Saturday, March 10, 2012
Above, Charlotte Moss's library in a peachy tone. Charlotte Moss pictures from The New York Social Diary
I've seen so many white rooms lately that I'm reminded of my love of white in the 1970's. I even had white carpet in my living room! But even then, the white was enlivened by the presence of many, many books in wall to ceiling bookshelves. I must confess that I was afraid of color and never thought that I could do it right. But, after many years, I've come to have more confidence.
But I am mainly a lover of color because it makes me happy. I do tend to like monochromatic color schemes, maybe two colors at most. This is because we have a plethora of books and art that I cannot bear to put away out of my sight. The things that make me happy do so when I am surrounded by them. So even though we are downsizing, we still have so many things that we will keep that we may have to rotate them. But that's okay. We will keep them because we like to look at our pictures, and we like to read our books (over and over). They add the color and contrast that make us comfortable and make our home a home.
Below, I love cozy; sparse rooms are seldom cozy, and Charlotte Moss's bedroom is a classic blue and white with plenty of places to sit, place things, read, and write. I love it! Her library, above, is a wonderful mixture of homey and elegant. I can't imagine being bored in this room.
Above,Charlotte Moss's living mixes tones of pinks and greens with cream and gold. Below, another view of that wonderful library (note that no books are wrapped in white paper and there is a ladder so that you can reach the volumes higher up. I doubt that the ladder is for show. I love the way she adds paintings to the bookshelves in the English manner.
Above, look at that beautiful wall!
Above, an English country house classic combination: yellow and blue. Look at the rug!
Below, there's that gorgeous coral color again! This time the room looks quite contemporary, but still comfortable and warm. Imagine if this room were all white!
I have a feeling that in about 15 years, the burlap, stenciled pillows, and flaking furniture are going to look terribly, terribly dated. And people are going to want their interiors to be anything but white or beige.