Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Did you see the cover of the October 2010 House Beautiful?  It’s a living room designed by Daniel Sachs.  I had never heard of him before but this room in a New York city apartment made me take notice. 

I think if I had to show all of these fabrics to a client, they would think I was a bit nutty – but they work so beautifully together.  Patterned fabrics (ikat, floral, stripes) in red, blue, green, orange, yellow –  pretty well every colour of the rainbow!


This is how Sachs describes working with this client and the home:  “We both love antiques, contemporary art, Indian designs, tribal textiles… The house felt collected, not decorated, like someone who has traveled a lot and picked up great artefacts and art and antiques everywhere.”

A close-up of the gorgeous ottoman fabric – a custom suzani. 


Even the floral artwork is vibrant and multi-coloured.


In the kitchen,  a more subdued and pretty colour palette.


Except for the gorgeous paper from an art supply store lining the back of the cabinetry.


Sachs blew up a vintage map and wallpapered one wall in the boys’ room.


He used turquoise billiard fabric on the back of this built-in bookcase in the boys’ room .  Isn’t he clever?


All photos from House Beautiful.  Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

Do you love the look of the living room? Or is it just too much colour and pattern for you?

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