Christmas Comes Early and Often

Once upon a time I got over my aversion to red and green together.  Meaning not hunter green and burgundy, of the 80s/90s greatest hits,  but the primary red and grassy green of this Albert Hadley Kips Bay Show House room.

And, like many flirtations that bloom into full-fledged infatuations, there was Spring and Jil Sander.  You can always woo me, seduce me, sway me with a full skirt and white top, but the smack of those red lips was irresistible.

Don’t play to type and do overlook the text, but concentrate instead on that gleamy green and the dash of red at top and toe.

Walls cannot be the be all end all and we must start to flesh things out – to heat things up.
Miss Scarlet in the Dining Room with the Folly Green walls.  I do think it would make me Beeline Home.
Oh, my, it’s late and all this photo sourcing seems daunting.  Hadley, I believe is from the book by Adam Lewis; Sander might be Vogue; Roehm is, certainly, from Litchfield Style by Annie Kelly; photography by Tim Street-Porter; and the really wonderful Scarlet Lamp by Beeline Home was featured in Elle Decor, September 2011.
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15 thoughts on “Christmas Comes Early and Often

  1. what about some wonderful blue opaline glass lamps. i love the blue and green together. maybe as much as you like red and green. still cant get over how gorgeous your dr is. i could look at those pix forever. what to see more!

  2. I'm still digesting your dining room chinoiserie on green. Absolutely to die for. But photos No. 2 and 4 aren't bad. Have a great day. Mary

  3. That Would be the perfect lamp for your dining room, or a pair!

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  4. I see Gladys the Goose lamp in the first photograph – I still have the one given to me when I left England for Holland in 1980. As it was given to me at the airport as a surprise going-away gift I had to carry it onto the plane and was clapped down the aisle.

    P.S. your dining room is terrific. I know the amount of work involved and appreciate how much time it took – but also how much you looked forward to finishing it.

  5. I have read your blog for well over a year now. You are a fine writer but it has become abundantly obvious how very clever you think you are. Your writing always contains quips that are just a little too cute. Get over yourself.

  6. Just came to write a comment and am appalled by the rude comment from anonymous.

    I just wanted to say congrats on the peep by Beeline on facebook the other day!

    LOVE your blog! 🙂

  7. Kristin – than you for your support. This particular anonymous comment is pretty tame in the world of anonymous commenters. Allowing it actually does help me get over myself which in the gushing world of blogs seems necessary sometimes. Oddly, I left a comment on a wry and snarky blog a week or so ago – using my name – in disagreement with the author and she didn't publish it. (Not Elaine at Decorno – she has balls and have given a flip what I think.) That's the worst of it, I think – wanting to bully but being unable to take a little heat. But bullies are always cowards.

    Also, I thought the text here was a little forced – though I really do love these lamps – so it was good timing I think.

  8. You know, I have to say, I've re-read this post, and I still think that anonymous was being unreasonably harsh. Don't listen to critics who don't have the guts to sign their name to what they have written!

  9. Dear Mrs. B,
    I have recently found your fabulous blog….you are so witty and educational! Thank you!
    I have fond memories of art classes at the Nelson-Atkins, ballet at UMKC conservatory, Border Starr (we lived behind the Dime Store), Shawnee Misison East, and William Jewell College. We have lived in Texas since our marriage. Thank you for bringing me up to date on my roots!

  10. Dear Mrs. B.
    Thought you'd like to know the exotic lady in green was captured by my son Carter Berg on assignment for Ralph Lauren's Fall 2011 Collection campaign!

    How random is that!

    from proud mom–Mary Randolph Carter

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