Monday, January 14, 2008

Granny style

Photos: Melanie Acevedo

During my move I discovered a ton of magazines that I forgot I owned (!) and am SO excited to share these images with you from the Dec/Jan 2005 issue of Elle Decor! Designer Steven Sclaroff designed this home for Camilla and Carl Sorenson, (co-owner of Nanz hardware) by looking to the past for inspiration. The article raised a fascinating point that "when quizzed about style in general, it's remarkable how many women (and even men) cite their grandmothers as pinnacles of domestic chic, recalling a time when people went all out with those things so often left aside today: curtains, rugs, perfume, bric-a-brac." Sclaroff's marriage of granny and modern day style resulted in a timeless look (complete with warm & fuzzy feelings associated with grandma ;)

(I can't get enough of the entryway wallpaper! It reminds me of the paper on my blog banner:)



11 comments:

Style Court said...

Sclaroff really does have a distinct style, and such flair with color. Love the bedroom!

decorno.blogspot.com said...

So loving these photos! The bedroom is something else...

An Aesthete's Lament said...

This presumes, of course, that one's grandmother was rich and wintered in Palm Beach. My grandmother was all about hand-crocheted afghans, alas.

MABELLE said...

Haha- I totally hear ya. My grandma wasn't rich by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I think what you can take from this is certain elements of style from that era- regardless of income levels. The colors in the bedroom (especially the blue damask headboard), the tailored blanket instead of a duvet/comforter on the bed, the shape of the lamps, old scenic paintings, use of pattern and color, etc. That's what makes it feel granny to me and I think that's what Sclaroff was going for too.

Ashley L. said...

oh my goodness! i'm obsessed with this post! i especially love the picture of that closet! great post, thank you for sharing! i'll be adding you to my list of favorite links! :)

Suzy said...

I posted about this apartment a little while back. It's fabulous isn't it! He also did Kate Spade's apartment...I just wish his website had photos of past projects so we could see some more of his work.

Jennifer R. said...

that top photo of the bedroom is so inspiring. I am currently going to re design one of the rooms (guest rooms in my home). this one looks like a possibility.

Jen Ramos
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MABELLE said...

Thank you Ashley! I'm so glad you like it! Suzy, I totally agree- it's crazy that he doesn't have a website up! And Jen, please be sure to keep us posted with your decorating endeavors! I'd love to see the final design ;)

LondonCalling said...

Great post! In exploring Sclaroff's site I found a future post for my new blog. Do you mind if I link to yours?:)

MABELLE said...

That would be fantastic! Thank you Londoncalling ;) I'll have to check out your blog!

LondonCalling said...

I did my "Mabelle,Granny Style" inpired post today. I hope you like it. Thanks for a great blog!