How Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s Lasting Design Principles Still Have Impact Today

Photo credit: Designed by Victor Maze
Photo credit: Designed by Victor Maze

From Veranda

For VERANDA Sip and Read Club’s June pick, we threw it back with one of the most influential interior design books of all time: The Decoration of Houses, written by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr. Published in 1897, the pioneering guide focuses on a more simplistic approach to decorating with symmetry, balance, and proportion being its leading principles. In his own book, Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses, Thomas Jayne reflects on the influence Edith Wharton has had on the history of interior design and even his own work. Below is an excerpt from the New York–based decorator’s book.

I live in New York City, a place rich in traditional architecture from centuries past. Each day I leave my nineteenth-century loft in SoHo and walk past Washington Square—the epicenter

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Supima’s Annual Design Competition Will Be Virtual

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The show must go on, according to Supima — and the cotton firm recently announced that its annual design competition this year, for the first time, will be held in a digital format due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its virtual showcase will take place in early September.

Here, Supima shares this year’s finalists, alongside insights on what inspires their designs, and why they love working with cotton.

Amanda Forastieri, Drexel University 

Inspiration:  Visually, I am inspired tremendously by the memories I have in some of my favorite places — from my garden to my grandmother’s house. Both have had a great impact on my designs and my life. I looked at how designers like Issey Miyake and Pierre Cardin visualize and build their garments and thought about how to bring that together with my own bold identity and vision.

Conceptually,

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Kips Bay Unites Top Designers from Across the Country for Its First-Ever Dallas Show House

Photo credit: Trulia
Photo credit: Trulia

From Veranda

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House is making its way west this September. Twenty-seven renowned designers and architects from across the country have been assigned a room each to reimagine in a spectacular manse in Old Preston Hollow’s Historic Woodland Estates neighborhood.

This show house will primarily highlight some of Texas’s biggest names in interior design and architecture, with 23 out of the 27 designers hailing from the Lonestar State. Kips Bay 2020 Decorator Show House Dallas will also feature talent from West Hollywood, San Francisco, Oklahoma City, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Some of the most highly anticipated rooms include the study designed by design committee co-chair Jan Showers, dining room by Cathy Kincaid, living room by Mark D. Sikes, and kitchen by design committee vice chair Chad Dorsey. Michelle Nussbaumer will design the daughter’s room and Kevin Spearman Design will

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