PaperCity Magazine

PaperCity Houston March 2024

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 73 of 131

Frances Elkins: Signature Style For each client, Elkins created a singular look, rich in detail and extravagant with custom finishes. • In Lake Forest, Illinois, a 1932 guest room featured walls of silver leaf and a maharajah's ivory-and-silver four-poster bed. • Vivid color: Chartreuse silk velvet (for a dining room in L.A.), shell pink, coral, Veronese green, Venetian red, emerald green. • Muted tones: Parchment, ecru, eggshell, driftwood, and moss (at Pebble Beach), and mint green and white. • Blocks of hewn rock-crystal lamps, after a design by Jean-Michel Frank. • Sculpted pure white plaster tables, shell sconces, and pendant lamps by Serge Roche. • Cheap chic: Yards of inexpensive cotton muslin with custom-made trim — very couture. "F rances Elkins created some of the most polished, beautifully proportioned rooms you're ever likely to see. She was not aiming for a California look. Her work is chic, full of superb craftsmanship, worldly, understated, timeless. A century later, her work still looks fresh and appropriate." — Michael S. Smith Clockwise from top left: Mrs. Kersey Coates Reed house, Ivory Room bath, Lake Forest, IL, 1929-1932. Frances Elkins: Visionary American Designer by Scott Powell, Rizzoli, 2023 Mr. and Mrs. Edward G Robinson, master bedroom, Beverly Hills, CA, 1941-1944. Photo by Moulin Studios, courtesy David Boyd. PHOTO EMELIE DANIELSON. FRANCES ELKINS ARCHIVES, MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE (Continued from page 70) 72

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of PaperCity Magazine - PaperCity Houston March 2024