Monday, January 31, 2011

Peter Dunham... Fabric Obsession

Peter Dunham has been a design hero of mine for a long time.  Not only I am in love with his style, but I am also constantly drawn to his fabric line for my projects.  His store in Los Angeles, Hollywood At Home, is where I always can find "my center" as far as my look.   When I am in LA, which has been a lot lately working to finish two projects, Peter and his staff always are so helpful.   

I have mentioned before that we are working on designing our new office and have chosen the fabric Samarkand.  Below are some images of this fabric done in a few different colors and applications.  We have chosen the blue/green colorway for the draperies in my office. 

This dining room in East Hampton has become such an inspiration for another great project we are working on for a seaside home here on the East Coast.  

 This chair in the red/blue colorway is being used for a project here in Greenwich.  It will be the "go to" print of the room, not only on upholstered pieces, but on pillows and lampshades.  I so excited about this project.  I have already had a couple design publications asking for new material and this project is going to be incredible!!  
Stay tuned!!

 Another fun way to use Samarkand done by my friend Windsor Smith

 The bench in the entry of this house is exactly what I would want to see when I come home.                            

 Blue/Green colorway for our office draperies...Love it!
Can't wait to show everyone.  
We're thinking about having a party when it's finished.  

Peter Dunham Textiles Fabric Obsession!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A day to appreciate my Asiatic Pheasant collection

It's frigid cold in Greenwich this Sunday, so we're in "coz mode" with fires roaring the fireplaces, daughters making cupcakes, husband watching football and me appreciating my collection of Asiatic Pheasant blue and white transfer ware.

Asiatic Pheasants was the most popular dinnerware pattern of the Victorian era; its principal production and popularity virtually coinciding with the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and such is its enduring charm that it is still produced in Staffordshire today.

Mixed with traditional and contemporary furnishings they tie together a timeless design.  Besides being beautiful they are useful in entertaining as well.  I have a place setting for 25 for parties and love to use my antique serving pieces as candy dishes or simply used for a cheese plate.  What I really love are the pitchers.  You can't imagine how gorgeous hydrangeas look in a large blue and white pitcher.  

My breakfast nook.  
Asiatic Pheasant platters surrounded by a beautiful still life in oil.  The ribbons were found at a Nantucket antique store and the wallpaper is a check pattern grass cloth by Schumacher.

My living room mantle
Asiatic Pheasant covered dish below a hand carved 200 year old Federal mirror

This large pitcher is ALWAYS filled with hydrangeas.  
I love the afternoon light in my living room in the Winter.  

Footed platters are special and rare.  

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately.  Thornton Designs has been so busy with new and exciting projects and trying to finish up our new office.  Will keep you posted on the progress.  

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My passion for English fabrics

I have always been drawn to anything English... a lovely country side home makes me crazy with thoughts of lovely dinner parties, cozy fires, gorgeous gardens and of course charming interiors.  But it's English fabrics that I truly adore.  I am fortunate that so many of our clients also love and appreciate English fabrics. Two of my favorites are Bennison and 
Robert Kime.

Below are some fabrics that we have used with recent projects.

 A Los Angeles pool house we designed with Bennison wallpaper and fabrics

The original English club chair done in a Bennison fabric

Robert Kime fabrics are fabulous

English interiors so lovely and charming!

I love this little nook

Classic formula

This is so charming and refined.

I adore dining rooms that serve also as a library.   
Whenever possible, I try to use chicken wire on cabinet doors.

This wallpaper is one of my all time favorite Bennison prints.  
Blue, cream, chocolate and charcoal... I love it!

There is so much here to love.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!


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