The amazing Blairsden, site of this year’s Mansion in May, has so many gloriously designed interior spaces. One of my favorites can be found early in the tour, just off the entrance to the home. It’s designed by Barbara Ostrom Associates, to be the Drawing Room of the original homeowner: Mrs. Blair.
The designer describes the original space as being, “painted in the grim , cheerless colors of an approaching storm.” She also states, “I longed to bring the room to life with gorgeous colors, cherished collections, well-read books, fine antiques and exquisite art.”
I declare that Ms. Ostrom has officially accomplished her mission–as this is a wonderful, fresh, and brightly-colored space, filled with many special treasures. I would certainly be happy living here!
Using bold color combinations keeps serious antiques from feeling too stuffy, especially when used with contemporary upholstered pieces in light-neutral colors. Notice the whimsical monkeys hand-painted above the artwork and amongst the blue & white porcelains at the over-doors.
I can’t possibly end this post without first mentioning the gorgeous window treatments in this Drawing Room. The textiles used are colorful and rich. I love that, although the designer chose to use a very traditional treatment, the windows feel very current because of the saturated color in the fabric. The classic swags overlap the stately draperies and everything is banded in that glorious purple-rose ‘Radiant Orchid’ color.
All of these photos were taken by myself when I recently visited Blairsden, the Mansion in May. You can find more information on their website: http://www.mansioninmay.org/
The designer is Barbara Ostrom Associates. You can visit the designer’s Houzz profile by clicking here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/barbaraostrom/barbara-ostrom-associates
I’ll be sharing more about the rooms I saw when I toured Blairsden. Until then, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this colorful, traditional Drawing Room. Do you love the bright colors used throughout the space as much as I do? Please feel free to comment, and share Kristine Robinson’s Blog with everyone you know–I need all the friends I can get!