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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.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party." Photograph 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.

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