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

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.