Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Marian McEvoy Redux




I was excited to see an article about Marian McEvoy's charming Hudson Valley home in the October issue of British House & Garden (I'm a longtime McEvoy fan). Although McEvoy's house earned an entire chapter in "Rooms to Inspire", this article gives us glimpses of the home from different vantage points.

Of course, we all know that McEvoy is a master with the glue gun. She took pieces of antique suzanis and glued them on chairs, curtains, and pillows. In lesser hands the whole effect might look rather contrived, but here it looks fresh and fun. One can tell that McEvoy had fun experimenting, and what better laboratory than one's own home?

And the colors are very clear and vibrant. McEvoy decided that each floor would have a different color scheme with black and white accessories mixed in. I do like how she painted blocks of color on the walls: pinky coral in the living room and yellow in the bedroom. It rather reminds me of that great cerulean blue "bulletin board" that Albert Hadley used in his Manhttan apartment!








19 comments:

  1. I was really inspired by the monochromatic schemes in each room. Trimming everything in black is a nice touch. Looking for my glue gun now...

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  2. This does give a fresh pespective not seen in the book. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Brilliant- I don't have a glue gun, but I'm certainly contemplating getting one :)

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  4. Courtney- It's always fun to see different shots of rooms.

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  5. I'm a huge Marian McEvoy fan as well--love the coral in the living room, and that seashell mirror against the yellow backdrop is just beautiful. I actually do have a glue gun, and I actually was inspired once to glue seashells all around the frame of my inspiration board :)

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  6. I am a sucker for white drapes with black trimmings, and when you add yellow to the picture, I love it even more. Great post!

    ~Kate

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  7. RNVL- Well aren't you clever ;)
    I bet it looks great! I do love that coral in the living room- such a beautiful color.

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  8. Kate- Me too. I love graphic drapes, and that yellow just adds another dimension.

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  9. Cool! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I love how the black & white stayed consistent, gorgeous!

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  11. I love the living room the best. It's just all so intriguing how she designed this, it's so beautiful and creative.

    Jon

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  12. I just love the whole outlining the room thing that she does. I think I am going to do that in my powder room!

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  13. Wow, the bedroom is quite stunning with the black trims - could look hideous in the wrong hands. I will have to further investigate her portfolio...

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  14. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Did anybody ever see the New York Times Magazine article about her former Manhattan apartment? The one with all the amazing sea-shell decoration hotglued everywhere? Amazing.

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  15. Anonymous5:04 PM

    I have to admit: I think it's pretty ghastly. Like the work of someone who just couldn't leave well enough alone.

    Both the shells and the glue-gunned black trim everywhere give the impression of someone with too much time and energy on her hands. Someone afraid to just sit quietly and think.

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  16. Anon. 2:09PM- I don't remember seeing it. It sounds great!

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  17. Anon 5:09PM- Well, each to his/her own :) What I like about her home is that she was quite creative and clever about adding some zip and personality to her home. I like to see people use their home as a laboratory, so to speak. And, it's nice to see a little original handiwork.

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  18. Anonymous5:48 PM

    A very personal space and speaks to loads of the owner's individuality. While a bit too "loving hands at home" for me (glue gun and all), I do admire the singular vision. Thanks.

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  19. Anonymous7:16 AM

    Dear Ms Mcevay,
    A note to tell you,Jesse Gerstein 1957 /1991 Photographer for Elle Decor will be having a book published and an exhibition in the coming year.
    I have the OB that you wrote for him in 1991 at the time of his death.
    I thought you might be interested to know of this project.
    Sincerly your,
    Cassandra Einstein

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