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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Crazy for Quatrefoils!

Sometimes it's a little disheartening when a design element you love goes really mainstream. Think coral this season (Pottery Barn, W-S Home, etc). This has happened to a somewhat lesser extent with quatrefoils. While it is nice when certain out-of-reach things become more accessible, it's not so fun when you see it on the clearance shelf at Marshalls next to some broken bookends.
But regardless of their accessibility, we think quatrefoils are a fabulous design element that certainly have stood the test of time!
We first fell in love with them when living abroad in Spain. From the Moorish architecture in Sevilla to la Alhambra in Grenada, quatrefoils have been around since the 11th century.
La Alhambra
If you don't have time to hop across the pond, here are some great ways to enjoy this classic design element.
We love Suzanne Kasler's line for Hickory Chair. The colors are beautiful, and her fabrics are so luxurious.

How fabulous is her Alexandra Side Chair? We love the lines of it, the slubby silk fabric, and the soothing color!

If you prefer to wear your quatrefoils, you cannot beat the Vintage Alhambra collection from Van Cleef & Arpels. We have loved these for years, and this *may* have been a celebratory purchase of one MoS girl when she got her first job.

Or how about these dangly pave earrings from David Yurman?

Alexander Girard introduced his Quatrefoil Fabric in 1954, and it has become a cult classic!
This Quatrefoil Armoire from Niermann Weeks is an absolutely stunning piece of furniture. We love all things from NW, but this mirrored furniture is sure to be a classic.
If last week's post on occasional chairs got you in the mood to make a purchase, you can't beat Barry Dixon's Roseann Chair. We like the contrast of the tough nailhead trim with the feminine curved legs.
Suzanne Kasler has also done a line for Circa Lighting. We love this quatrefoil floor lamp from her line!
While flush mounted lights can have a tendency to be a little boring or dated (J. Adler aside), we love this Basil Flush Mount from Circa Lighting.

Basil Flush Mount, $420

Jumping into the mainstream quatrefoils...
Ballard Designs' Balerma Rug is alot of fun! We like the green especially- great in an office with a sleek desk like this one from W-S Home!
We love this Leaning Trellis Mirror from Ballard. It adds an interesting layer of dimension to the room, and it's an affordable substitute for art!
How pretty is this upholstered headboard from Ballard? We think this would look fabulous on a pair of twin beds in a guest room!
Pottery Barn branched into the pattern a couple seasons ago, but you can still find alot of it on ebay for great prices. These duvet covers are alot of fun!
This mirror from Cooper Classics definitely looks more expensive than it really is!

Cooper Classics Morey Quatrefoil Mirror, $198

Of course, because the quatrefoil design is so unique, limit your use of it to only one design element in a room (or maybe in your entire house). And have fun!


Marie said...

I am crazy for quatrefoils too....The good thing about them becoming more popular is that every time I see them they make me happy and inspire me.

goheels83 said...

Great post girlies! I love the sheets from Pottery Barn and of course, the VCA necklace.

Julie said...

I love quatrefoils - and I have to agree that it's always a little sad when a fabulous design element goes so mainstream that you see it everywhere. Fortunately, I don't think quatrefoils have saturated the market just yet. Great post!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

I want those quatrefoil sheets! They would look really fun on my bed in my apartment!

Tracy said...

Wow. I never knew what that shape was called actually. Great post. I can't believe how many things now come with a quatrefoil on them!

Peggy Sturman said...

A great, comprehensive review of designs using quatrefoil motifs. I found it while researching the concept of quatrefoil design for a blog I'm doing about one of my own necklace designs in which I used it. But what else is there to say?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of the links to these items! The quatrefoil is the symbol for my sorority and I love putting them around my house as a personal reminder!

heather said...

I've always loved the shape too, I love seeing it in gothic architecture. Echelon has a new duvet cover set with quatrefoils:

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