DESIGN MAVEN – Celerie Kemble

My dear friend Erin from Elements of Style and I went to the
Boston Design Center to hear the utterly talented Celerie Kemble
speak. She covered an array of topics from client relations,
to mixing period pieces. At the Schumacher showroom post party
I had a chance to meet her, and can happily report she was a
very approachable, down to earth woman…Erin, Celerie and I
were chatting about the lack of time we have to spend
“designing + refining” our own homes…from the photos I’ve seen,
Celerie doesn’t have much to worry about! I’ll take her closets anyday!
Celerie’s office

2008 NYC Showhouse
Visit House Beautiful for a tour

A beautifully layered room from her new book (SHELTER’S – Book of the month)

Image: House Beautiful

Fabric Line for Valley Forge Fabrics
Betwixt Fabric from Schumacher( I checked out a memo sample of almost every colorway, love this!)

This weeks recommended read…

CLASS ACT, William Haines, Legendary Hollywood decorator (see photograph and author at right)

CLASS ACT, is truly an inspirational read, not only for those with an appreciation for the glamorous “Hollywood Regency” style but for anyone interested in refining their design sensibilities.
William Haines was a charismatic man destined for the entertainment world at a young age. He moved out to Hollywood in 1922 after winning a talent contest. He was 22 years old.

William went on to appear in a number of movies and became close friends with Joan Crawford, George Burns and Carole Lombard to name a few. After opening an antiques shop in Hollywood he was often commissioned to design for the rich and famous. His style was sophisticated, and light for the time period. William was the true creator of “Hollywood Glamour”. In the late 1940’s William’s work shifted to a modern aesthetic. He loved unusual pieces and combined an array of pieces. His use of Chinoiserie was one of his trademarks.

Billy (as he was often referred to) designed not only interiors but furniture, and lighting. His work is timeless and has clearly influenced a number of today’s leading designers….I would have to say Kelley Wearstler being one… wouldn’t you agree?
Below are some images of his work..

A tufted slipper chair designed by William

A cocktail table designed by William Haines

A photo of William later in life, he preformed elaborate design presentations for his clients.

Can I live here??


This weeks reading…

A designer you need to know about….

Each week SHELTER will recommend a fresh reading selection.. I thought it would be a good idea to share some information about each book. My weekly choice will cover an array of design related topics and whatever else stikes my fancy…This weeks book, titled Piet Boon 2, represents work by the international Dutch interior, furniture and lighting maven Piet Boon. His designs are clean, chic and sometimes dramatic. I love his work, especially his crafted kitchens. I am drawn to a diversity of design styles; from soft modern to contemporary classic. Piet’s furniture, lighting, and interiors fall into the “soft modern” category. If you have an opportunity to read his book, please do. It’s beautiful.

Piet lighting

Piet Kitchen