Newsletters

Get Open House delivered to your inbox every Tuesday Morning.

DC Inspired: Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”
Our blogger dreams up a traditional living space based on this prized oil painting at the Phillips Collection. By Meg Biram
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party." Photograph by Meg Biram.
Comments () | Published July 16, 2012

We’re in the thick of summer, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” perhaps the best-known work at the Phillips Collection, seems to hit just the right note. The leisurely scene of the artist’s friends enjoying an afternoon relaxing on a balcony at the Maison Fournaise along the Seine inspired this classic living room.

Ever since I moved to DC more than a year ago, I can’t help but notice all of the Federalist-style decor—it’s a popular, timeless look that mixes classic colors and patterns with items collected over the years and passed down through generations. This arrangement is a modern take on this idea. A blue couch might seem a little daring, but in this vignette it doesn’t feel out of place or overly trendy.

Photo composite by Meg Biram.

Inspired items (clockwise from top left): Federalist-style gold convex mirror from High Street Market; Homestead cloche box from Jayson Home; 4 of Hearts tray from John Derian; Roots floor lamp from YLighting; Ferada kilim rug from Pottery Barn; silver Berkshire horn cups from Jayson Home; and Barrington sofa from Crate & Barrel.

Meg Biram writes about interiors, art, and fashion on her blog, Mimi + Meg.

Categories:

Home Design

Get all of our real estate and home design coverage delivered directly to your inbox. Sign up for our weekly Open House newsletter.

Subscribe to Washingtonian

Discuss this story

Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. The Washingtonian reserves the right to remove or edit content once posted.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Posted at 05:10 PM/ET, 07/16/2012 RSS | Print | Permalink | Comments () | Washingtonian.com Blogs