John Derian Picture Book Project


Straddling previous and current with aesthetic aplomb, John Derian has created a world that’s as distinctive and transportive as it’s addictive. His enviable curiosity, fueled by a love of nature, historical past and craft have set him aside on the earth of ornamental artwork and furnishings. And his enchanting decoupage, the place it began, continues to draw legions of followers across the globe. This month marks the 30th anniversary of John Derian (the corporate) and to assist have fun, I adorned a wall with a grouping of decoupage plates primarily based on imagery in his inspiring guide. Whereas DIY will not be usually in my lexicon, this John Derian Image E-book Undertaking appeared like a enjoyable and manageable collaboration, particularly since I used to be already a fan of all the pieces John does.  To not point out, this empty wall in my kitchen, beneath,  had been begging for consideration.

My kitchen overlooks our backyard and terrace so in selecting the plates, I targeted totally on nature themes. Proper from the start I envisioned the big Azalea Rustique de Gand Alex Hardy within the heart, anchoring the collage. I continued by attempting to create some symmetry with plates in related shapes, sizes and topics. My husband is a fowl lover so two rectangular dealing with parrot plates got here subsequent, adopted by the spherical floral ones above.

John Derian Picture Book Project layout via QuintessenceI began the challenge on my laptop, above, the place it was simple to experiment with totally different picks and layouts. Subsequent, I printed it out with actual plate sizes famous.

John Derian Picture Book Project layout with sizes via Quintessence

I centered all of it vertically on the adjoining window moldings, hanging the azalea first and leaving a bit extra space on the underside, similar to you’d on a body. From that time, t was fairly straight ahead hanging all the pieces utilizing the outdated adage – measure twice dangle as soon as (though admittedly, I do have a pair errant holes). Last challenge beneath.

John Derian Picture Book Project finished layout via Quintessence

And it’s a a lot improved view as you enter the again door via the mudroom. (the hanging mild over the desk can be from John’s store).

View toward kitchen with John Derian Picture Book Project via Quintessence

A pair extra photographs beneath. Since I do know you’ll ask, it took me three years to lastly discover the right piece for the adjoining wall – the vintage bamboo etagere is from one other favourite hang-out – Vintage and Artisan in Stamford (Brenda Mahoney‘s sales space).

John Derian Picture Book Project at the home of Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence

close up of John Derian Picture Book Project via Quintessence

I’m so delighted to have a John Derian Image E-book Undertaking chez moi! In case you have by no means visited any of John’s charming NYC emporiums, you’re in for a deal with. However be forewarned – it’s a treasure trove of temptation. My tabletop habit impressed my different newest additions from John’s store – the stunning assorted floral plates beneath – considered one of John’s collaborations with Astier de Villatte – featured on considered one of my Nantucket tables this summer time.

John Derian plates on Nantucket table via Quintessence-1And for those who perchance missed, remember to watch Susanna’s and my video go to to John’s charming East Village House!


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