CHARMED- Bruce Budd

this is a story of bruce budd, an economics major with aspirations of becoming a banker, who ended up becoming the prominent and powerful mellon family’s exclusive interior decorator. was it talent, luck or charm?

it all started when bruce decided to to leave his studies and move to connecticut to work at a friends antique shop. because of his apparent skills, he was encouraged to participate in a local show house. he was then noticed by bill blass and albert hadley. that’s impressive! mr. blass, in my book, is mr. chic!! bruce had talent! he soon was called upon by bunny mellon. bruce had luck! soon after that he landed the mellon family as his first- and exclusive client. bruce had charm!

the story doesn’t end yet! the mellon’s decided to give budd a terribly chic carriage house in manhattan. soon after shot by richard felber and published in world of interiors. it was cemented- a triple threat with talent, luck and charm!

the carriage house is the purist definition of chic and charming. a simple recipe of white rooms with artfully arranged antiques, art and seating. pops of blue and major art standout in a predominantly neutral color palette. full of many of my favorite things- stripes, leaning art, books, ficus trees, rush baskets, eclectic antique chairs and tables, hand woven irish rugs, gilt mirrors, swing arm wall scones. traditional mixed with modern beautifully- lots of style, lots of details, lots of chicness and lots of charm!

as charmed as his story is, i hope we get to see more of his work and interiors in the future. I admire the talent, i appreciate the charm and i envy the luck!



white floors and white walls create the foundation for furniture arranged like sculpture- charming!

the facade of the carriage house

the outside entrance to the carriage house- a potted boxwood topiary stand’s guard

the entrance- a sol lewitt hangs over an antique swedish commode

hallway walls covered in men’s oxford shirting cloth, trimmed in olive green grosgrain- it’s all in the details!

an ellsworth kelly hangs above a gustavian console- i love how the green in the art picked up in the grosgrain trim on walls- stunning!

books shelves flanking window banquettes along wall- artfully arranged seating provide amazing style to the sitting room- i love books and i love a round rush basket!

the sitting room is anchored by a denim blue tufted ottoman-  louis xv1 side chairs, french arm chairs, banquettes and billy baldwin slipper chairs create interesting seating arrangements- i’m charmed!

painted louis xvi chairs in a a blue stripe flank a round marble table from christie’s

blue accents playing off neutrals-the convex mirror creates a beautiful reflection of the space- i love the upholstered screen and swing arm reading lights behind slipper sofa!

the large bedroom- artful arranging of furniture and art- blue accents on occasional chairs- i love the large hand-woven irish rug!

large map of paris takes center stage in bedroom

above an antique french library ladder sits a matisse- beautiful pop of blue!

george iii scones illuminate the bindings of an antique book collection in recessed book cases- oh how i love books!

another denim blue tufted ottoman is used in bedroom- i love the tall ficus and its relationship with adjacent mahogany armoire and round gilt mirror- beyond charming!

custom designed bed on casters, one of budd’s signatures

another relationship on the other side of bedroom between the ficus and a antique gilded swedish mirror

a custom prototype desk made from leather and brushed steel

a 19th century french marble bust guards the terrace!

where carriages would enter at street level and park- charming and chic!



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