For April Fools Day we take you back to Holiday House 2010, where Marjorie Sobiloff and Cathy Yohay of SY Interior Designs transported visitors to a Paris apartment with views of the gardens at Chateau de Villandry.
Photographs by Phillip Ennis and Norman & Cathy Yohay.
Marjorie and Cathy constructed large scenic panels to fit in the existing rectangular applied moldings on the wall, giving the illusion of large windows through which the visitor sees the dramatic vista.
They created an elegant, Paris style apartment by selecting a mix of old and new furnishings that complimented each other and the space, such as the antique Art Deco console table from Antiquera Tribeca, the whimsical wall sconce “Pop” from Boyd Lighting (available through Donghia), and lucite coffee table from Spectrum West. The dominoes with rhinestones were a personal touch, and you can just imagine a couple playing with them while sipping champagne on a romantic evening.
The fuchsia chairs were found at an antiques fair in terrible condition and were lacquered and reupholstered in magenta leather and wool boucle for an elegant Chanel feeling. The sofa is a vintage piece as well, all the way from France. The jewel encrusted side table between the chairs is from Hellman Chang, and the rug came from The Rug Company in New York.
Drapery cornice and period accessories were added, such as the Carl Springer torcheries and Tony Duquette Goddess statue (from 41 Main Antiques). The dessert cart was from Baker, Knapp and Tubbs.
The walls were painted with venetian plaster and then gold leaf was applied, (a play on words for April Fools Day). The color scheme was kept subtle since there was so much going on in such a small area.
Fun fact: On April Fools Day in France, children traditionally tack paper fish on each other’s back as a trick and shout “poisson d’avril!” (April fish!).
Happy April Fools Day!