Monday, September 24, 2007

Barbara Westbrook

And the color pendulum swings to the other end...Here is a sample of the work of Barbara Westbrook, one of the three featured designers of the upcoming, aforementioned Woodstock Showhouse. I often pass this house on my evening walk and it was fun to finally see the beautifully muted interiors published in Southern Accents last year. (Photography by Pieter Estersohn).

Westbrook is obviously as skilled at the art of picture hanging as she is with extraneous color removal (note the bound books in the living room). The framed sketches are by architect Keith Summerour who owns the 1930's Hentz, Reid and Adler home. If symmetry is the calling card of the classicist architect, Westbrook has followed the cue nicely.

Fun fact: Lee Boren, owner of Pieces, spent the early part of career as a design assistant to Westbrook.

22 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

Now, this is a house I love! It's so soothing. I adore the bookcases with the cream bindings or covers. I would love to take the time to do that one day!!! The facade is so Georgia to me. Just charming, from any angle.

Joni

ALL THE BEST said...

I adore the exterior of this house, my kind of home!! Great post!

Brilliant Asylum said...

I have always leaned more toward the light, neutral palette. It's funny how this post--especially compared to the one previous feels weak on a computer screen. Bright colors pop off of the monitor--even if the room would be too bright to enjoy in person. I wonder if blogging will ultimately change the way designers choose their palette--if it has not been done already.

franki durbin said...

Talk about a 180 degree turn. This shows great professional aesthetic range. Which is refreshing. It means her clients never walk into another's home and can readily identify the designer as the same. I admire her ability to successfully create tranquil surroundings in a livable, personal space just as much as I appreciate the boldness of the showhouse.

Truth be told, I'll take the livable subtlety of this home any day!

Brilliant Asylum said...

Franki--sorry if I confused you. Barbara Westbrook is doing the upcoming Woodstock showhouse and Kendall Wilkinson did the last San Francisco showhouse. I will go back and edit to make the post less cloudy. Sometimes the idea in my head, does not come out on screen the right way!
: )

The Peak of Chic said...

I've always loved this house! Do you remember many years ago when they (the previous owners) had that private English garden maze? They've cleared some of that out now, but it used to be pretty neat.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Vaguely. I remember a cute little potting shed in the back(if I am remembering correctly). I will take a closer look the next time I pass by and see if it jogs the memory.

Things That Inspire said...

I have seen the work of this designer in the various magazines, but have never really tuned into her as an Atlanta designer. I just checked out her web site...wow, is she versatile! A lot of her featured work is SO traditional (perhaps it is the older stuff?), and quite a bit of her work is a great example of transitional.

I think it is very telling that one of the South's great architects chose her as his designer. What an endorsement.

Habitually Chic said...

Wow! Now that's what I consider a real grown up elegant home to look like. It's fabuous!!!

girl meets glamour said...

I just love the arrangement of frames in the bedroom and overall the neutral palette is great! Thanks for sharing.

~Kate

Kelly Mahoney said...

I think the small doses of color really pop and help the eye to appreciate all the neutrals.

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

In my dreams this is where I live. I can smell the peach pie! Swoon.

patricia gray said...

I love this house. I have always dreamed of having a white house with black shutters. So Chic.

And good point about colors jumping off the computer screen.
I think that as bloggers and internet surfers we are all so visual and if something doesn't capture you in a few seconds,well off to the next site, so I can't help but think color palettes will be affected.

Jackie Von Tobel said...

I love the stark simplicity of the spaces especially the prints or paintings hung facing front over the bookshelves. She is a class act.
Jackie

Haute Girl said...

beautiful

Suzy said...

What a gorgeous house - thanks for sharing with us!

Things That Inspire said...

Do you know where this house is? I thought it might be off of W. Wesley, but that house has a smaller tree in front of it.

Style Court said...

The exterior has always been my favorite part of this one. And it's so interesting to me to think of Lee starting with Westbrook and Carithers, then forming her own distinct look. I mean I realize part of her current style is probably shaped by trends, but she does have a distinct point of view.

lee said...

Thank you! You are too funny! I love the blog. You are doing such a great job! Please stop in sometime and visit! Hope to see you soon!

Me, Myself, & I said...

When can I move in? I love this house. It looks like a true home.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Love the bedroom, esp.

Mike said...

I'd love to see a tour of them in real life. I guess I can't though. Virtual tour it is.