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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~ Charles W. Eliot

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Hallberg & Wisely


J. Randall Powers

Jacques Grange

James Huniford

John Minshaw

John Saladino

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Kara Mann

Karin Blake

Lars Bolander

Lauren Gold

Luis Bustamante

Magnus Lundgren

Mary McDonald

Meichi Peng

Michael Smith

Michele Bonan

Miles Redd

Nina Griscom

Richard Shapiro

Robert Couturier

Sheila Harley

Steven Volpe

Suzanne Rheinstein

Ted Tuttle

Thomas Jayne

Thomas O’Brien

Tricia Huntley

Vicente Wolf

William Frawley

Windsor Smith

Yves Saint Laurent

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“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti

Wishing you a joyous weekend!

John Saladino

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Lars Bolander

Luis Bustamante

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Meichi Peng

Richard Shapiro

Robert Couturier

Studio Ko

Suzanne Rheinstein

William Frawley

William Sofield

Windsor Smith

Yves Saint Laurent

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While researching yesterday’s post, I couldn’t help but think of John Saladino and his passion for lavender…you can find his signature color on the cover of his books, on his website and of course in his interiors…what I find most inspiring is how beautiful the lavender looks in each one of these settings…he is so careful not to overwhelm…I liken it to setting a precious jewel…the setting must be simple and complimentary to allow the jewel to shine! Enjoy!

photos and resources ~ John Saladino and Tokyo Jinja

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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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a romantic roaring fire, aged stone surfaces, rustic wood beams, luscious textiles, relaxed elegance…

photos from John Saladino

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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, Anne Packard oil painting

above, Tuscan Sofa, width – 90″ depth – 41″ height – 41 1/2″

In 1986, John Saladino created Saladino Furniture Inc. with no less than sixty original designs for chairs, sofas, tables and lighting. Today’s post features my favorite pieces from his collection! I have been in love with the Tuscan Sofa (pictured above) for as long as I can remember. The extreme scale of the high back, asymmetry of the arms and contrasting couture fabrics are perfection. The gold fabrics remind me of the sand dunes in an Anne Packard painting. Even the texture of the wall treatment echos her brush strokes on canvas. For me, the overall composition is a work of art. “Every room is a walk-in still life” ~ John Saladino

The other two pieces that make my heart flutter are the Summer Sofa and the Three-Legged Coffee Table. (both pictured below) The signature quilted bed roll and angled arms of the Summer Sofa are so inviting. I can just imagine how luxurious it would be to lay back and read a wonderful book! Once again, this color brought forth a memory of the Provincetown sky and water on a overcast day. Brilliantly, the two colors bring out the best in each other! The lighter color awakening the rich beauty and sensuous texture of the darker shade. In an interview with 1st dibs, John Saladino spoke eloquently about color, “Really you only see color by juxtaposition; you cannot isolate any color…as a class (the Josef Albers course at Yale) we once gathered the reddest fall leaves we could find and pinned them on the wall so they touched one another…it became a kaleidoscope, some reds turned brown, some turned pink, and each leaf’s color became something else against the others.”

And last but not least is the Three-Legged Coffee Table! It is one of the first Saladino designed pieces I remember seeing in print! I love it for it’s innovative form and timeless grace. To design a rectangular table with three legs is highly unusual and yet the form is effortless and classically elegant. Divine!

This has been an extraordinary week for me. John Saladino’s poetic words and profound designs have had a lasting impact on how I see and understand the visual world. For me, he has blurred the lines between art and interiors, bringing art to life and life to art.

below, Summer Sofa, length – 87 1/2″ depth – 37 1/4″ height – 35 1/2″

below, Anne Packard oil painting

below, Three-Legged Coffee Table Steel Top, width – 36″ depth – 26 3/4″ height – 21″ ~ notice the elegant curve of the leg!

below, John Saladino’s New York home as pictured in the October 2005 issue of Veranda ~ notice the three legged coffee table!

below, Tejas Chair (and Ottoman), width – 35″ depth – 32″ height – 41″

below, The Calla Chair, width – 27 1/2″ depth – 27″ height – 32 1/2″

below, Lotus Chair, width – 32″ depth – 32″ height – 40 1/2″

below, The Cassandra Chair, width – 25″ depth – 23 1/4″ height – 31″

below, Audrey Chair, width – 43″ depth – 38″ height – 34 1/2″

below, High Back Love Seat with Savel fabric, Washed Linen, color -natural

below, The Cromwell Bench, length – 70″ depth – 24 1/2″ height – 32 1/2″

below, The Santa Barbara Sofa, length – 96″ depth – 41″ height – 38″

below, The Cape Sofa, width – 96″ depth – 37 1/2″ height – 29″

below, Curved Bench, width – 87″ depth – 21″ height – 30 1/2″

below, Trunk Sofa, width – 90″ depth – 37 1/4″ height – 44″

below, Studded Shelter Sofa, width – 84″ depth – 35″ height – 32″

below, Audrey Sofa, width – 89″ depth – 40″ height – 34 1/2″

below, Three-Legged Coffee Table Marble Top, width – 36″ depth – 26 3/4″ height – 21″

below, Triangle Lantern, width – 15 3/4″ depth – 7 3/4″ height – 18 1/4″

below, Trilogy Lamp, diameter – 19″ height – 24″

below, The Saladino Lamp, diameter – 24″ height – 28″

below, Wall Sconce, diameter shade – 6″ overall height – 20 1/4″

photos from John Saladino

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ethereal: marked by unusual delicacy or refinement

light: a particular expression of the eye

above, Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil on canvas, c. 1665 -1667, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands, 18.25″ x 15.25″ ~ photo from artinthepicture.com

When architect and interior designer John Saladino was asked to create an interior inspired by cinema, he decided upon the 2003 film Girl with a Pearl Earring directed by Peter Webber. This visually stunning cinematic experience explores the life of 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer and the events surrounding the creation of the painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” Each frame of the film is a painting in and of itself, quietly capturing the beauty that inspired Vermeer’s masterpieces. Drawing inspiration from Vermeer’s purity of light and form, John Saladino created a masterful interior using a carefully orchestrated color palette, sumptuous fabrics, layered textures, and dramatic lighting. I hope you enjoy this artful interior as much as I do…I find so much joy in the exploring the details of his design…simply breathtaking

“I followed Vermeer’s philosophy, which was to take vernacular objects and imbue them with transcendence…I tried to give these rooms an almost ethereal light.” ~ John Saladino from an interview with Veranda, Jan-Feb 2010

below, quotes from, The 2009 Designer Visions: Cinema Style at Soho Mews, sponsored by Veranda ~ Interior Design by John Saladino

Editor-at-Large of Veranda, Carolyn Englefield, speaking about the Saladino showhouse, “the townhouse really is very reflective of Veranda’s brand, which is timeless design and something that is classically modern at the same time, and I think it has a real understated elegance…”

below, “This is the living room, and so what I did here is to create a feeling of time from the past…the scratch coat brown plaster walls, which is really cement plaster, is quite ancient and that was even used by Romans…”

below, Speaking of the heavy muslin curtains separating the living room and the kitchen, “What I’ve done here is to be theatrical…”

above and below, Speaking of the kitchen, “The wonderful wood floors here were given to us by Exquisite Surfaces…and so I think that the stainless appliances and the modern pewter all sort of work together, so that I’m not really turning my back here on the modern world, I’m simply using some references from the past that I’d like to think bridge that area between Vermeer and the 21st century…”

above and below, Crackled paint detail ~ the scratch coat brown plaster walls speak so perfectly to the texture and color of the painting

above and below, “I do believe honestly that when you don’t have natural light, you have to compensate with mirrors, so here I’ve used the largest possible mirror to open up the space and because I think the floors are so beautiful I’ve left them just as plain as possible so that you really enjoy them as you ascend the stairs…”

below, “The little delft pieces, of course, are alluding to Vermeer’s life and what he would have had at his house…”

“I am always thinking of how light affects how we use a room, and I believe Vermeer did the same thing…at least I hope I followed in his footsteps…”

photos from Veranda

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The story is a bit like Under the Tuscan Sun only the villa is in Santa Barbara and the visionary romantic is designer John Saladino! His stunning new book “Villa” was three years in the making and describes the painstaking restoration of his beloved 1920s villa. This project was a true labor of love for he and his wife Betty Barrett. From the thick stone walls to the lush gardens, the villa is a supreme example of the Golden Age of the 1920s that replicated 17th century Italian design. In a 2008 video interview with House and Garden he spoke eloquently about his love of Italy, “I learned in Rome to see and to experience directly sensuality, the sound of splashing water, running my hands over old marble surfaces, the turning of corners into light filled courtyards and then again into cool shady streets.” It is with this passion for Italy that he reawakened the beauty of this romantic villa. In an interview with Erika Heet from 1st dibs, he spoke of the name Villa di Lemma, “So many important houses have provocative, even negative, names – Malcontenta, Malmaison, Falconhurst – and I thought this house is such a dilemma, and the name was set.” Beneath one of the largest windows in the house is its dedication of sorts: the horns of di Lemma, a Roman fragment from a temple frieze bearing an animal skull with horns covered in laurel garlands and classical ribboning.

Please enjoy these beautiful images from his magnificent home in the California hills. If you love what you see, you still have time to add this gorgeous book to your holiday wish list! Bella!

below, photos from John Saladino

“If I’m given an opportunity, of course, I want it all…I want to do the architecture, the interiors, I want to design the furniture, and I want to do the garden…I see the whole thing as a homogeneous entity.” ~ John Saladino, 2008 House and Garden video interview

below, close up of the dining room table, notice the touch of lavender in the glass plates…simply divine

below, photos and resources from 1st dibs ~ John Saladino shares a laugh with his wife Betty Barrett on the Olive tree terrace of Villa di Lemma ~ photo by Luca Trovato

below, The breakfast room

below, The drawing Room ~ photo by Alexandre Bailhache

below, The kitchen, at rear are three doors: the two on the right conceal the refrigerator and freezer, the one on the left leads to the office

below, The master bedroom ~ photo by Antoine Bootz

below, The entrance gallery

below, The enfilade from the dining room to the entrance hall ~ photo by Luca Trovato

below, Betty Barrett’s bedroom, her daybed was designed by John Saladino in her favorite aqua tones

below, The dining room, so romantic and elegant…

below, a view of the dining room bathed in candle light ~ photo from Veranda

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It’s rare that someone so visual is so profoundly articulate. I found the legendary designer John Saladino to be this exception to the rule. For forty years he has created sensual interiors from a passion and intellect for all things beautiful. He was one of the first designers to mix period furnishings with modern architecture and design. To say he is an innovator and a trend setter is an understatement. His three part philosophy on design speaks volumes to his confidence and respect for his craft ~ manipulation of scale, nuanced and elusive color, and layered lighting. These three key ingredients transform his interiors into serene and sensual environments meant to unfold and develop over time. I’m in love with two video interviews, one from 2008 for House and Garden and the other from 1981 for the Parsons School of Design. I’ve extracted my favorite quotes from these two interviews to share with you. For me, his words are of great comfort. An affirmation of how important our interior world is, for our well being and emotional serenity. May you find inspiration from his words and from his artful interiors.

“Ultimately, I seek to create environments of an alternate reality, with compelling emotional force.” ~ John Saladino

“Any room that you can immediately understand, to me, is a failure…I think a room has to be like a friendship, it has to grow and it has to be understood slowly over a long period of time” ~ from a 2008 video interview with House and Garden (on a photo shoot of his Santa Barbara garden)

The following quotes are from a 1981 interview with Barbaralee Diamonstein for Interior Design, The New Freedom at the Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research

“I don’t regard interior design as an applied art but as a fine art and in that respect we look upon the interior as participating in art, it is art that you sit in rather than art that you look at…”

“I feel strongly that what I learned as a painter certainly contributed to the way I approach the designing of a space…the color is absolutely important…I don’t think you can ever put too much effort into orchestrating the color…you have to concern yourself with not only the color you choose but the implication of the color as it changes through daylight, through nightime with incandescent light…serenity has alot to do with color but it also has alot to do with not over designing, with holding back, with leaving those empty spaces…”

“A room is not just a receptacle that you stuff with furnishings or with people…it’s like a marriage, there has to be the seeking of an equilibrium between what goes into the space and the container itself…”

“Speaking about his collection of ancient Korean bowls, “I regard the bowls as sensual, they are corroded, the shapes are classic, these were in existence about the time that Christ walked the earth, they are archaeological, I like these not only because of their simple shapes, but also because of the corrosion and the patina that’s occurred from being buried hundreds of years in a tomb…so my feeling about these is that because they are corroded, they are even more sensual and I like the juxtaposition of them against a modern surface…”

“My concern is that there be in every environment the opportunity to satisfy every emotion…the womb is the space that you go to on cold afternoons when you want to curl up and feel protected from nature…the white cathedral is where you go on a beautiful May morning when you wish you really weren’t indoors…”

photos from John Saladino

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