Blair and Alistair Clarke’s good taste and outstanding art landed their Park Ave home in the pages of Lonny’s September 2011’s issue. Though this wasn’t the first time their home has been photographed. Habitually Chic posted pictures of their extravagant residence which was featured in the May 2008 issue of Town & Country magazine. Alistair is the worldwide head of English and European furniture for Sotheby’s, while Blair, is a dealer of contemporary art. The two tastes combine rare valuable antiques and extraordinary splashy art.
Blair’s includes her tips in Lonny for decorating- She tells us to mix periods and cultures. Always have a sense of humor when decorating, and avoid too much clutter.
You can see how sensational their home looks with pops of color. From the color in the paintings to the coordinating colors seen in the upholstery on the french chairs, it all works together beautifully.
You can see how much more valuable their homes looks with antique french furniture. Investing in French furnishings can make your home appear more valuable, and high-caliber, because French furniture is superior in all regards.
In fact, French chairs can be customized. Ralph Lauren has been known to feature French chairs in rustic settings with plaid and leather combinations and other times with floral chintz. French chairs can also be upholstered in bright white with splashes of color. Almost any combination looks terrific on french chairs.
Here you can see how the Clarke’s home is centered around pops of color from the art work on the wall to the countless colors of the books on their wall. The chairs, are customized to work with the rest of their home. I think this can be seen from the dark stained wood floors and the black upholstered seats on the french chairs. It is a seamless transition, from the floors to the seats of the chairs. The back of the chairs are upholstered with the splash of color much like the paintings on the wall. It reminds me of a flashy brightly colored cocktail ring. The end result is vibrant and luxurious!
Forgive me for the close-up. You can see that many of the chairs are antiques, such as the one off in the corner of the room. The combination of leather and bright fabric on the back of the chair work well in their home, amongst the colorful artwork. As you can see the dark floors really play off of the black leather seats. What a terrific combination. Looking closely at the picture, it appears as though the frame of the french chairs is painted in an off white, and distressed.
As you can see in this picture, they have exchanged the black leather french chairs for this pair upholstered in white.