Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dream Home: The Neo-Traditionalist

Katie Armour is not only a fellow blogger (The Neo-Traditionalist), but a fellow digital magazine editor (Matchbook). She is probably best known for her love of a vintage sensibility with a preppy twist and that aesthetic is definitely reflected in her lovely dream home.

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Hello! Katie Armour here from The Neo-Traditionalist. I am so honored to have been asked to share my dream home. While I've enjoyed my fair share of city living, my dream spot would include a bit of land. I'd love to have a big, unruly garden and sprawling lawn on which to chase my pugs about. This home belonging to Aerin Lauder makes me weak in the knees. I love the tall, handsome columns and the sense of history they evoke. When I was little, my grandfather had a 1960's black Mercedes convertible just like this one. I hope to invest in a similar vintage convertible of my own someday! My dream Living Room would be one part Hamish Bowles and two parts Kate and Andy Spade. I love the whimsical, artistic touches in both spaces. They've used such timeless, classics yet with a bit of sarcasm that I just adore. Decorators shouldn't take themselves too seriously---after all, homes are meant to be lived in. My husband and I never have enough room for our books. This black lacquered library (also Aerin Lauder's) is the epitome of chic. I think we'd spend many cozy evenings here reading. All my dream bathrooms have fanciful wallpaper. I love these patterns in the homes of Kate Townsend and Lizzie Bailey. Lizzie took the idea from Albert Hadley---the man was, and still is, so ahead of his time. I can't cook to save my life, but I still appreciate a good looking kitchen. My dream kitchen and breakfast nook belongs to Kate and Andy Spade. I can't get enough of the floor, window treatments, bold textiles, and taxidermy butterflies. Just because it's a kitchen doesn't mean it has to be boring. I love to keep dining fun and casual. This tablescape by Kate Spade New York's current creative director, Deborah Lloyd, is positively scrumptious! Deborah is a lovely lady and this setting speaks volumes of her approachable, yet chic aesthetic. My dream bedroom would be a variation of Rita Konig's complete with D. Porthault linens and a handsome plaid blanket. I'd probably have to go with Porthault's more masculine clovers to appease Mr. Armour. Oh and fresh ranunculus, always fresh blooms! In my dream world I will have a settee full of pugs at the foot of my bed, just like the Duchess of Windsor. Last but not least my dream backyard will be lush and bursting with hydrangea much like this scene of Susan Train's home in Paris. I someday hope to be half as chic! Thank you, Paloma!

Photos: 1, 5, & 12 from Vogue, 2 from The World of Interiors, 3, 4 & 8 from The Selby, 6, 7 & 9 from Lonny, 10 from T Magazine, 11 from The Windsor Style by Suzy Menkes.

13 comments:

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

How not to love every single room of this "dream house"? Oh.. please, don't wake me up! ;-)

Have a wonderful day!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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Behind the Lashes said...

I love monogramming on bedding and towels, makes things so much more special to me.

arre said...

oh i love Katie's home. i'll be the neighbor who shows up with macaroons to enjoy by that fabulous fireplace in the library ;) and if it keeps raining (like it has in my real world), i'll be under a polka-dot umbrella. because that would make me feel like i was certainly headed to Katie's ;)

Tabitha said...

Oh that's my dream car!

Wonderful choices that shake me out of my safe taupe world.

idratherbeshopping said...

that library is TO DIE! absolutely love everything about this post...it's so you, katie! esp those adorable pugs :)

xo,
joAnn

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Your taste is quite lovely. My favorite is the kitchen. I'm loving the window treatments and how they add to the light feel of the kitchen. And you can never go wrong with having a few pugs... Love them.

quintessence said...

Not surprisingly, loved all Katie's picks. Aerin Lauder's Hampton's house if one of my all time favorites. And Susan Train is a perfect example that style knows no age!!

Amy R. said...

Such beautiful dreams!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I absolutely love love Katie's dream home- it's filled with interest, beatiful colours and whimsical details. Absolutely my kind of space and I'd be thrilled beyond words to live in this vision of a home. The first picture totally took me away to thoughts of this gorgeous space. Delightful in every way!

The enchanted home said...

Are you by chance looking for a roommate? LOL....love all the images, the facade of the home, the vintage benz, the settee with the pugs and vintage bags, love the old world feeling bathrooms and kitchen...perfection!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Every room was prettier than the one before it! Katie's taste is simply unparalleled. To die for.

*sarah berry design* said...

What a sensational post! Love all of Katie's inspiration, it really evokes an impression of what her home will one day be like. Lovely.

Paulette @ At Home in Arkansas said...

Loving this post! Especially that bedroom with the big window and heart-print sheets. The weekend can't get here soon enough!