FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

New York City focused lifestyle blog by Lauren Caron

New Obsession: Bessarabian Rugs

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This weekend I visited my parents and my mother had recently purchased this fabulous rug that looks a lot like a Kilem but the motif is saturated roses and leaves, unlike many Kilems that I've seen. We did a little research to find out that it is indeed a Bessarabian style rug from Eastern Europe. The region, specifically is of the Russian provinces of Ukraine and Moldova during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bessarabian carpets and rugs almost always have a floral motif with a black or brown colored background. Although often reproduced, vintage and antique ones are rare. My mother has insanely great luck at antique stores and purchased this piece for a great bargain. I so badly wanted to use it in my living room but the odd measurements of 6ft x 11ft are not right - too long and too narrow for my square shaped living room. Believe me I tried to make it work! Oh well, someday when we have a bigger home, right? Or how great would it be to find a similar one? Now I'm on a hunt. 

For the most part I see very traditionally decorated rooms with these rugs, but with a little digging I found some contemporary spaces incorporating them and that's how I really like to see them used. 

This kitchen is so fresh and simple, the rug adds a layer or warmth and energy. See more examples in the slideshow below. 

Do you have a Bessarabian rug? Ever heard of these, or was I living under a rock?

How Chic: A Manhattan Jewel Toned Home

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When Domaine Home recently posted this home I was very excited because it was a nice break from the vastness of white walls that we've been seeing lately. While white walls are airy and light and easy…. you don't have to go through the trials and tribulations of choosing the right paint color. Deciding on the perfect paint color in a home is really tricky and especially so when using saturated tones like emerald greens and ruby reds. In this home, Jared Seligman has done it all right. Keeping the majority of his decorative elements and furnishings in the traditional style has helped to ground the space, while mixing taxidermy and furs with velvets adds a rich layer of luxurious texture, which surprisingly tones down the saturated colors by giving your eyes a place to rest.

 

His statement regarding where he finds inspiration is spot on, “I love Elsie de Wolfe, Sister Parish, and, of course, Dorothy Draper, because so many of their designs are still relevant so many years later,” says Seligman. “There are also so many talented designers right now that are huge inspirations like Nick OlsenStudio SoffieldRyan KorbanRobert CouteriorCourtney Applebaum, and Miles Redd.” 

he designers of the past and present who aren't afraid to use color and mix in layers of textures, antiques, new pieces, expensive and inexpensive elements share the commonality of creating designs that are timeless. 

On Trend: Head West

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Happy Friday! It's officially Fall in New York and it's almost cool enough to start wearing some of the seasons best new trends. A major trend this season involves piling on layers of plaid and flannels, faux (or real) fur, navajo prints, denim and fringe. It's all about the influence of the nostalgic American West. Equally embraced by interior design, subtle twists on these classic elements are also turning up in the most metropolitan places.

Head West
Head West

1. Fringe Top | 2. Mirror | 3. Antler Chandelier | 4. Lampshade | 5. Checked Shirtdress | 6. Console | 7. Handwoven Rug | 8. Faux-fur Cowhide Pillow | 9. Copper Canister | 10. Rag & Bone Booties | 11. Navajo Print Rug | 12. Metal Woven Basket | 13. Plaid Throw Blanket

Many Brooklyn apartments showcase flat weave patterned rugs inspired by the American West, others are hanging tapestries and dream catchers. I may not be a huge fan of the movement but I still very much appreciate inviting some of these elements into my home. I am the first to admit that I could kill (a bug) for a Pendleton blanket to throw on the couch. And yes, I have a few plaid or checked shirts in my wardrobe. I've herded together some of my favorite pieces this season that when paired properly will find their way into your permanent lifestyle. Enjoy.

New York Auctions: Bunny Mellon's Collection at Sotheby's

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Next month Sotheby's will auction the Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, a collection of works and furnishing collected by Rachel Lambert Mellon, better known as Bunny Mellon. She lived to be 103 and in that lifetime was the matriarch of American dynasty, who according to the New York Times fortunes and art holdings rivaled the Fricks, Carnegies and Morgans. Proceeds from the sales will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, a charity established by Mrs. Mellon in memory of her father. The Foundation is in support of horticultural and educational endeavors.

Paul Mellon, Bunny Mellon
Paul Mellon, Bunny Mellon

Included in the auctions are works ranging from 17th-century still lifes through to masterpieces of the 20th century. Masterworks by Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn’s, Ambrosius Bosschaert, and other works by American Artists Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper are up for sale. Rothko's Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange) from 1955, belongs to a year in the artist's career that is considered the most pivotal moment. Of the 22 created in this year, 13 reside in prestigious museum collections.

Two other sales, include are jewels and objects of vertu as well as furniture, porcelain, and decorative objects from the Mellon residences in the United States and abroad. Her residence in Upperville Virginia, Oak Spring Farm is also currently for sale for $70 million. Looking at the photos of the stables and pastures that was home to the family's prized racehorses has left me drooling and imagining the life I could have on that farm.

Not being at liberty to wave my paddle at the auction, I am still looking forward to the exhibition previews at Sotheby’sthe exhibit will be displayed on all 10 floors and surely to impress and enlighten. She was an impressive collector who amassed works and objects from a breadth of styles and periods - effortlessly combining them. Truly inspiring.

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Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon:

MASTERWORKS - Auction 10 November

JEWELS & OBJECTS OF VERTU - Auction 20 & 21 November

INTERIORS - Auction 21–23 November

Exhibition Times:

NEW YORK

FRI, 31 OCT 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT

SAT, 01 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT

SUN, 02 NOV 14 | 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST

MON, 03 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

TUE, 04 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM EST

FRI, 07 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

SAT, 08 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

SUN, 09 NOV 14 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST

MON, 10 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM EST