I Have the Blues

You might remember that a while back I had a wonderful evening in the home of a very chic woman-about-town.

I had my camera with me (I almost always do) and I longed to snap her home right then and there, but my editor at Spaces beat me to the punch.

So, I waited.  Fortunately, not long, as this month’s issue features Dee Dee Arnold’s captivating condo.

I was besotted, of course, because the space is so distinctly personal.  While there Dee Dee gave us the full tour and each piece has a little story.

Do not ask me for the paint color.  To begin, it’s custom, and further it’s been translated twice, first by the camera and then by your screen.  But, yes, it is divine.

Dee Dee is dear friends with my former employer, designer George Terbovich.  He is directly responsible for the paint color, inspired by Madeleine Castaing, and the black moldings.

And maybe a thing or two here and there, but the beauty of George’s work is that, when complete, it looks like its owner and not its designer.

Many of Arnold’s pieces were inherited from her family and some has been acquired here and there about town.  

If you are thinking “dramatic” or “stunning” or “bright,” well, yes, it’s all those things.

Just like Dee Dee.
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23 thoughts on “I Have the Blues

  1. Love the upholstery job on the sofa in the first photo. Very MacKenzie~Childs looking the way the black and white check pattern was achieved with the stripe fabric.

  2. What a lovely home. That fireplace is a dream- would love to know the painted words. And that black and white striped wallpaper!!!
    It’s all wonderful!

  3. I would be happy to be blue there – with a big box of tissues and an old stack of Domino. I would not know where to sit first. That cherub on the bed is joy.

  4. On my screen the color is translating to a perfect smudgy turquoise. Perhaps thats a far cry from reality, but it looks wonderful on this end. The black trim is so Mrs. B.

  5. Beautiful! One could move right in and feel at home. I love her colllections of Santos, holy water fonts, and crucifixes. Thank you for posting so that we can click and see the details Mrs B.

  6. Debra – I hate to disappoint – but those words are the text for the pictures. You are so right, though, that is exactly what it looks like from the image.

  7. Darling KK – other than this, you have probably seen the three houses that I have seen in person. I will ask, but I fear the answer will be “no, thank you.” I’ll keep you posted.

  8. Ah well, my fingers were poised over the keyboard to ask for the divinely blue paint colour, just when you told me I mustn’t!! Isn’t it lovely though?!

  9. Wow, this house has amazing personality. I love the robin’s egg blue color, especially with the black trim.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ohhh… upon closer observation I see that! Actually a bit of a disappointment. I love when words are used on walls and other interior surfaces-drat!

  11. Talk about the “WOW FACTOR”!! Wow,wow, wow!!! The waiting to see this lovely home did not disappoint for sure, Mrs. B! Thanks so much for sharing it and thanks to Dee Dee for allowing us into her magnificent abode!

  12. I loved seeing this house. Very stylish. You may think I am abit off here, but it somewhat reminds me of Kate Spade’s quarters in “feel” (I know the decorators are different and I don’t mean this at all negatively). Would you say there is a “Kansas City look”? I would love to see more.

  13. Ann Marie – I don’t think you are off at all and can certainly see the similarities. Do I think it’s a Kansas City look? Actually, no, but I couldn’t tell you exactly why.

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