Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I heart Carleton Varney.


Over the weekend I found a copy of Carleton Varney’s Decorating with Color from 1972. The illustrations inside the book used to solve reader’s problems are beautiful and still very relevant today. Some of his suggestions for color combinations are extreme, “For your aqua and white bedroom, I’d suggest cheerful watermelon, emerald green and sky blue floral draperies on a white background.” So direct, but does such fabric exist? It is such a great book, only Carleton Varney can make gold shag carpeting sound chic.



5 comments:

LondonCalling said...

Wow, those are awesome.

coco+kelley said...

gorgeous illustrations and colors! i must get my hands on a copy...

Pigtown-Design said...

How funny!!! I found an old CV book and have been blogging my way through it.

http://pigtown-design.blogspot.com/search/label/Carleton%20Varney%20Project

drey said...

I love the etchings. Would make great tiny posters!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

the illustration at the bottom is still very, very chic, no?