While reading the June issue of House Beautiful the other night (which, by the way, is a fantastic issue from cover to cover), I was delighted to read about the Newport home of designer Meg Braff. It's so refreshing to see a house full of color and pattern. The look of the house is traditional and preppy (perfect for a town like Newport) and a bit reminiscent of the late, great Sister Parish. I adore the Scalamandre "Shanghai" wallpaper in the dining room (see above), especially when juxtaposed against the vivid Farrow & Ball "Blazer" painted trim and mantel. Patterned walls are also found in the library with Farrow & Ball's "Ringwold" in blue , and again in the snappy office with its Bob Collins' bamboo print "Chinese Lattice" wallpaper. Much of the traditional furniture has been given new life with brightly colored finishes and fabrics. I think what I like most about the house, though, is that there are so many layers to each room that it takes time absorb everything. What an inspiration!
Living Room with Chinoiserie accents
Library with Farrow & Ball "Ringwold" wallpaper
In the Powder Room, "Jardin Chinois Red" wallpaper by Waterhouse Wallhangings
Master bedroom- bedskirt in "Bijoux Stripe" by China Seas; animal print on slipper chairs by Brunschwig & Fils.
Dressing Room/ Office with Bob Collins' "Chinese Lattice" wallpaper.
(All photos taken from the June 2007 issue of House Beautiful)