As I collected up the fabric samples, pleased with my selections of honey-hued herringbone, rustic linens and cinnamon ticking, my eyes strayed to a gorgeous book on my work table. Lent by a kind new client, it had called to me more than once this week.
FROM THE LAND: The Architecture of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger is an inspiring tour of sun-drenched farmhouses, wineries, ranches and retail establishments in California and beyond. Principal architect Howard Backen is renowned for his ability to frame fantastic natural vistas with built elements at the point where structure meets the land.
Backen has mastered the understated luxury of casual elegance. His work is beloved by many, including film director Nancy Meyers, known as much for her movies' interiors as the movies themselves. FROM THE LAND's forward is written by Meyer's friend Diane Keaton, shown here on the now-famous kitchen set of their movie Something's Gotta Give.
photos: brownpaperblueink.com, cambridgebirdclub.org.uk, eric roth
Nature provides infinite design inspiration -- for color, texture and mood.
For the VINTAGE LUXE Library design, my mind traveled to Iceland, where glacial ice meets volcanic fire. The misty blue grays and deep coppers of the landscape are even reflected in local species, like the Icelandic Black-Tailed Godwit...
[For more gorgeous images, check out adventurer Kiell's blog, brown paper blue ink. Not only a visual talent, her writing is poetic. This is the narrative that accompanied the top left photograph:
To better connect with the natural beauty beyond, I designed a new window
to match french doors leading to the adjacent Conservatory.
BEFORE / AFTER
Symmetry, light and views reshape the space, and invite casual conversation or reading by the fire.
Honed bluestone and a fresh coat of paint update the fireplace.
Metallic coppers, bronze and gold leaf on walls and ceiling reflect evening light's glow.
(More photos, including the wall of new bookcases, to come.)
From the desk of