Flannel and Forgetfulness

I think I may have caught through the keyboard what Meg and Maxminimus had. Some kind of creepy bug that I’d thought I’d weathered the worst of when, yesterday, I found myself forgetting to offer a visiting friend food or drink. An additional warning sign should have been my willingness (enthusiasm, really) to wear my slippers to afternoon carpool. A regretful decision when I realized I needed to go to Office Max for the long-and-oft-promised replacement lunch box. Still, in that neighborhood, I don’t think anyone noticed.

An exchange that I had had with Courtney Barnes at Style Court about white walls sort of bounced around in my foggy head all day.

She mentioned Michael Bastian’s apartment which, she noted, has “flair to spare,” and I had to agree with its unpedigreed chic.

So as I guzzled the cough medicine that Mr. Blandings picked up “for me” (after mentioning the productivity of my cough while he knows that I hate any conversation concerning bodily function of any kind) I tucked myself in knowing that White Walls and I can make a go of it. “There is a place for us!” I declared as the waves crashed against the rocks. Or maybe that was just the ringing in my ears.
All images Domino, September, 2008; photography Melanie Acevedo.
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29 thoughts on “Flannel and Forgetfulness

  1. Mrs. B.,

    Yes. I too have been a victim of the blogger cold. Oy. But, if it makes you feel any better – mine only seemed to last a few days.

    But, images of M. Bastian's beautiful home could cure almost anything. And even better – Michael is a complete sweetheart. We used to work together back in the old days at Ralph Lauren – and he is, in fact, as clever and delightful as his clothing – and his home.

    Feel better,

  2. I love these daily musings on the not-so-mundane.
    They're more like quiet revelations, mantras really.
    And exercise in existentialism.
    Cheers and best, Alcira


  3. Oh dear, I know that feeling. Perfect post title, it was calling my name. Not sure what it is but I know I have one…I have been feeling the same:(

    Best wishes for a restful recovery.

    Jeanne xx

  4. Great light, big windows, high ceilings, symmetry, a fireplace, and lots of white: it's my kind of style. Thank you for the beautiful images.

    Speaking of white:I think I tried 10 different cans of paint before I found one that worked, which was an education in the art of patience.

    To slightly change a line that Maggie Smith said in Gosford Park: "White is such a tricky color!"

  5. A bit of vitamin C and some chicken soup and you'll soon be good as new. Feel better!

    I love the idea of using an antique piano bench as a coffee table!

  6. Hi Patricia, I'm fighting the same bug–hope that we feel better soon. I love this apartment–so many layers–favorite element would have to be the large turtle shell tucked into the fireplace as a screen, And the art work–mainly works-on-paper–is to die for. Be well. Tons of green tea capsules work for me.

  7. Nothing a little velvet, piping, flannel or cashmere can't cure amidst a sea of white walls and any sort of storm brewing. We are expecting some white snow today and my children are all about "snow days."
    It is the first week of January?
    Feel better dear,

  8. Looking back, it was not the best idea for me to regularly drive my daugher to school in a trench covered flannel nightgown, slippers (of course) and no pocketbook in the car for when I might have been pulled over. I do still tend to walk the dog – in that same nightgown…in my own yard. I hope you feel better soon,

  9. So fun to see this here first thing in the morning. For me, this was one of domino's best — it's less dramatic I suppose than some of the magazine's other greatest hits but it just stays with you. Bastian's apartment and India Hicks's house are the two that make me consider becoming a convert to white walls.

    Feel much better soon!

  10. Now there's something to make up in needlepoint, M. Bastian's "Leave Me Alone" eye mask. I take five, please. I think I'd pull mine on and keep it down around my neck all day, just to have it ready.

  11. the white seems to work best in super good natural light and when punctuated with black or dark furniture. I decided to forgo "color" in lieu of pale or off whites as an antithesis to my previous house of color-I miss it desperately.
    sorry to hear you are under the weather. any sign of snow?

  12. Those walls of white in the Bastain apartment, lovely but to me, I see very little wall! Lots of prints, decoration etc…my kind of decorating.

    Feel better soon!

  13. and yet you were kind enough to listen to me go on for an hour yesterday. I would have never known.

    btw, I just read that our keyboards have more germs than our toilet seats. ( Not that I like to bring up anything related to bodily functions either. )

    feel better, and I'll believe it in a year when you haven't touched those walls.

  14. 12 foot ceilings, architectural detail,large scale art work and interesting furnishings are what make these rooms so appealing. Certainly not simple white walls on their own which can be anything but chic unless handled with the utmost care such as the very best oil paints expertly applied.

  15. Thank you all for your well wishes – I'm medium at worst.

    And, Roy, I will take issue with that. Other than a charming fireplace there is not much architectural detailing here. I'll give you the ceilings. Still, the furniture is interesting as he's chosen interesting pieces not curated the top-twenty list of must-haves either with or without provenance. The stuff is interesting. He is interesting. Very best oil paints (coming soon to a memory near you) expertly applied? Really?

  16. Hi Mrs. Blandings,
    I love your name, and I just adore "Mr. Blandings builds his dream house"! I have just found your blog from cococozy, and I like your style very much!

  17. So, more about me: I got called for jury duty. Had to spend all day in a sealed overheated courtroom for selection, with 110 other potential jurors, 105 of whom were snorting or coughing. I knew then that my two year streak of avoiding catching anything was over, and sure enough, it's 48 hours later, and I'm in full cough cough, bloom. I feel your pain. However, white rooms that just look so chic, smart AND natural do it for me. Unlike the courtroom that I was sealed up in, painted pepto pink and linen white with floral curtains. you heard me. The halls of justice had floral curtains. With tie-backs.

    Feel better. I'm going to go warm up some more chicken soup.

  18. Mrs. Blandings, you're one impressive lady — able to post during a move and when sick. Hope you feel better and thanks for posting anyway — it's a treat for us to read.

    Those are gorgeous spaces above and that one (maybe it's because of the Victorian fireplace) reminds me of the LR of Hugo Guinness in Brooklyn.

    While so many things do look better in rooms with high celings, architectural details,etc. I've seen too many examples of great design in "plain" rooms to think those things are a must-have.

    One of my favorite Mary Douglas Drysdale projects of all time was in a simple ranch house for the artist Sam Gilliam with — you guessed it — LOTS of white.

  19. I am not a "white" fan – too many years of living with builders' "Topeka White", but this room has always been one of my all time favorites.

  20. My best to you,Mrs. Blandings. I hope it will make you feel better to know that when the weather is bitter cold, I occasionally wear my pjs under my sweatpants and pull over to run errands until the weather is decidedly better. Don't worry about bedroom slippers. There are times we just have to put aside our pride for comfort and expediency. Rest well.

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