Friday, September 7, 2012

101 Beautiful Rooms

A Family Room renovation by John Tackett Design.
Photo:  Pieter Estersohn for Southern Accents magazine.
A room from one of my John Tackett Design projects, done in collaboration with Josie McCarthy, is featured in a magazine currently on the newstands, Southern Accents, 101 Beautiful Rooms.  Devoted Readers might remember that this same room was also featured in Southern Accents, The Best Southern Rooms.  That earlier special issue featured three additional rooms from this same house in the Belle Meade area of Nashville and was the subject of a previous post of The Devoted Classicist here.

The magazine is a special edition that features rooms from past issues of the now-defunct periodical Southern Accents.  There is essentially no advertising, so it is basically a limited edition softcover book with captions instead of text for $13.99.  The cover features a Dining Room by Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul Sherrill.

A Living Room designed by Frank Randolph.
Photo:  Michel Armaud for Southern Accents magazine.
The Devoted Classicist shares an admiration for using maps as decoration with Frank Randolph, the interior designer for the Living Room also featured in this issue.  To duplicate the look, several versions of the 1734 Tourgot Plan de Paris can be downloaded from Meg Fairfax Fielding's blog Pigtown*Design.
An Entrance Hall designed by Thomas Jayne.
Photo:  Pieter Estersohn for Southern Accents.
My friend and sometime collaborator Thomas Jayne was the interior designer for a house in South Carolina whose Entrance Hall is also featured.  Thomas says, "The entry is a hyphen between an allee of trees and the plantation.  The hand-painted wallpaper is Chinoiserie, but we incorporated magnolias and palmettos, icons of the Lowcountry that resonate."  More of Thomas' work will be seen in his new book AMERICAN DECORATOR: A SENSE OF PLACE, published by The Monacelli Press, which will released on October 30, 2012.


  1. Thanks for the mention! I do have links to copies of the map on the blog. Just click the Paris map on the right side of the blog and it will take you to a post about the maps.


  2. Completely divine; exquisite and timeless! That is the biggest compliment I can give!

    This "disposable decorating" with substandard upholstered furniture "made in China"; with way too big arms; way too big backs.......has completely ruined the "proportions" that make living comfortable in houses.

    It is just very simple. A 12 inch arm on both sides of your sofa take up 2 feet!

    (you can't sit more people....(unless they like sitting on the too high arm!)

    This ugly oversize furniture I blame for people building "way too big houses!"

    And then they call some poor decorator (like me) Can you please make this cozy?"
    Well, actually, NO. That is what I say!

    Wonderful post!

    1. Thank you for your comments. This room was existing and needed a bit more than just an architectural tweaking. In decorating, one has to start with good 'bones', or no amount gorgeous fabric and fine furniture will make the room right.

  3. Congratulations on being included! I sorely miss Southern Accents, along with many other departed magazines. I'm loving that many are having 1-off issues and hope for their eventual return!

  4. The first picture happens to be one of my design inspirations for my own family room. Good architecture, good design. Timeless. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    1. Isellers, I have some of my own snapshots of this room and others in this house that I will post in the future. My shots are more interesting, I think, but not in digital form. Typically the magazine photographers are more interested in a standard format of compostition rather than actually telling the story of the room, which is unfortunate. But we are happy for the records we have, aren't we? Thank you for commenting.

  5. Dear John,

    Congrats! It's always great to get "la publicite" ! We creatives need to be acknowledged, god only knows how very hard we work, and what eternally long hours too.


    1. There is such a small percentage of my clients who are interested in having their home published in a magazine that I appreciate each one. So even though this is a repeat, I am happy to see it again. Thank you, Dean.

  6. Hi John,
    The entrance hall by Thomas Jayne is spectacular! Thanks for posting it.
    Hope all is well.

    1. It's good to hear from you, Jerry. Although the wallpaper is new, it has a great effect, doesn't it? I have had a few sneak previews of some photos from Thomas' new book, but I can hardly wait to see it all together.


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