#frf . . . ode to lavender

agreed.  it’s a dicey call. . . it could go horribly wrong.  it not only takes guts, but precision.  but when it is good, it is amazing. . . lavender at once renders a room more regal, more refined, more complex, more ephemeral.  it’s crazy. . . that it does all that.  but it really does.  and, it sets my mind on fire . . . whenever it is done right, that is.

when i had my very first home, i put a ban on all things purple and lavender.  and then i came across an amazing lavender chesterfield in a shelter mag one day that stopped me dead in my tracks.  like paul on the road to damascus, my eyes were opened to the beauty of a world i had previously shunned.  i began noticing how designers like john saladino and jeffrey bilhuber use lavender to add complexity and depth to their palette and scheme.   and, so, many years later, i made the lavender chesterfield happen in my own den (despite it’s prior ban).  it’s the very first thing you see when i walk in my back door.  and, it makes me very happy.

for this fab room friday, i have hooked you up with a super sweet scroll of fabulous rooms with lavender touches.  enjoy, happy friday, and have a great weekend!!!

xo,

cg

the cover of T magazine’s recent design issue

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saladino . . . 

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 from remodelista . . . 

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saladino . . .

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frilly lavender loo featured in this month’s t magazine . . .

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the chesterfield that got it all started for me. . . 

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from vogue living . . .

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saladino . . .

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steven gambrel . . . 

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kelli ford kirsten fitzgibbons . . . 

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david kaihoi

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celerie kemble . . . 

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jeffrey bilhuber . . . 

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jeffrey bilhuber . . . 

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michael s. smith . . .

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saladino . . .

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katie ritter . . .

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kelli ford and kirsten fitzgobbons . . . 

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kelli ford and kirsten fitzgbbons . . . 

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Comments

    • Caroline Gidiere says

      Harriet!
      Look in the mirrors over the lamps where you can see a reflection of the room. It looks like there is a double-hung window on the right-hand wall that is outside of the photo frame. That explains the stronger light on the right side of the room. Just a guess, though, because it is hard to tell much from the tiny mirror!

      Thanks for the comment!

      XO,
      cg

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