Sunday, July 16, 2023

The Chinoiserie Sunroom

Melissa Rufty

This sunroom is stunning. Silver leaf chinoiserie wallpaper, a marble mantel, and a pair of bergère chairs in peridot from this vantage point.

Melissa Rufty - House Beautiful

I love the French Anduze pots with large palms. These traditional glazed ceramic pots are a staple in French gardens and are a pretty alternative to baskets or blue and white Chinese fish bowls.

The color accents are an interesting choice - chartreuse and aubergine. Chartreuse - a yellowy green is a surprisingly versatile color. I have a chair in my living room in chartreuse silk and the color works beautifully with my pink and with blue and white.

A gold mirror, vase, and frame on the abstract art really pop against the silver wallpaper. The ceiling is painted in a soft Haint blue - so Southern.

Here is the sunroom as it was decorated when owned by playwright and author Speed Lamkin draped by Mark Hampton in Brunschwig & Fils floral chintz. Note the same layout and potted palms.

Mark Hampton - Architectural Digest 1981


  1. Very glamorous, and I love Swedish Mora clocks

  2. A beautiful room!

  3. This is one of my favorite rooms ever! According to the article in House Beautiful, the designer Melissa Rusty removed the floral chintz that Mark Hampton originally draped on the walls. . Now the walls are papered in a Paul Montgomery silver-leaf floral. The gorgeous bergeres are covered in peridot Donghia satin and the 8' banquette is upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric. The saber-leg lucite/brass coffee table is from Malachite antique store on Magazine St., in New Orleans. The room really is picture perfect and I'd love to see of how it looked when Mark Hampton decorated it.
    Love your blog - it's my morning read each day with a cup of coffee!

    1. Thanks - I will update with a photo from Mark Hampton.

  4. Thanks for the update, Beth. The Hampton room is equally as beautiful, although one would really have to love yellows, golds and chintz! I love the chandelier and large gilded mirror. I do remember how popular chintz was in the early eighties.

  5. Breathtaking!
    In the 1950s my mother's interior decorator used chartreuse & plum. To this day I love this combination.💚