Jessica Lagrange launched her interior and architectural design firm (Jessica Lagrange Interiors) in 1998 in Chicago. Her work, a mix of modern and traditional, is a wonder; incredible that someone can be so talented at such opposing styles. Both she masters with elegance and exquisiteness.
Renowned fabric and wallpaper company Schumacher has a new website. It’s a soft launch with many more features to come but already I’ve lost myself in the absolutely beautiful lines they carry. Schumacher have the hottest designs out there at the moment. KWID, Matthew Patrick Smyth and Jamie Drake join a long line of the world’s best designers who have contributed to their ranges. Think Mario Buatta, Sister Parish, Chuck Fisher, Paul Poiret, Dorothy Draper, Saul Steinberg, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The pattern that is flying around the design blogosphere as the must have “it” pattern, Chiang Mai Dragon, is one of theirs of course. Beautiful site, beautiful product. Thanks Andrew from Schumacher for emailing us with news of the launch.
I know a lot of you really love the retro posts here on Desire to Inspire. Rachel from Design Savvy Maui emailed me these wonderful scans from two of Billy Baldwin’s books, Billy Baldwin Decorates, Chartwell Books Inc., Secaucus NJ, 1972 and Billy Baldwin Remembers, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1974. Seems Rachel loves retro has much as I do especially when it is the work of the king of society decorating from the 50s through to the 70s. I confess I’ve been seduced by the kitschy and downright disgusting of bad retro decorating lately. Thankfully Rachel has bought me back on track. Divine decadence!
The work of Australian photographer Paul Barbera is magical. He incorporates shadows in such incredible ways, and thus lighting plays an integral part in his photographs. Simple rooms look so much more beautiful through his eyes than a cluttered room ever would.
New Zealand has a great shelter magazine called Your Home and Garden, which I've never personally seen, but they've got a website with some fabulous inspirational images. "Inspiration you can use" as their slogan goes. Very achievable interiors for everyday people. Love that.