I was so sad to learn that Joe Nye died last week via The Peak of Chic. I have never discussed who helped us decorate our house and now it is bittersweet to say that it was Joe Nye. He was so talented and so enthusiastic about Interior Design. We clicked immediately when we met and it felt like he was a long lost friend. He was thrilled to work with my fiance's father on several pieces of our furniture and loved to hear stories about designers he had collaborated with in the past, mainly Sister Parish and Albert Hadley... Joe was a huge fan of Sister Parish.
He knew that we were really excited about being part of the decorating process and he was happy to have us involved. One time he took us to the Pacific Design Center and we spent the day pulling hundreds of fabrics...it was such a fun, yet overwhelming experience.
These pictures are of our living room when it was first installed. It has evolved over the last few years but I wanted to show the first pictures I took since they are 100% Joe Nye original designs.
I love thinking about all his little rules and everything he taught me, always use welts, always paint the ceiling, always use trim, never use white paint, always cream or off white and to paint the wood on our bergere chairs white/cream because that is what the french would do...and I don't do matchy, matchy...just makes me smile:)
His passion for design and his attention to detail was amazing...as you can see in some of my favorite things around the house that Joe designed...
I have chintz curtains in my dining room because of Joe!
I loved the idea of this octagon ottoman and the nail-head trim was the icing on the cake!
We used to walk around the house saying "LOVE" in Joe's voice because he would always respond to emails of pictures we sent for inspiration with just "love!" and would also say it when we were shopping...it was so adorable. Joe would accommodate our work schedule and meet us after hours, often on Friday nights, he would come by and I would set out wine and cheese and he would tell us how he "just loved it how we did this." That was how he liked to work, as friends more than clients.
I feel that showing only my terribly unprofessional photos would not do him justice so, here is a collection of some of my favorite rooms designed by Joe Nye.
All of his designs are so elegant and timeless while still being warm and relaxed.
Joe also taught us how to use stripes on a wall to add interest. Our hallways are painted in farrow and ball paint and he had the painter use a sheer glossy coat giving the look of stripes, like the picture above in his own home.
Thank you for decorating our home and being our friend.
Love! We will miss you!
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Images via House Beautiful, Joe Nye's website and Joe's book, Flair.