Back in the day, Doris Day and Rock Hudson could steam up the screen with their “pillow talk”. I loved Jan Morrow’s style – Doris Day’s character. It was fitting that she played an Interior Designer because her apartment was fab, and I am still trying to figure out if it’s possible to move onto that Holywood set, and further if I could get Alma (Thelma Ritter) to come with the deal, drunk or not, I think she’d prove invaluable. The point of all this pillow preamble is to say that a pair has caught my eye and held my attention. If you’ve been following along dear reader you know that my visit to West Elm last weekend resulted in the purchase of said pillows by Lulu Belle Design. They reference the famed Martinique wallpaper which first entered the spotlight in 1942 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where glamour abounds and apparently its design is timeless.
I am drawn to them inexplicably. They are not what I would consider my signature style – though that is mainly due to the color palette. Forest green, cream, and black are not found in that particular combination in a home of mine – not to date at any rate. Perhaps it’s the reference to nature that appeals. Aristotle said:
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
I lean hard right to the Mediterranean Sea, and yet like Dorothy Draper and all here chintz, I love it. So I got to thinking it might be fun to design a living space or library around them. Here’s what I would do:
– China White Walls by Benjamin Moore
– Malachite Mural (custom bien sur)
– Sofa in a pale cream linen
– Gold chandelier and gold accents
– Mies van der Rhoe – Barcelona Chairs in cream
– Decorative baseboard capped with a thick 2″ stripe in metallic gold that wraps the perimeter of the room
– Flowy linen curtains in ecru with a white and kelly green key fret border
I think I could live with not knowing the answer. Could you?