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Friday, January 21, 2011

Don't judge a book by its cover

Or similarly a designer's abilities by the decorating tome she produces. Walls: the Best Decorative Treatments: Mural. Wood Panel. Stencil. Wallpaper. written by "acclaimed French interior designer" Florence de Dampierre will be released in March by Rizzoli.

This is the bedroom wall treatment in her NYC apartment.
That would be a wall sticker and...

Postcards glued to the wall.

This would be the living room of said apartment by "acclaimed French interior designer" Florence de Dampierre.

With rugs from Pottery Barn Teen.

So would you trust the advice and opinion given in "acclaimed French interior designer" Florence de Dampierre's new book?

[New York Social Diary]

51 comments:

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Yikes, that's all awful.
Run in the opposite direction, tout de suite.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

My confidence and faith in my own design abilities just went through the roof.
Holy HELL how did she get a book deal?
Luvah is a publisher, I'm guessin'...
;)

nkp said...

"Acclaimed" for what. Bad taste and piss ass style.

You know her mother wrote that tagline.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

It looks like a space that would get three stars in the Dorm Room section of Rate My Space.

Teri said...

It looks like you gave a bunch of 3 and 4 your old girls your credit card and let them decorate.

Oh my goodness.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I just read the part of the interview where she says that there's a lack of refinement in America. She's talking about her work in America, right? Because that den o' crap is pretty far from refined.

Who has pictures (two of them) of a car tacked up in their kitchen and a microfiber sofa that looks like it came from Rooms Plus? Must be the refined people.

This is her "fun" place. I can think of plenty of things that are fun without being juvenile.

House of Slappy said...

Barf.

Teri said...

It is almost worse when you read the article and look at the pictures! There is nothing to take away from either.

My goodness, she sets French designers back.

Full House said...

You pose an excellent point.

Only one great thing to say..the cover of her book isn't bad.

David said...

Who knew the editing bar at Rizzoli was so low?

Ceci said...

NO! Not based on the apartment! Not even for a little girl! Who glues post cards to the wall?

The Roving Home said...

Apparently now we know why the rest of us don't have book contracts: our rooms are too attractive. And all this time I've been trying to improve my skillz. What a waste.

AppleTree said...

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Sketch42 said...

Im seriously blown away by how bad this is.

Leigh said...

this is shockingly bad! like worse than awful. how did she get a book deal?!?!?

interesting aside: the word verification is MERSA. which kind of makes me think that even my laptop thinks these rooms look like a dangerous, drug-resistant infection!

The Designophile said...

I want to say this is so gross but I'm so confused I can barely process it all.

Interior Design Musings said...

Laughing so hard at this post. NKP and Teri, I have tears in my eyes! I would love to see the look on a clients face if I pulled this out for a design board. M.

Interior Design Musings said...

You forgot to add "Hell to the No" as an additional tag label for this one, Raina! M.

Jessica said...

Yuck.

The Devoted Classicist said...

As you all know, everyone and his/her sister-in-law calls themselves a decorator these days, whether they are paid to perform the service for others or not. Ms Dampierre had a shop in the SoHo district of New York City in the 1980s and sold marvelous painted furniture to big name decorators and collectors. And she has written a couple of well-received books on painted furniture and decorators, in addition to one or two not so popular books. Despite the preview here, I still hold hope that this new book will live up to the success of some of her previous efforts. (But thanks for the heads up; I would not order it sight unseen!)

lucitebox said...

Um...perhaps this goes without saying, but those fucking purple gloves are painted on that table, aren't they?

Wait. No. ARE THEY GLUED TO IT?!

Kathy said...

No way...That's a made up name...something Oscar Wilde would have come up with ....His Miss de Dampierre would be the plump, know -it-all , busy-body that wreaks havoc with the heroine's life...apartment....;) k

Raina Cox said...

Jeannine - Ah ha ha ha ha ha!

Full House - Hello and welcome! You're right, it's a gorgeous looking book. And the brilliant Pieter Estersohn photographed it.

The Roving Home and The Designophile - Hello to both you and welcome to this deliciousness!

The Devoted Classicist - Leave to you to know the back story. You're a font of fab info. I bet you kill at Trivial Pursuit.

Kathy - Oh, that's BRILLIANT.

Petra Voegtle said...

...you never know!!!!
Maybe there are still some secrets to be revealed???

To be frank - I am always astonished about the fact that there are soooo many "acclaimed people" out there but no-one seems to have the guts or the will or whatever to really check this out. Hardly anyone seems to be able to use the internet for what it is - a magnificent database. Otherwise you would not find so many fakes in the end...

susie q said...

Oh my goodness. That's awful. I'm thinking she's a writer/editor. NOT a designer. No matter how she describes herself.

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

JACKPOT! This woman is G double O D good.

Good like skunk spray on a triple digit day.

my favorite and my best said...

she has gathered inspiration from PB teen, that's for sure.
right down to the lavender and lime..
what's with the gloves?

Raina Cox said...

MFAMB - They were used in some show house room she did.

Jodi said...

She will never work in this town again!

The Designophile said...

Um, has anyone been to her website? Because (unfortunately) I just was. I'm not claiming to be a interior design expert but yikes.....The home page alone was enough to scar me for life.

Coletta (rhymes with Velveeta said...

Does this mean that I get to call myself a designer too?

YAY FOR ME!

erin@designcrisis said...

Hard to imagine how it could be worse.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It is becoming more and more clear to me that getting published often does not coincide with talent. It's often about timing...and who you know. That includes some of the rooms I see in shelter magazines too!

Anonymous said...

Francophiles will recognize the Dampierre name as an aristocratic one. The author was married to a member of the family some years ago; after a divorce, she kept the name, but, alas, no title.

dwr said...

"Hard to imagine how it could be worse"

"Kicky" karate-chopped accent pillows on that butt-printed microfiber sofa, for a "punch" of color. Dear sweet Jesus, who the hell styled this? There are ARMCAPS on that other sofa.

Design Junkie said...

Treacherous, the wool some haute-compoops will try to pull over some nincompoops' eyes.

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

I don't even have words, I was kinda hoping to get to the end you would say I'm joking.

The mad woman behind the blog said...

You all are too mean. Imagine the small town girl, say from Oklahoma, wanting to feel chic in her door room. This would fit the bill, wouldn't it?

Oh, wait, that wasn't her target audience?

Psst, I hear her real name is Flo Damper, from Tampa.

Designers' Brew said...

Andrea--love your succinct analysis ;)

This apartment is on Main Street in Terrible Town, BUT I love that bedroom wall color. Have a special soft spot for sunny chartreuse. But the rest of it is barf.

Raina Cox said...

Coletta - Hello and welcome!

Design Junkie - "Haute-compoops" is going to blow up. Look for it on Urban Dictionary next week. Trust.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I'm late to the party, but what Devoted Classicist said. Her shop was actually one even trendsetting, and showed a connoisseur's eye.

like I said, what Devoted said...

Jill said...

Resounding NO!

Suzy said...

so hideous and amateur its beyond words...how on earth did she get a normally good publisher to put their name to that mess?

Jessica said...

I can't stop laughing ... are you sure you didn't steal this from design-turds?

Anonymous said...

I've know Florence for decades. And as the others have said, she had a big shop in Soho, one of the first, in the very early days -- and it was charming and fantastic! Then she had a shop uptown selling high end painted furniture and it too was great. Her own decors have always been completely uncensored, and are not driven by the usual conventions. They are mad and totally off the charts -- she knows this. Her knowledge of "good taste" is vast but she doesn't care for this point of view for herself. She is a scholar in her work and artist in her life. Her personality and charm are famous.

For the record, we are not good friends, but I do know her and respect her for her originality and good works.

Raina Cox said...

Anon 7:10AM - Thanks for your input. I have a hard time reconciling that someone whose "knowledge of 'good taste' is vast" would make those choices in her living space. It would be like finding out Karl Lagerfeld wears Sans-a-Belt in his downtime.

Carol said...

That is horrid. I would have been so disappointed to have purchased that book. No taste in these rooms at all.

Anonymous said...

this looks like a buying spree on pb teen, with a side trip to hobby lobby and, just for kicks, the work of a birthday party balloon artist (see the left side of pic #4) thrown in the mix...

nanne

Ailie said...

This is a minging pastel nightmare. Vom.

Sarah (Matters of Style) said...

Hilarious, I think this is the first time I've ever heard that expression used to mean that the cover is BETTER than what's inside.

Jill said...

Raina...your retort...hilarious!