designers i admire: timothy whealon

Timothy Whealon. His NYC apt has been widely published and I gobble up every publication that shows it in hopes that there might be some new angle of some corner of some room that I haven't studied yet. Of course, I love visiting his web site to see even more of his work. Here's a photo of a room that really resonates with me. I've been hoping to achieve this look with my own similar table. In particular, I've been trying to muster up the courage to build my very own banquette. For sure someday...

I also love the mood here -- I call it soft modern or decorated modern. Chairs and table are recognizable icons, but the wallpaper, mix of fabrics and the styling say so much as well. And the styling. Since my life is so consumed with styling, I can't help but notice it. With the little orange trees, croissants, teacups, juice etc etc. it's almost cluttered -- but that's what I love. That's showing me how enjoyable this space is -- see what a lovely place it is to have a Sunday morning linger? This is what convinces me that it is a successfully designed room. I remark all of this because so many people who own these iconic furniture pieces just put in the furniture and leave it at that. To me that is quite boring -- like wearing the same designer's clothes from head to toe or the look right off the store in the mannequin. I think it's supposed to send a message -- "I have good taste, I don't make mistakes." I think it sends the message -- "I can't think on my own. I'm afraid to get it wrong." 

I think Timothy Whealon gets it right.