Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Creating A Little Drama Down at the Party Barn
I wonder if I was an actress in another life because I sure like dramatic interiors. I don't have the guts to go completely overboard in my own home- you know, it's that burden of Southern propriety or something. So I always thought that if I had some type of party barn, I would go the theatrical route and give it the old Oliver Messel touch. (For those of you who aren't familiar with Messel, he was a socially prominent British artist who was one of the leading set designers of the twentieth century. And if you're interested, his nephew is Lord Snowdon.)
To furnish my little fantasy barn, I would choose pieces that have presence. Now, each of the pieces below would look great on its own. I wouldn't necessarily mix them all together. After all, you only need one diva in the room! That said, this is for fun so let's throw caution to the wind.
I also think I would keep my color palette limited to black and white with just a few accents of color. Why? Perhaps it's because I have a fondness for old black and white movies. And when you pit deep, dark black against pure, creamy white, well, it's like good vs. evil, and is there anything more dramatic than that?
(Image at top: George Carter's party barn is perfection- at least to me.)
Possible Furnishings for the Party Barn:
White Webb's Intaglio Console Table
White Webb's Intaglio Chandelier
Wall Sconce Shell by Nymphenburg
Maitland Smith Black and White Obelisks. I would use them for table decorations.
Handpainted Screen by Gracie
Chrome fireplace mantle
Polychrome painted over-mantle mirror. Not really part of my party barn design scheme. I'm only showing this because it caught my eye and it's fabulous!