Monday, November 2, 2020

Tropical Chinoiserie

Genevieve Faure - Architectural Digest

This wonderful living room is in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Does it remind you of anything? To me, it is reminiscent of the Bunny Williams/John Rosselli home, also in Punta Cana. The walls and floors look virtually identical to mine. Note the blue and white ginger jars on pedestals and the large jar with tropical fronds. The pup is on an Oscar de la Renta collection trellis chair.

A fascinating feature is that the sofas are on concrete bases.

Genevieve Faure - Architectural Digest

Here is the Bunny Williams and John Rosselli living room.

Bunny Williams/John Rosselli


 

16 comments:

  1. 100% inspiration by the Bunny Williams Punta Cana home .
    A more restrained version .
    Note : there is a lot of symetry going on , lots of pairs and repetition .
    The two ginger jars on top of the pedistals give such dramatic height !

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    1. Excellent observation re pairs and symmetry. Color harmony tightly, carefully restrained in both situations.

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  2. I’m pretty sure those are polished concrete floors. Maybe that’s why they used concrete sofa bases.

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    1. They are tiles so likely limestone or coral stone, but it doesn't say.

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  3. Totally agree that this house was inspired by the gorgeous Williams/Roselli home. The ginger jars on pedestals are stunning. I love the celadon jar with the plant materials and the symmetry/mirroring design in both spaces. I slightly prefer the colors in Bunny's home. They are so joyous! My living and dining rooms are painted a similar butter color and it makes me very happy.

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    1. I agree - both are wonderful spaces and great examples of the tropical chinoiserie style I love.

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  4. Great rooms though I think that desk is hideous. Looks like bricks!

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    1. I tend to agree with you - it was designed by the homeowner who is an interior designer and made by a local craftsman. But I thinks it's very clunky.

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    2. Might be on of those things that's way prettier in real life

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  5. I would have to agree that the desk is horrible, but it maybe it's just there temporarily until something better is found.

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    1. It was designed by the interior designer/homeowner and then made by a well known Dominican Republic furniture maker and featured in the Architectural Digest article, so it does not sound temporary.

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  6. I really like the Bunny Williams room over the others. Her repeat use of the light blue upholstered pieces brings more continuity and cohesiveness to the large area. I like the grounding of the stiped rug. The warm soft yellow walls show off the large green palm painting very nicely and maintain the tropical, theme. The yellow in the room makes it very inviting and warm, even cozy. I prefer this over all grey or beige. The dark wood conveys the romanticism of the British Colonial look. Overall, this would be the room for me. Nan

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  7. Oh we do love this BW room; I could spend hours there...sitting, reading, chatting, sipping tea or wine.

    I do notice that Bunny added an appropriate amount of crown moulding, dental it appears to be. This really draws the eye upward to the high ceiling. This is missing from the GF room.

    I see that there is one ceiling fan in the GF room, though BW has two. The closer you get to the Equator, the greater need for ceiling fans and lots of them, IMO! Sans light fixtures, please.

    Though the desk is a bit clunky and heavy, it probably is a vernacular piece made from local woods. I actually like its uniqueness; perhaps the owner really likes sitting in this room and working? The white chair offers some balance.

    I wonder how comfortable the concrete-based sofas are? Do the cushions slide around??

    Although the limestone floors are gorgeous, I would add a tropical, soft, casual rug of some sort as BW did in her room. Easier on the feet and legs, and cuts down on some of the noise in the room. These cavernous rooms can give off quite an echo especially with no window treatments.

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  8. Agee about moldings and fans. I was wondering the same thing about the concrete sofas.

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