at the home of Catherine Tucker of Parrish Watson Design
1. I wanted art in my son’s nursery that made a grand statement. I searched for vintage airplane sketches to no avail, and ended up plotting some online prints onto large scale drafting paper. Framed with inexpensive Ikea frames, they add a colorful and bold visual above his dresser.
2. I found a pair of vintage Henredon, floral, skirted chairs on Craigslist. I knew they were well made and could be updated to fit our home. I had my upholsterer square off the arms, take off the skirt, add stem casters to the legs and re-upholster with a neutral stripe. They will be a staple in my house for many years to come which I can update with fresh, new pillows from time to time.
3. I love big art. I think everyone should have one (or two) pieces of large art in their home. Art fairs and Etsy.com are a great place to search for something that speaks to you.
4. Drawer pulls can make or break a piece of furniture. These antique brass pulls, from Lee Valley, update this basic Ikea Rast chest. Props to my husband who also added the decorative toe kick.
5. I adore large scaled lighting fixtures. The bigger the better to make a bold statement. I found this lantern at an antique store, had it rewired and it currently resides above my breakfast table.
6. Throughout the years I have collected Café Au Lait bowls, found during my travels and occasionally at local antique stores. I have fond memories growing up drinking hot chocolate out of my mom’s French Café bowls and will one day pass on the tradition to my own children.
7. I love a collection of art and photographs that have a special meaning. The silhouettes are of my husband and my daughter when they were young. Most of the art is from Italy or France; items I either inherited or picked up at a brocante while traveling. The photograph is of my daughter when she was two; such a sweet age and such a wonderful memory captured in print. The frames are vintage finds all in the same color palette giving a cohesive look.