Monday, August 3, 2009

A white elephant

This past weekend I took a fast trip up to Baltimore and was able to stop by the Bookthing, the 'free' bookstore that Meg at Pigtown is always raving about! One of the many treasures I picked up was an October 1985 copy of House Beautiful magazine which a startling up-to-date project featured. I always love these vintage magazines! Mostly I like to look at how things have become 'dated' (to see what types of mistakes to avoid in the future) but once in awhile a project comes along that is truly timeless.The project was a 'white elephant' which had been turned into a duplex in New Orleans. The interiors were done by Ann Holden and Ann Dupuy, of antique store fame, while the remodel was masterminded by the architect Barry Fox. I love the high gl0ss finishes in the dining room above.Even though this project was completed 25 years ago, I could see this being totally liveable today, don't you? I normally like carpeting to soften a room, but in a hot climate I can imagine it's much cooler without. I love the dining and living rooms and the bedroom looks like a cozy beach retreat! Also, another thing I loved was that Martha Stewart made the cover! A star even in 1985....

9 comments:

Karena said...

Stephen you are right on this one, I would not change a thing except for more works of art ex: over the fireplace in dining, in the master, and could move right in!

Pigtown-Design said...

Totally bummed that I missed you!!! Next time!

Terry said...

These are great. No rugs at all?

ArchitectDesign™ said...

No rugs, Terry! Very beach-house-ish if you ask me.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Agreed...love the high gloss in the dining room especially! And Ms. Martha...oh how far she's come.

Things That Inspire said...

Very interesting idea to look at old magazines as a primer for 'what not to do' if they look dated!

This post was a treat to see (new pictures, not the same old thing going round and round). It does have a classic feel to it.

Semigloss Chic said...

What free book store?!--why am I so behind lately! Is it a give one-take one deal?

I recently went through a bunch of clothes from my grandmother's generation to sort out donations pulled out the pieces that were timeless. I then went right over to my own closet and tired to donate out the pieces that I thought would make me cringe looking at photos 10 years from now.

Cote de Texas said...

I love this! Did you know that Ann is Gerrie Bremermann's daughter. And don't ask me which Ann!!! I always forget!!!!!!

Topsy Turvy said...

I love the two "Anns" - Holden and Dupuy – not sure they are still working together but seems like their designs have become more glamorous over the years.

–Lana