Flower Magazine

SEP-OCT 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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40 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I design Corner detail of a Louis XV–style mahogany and gilded-bronze bureau plat (writing table) BELOW: An 18th-century portrait of Grand Duke Petrovich hangs above a 19th-century Napoleon III table that displays pottery by French artist Paul Milet. RIGHT: An abstract painting by New Orleans artist Ida Kohlmeyer hangs above a Régence commode with a vignette of Wedgwood bowls and a Chinese porcelain vase. A gilded-metal bamboo chair adds modern whimsy. spaces. Lauding them for their unparalleled versatility, New York–based designer Alex Papachristidis frequently incorporates neoclassical and Louis XVI pieces into his rooms, where their elegant lines complement contemporary elements. He is also drawn to the works of Maison Jansen and Jean-Michel Frank, noting that Jansen's chic but simple pieces evoke 18th-century French elegance while Frank's are modern, yet classically derived. The designer also recognizes a French antique's ability to transcend cultural boundaries in decorating. In the living room of his Upper East Side apartment, Papachristidis pairs a Jansen-style sofa, 20th-century gilded coffee table, and 19th-century bronze gueridon with an Egyptian Revival stool and a Chinese bamboo chair and garden seat. Despite the disparate provenances, the unlikely assemblage melds seamlessly into the space for a sense of collectedness. For more than 25 years, Dallas-based interior designer Betty Lou Phillips has taken a similar approach to decorating with French antiques. "Harmony trumps conformity," she says. "That is my personal design philosophy and a common sentiment among the French, whose self-assured approach to decorating captures our attention and channels our energies in pursuit of statement-making interiors. "Like the French, I believe that filling a room with shiny, matching sets of showroom furniture creates a look that is contrived. An innately beautiful room hosts a meaningful mismatch of pieces that serve as tangible links to the past—a threadbare area rug, a chipped porcelain vessel. These perfectly imperfect elements, each with their own résumé, come together with elegance and ease."

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