Monday, January 30, 2023

The Chinoiserie Living Room

Meg Braff


This remains one of my favorite living rooms of all time - Meg Braff's living room in her home in Locust Valley on Long Island in New York. It reminds me of the grand living rooms of Mario Buatta, and indeed the gorgeous Coromandel screen shown below she found at a local estate once designed by Mario Buatta.


Here are more views of this room.


Meg Braff


Meg Braff


Meg Braff


Chinoiserie elements in this room include the Coromandel screen, the gilt faux bamboo bergere chair, Christopher Spitzmiller gourd lamps, Chinese porcelain, and framed chinoiserie panels.

I love the yellow sofa - such an underused color. The vintage sofa is trimmed in an ebullient 4-inch fringe by Houl├Ęs. The upholstery fabric is Zoffany. Meg Braff loves caftans. This yellow one would be great in this room.


Summers in St. Tropez Celeste Caftan


The floral chintz on the slipper chairs and pillows is Lee Joffa's Althea Hollyhock.

Another favorite element is the silk skirted table topped with books and a beautiful flower arrangement.

I love the pair of palm trees - palm trees are no longer reserved for decorating in Florida - you see palm tree decor everywhere.

I think palm trees are what I love most about Florida. I can't get enough of them. I read this about palm trees and what we can learn from them.

Shed things that no longer serve you. Palm trees are self-cleaning; they shed and get rid of dead leaves. Sometimes after the storms of life, we learn that there are things that we were holding onto that no longer serve us well.











11 comments:

  1. A lovely room! Reminds me of CCC! Palm trees are my favorite- I’ve always lived somewhere where they were native, except NC. I always missed them and when we relocated to Florida I was so happy to see them again­čî┤

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    1. I have never lived with palm trees before and they make me so happy.

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  2. A timeless, great beauty of a room! I love that it’s chock full of stuff but none of it is overwhelming. The palm trees are fabulous. I’m a midwestern gal used to flat farmland vistas so palm trees evoke a lot of exotic vacation memories for me and I’d love to have access to affordable ones.

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    1. I grew up in the Midwest. Now I can't get enough of palm trees!

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  3. What a gorgeous room. Thank you for sharing. I really like her use of the light turquoise lamps. If she had used blue and white lamps, the room would have felt heavier. There would have been too much sameness. As it is, those lamps beautifully carry the color of the blue sofa into the corners of the room. Perfect.

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  4. A coromandel screen is on my design bucket list...

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  5. It's a beautiful room. I love the skirted round table and the faux palm. (I love palm trees too.)

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  6. Meg’s dining room is just as gorgeous. Love seeing different views of the living room. Thanks so much!

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  7. I love her style and always find myself studying her book the Decorated Home.
    Her spaces have timeless, historical interest yet look so bright, fresh, and preppy too.

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