now i know it’s not for everybody, but it sure is pretty and happy. mario buatta, the prince of chintz (i think that’s what they call him) is the master of color, pattern and yes, chintz. the color and print is obvious, but what really makes it so good are the details.
this is the southampton home mario designed for wilbur and hilary ross that was recently featured in architectural digest . just look at how the solid lime green and robins egg blue plays with the blue and white brunschwig and fils chintz in the living room, the pink brocade stripe adds just a bit of the unexpected. note- mario’s floor plans are always just right as well, they are both interesting and functional.
then in the dining room the pink chinoiserie wall paper plays beautifully with the pale blue ceiling and chartreuse covered chairs….but, notice no chandelier. the white plaster shell scones and the needlepoint trellis rug are everything. these are little things, but they add a bit of whimsy that matters.
the crowning achievement is the outdoor space with miles of beilecky brothers wicker and blue and white. the paisley’s mixed with stripes and florals in shades of blues just does it for me. i know it’s not for everybody, but it sure is a happy house.
thank you mario for all of the details and for always making design look and feel so happy. i think we are all in the need of as much happy as we can get right now.
photographs by eric piasecki