As many of you know, I think of my books as my friends and feel that every person—no matter their background or station in life—should have a library, whether it consists of one bookshelf or a room full of custom-built cabinetry from floor to ceiling. When I travel, I always purchase books as a remembrance of where I have been and to use as reference for my design projects.
What are the odds that a grand plantation in St. Francisville, La., would have St. Louis connections? Well, in this instance, pretty good. Rosedown Plantation was built in 1835 by Daniel and Martha Turnbull and remained in their family for 120 years.
This week, we continue our conversations with LN’s Show House designers. The 2012 William Bernoudy Ladue News Show House opens Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 21. For ticket information, visit laduenews.com or call 269-8836.
I could not let the passing of Albert Hadley, who is revered as one of the great interior decorators in recent history, go unnoticed.
It only seems appropriate at this gift-giving time of year to suggest what I feel are the five must-haves for any serious design library. Having taught design courses at a local university, it is apparent to me that too many people have little knowledge about the fundamentals of this industry, let alone who the greats are. I believe a person should to make a personal statement with their home environments, and not just succumb to what is trendy, temporal or mass-produced.Why not learn from the greats? Consider adding these examples to your bookshelves for future study on the art of timeless interior design.
Albert Hadley: The Story of America�s Preeminent Interior Designer by Adam Lewis. Having worked with Sister Parish, Mr. Hadley had access to the finest homes in America and turned them into design masterpieces. Still living but retired, this is a fine collection of his work.
The Ladue News Show House opens its doors tomorrow, at No. 15 Washington Terrace in the Central West End. Last week we introduced you to four of the talented interior designers who’ve brought this historic home to spectacular life. In this issue, learn a little bit more about other members of the first-ever Show House team.
AB: How did you get started in interior design?I was rearranging my mother’s house from about the age of 9 and never stopped! At first I helped family members, then friends and voila!
One of my regrets about being born in 1962 is that I never had the chance to meet many of the great interior designers who have given me so much inspiration. Sister Parish is certainly at the top of my list. Born Dorothy May Kinnicutt in 1910, she was called ‘sister’ because she had four brothers. This nickname often confused the press, as they thought she was a nun with a talent for arranging furniture!