Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CARLETON VARNEY - MR. COLOR

The soothing pale pink of the walls with the stronger colors is a perfect combo.

That sofa fabric! LOVE it.

A bright and comfy sunporch.

The strong graphic quality of the striped walls and zebra runner makes for a peppy and youthful entrance. (photos by Mikkel Vang courtesy of House Beautiful)
I must admit that I don't know a lot about design legend Carleton Varney. I was vaguely familiar with him just by virtue of the fact that I have been reading decor mags since I was about 10, but lately I have learned a bit more via other blogs and the latest issue of House Beautiful.
This man loves color and has quite a way with it. Having grown up partially in the Great Lakes area, I am well acquainted with the lake cottage subculture there and when I saw this charming home in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, I was captivated. I love cottage style and the warm informality that it exudes. So, having said that, I just HAD to post a few of the photos here. The colors, the painted wood floors and all the light soaking into the place are so inviting. An interview with Mr. Varney and a complete photo tour can be seen here.

16 comments:

. Becca . said...

What a great entrance! Thanks for sharing. Id love to meander around this beautiful place for hours!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

I love that zebra runner! Would never use one (I once bought a pair of leopard print flats and my husband LAUGHED - very out of character for me; I returned them) but love it in that space.

Cote de Texas said...

this is one of my favorite houses of his - love it!

Debra said...

I love all the color- but those B & W striped walls in the entry- along with that sweet door and the window~ I do have a fondness for black and white. I think I'll now go take a tour ~
Have a colorful day~
D~

Joyce said...

I am with Debra- I am fond of b/w even though I love color. The entrway is so striking and inviting.
I like the way he mixes bright colors and took the risk. I don't know too many people with pink living rooms. It isn't only beautiful, but tells me someone confident, fun and loves the beautiful things in life-lives here. Thanks for the colorful morning. Enjoy!

Pink Maple said...

I love your blog and Etsy shop. I just heard about you from the Dallas client you created the blue and white commission for. You have beautiful pieces!

Karena said...

The pinks, grays, and black together are very soft and yet dynamic. I love this home!

la la Lovely said...

I love love love this!!! We have a breakfast restaurant in town that is called Egg Harbor which actually is from Egg Harbor, WI. Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Kappa Prep said...

I LOVE Carlton Varney! I did a post about him before Christmas and am lucky enough to have also met his son. I also mentioned this most recent article in my Target post too. The zebra carpet is wonderful with the pink!! Also wanted to let you know I did about you on my blog today, enjoy!!

please sir said...

I agree - love the mix of graphic pops and bold color!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

what a gorgeous blog you have - i am so glad i stumbled upon it. i'll be back!

TheDecoDetective said...

This is so cheerful! I want to run wild with pale pink paint in my apartment now...

Linda Merrill said...

The pink living room is my inspiration for how I'm going to be painting my living room. I love it!

Southern living at its best... said...

Love your blog! :)

MIMILEE said...

What a Happy home this is! I just love it.....so chic yet so much fun! I would never tire of these surroundings! Great post!

parisapartment said...

think pink! he nailed the perfect shade!

 
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