It’s spring break in our little campus town and what a disappointment! We stayed behind to finish some last minute work-related details and missed the spring break migration entirely. No sandy beaches or suntans, just bone-chilling cold, bundles of scarves, hats and frozen faces, teary eyes… Come on March!
The upside is that I have my favorite bookstores and coffee shops all to myself and the other day I had some time to revisit sunny Australia, if only through the beautiful home of Cameron Kimber from a past issue of House & Garden. That in turn reminded me of Bunny Mellon and her perfectly appointed interiors, designed by her exclusive decorator – Bruce Budd.
Budd had the Mellons as exclusive clients and as a thank you, he was gifted a chic New York carriage house. Its interiors ?were published in The World of Interiors several years ago. I have always admired that home but when it popped up on my Pinterest feed I decided to share it here as well.
Bruce creates interiors that have an ethereal feel to them. His decorating hand is delicate, yet very distinctive. He loves to mix classic Louis XVI style furniture and Old Masters’ paintings with lucite, acrylic and silver. His love of blue and white, stripes and painted floors is evident in so many of Bunny’s rooms, but is most beautifully displayed in his former New York home.
His talent of bringing the old and the new together, and enhancing both, is my definition of neo-traditional. ?I cannot imagine a more peaceful setting…
Here are my picks for creating a similar look – settees, glass hurricanes, blues and?whites, Josef Albers’ artwork, Louis XVI style chairs – and ?contrast – shiny and matte, light and dark, wood and metal. I hope you’ll find something you like!