"Flair is a primitive kind of style. It is innate and cannot be taught.It can be polished and refined. When a person has flair, a grounding in the principle of design, and self-discipline, that person has the potential of being an outstanding designer."
Albert Hadley:
The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

Friday, December 25, 2009

Alluring or fascinating attractiveness.

an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness;
alluring or fascinating attractiveness.
That is how Mr. Webster defines glamour. Today I received an absolutely fabulous book [bible], for Christmas: Jan Shower's Glamorous Rooms. With an endearing foreword by Michael Kors, another icon in the world of great style. Kors describes Glamorous Rooms as a book "full of the kind of chic, timeless elegance that will endure for years to come." Jan Showers ASID has been practicing Interior Design for over 25 years in which her interiors have been featured in various noteworthy design publications including Traditional Home, Elle Decor, Southern Accents, etc. Jan currently resides in Dallas, Texas where she lives with her husband James and owns her own firm Jan Showers & Associates. She also designs a line of custom furniture, lighting, and accessories that can be featured on her website. Below are a couple of glamorous interiors I have found very fascinatingly attractive...

1930s ebonized chairs sit in front of an eglomise reproduction mirrored desk with a Lucite and sycamore lamp.

Formal Dining Room
A pair of frosted Venini chandeliers hang over this custom mahogany dining table with bronze details. Below it lies a gorgeous custom designed, hand-knotted Patterson, Flynn & Martin wool rug. The hand-painted wall covering is from Fromental.

Formal Living Room
These Maison Jansen vermeil lamps make a space feel fresh and au courant, and mixing silver and gold is always a good idea.

Entry Hall
Create an aura of glamour with some or all of these classic design elements; warm silver-leaf tea paper on the walls, a fabulous Murano-glass lamp, and gilded mirrors.

This custom Billy Haines-style bed in warm silver leaf is balanced by a pair of ivory lacquered commodes with white ceramic lamps and gold-leaf wood soleil mirror from the 1940s.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Say it ain't so!

A Note from Editor in Chief Karen Carroll
As many of you may have heard by now, Southern Accents is closing and the September-October issue will be our last. For the past 32 years, it has been our great privilege to work with so many talented, creative people to showcase beautiful houses and gardens, and to be a champion of the gracious lifestyle of this wonderful region we call home. We deeply appreciate the loyalty and support that our readers–both of the magazine and our blog–have shown us. You are the reason it has been such a joy to be a part of this industry and we appreciate you more than we can say.

First Domino Magazine now Southern accents! What is going on! Unfortunately in an economic recession, we have to cut back on many luxuries, including saving a couple of bucks a month on a magazine(or magazines). So let's try and keep the rest of these wonderful Interior Design & Decorating magazines alive to prosper and enrich our imaginations. Instead of spending money going out to lunch, pack a lunch and grab a Interior Design magazine and gush over the gorgeous rooms while you eat your lovely and healthy turkey sandwich with an apple and Reduced Fat Kettle Chips(and even a diet coke for those DC junkies like me)!
So in honor of Southern Accents, here are a couple of my favorite rooms! You can still see many of their design photos on My Home Ideas