green in nature the color is reminiscent of Spring. Coupled with red it's a Christmas color.

Language of Green:

Good green
Green light - go, permission to proceed (with a task)
The green room - in theater or televisions it is the room where performers and guests go to relax
Green thumb - good with plants
Greenback - US dollar bill, money
Greener pastures - something newer or better (or perceived to be better), such as a new job
Bad green
Green-eyed monster - jealousy
Green with envy - jealous or envious
Green - inexperienced, untested, untrained

Posted by Patricia gray
over 12 years ago