What if you could design your dream home? I don't mean just picking out furnishings from high-end mart showrooms but actually creating every chair's fabric, each doorknob, the light fixtures and their shades, all the way to the throw that keeps you cozy when you read your favorite book. A fantasy for most and a daunting one at that.
In the gallery, 19th-century grisaille panels highlight a Louis XV regulateur flanked by a pair of narwhal tusks, while an 18th-century silver hand lantern rests above the custom chair rail.
(I cannot tell you how much pleasure typing that sentence gave me.)
Partial illustration of the floor plan of Slatkin's home.
A springtime lunch setting with 18th-century plates and ivory-handled flatware.
The only road map I can give you to the rooms that give you joy is to do not what I do or like but what gives you pleasure. To hell with what anyone may say - life is too damn short to do otherwise.
If I have a philosophy of interior design, it is that your rooms should be deeply personal; make yourself comfortable in them, and others will be too.
[T]he only point of a room is to give you - and your family and guests - pleasure.
The master bedroom with walls in custom fabrics embroidered by Jean-Francois Lesage.
During an e-chat a few months ago, I told Howard how excited I was for his book to be published. His guest room (above) is one of my favorite rooms ever (don't be surprised). I let him know I thought that's what Jesus' bedroom in heaven looks like because the J-man is an open-minded kinda guy and rolls like that. Howard wrote back: "Thanks to you there will be no talking to me today." Yep, he's just that fabulous.
All photos by Tria Giovan, courtesy The Vendome Press; except for 2. Simon Watson.
My thanks to Meghan Phillips of The Vendome Press for the review copy!