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the gorgeous pair of high back and high arm sofas from yesterday’s post inspired me to write a themed post today…I’m passionate for this cocoon like form…many of my favorite designers either create their own version or incorporate this sofa style in their interiors…I hope you enjoy this closer look at the architectural beauty of a tall sofa…makes me want to curl up in the corner with a great book!

above and below, Heiberg Cummings Design

below, Alex Papachristidis

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Dransfield and Ross

below, Hallberg & Wisely

below, John Saladino

below, Richard Shaprio

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above, Alex Papachristidis

I made it! Today is my 100th post! When I started “a thoughtful eye” back in September, one of my goals was to write one hundred posts before the end of the calendar year and happily I achieved that goal with a few days to spare! To celebrate, I’m sharing with you my top twenty favorite interiors! Each and every one of these images brings a smile to my face along with a vivid memory of the first time I experienced their beauty.

This is my special gift to you, my loyal readers…thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to join me on this personal journey…I can’t thank you enough…there is so much I have yet to discover and explore about our visual world…I hope you continue to join me, it wouldn’t be the same without you…

below, Antony Todd

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Bunny Williams

below, Charles Spada

below, Darryl Carter

below, Jacques Grange

below, John Saladino

below, Kelly Wearstler

below, Miles Redd

below, Richard Shapiro

below, Robert Couturier

below, Stephen Sills

below, Studio Ko

below, Susan Ferrier

below, Thomas O’Brien

below, Veere Grenney

below, Vicente Wolf

below, Windsor Smith

below, Yves Saint Laurent

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above, my living room

A few years ago, my husband and I purchased a small sectional sofa for our living room. Positioned in the corner opposite our main entry, I knew we needed a strong statement on the walls. After many weeks of research I decided on a large grid of square frames. Mathematically, they echo the “L” shape of the sofa and draw the eye up, creating the illusion of increased ceiling height. Initially I had intended to frame some of my black and white photographs but I ended up falling in love with the brown MDF backing and white mat! The high contrast and exact repetition turned out to be the dramatic statement I was looking for!

I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite framed groupings. Whether the same size or different shapes and sizes, many or few, colorful or monochromatic, framed groupings have the power to transform a space!

below, Alex Papachristidis

below, Steven Gambrel

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below, Charles Spada

below, Darryl Carter

below, Jacques Grange

below, James Huniford

below, Richard Shapiro

below, Susan Ferrier

below, Thomas O’Brien

below, Veere Grenney

below, Vicente Wolf

below, Yves Saint Laurent

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Today’s post highlights one of my all time favorite interiors, the London home of Fruzsina Keehn designed in collaboration with Alex Papachristidis. My first exposure to this gorgeous home was the November 2006 Elle Decor. I remember savoring every word of the article and studying each image for the smallest details. The piece de resistance, the master bedroom ~ elegant, refined, simple, luxurious, textured, calming, feminine, glamourous and romantic. This room inspired my own bedroom design which was completed a little over a year ago. I didn’t try to duplicate any individual element, just take the overall feeling of the room and translate that into my home. I adore my bedroom and have this one to thank for the inspiration!

above, in the master bedroom, a pair of 19th century French gilt-wood mirrors, a 19th century German commode, and curtains of Clarence House’s Changeant Taffeta; bed linens are by the White Co.

Jewelry designer Fruzsina Keehn worked hand in hand with her dear friend Alex Papachristidis on the design of her London home. The two bedroom flat had great bones, high ceilings and lots of natural light, but needed a complete makeover. They started by replacing the fundamentals ~ lighting, flooring, and window treatments. Next they shopped London, Paris and Hudson, New York for one of a kind treasures that would ultimately give this home its’ personal story.¬†Interestingly, the color palette sparked some heated discussions! Fruzsina told Alex she needed pale gray and he said, “Never, never in London. It’s a depressing color,” to which she replied, “Not the way I see it!” I happen to love the pale gray palette but mostly because of the warm gold accents and antique wood furniture. (In fact, the color palette reminds of the Stephen Sills designed Country Retreat, the warm gilded four post bed on the cool gray stone floor!) I love that the two discussed every detail, sending fabric samples back and forth across the Atlantic! The end result is clearly a successful collaboration! (one of my all time favorites!)

above, in the foyer, a 19th century Venetian chandelier from H.M. Luther Antiques, a 1960’s Italian table, and 18th century Swedish side chairs; the sepia prints are by Luis Gonzalez Palma (the mix of elements in this space is perfection!)

above, in the living room, the custom sofa is adapted from a 1940’s Jean-Charles Moreux design and upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils silk velvet, flanked by a pair of Russian Empire-style chairs and antique Italian gilt-wood sconces. The vintage nude studies were found in a Vermont antiques shop, the bronze gueridons are from Hinson & Co., and the standing lamp and bronze-and-lacquer cocktail table are vintage Baques.

above, the chaise in the living room is 19th century French (I love the humble striped ticking on the formal antique chaise!)

above, in the study, an antique clock and 18th century French secretary that Fruzsina inherited from her father, a 19th century gilt-wood settee upholstered in Fortuny’s impero cotton and a glazed garden seat.

above, in the guest room, an antique armchair found at a Paris flea market is upholstered in Fortuny’s Glicine cotton and a 19th century neoclassical daybed is covered in Brunschwig & Fils’s Satin La Tour.

above, two purple silk velvet upholstered chairs from an Italian train flank a Jansen desk with a pair of 1960’s Paul Evans cast-bronze lamps from Guinevere Antiques (personalized with aubergine lamp shades!)

below, spread from the November 2006 Elle Decor ~ there is a small photo of the kitchen, 19th century neoclassical prints from John Rosselli are displayed against Nina Campbell’s Tamarin wallpaper from Osborne and Little.

photos from Alex Papachristidis, resources from Elle Decor

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