Arbre de Matisse

“Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style. “

Billy Baldwin

The first gentleman of American décor, Billy Baldwin is a legend in the interior design world. His work was inspired by French furniture maker Jean-Michel Frank and fellow American decorator Frances Elkins (she designed the now infamous loop chair for one of her clients and started a trend that endures to this day). Moving from his hometown of Baltimore to New York proved to be the best career decision possible. Within a couple of years, his clientele included most of New York’s social elite. Taste-makers like Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Nan Kempner, Babe Paley, Diana Vreeland and Bunny Mellon relied on Baldwin’s discerning, clean eye for décor.

His love of clear hues was inspired by French painter Henri Matisse and was a departure from “Victorian color prejudices”, as Baldwin often used to say. Another Matisse inspired touch was the design of a black-and-white fabric for one of his clients, matching a Matisse painting above the sofa (pictured bellow).


Billy Baldwin

Quadrille’s Arbre de Matisse fabric and wallpaper is available today in both front and reverse patterns, in a variety of fresh color ways. After more than a half of a century from its inception, this print is still a designer favorite! Here are some beautiful rooms featuring Quadrille’s Arbre de Matisse Reverse.


Meg Braff


Markham Roberts 


Daniel Romualdez 

“This room is affectionately known as the Blue Room. I kept coming back to this signature Billy Baldwin cotton fabric wall covering — it’s inspired by Matisse, my favorite artist. I love the matching print-on-print; it adds a cool dimension to a smaller room, and it creates a canvas against which flowers and art stand out. During parties, friends and family spill into this room, finding their way to the over-stuffed sofas, while during the week, it’s where my boys do their homework. This is actually the room where we started the company — we’d have business meetings and the odd fitting in here.” — Tory Burch

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veere grenney

Veere Grenney 

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  1. February 2, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    It is so interesting to see the same fabric in different colors–each has such a different feel! Great idea Eva!

    • Eva Contreras
      February 2, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m glad you like the idea. Stay warm!

  2. Diana Bier
    February 2, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    Beautiful rooms with a beautiful pattern!
    I love the quote from Billy Baldwin–everyone who worries about their decor being “dated” should remember it!

    • Eva Contreras
      February 3, 2018 / 6:48 am

      Thanks, Diana! Absolutely, he was one of the first decorators to insist on reusing pieces the client already had, to achieve a tailored, personalized look. Have a great weekend!

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