KRIS Likes… Spring and De Gournay

 “There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.”
– Stendhal


The weather is finally getting nicer and I was inspired this morning by an Instagram photo of a De Gournay wallpaper posted by a friend and fellow interior designer, Georgia Tapert Howe of Carolina George.  Inspired by 18th Century Chinoiserie; nothing reminds me of springtime and brings the beauty of nature into a home quite like an exquisitely hand painted De Gournay wallpaper.  The company specializes in creating block-printed panoramic wallpapers developed in early 19th century France and called: Papiers Peints Panoramiques.   Every paper is handmade by skilled artisans and each one is a true work of art.  The epitome of luxury, beauty and fantasy the paper can be customized any way the client desires and made into matching pattern fabric.  Personally, De Gournay paper in a dining room is a look I will never tire of!!  Thanks to Georgia for the inspiration… I am jealous that you get to work with one and am certain it will be stunning! For everyone else, enjoy the way designers have used these gorgeous papers in the pictures below!   xx K

















*All photos taken from the De Gournay Website.

KRIS Likes… Canopy Beds Cont…

Kelly Wearstler

As it turns out I am not the only admirer of the canopy bed.  After getting many emails from readers admiring the canopy beds by David Hicks I was inspired to do another post on the topic.  The canopy bed first came into existence as a way to give the lords and nobleman of medieval Europe some privacy and added warmth.  Today it continues to be used by interior designers in new and creative ways despite no longer being needed for its original purpose.  And what fun they can be!  Below are photographs of canopy beds by some of the top interior designers of our time.  Enjoy!

Tom Felicia

Miles Redd

Jonathan Berger House Beautiful July 2009

Melissa Rufty House Beautiful October 2010 (This months issue!)

Charlotte Moss Veranda Nov-Dec 2008

Celerie Kemble House Beautiful November 2007.  I love the lavender scalloped edges!

Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul Sherrill Southern Accents Jan/Feb 2008.

Vincente Wolf Elle Decor December 1995

Ruthie Sommers InStyle Home Spring 2007

Angie Hranowsky

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Daughter Apple’s Bedroom via Habitually Chic

Katie Ridder Elle Decor March 2008.  This is one of my favorite  bedrooms for a young girl!

Katie Ridder Elle Decor January 2009

Ruthie Sommers

Palmer Weiss from her website.

Phoebe Howard Atlanta Showhouse 2006

Phoebe Howard Detail

Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani Elle Decor December 2008

Gary McBournie House Beautiful Dec 2008

Michael S Smith Elle Decor October 2009

Elizabeth Dinkel Veranda

Barry Dixon Metropolitan Home June 2008

Noel Jeffrey from his Website

Jeffrey Bilhuber House Beautiful November 2007

Benjamin Noriega-Oritz

KRIS Likes… Canopy Beds by David Hicks

”My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms and how to mix old with new,” – David Hicks, David Hicks on Living — with Taste (1968)

Master Bedroom at Britwell House, David Hicks Home in Oxfordshire

Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love affair with canopy beds.  In fact, the room that my mother grew up in had two canopy beds that I adored.  When my grandparents sold their house, I insisted my mother store the two canopy beds in our attic until I have a house to put them in and children (hopefully for their sake little girls) who can sleep in them.  David Nightingale Hicks was born on March 23rd, 1929 and is acknowledged as one of the most important interior designers of the late 20th Century.  Along with his use of bold, modern colors, geometric fabrics, upholstered walls and painted furniture – the canopy bed was a David Hicks trademark.  Below are some of my favorites from the David Hicks archives of photographs.

Pammy’s Room at Britwell

A bedroom in Roquebrune, Hicks country home in the south of France.

Bedroom Suite decorated by and named after David in the St. Regis Hotel

David’s sons bedroom in his 1974 London Apartment

Master Bedroom at Roquebrune

A roomsetting in his Paris shop, David Hicks France.

All White Bedroom done for Lydia Farr’s Southampton Home in 1969

KRIS Likes … Plenty Home by Tracy Reese

Fashion Designer Tracy Reese has expanded her signature line with a home collection for “Plenty by Tracy Reese”.  The line provides a wonderful array of sets for your bedroom and bath that can be purchased separately and mixed and matched wonderfully.  Full of vibrant, feminine, bohemian, and boldly colored prints; Tracy Reese seems to have an intrinsic sense for how to make even the strongest hues harmonize in the most unique way.  Perfect for kids rooms, guest bedrooms, and summer homes, this collection is whimsical, fun, intricate, undeniably gorgeous, and extremely affordable.

These shower curtains and bath towels are the perfect antidote to liven up a sparse bathroom.

The line also includes these fun beach towels that remind me a lot of Kelly Wearstler fabric line for Lee Jofa.

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