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I know I talk a lot about mid-century modern design and decor, but it wasn’t my first love. That’d be art deco. Maybe it’s cliche at this point — see Woody Allen’s recent film, Midnight in Paris — but I’m obsessed with Roaring ’20s literature (Dorothy Parker, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, swoon), film (Louise Brooks and Clara Bow in anything), art (Man Ray and Tamara De Lempicka, especially) and style. When I saw that fashion designer Sue Wong was collaborating with English Home for a collection of bedding, curtains, cushions and fabrics that all have a Hollywood deco bent, it reignited my passion for the glamour of that period.

shanghai mood curtains and cushions

It’s tough to pick just one part of the collection that I like the best, but the Shanghai curtains and pillows are understated, yet swanky. They’re a brilliant translation of Wong’s elegant deco Asian red-carpet gowns, and would be a perfect in the classic buildings I’ve seen in New York (like the newly-restored lobby of the Ardsley). All of the sudden, I have the overwhelming urge to bob and finger wave my hair. They say you never forget your first crush, and in this case, I don’t want to.

6 Responses

  1. @january14n says:

    The design is very classic.

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  4. MizzyD says:

    They are beautiful products, but the English Home website doesn't do them justice, and the display of them makes them look cartoonish with odd, washed out colors.

    I would recommend visiting the site of their US supplier, Aviron textiles and looking for the English Home collection. This has far better pictures, including locatoin and home shots, with realistic lighting and colors. It gives a far better impression of what the actual product is going to look like.

    The products are truly stunning, however the price was not available on the web, and the nearest showroom is a 6 hour drive away, so unless you live in NY, Chicago, Washington DC, Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, LA, San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle, you won't be able to enjoy these beautiful products.

  5. MizzyD says:

    PS – <a href="http://www.avirontextiles.com” target=”_blank”>www.avirontextiles.com is the link for the US supplier, go to "Products" and under 'Collections' choose English Home.

  6. These are amazing! They'd be a perfect fit for my soft blue color scheme. Tell me if you agree.. .http://www.ahappyplacecalledhome.com/home/2011/10/23/soft-and-blue.html

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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