Prepare your heart for sheer Parisian elegance.
Goodness gracious sakes alive. I will attempt to whisper and exhibit a shred of decorum as I share this post…except, you must forgive…now and again, I am likely to shriek BUTTER MY BISCUIT! Because, ya’ll, (A) I have just returned from Texas, and (B) these exquisite interiors (a Parisian styled townhouse in Brooklyn) imagined and designed by Kathryn Scott are rare studies in artisanal details.
The breathtaking Parisian aesthetic (classical French with contemporary and minimal) within this home renders me weak in the knees, and its taste factor (sky high) has my bourgeois fairyself swooning. When you factor in the designer’s wisdom which flows like honey from Kathryn Scott? Well, then, we are all bound to be richly inspired by the work.
Interior designer Kathryn Scott created the luxuriously bespoke interiors which follow, entirely from scratch. The existing Brooklyn townhouse was completely demolished (save for one wall!) for a family who had lived in Paris.
(above) French architect Claude Puaux worked with the design team to create a limestone facade reminiscent of Le Marais, built with stone which was cut near Paris.
A few favorite details? Definitely the architectural materials incorporated in this Classical French project…I suppose it’s a blessed Parisian trinity: Plaster, stone, and iron. J’adore the kitchen! The custom cabinetry in the kitchen features frosted glass fronts, allowing dishes and kitchen essentials to convey as shadowy silhouettes. The breakfast area has this cement top table and bronze base (it only looks like wood!) and is surrounded by classic Saarinen chairs with leather seat cushions and damask painted canvas backs. (Is anyone getting rid of a pair of Saarinen chairs because I am ready to paint!) The master suite feels like a serene Parisian dream and comprises the entire second floor. The master bedroom’s dressing room luxuriously boasts closets on all four walls.
I know what you’re thinking…I must see more!
Kathryn Scott, William Abronowicz, and Judith Nasitir have us covered. The Parisian townhouse project in Brooklyn is but one design project found in the new book, and you do not want to pass up this incredible volume!
Creating Beauty is a collection of sanctuary-like interiors, each with a thoughtful story whispering of its inhabitants’ milieu, each breathing with a tranquil, timeless soulfulness created by Kathryn Scott. ~Hello Lovely
Oh, mes amis. Oh, guys. Oh, y’all. This book is A MUST READ for design geeks, artists, and especially designers. You may weep lovely tears of designjoy (and possibly a few tears of Bob in heaven, I need those chairs/that lamp/that art in my life!!!!).
In Creating Beauty, Kathryn Scott reveals her approach to interior design which is reflective of her process as a painter. She writes, “I don’t try to force anything. Instead, I let things unfold in their own time, once the place tells me what it wants to be and my concept for it becomes clear.” I so admire such a commendable level of patience and integrity which elevates the work and reflects such design purity.
I have quite the collection of beautiful design books, but this new one by Kathryn Scott has me captivated and design-delirious with its lessons in proportion, understated elegance, architectural interest, and thoughtful details. The photography by William Abronowicz is beyond stunning and will take your breath away with the gentle turn of each page.
There is a rare quietude in the mood of the decor as well as the photography which ushers this engaged reader into calm and peaceful design bliss.
BUTTER MY BISCUIT!
You have been forewarned! Prepare your heart for the lovely!
Peace to you right where you are.