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SUMMER TRANSFORMATION

James Andrew at home with Quadrille's China Seas fabric.

James Andrew at home with Quadrille’s China Seas fabric.

I’m wild about the idea of summer slipcovers — changing one’s furniture covering (or simply adding a new table cloth), in a well-chosen fabric is always a quick and immediately gratifying way to freshen up any room. My little dining room/library here in town is pretty moody with its lacquered aubergine walls and silver holographic ceiling. As the temperatures have been rising, I wanted a room that felt brighter, lighter, crisper, and cooler. A bit of the exotic always helps as well. So I turned to my friends at Quadrille who are certainly at the top of my list of go-to resources for ultra chic fabrics and wall coverings. Quadrille’s China Seas collection provided the most perfect selection of fabrics to choose from, and Island Ikat in pale aqua on white did the trick — the pale aqua is a spot-on match to my living room wall color and ties the whole flat together quite nicely — with an overall effect that provides a dash of Lyford Cay-esque tropical splendor.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

There is a softness and luxury that fabrics can bring to a room, and my new table cloth is already providing a splendid backdrop for my summer repasts. I switched out my Dodie Thayer tureen with a vintage Este white melon tureen to lighten the look even further. This aqua and white cloth will look super chic with plates in turquoise, coral, blues and malachite — stay tuned for photos!

I’m dressed in a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, dusty rose cotton mini plaid shirt, pink silk knit tie and ivory suede and leather cap toe shoes, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell,vintage Gucci python belt with silver buckle, Creed Royal Mayfair fragrance and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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8 Comments

  1. Karena says:

    Perfection Andrew! You could not have picked a fabric as glorious for your dining/library as Quadrille’s China Seas! You’ve inspired me!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Ceramic Artist Leah Bowring

  2. Dean Farris says:

    James,

    Lovely! You don’t need a country place ! Mad for ikat !

    Dean

  3. thank you for reminding me! I have just switched to “Summer”! I will post!! I think when you were here we were Spring!?!

    Much love to you two!!!

    XXOO

  4. La Contessa says:

    TRA…LA!A GORGEOUS choice for your exquisite room!
    I AM BACK!

  5. James Andrew says:

    Thank You My Dear Karena,

    The Quadrille showroom is like a candy story – everything is so impossibly chic and fresh I want it ALL.

    Cheers

    JA

  6. James Andrew says:

    Actually My Dear Boy Dean,

    I do indeed need a country place as well as a tropical villa!

    Cheers

    JA

  7. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penelope Bianchi,

    Of course I have dedicated this post to you!!!

    You certainly are the Queen of seasonal transformation and all your slip covers are legendary!

    Thanks for your constant inspiration!

    Much Love

    JA

  8. James Andrew says:

    Darling La Contessa,

    I would be my great honor to receive you in my humble home as guest of honor and have a ravishing repast in my little dining room.

    Much Love and Lots of Light

    JA

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