Courtenay & Jeff's favorite OTHER entry:There were a few I genuinely liked, though the one that immediately stood out for me was ChrisToronto's Winter Antidote. It exudes a very 1970s, literate glamour that reminds me of a David Hicks interior. I love saturated colours with dry, earthy neutrals -- his orange flokati rugs and lampshades against the mushroom- coloured walls and fantastic geometric wallpaper are so rich. The scale and positioning of all the pieces creates a perfect landscape of proportions (including the plants), erring just on the side of cramped, but avoiding it. Plus, it's refreshing to see something that's not cookie-cutter mid-century modern for a change.
Tell us about your favorite colorful object in your home:Given that many of the objects in our home are monochromatic, the colour in my "favourite colourful object," too, is sparing -- but that's one of its strengths. The 40 x 60, Rene Gruau-illustrated stockings ad in our dining room is a piece I still feel lucky to have got my hands on. As much as I love all the now-ubiquitous vintage poster art from the early part of this century, it's rare to come across an original, oversized ad from the mid sixties -- and one that makes such striking use of my favourite colour scheme, at that. To me, red (preferably, a bit on the orange side), black and white can seldom fail, representing both the ends and the dead centre of the spectrum in maximally-contrasting glory. Combined with an ultra-dynamic composition, Gruau's genius of a brushy hand, the figure of a freewheeling chick who I continually aspire to look like and some large, black Italian type -- few things could be more exciting.