above and below, mimi posing on the channel stitch quilted slip-covered sectional
There are some interiors you never forget. I know I’ll always remember the moment I saw the cover of the October 2005 issue of Veranda magazine. Everything about that cover sparked my interest ~ the lavender fabric on the dining chairs, the frosted glass topped table and the unusual ornate wood door on the back wall. The juxtaposition of elements was unlike anything I had experienced before. The brilliant mind behind the design, John Saladino. This gorgeous issue of Veranda featured his forward thinking New York apartment, an interior that I treasure for its timeless inspiration and innovation. In fact, John Saladino has been the inspiration behind two important design elements in my home. The first, pictured above, is the channel stitch quilted slipcover for my sectional sofa. I remember hearing a lovely story about John Saladino and the genesis of his signature quilted bed roll ~ at the time, he was a budget conscious young artist living in a small loft apartment. He purchased a quilt at a department store but it didn’t fit his twin bed. His solution, roll up the ends like a cowboy’s sleeping blanket and voila, that is how the Saladino bed roll was invented! Necessity is the mother of invention! Since then, he has used quilted fabrics for his Saladino Furniture collection and for personal and professional projects around the world. A humble beginning with a couture happy ending! Having witnessed the beauty of these quilted fabrics on the pages of Veranda, I purchased a large number of white cotton quilts to be made into slipcovers. Having used a number of different fabrics for slipcovers over the years, I can say without hesitation, this quilted fabric is the most durable, washable, and comfortable fabric I have ever used. So fantastic, that I purchased more of the same quilts for a second slipcover when the time comes for it to be replaced! The other Saladino inspiration comes from his use of architectural fragments and elements. The reproduction stone planter is a piece I discovered at a garden center a few years ago. I loved the ornate details and rough texture of the stone. To my delight, it looks almost exactly like the stone planter pictured in the interior below!
Inspiration is all around us…wishing you many beautiful and creative ideas for your home and for the holidays!
below, A John Saladino sofa with channel stitch quilted throw blanket
“His innovative use of couture details, such as channel and harlequin quilting, rusching and exquisite production, continue to make Saladino Furniture highly desirable to clients and Interior Designers.” ~ from the John Saladino website
below, my stone planter
below, John Saladino interior ~ notice the stone planter beneath the console
below, photos of John Saladino’s New York apartment ~ October 2005 issue of Veranda ~ left, antique painted chair in quilted silk; black leather sofa with damask, satin and pillows; and ottomans in movers’ blanket ~ right, “Doors of Paradise” from India, 18th century and an English Regency stone table
below, Folding screen and Larsen fabric draperies separate living and dining areas
below, Three-legged coffee table with steel top designed by John Saladino and part of his Saladino Furniture collection
below, this photo was used for the cover!
below, left, William Morris chair, 35 year old Saladino lamp, table skirt in Fortuny fabric and bed from SFI. Drapery by J. Paul. ~ right, clockwise from top left, A 17th century Farnese bust overlooks Saladino’s bed. Hepplewhite chest topped with English glass vessels and mercury-glass mirror. Tortoiseshell fire screen. Han Dynasty ceramic jar lamp. Urn-shaped wall art created from old copper roof cladding.