Thursday, January 24, 2008

a point of view

I am at last getting around to posting commentary after months of reading carefully Bunny Williams’ Point of View. At first look the book suggests another coffee table volume with lots of splendid and glossy photos. Not so. Not only are the photos rousing, the text is revealing as well. Ms. Williams makes known details of her early years in Virginia which include stories of family members who have impacted her “point of view” when it comes to design and goes on to describe her formal training with Mrs. Parish.

Ms. Williams divulges exactly how it is that she approaches design beginning with furniture placement based on traffic patterns, all the way to fabric and color selection, ceilings and lighting and to a great extent, much more. As well as affirming many of my thoughts, I captured a number of messages from the well-written, yet uncomplicated text.
Reflect on these:

The differences in the usage of the room: day versus night.

Bringing into play multi-seating for as many as eight persons including supplementary seating, such as benches and stools.

Color selection derived from objects one is drawn to in life: rugs, paintings, flowers, plants. Practice with samples in all degrees of light.

Use of wide taping on Venetian blinds. Classic.

Lining of drapes and window treatments may and probably will be seen from outdoors.

The use of lanterns both interior and exterior. I so agree with installation of dimmer switches everywhere.

Lastly, Ms. Williams presents her home which she shares with her husband, John Rosselli, to be found in the Dominican Republic as is pictured on the front cover, seemingly a home in paradise.

While her results are rather opulent and with a tad more gilding than I ever hope for, Ms. Williams, a long-established collector advocates eclectic style combined with personal taste. Bunny Williams' Point of View was a genuine delight to embrace.

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