The spring issue of House Beautiful is out on the newsstands and it is gorgeous! I feel repetitive when it comes to House Beautiful, but they are on an incredible streak of gorgeous issues and have my full attention. The March edition talks color in countless ways, and displays some wonderful projects in vibrant hues, signed by designers like Nick Olsen, Melissa Rufty, Chloe Warner and Elizabeth Bauer Watt. To name just a few.
I had a hard time choosing a favorite, since each home is lovely in a different style but I feel most drawn to Elizabeth Bauer’s design of a Connecticut farmhouse. The entire project is based on a color scheme of blue-greens and aquas, a timeless choice that feels very fresh.
Also, one thing that I love is that the rooms of this home look precious but are anything but. The farmhouse serves as the weekend home of a Manhattan family with four young children and each design choice was made with durability and comfort in mind. Not to mention, BEAUTY! For example, Bauer chose indoor-outdoor fabrics and textiles that were ”vinylized” as Bauer says, treated for stain/dirt resistance to withstand the wear and tear of four kids running around. Most of the furnishings and fabrics are stain-proof, break-proof, scratch-proof – although it doesn’t look that way.
A particularly lovely space in this project is the dining room, with a delicate de Gournay wallpaper that is paired with antiqued, rustic pieces that do not compete with its more feminine chinoiserie design.
The kitchen’s breakfast area is also packed with charm, and lots of pillows! I’ve counted at least five different patterns, that share a common color story of blues and greens, and colors in-between. Plus, I always love a great window seat. The Saarinen table is apparently marker resistant, a detail all parents of young children would love and appreciate. The antique chestnut floors were painted in a fun checkerboard pattern in two custom shades of gray.
We only get to see one of the guest bedrooms, a gorgeous corner with what I imagine are monogrammed Leontine linens and repeated patterns: ikat on the chair and bedskirt, Raoul textiles silk on the roman shades and pillows.
I don’t know about you but I am very curious about the rest of this home, hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of the other rooms later on through Elizabeth Bauer Watt’s portfolio. Photography by Francesco Lagnese for House Beautiful. For details and resources, as well as an interview with the designer, don’t forget to pick up your own copy!