The April issue of House Beautiful has landed, prompting me anxiously to complete the March issue which is all about green. Gosh it is hard to keep up, isn’t it? Anyway green is my favorite color without a doubt. The color of life and the color of harmony, as all greens go together. In the March issue is a wonderful feature on 10 green rooms that I especially liked for the designers’ comments on their respective designs and their very specific thinking behind them. I learned something (eg. “Green pigment was expensive in th 18th century, making it a status symbol…”) It’s a great little read.
The HB website also has a terrific assemblage of ”Gorgeous Green Rooms,” a few of which are highlighted here. They were even nice enough to include Bee Cottage, whose living room and garden room are green to the hilt.
By Miles Redd:
By Michele Allman:
By Richard Norris and Mark Leslie:
By Allison Paladino:
Years ago when I lived in Atlanta I had a house in Highlands, NC, not big as a minute. 3 rooms plus the kitchen, which was really part of the living room, and 2 bathrooms (thank goodness). Designer and friend John Oetgen and I did the whole living room in green toile, four different ones, plus a green and coral check. It was fab. That was a long time ago, and I’m sick I don’t have more and better photos. These look kinda pitiful next to the others, but I include them because there are some fun ideas here that might spark something for you. I named it Pavillon du Bois–pavillon in the woods–kind of as a joke. Double-wide in the woods was more like it.
P.S. Full disclosure, and just so you know, the following images are somewhat more representative of John Oetgen’s work:
Photos courtesy House Beautiful, Oetgen Design, and me (you can tell which ones).