Dreamhouse: Penny Drue Baird

Dreamhouse: Penny Drue Baird

Dreamhouse: Penny Drue Baird

Dreamhouse: Penny Drue Baird


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Architectural Digest Top 100 interior designer Penny Drue Baird’s rooms are universally admired for their seamless weaving of past and present. From luxurious Manhattan apartments and a jewel-toned Parisian pied-à-terre, to family homes in Connecticut and New Jersey, and a whimsical Bucks County barn, Baird’s work is the result of deep client relationships that have lasted for decades.

A Tudor-style house is redesigned to feel fresher as its owners’ tastes mature, an airy Beverly Hills villa follows a young bachelor’s first apartment in The San Remo, and sumptuous fabrics and textures provide a modern backdrop for the vintage collections of “the chicest person Baird knows.”

Baird incorporates bold architectural gestures - tufted niches, gold-leaf and turquoise coffered ceilings, classical moldings and other made-from-scratch details - with fabrics from taffeta to practical corduroy, and unexpected finishes like mother of pearl and strié painted walls, trompe l’oeil limestone, classic bead board, or end-grain wood wallpaper. In his warmly written foreword, Mario Buatta lauds her skill and taste in sourcing unique pieces for each room.

Art Deco cabinets, Sputnik chandeliers, and gracious European antiques discovered in France, England, and Italy are received with the same delight as salvaged barn siding and old crates. Au courant but never trendy, with elements both classical and contemporary, each dreamhouse is infused with Penny Drue Baird’s irresistible sense of romance, charm, and joie de vivre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580933711
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Penny Drue Baird is an internationally renowned interior designer, known not only for her design talents but also for her knowledge of history and culture. Her delight in all things French is legendary - her first two books, Bringing Paris Home and The New French Interior, were published by The Monacelli Press - but her first priority is creating designs that bring her clients’ tastes and preferences to life. Baird's firm, Dessins, is based in New York and Paris. An AD Top 100 Designer, she is frequently featured in Architectural Digest and other prestigious shelter magazines.

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