I'm going to go ahead and admit something -- Ashley Whittaker is probably my favorite working interior designer (with Meg Braff coming in at a close second). Almost all of her projects make my "all time loves" list. And her newest creation, up in Westchester north of New York City, is no exception. Her fresh, pretty, and eminently livable take on traditional, preppy American design never fails to make me swoon.
Let's take a tour around this bright, garden-inspired home!
What is more delicious than an juicy apple green velvet sofa with nailhead trim? Nothing! I'm not having that Ming style coffee table, the faux bamboo side tables, the gorgeous blossoms springing out of the green and white ginger jar, or the pale lavender Madeline Weinrib upholstered chair and sofa pillow either. Also, is that a Hunt Slonem batch of butterflies on the wall? Not too shabby...
Chartreuse, cream, grey and gold sing together in this sitting room, anchored by a fab double sofa. But what am I most obsessed with? Those four brass Galleries des Lampes standing lamps with their custom shades.
Sweet, 8 pound, 11 ounce Baby Jesus deliver me! Candy colored DeGournay wallpaper provides the palette for this bright and happy, yet elegant dining room. The formality of the wall covering and the double pedestal table (swoon, btw!) is nicely balanced by the mod brass pendants.
Grrrrr meow, I always love Clarence House's fierce "Tibet" print in both wallpaper and fabric. A great sprinkle of sass in the butler's pantry.
I can literally smell fresh cut grass just looking at this succulent green breakfast room! And, yes, I love a vibrant green grasscloth walls, BUT the best part of this room? The customized Urban Electric lantern. Usually you see that puppy sans little shades and with a turquoise interior. And although a plain brass lantern would work just fine in this space, isn't the custom green interior and tiny printed pleated shades just the perfect touch? Yes.
It's a lattice! It's a hedge maze! It's Cole & Son's "Maze Palace" wallpaper and I want to cover every inch of my life in it!!! More articulated, brass sconces with custom pleated shades continue the barrage of gorgeous lighting this home is throwing at me.
The cozy library is wrapped up in shades of chocolate brown, eschewing the rest of the home's more airy palette. Another punchy, old school Clarence House fabric, "Babur" graces both a pair of club chairs and the draperies.
Upstairs, the master bathroom is a lesson in serenity. The barrel vaulted ceiling is perfectly accented by a cylindrical lantern with an Art Deco inspired feel. The grasscloth wallpaper and floral printed D. Porthault towels give some natural texture to this slick space.
The master bedroom is brimming with blue and white charm. A mix of classic swirling florals and vines, interlocking lattice, tiny gingham (on that precious chair!), and a delicate rope twist on crisp white linens, gives visual interest in a room that's mostly monochromatic. Antiqued mirrored chests add a dash of country-garden-appropriate glamour.
All the reasons I adore Ashley Whittaker's work are exemplified in this home -- a fresh palette, a happy outlook, a focus on comfort and function, all wrapped up in classic American elegance.