Wednesday, December 28, 2011

La vie intérieure

Detail of a curtain in a French room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, taken during a visit last week.

I already have quite a bit of green in my NYC apartment: dark green damask silk curtains worthy of the elves in The Lord of the Rings in the living room window that are echoed by green velvet portiere's that flank a kitchen alcove and a green velvet sofa that was found on the street outside a single family Brownstone down the block. The velvet portiere's have a border made out of a gold and green Victorian bell pull that I found at the flea market some years ago. Six inch fringe hangs at the bottom. The curtains draw the eye up to the eleven and half foot ceilings, making the room seem bigger than it is.

I like to think of green as the color of the heart, which is an Eastern idea that is found in the literature of the Yogi's of India. It is a color that is at once both warm and cool, inner and outer, elegant and everywhere.

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