Saturday, June 27, 2009

From The Hand of Mr. Hampton...The Sequel

Back in March I posted some illustrations of the late, great Mark Hampton, which continue to inspire and amaze me. At that time I said I would post more at a later date. Here they are as promised.
I wish I had the time and wherewithal to produce depictions as accomplished and charming, however Mr. Hampton's expertise will have to do for now.

A beautiful rendering of a room by the fabulous Madeleine Castaing from the "Legendary Decorators of The Twentieth Century" book.

Taken from the books "On Decorating" and "Legendary Decorators of The Twentieth Century" these illustrations convey a warmth and character lacking in traditional photographs.

A beautiful Cognac colored library taken from the "On Decorating" book.

A Black and White inage of Mr. Hampton's own Manhattan Dining room from the "On Decorating" book.

A beautiful image of a traditional Dining room treated in a contemporary manner with two tables and Mies van der Rohe chairs from the "On Decorating" book.
To my knowledge both books are sadly out of print, but are available from online retailers...for a price!

David Hansen

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Le Soleil Est Prés de Moi

Le Soleil Est Prés de Moi is the title of a song by one of my favorite French bands AIR and literally translates to “The Sun Is Close To Me”. I thought this an appropriate title for a post about the color yellow and my own home.

Air - The album Premiers Symptomes

I’m not a “yellow” person, but have been feeling inspired by it lately. I notice that there’s more yellow around my house and garden than I would have thought.

The Mud room in Ann Hall #119 - The photo doesn't do it justice.

I find most yellow paint colors “wimpy” and too pale for my taste. I prefer a more rich and deep sort of “egg-yolk-y” yellow when it comes to painted walls; the walls of my Mud Room are painted such a yellow which gives it a glow that makes me happy every time I see it. The color happens to be an Ann Hall color - #119 (it’s unfortunate her paints only have numbers and not names as they evoke such an aura). Her paints are available here.

Manual Canovas fabric-A possible choice for new pillows on the sofa.

Sorting through an assortment of fabrics in queue to become possible pillow fabrics for my sofa, I discover one has a yellow background…maybe I am a yellow person after all.


Squash blossoms

Kangaroo paw.
The flowers that I should know the name of, but don't.
The color yellow can be seen throughout the garden as well, but this seems to me to be more of a coincidence than a plan. It doesn’t stop me from admiring its unique and warm qualities. Lemons, Kangaroo Paw, Squash blossoms, and a yellow flower which I know I should know the name of but just don’t. When I look at all these different yellows, I feel a little closer to the sun. Perhaps a yellow room is in order for someone I know?

David Hansen