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A Global Collection Design by Berkley Vallone

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This article originally ran on REstyleSOURCE on January 7th, 2013…but we’re bringing it back as a part of our #TBT–ThrowBack Thursday–series! A great way to catch up on some of our most stylish posts that you may have missed the first time around, watch this space every Thursday for a different new-old favorite!


 

 

HER CANVAS, AT LAST

WRITTEN BY JAIMEE ROSE    *    PHOTOS COURTESY BERKLEY VALLONE

For years, designer Berkley Vallone traveled the world creating a global collection of treasures and art to show off “someday”: art books, a French chandelier, even a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk that happened to be stamped with her initial. And then she bought and renovated her first house, and someday came true.
“I had collected so many things,” she says, “and decorating the space was really about providing a canvas to showcase those things.”
Her treasures were tiny and large: a giant Paul Smith canvas brought home from London, and even matchbooks she kept from special restaurants and hotels and had framed as art.
“To me, art is just any object that I find interesting and want to continue to look at and don’t want to hide in a drawer,” Berkley says. “For example, I had a collection of antique brooches in my wedding bouquet, and I framed all those and put it in my bathroom. It makes me happy.”  A look at her collection:

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PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

“When I bought the house, it had not been touched since it was built in 1985,” says Berkley of her Arizona home. “It had builder beige-carpet, Santa Fe-style details in the fireplace, and I wanted to keep the character but eliminate the Southwest.”
She painted the living room ceiling, added antique beams in the hallway, and redid the kitchen completely. She even moved the front door.
The window seat in the living room became one of her favorite spaces.
“It felt really cozy,” she says, “and I had an antique suzani from Afghanistan that I made into the cushion. It was one of those things that I had been saving.”
“I was also really excited that I had a place to put all of my art and design books where I could see them every day,” she says. “I love books. I’m not sure that I can ever go completely digital. I love the smell of the paper and the touch of the pages and the whole aesthetic experience.”
One more fun makeover: the leopard-print chair in her master bedroom that was featured in a magazine and became a Pinterest sensation.
“It’s part of a vanity set that my godmother had given me when I was a little girl,” Berkley says. “It was cream and pink, but I saved it, and then I redid it. I had the desk gold-leafed, and the chair refinished and reupholstered. I love it, and I love that it’s part of a memory.”

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PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

“I tend to go a little bit more girly in the bedroom,” Berkley says, and hers is a feminine idyll indeed: antique lamps, linen shams, and a bed by Oly Studio that she hopes will become an heirloom.
“I think the bedroom should be a bit more sexy and romantic and be a hideaway,” she says. “It’s my sanctuary.”
The vintage bust lamps on each side of her bed were found at A. Tyner Antiques in Atlanta on a very happy day, indeed.
“Those lamps are some of my favorite finds,” she says.

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PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

A graduate of New York’s School for the Visual Arts, Berkley’s artistic leanings cover almost every available space in her home: a long hallway became a gallery, teacups stand in for the numbers on a clock, and even the laundry room became a canvas, of sorts.
Berkley covered the laundry walls in Cole and Son wallpaper decorated with the art of Italian painter Piero Fornasetti — rows of winking and smiling black and white faces.
“I was waiting for someplace to use that paper,” Berkley says.

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PHOTO: Courtesy Berkley Vallone

BERKLEY’s SOURCES

To get the look of Berkley’s home, see the REstyleSOURCE picks below. The gray living room sofa, antique gold Bergere chairs, and living room chandelier are available through Berkley herself. The vintage school map is from Juxtaposition Home in Newport Coast, California, and her outdoor furniture is from On the Veranda in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Scottsdale, AZ

602 296 4886

Interior and lifestyle designer Berkley Vallone has been honored as one of America's leading young designers by Traditional Home magazine. She searches  the globe for the glamorous discoveries that set her clients' rooms apart. She is also a sought-after stylist: parties, charity galas, even wardrobe consultation.

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