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Are You Nuts?
"Are you nuts?" That is how one of my younger friends and clients described a selection in my new book, "The Finest Rooms in America." "You cannot possibly put that in your book!" she said.
I did not agree, and within the context of the other 50 rooms in the book, the space is question was an argument for my thesis that a fine room is not always an expensive one. It must have an object of focus, careful consideration of arrangement and attention to detail. A room does not have to be gilded to be fine.
Here is one from the book that belongs to Mary Cooper in New Orleans and serves as an entrance, dining room, and hyphen between her kitchen and living room spaces. The genius can be seen in her deft tinting of the walls and her gift for arranging everyday objects she meticulously collects. The whole was carefully achieved and not to be lightly dismissed. I hope my friend will come to see it that way as well.