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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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