Making a Memorial of Memorial Day
Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!
Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People
2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics
Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
The Spring Fling Continues
Spring Has Sprung...
Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles
Color Essay: I've Got the Blues
For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…
Dallas… Modern… Luxury…
New York State of Mind
Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year
If Life were a Color...
While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play
Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal
Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal
Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball
Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done
Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People
Design Dialog: Room Envy
Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm
Greetings from the Big Apple: How I spend My Days in Class
Design Dialog: Color
Greetings from the Big Apple: Coffee Talk and Baby-Doll Heads
Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother
Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium
Design Dialog: What About Fabrics
Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...
The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe
Bienvenue ŕ Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling
Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva
Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!
Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux
Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…
Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge
Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair
Hayslip Design Associates visits Nanz Hardware: Classic and Well Made Always Fit
Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning
Design Dialog: Converting a Room to a Closet
Hayslip Design Associates visits Remains Lighting: or What Beautiful Things Come from Dumpster Diving in Brooklyn, NY
Design Dialog: My mother has a new client... And it’s me!
Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village
Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client
Coming Soon: A New Blog Series
Let the Games Begin
Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York
Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
Obscenely Beautiful Things
21st Century Homes
The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
Love is the Answer...
Living Large in Small Spaces
Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection
La Mode de Gaultier
Casa View Elementary School
Out with the old (soon enough)...
My Christmas Wish to You
Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Blank Canvas of a Dorm Room
Bienvenue ŕ Paris: Shakespeare & Company
Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design
Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris
What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
Bienvenue a Dallas: The Latest from Kitty Stuart
Bienvenue a Paris and Life without A/C
Introducing Our Style Scouts
Black is the New Black
Thighs and Other Thoughts
How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!
A little love from our friends at D Home...
Born to the Purple
A Glimpse of Things to Come
My Talented Staff II
Happiness on Any Scale
Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial
2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards
The Meaning of Love...
The Moon and Other Jewels
New things are blooming on Armstrong Pkwy.
Dwell with Dignity
Another Dip in the Gene Pool
A Little Link-Love
Mudejar en vogue
Spain Part 2 - Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, and Avila
The Artistry of Daniel Ost
Happy Valentine's Day
Jamaica Has Never Been Lovelier
Working in a Winter Wonderland
Imagine my Surprise...
Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope
In New York for Antiques Week
D Home - Best Designers 2011
My Christmas Wish to You
My talented staff
New Classical in Dallas
Kudos for the Gene Pool
Our winning kitchen is featured on DesignGuide's blog!
John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
Trip Wrap Up
A Winning Week
How to Vacation in Architectural Bliss
Ode to Thatch
Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers
Still More Design Riches (Part IV)
The Design Riches Continue (Part III)
Feminine and Fanciful
So the week ended
A Week of Wonders
Sherry is featured in Dallas Modern Luxury
A Little Touch of the Doge's Palace
More Design Riches (Part II)
A Year of Design Riches
Sherry Hayslip quoted in the Dallas Morning News
Asian Jazz and Friendship
Follow us on Facebook!
It's Coming Together
2010 Legacy of Design Awards
The House as Mirror of Self
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 3
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2
a la Michelangelo...
A Weekend, in Three Acts
The Joy of Mindless Reverie
A Passion for Paper Art
Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
Rubbing Shoulders with History
It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
Blanc des Blancs
"The first of all single colors is white ... We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no color can be seen..." - Leonardo Da Vinci
Who doesn’t love white? The fresh, crisp, cool promise. The epitome of clean and new. The first dusting of winter snow glistening against a deep cerulean sky.
One of my favorite possessions is a bronze sculpture by Kevin Box called Architecture of Reason. About four feet tall, it rests on a black granite pedestal that raises it to the height of a tall man.
Though heavy solid bronze, the piece appears to be as light as origami. Backed with pure gold leaf, this glowing piece delights me. Deceptively, this enormously strong object appears to be made of delicate white paper which has been carefully and crisply folded at its upper edge. From top to bottom it descends and appears to become less organized and eventually is crumbled and random in texture.
I recognize it as emblematic of a person’s fluctuating thinking and perception; this sculpture aligns with my theory that within each of us is a complex blending of reason and anarchy; that we vibrate between logic and a more elemental force. However Freudian it might be, this elegantly simple sculpture speaks to me and most emphatically because it is WHITE.
I suppose you could say I collect white art.
The library mantle at Hayslip Design Associates. There are many reasons… not the least of which is the fact that as an interior designer I deal with a multitude of colors and textures and patterns continuously. While I feel that there are no bad colors, only poor combinations or contexts of any color in some situations (the same color could be glorious in another setting), I do feel a craving to withdraw from the constant aesthetic chatter that lots of color and pattern create. (This may be why many if not most interior designers are drawn to “white rooms”. We need to cleanse the palette, aesthetically speaking, from time to time.)
So one reason I like white art is probably that is refreshes my eye.
Another reason relates to the sculpture I described above. To me, because we respond so powerfully to color, it is very easy to love a vivid Post Impressionist painting, to thrill to a massive Kandinsky work, to be transported emotionally by a Rothko piece as it vibrates with all the nuances his magnificent art exudes. Similarly, walking into a richly colored 18th century French interior can stun you with its interplay of glowing damasks, gilded boiserie, richly hued marbles and lavish woods and inlays. Perhaps color is nature’s way to woo us, to increase our aesthetic endorphins.
Yet, to love an object that lacks color, that is simply and evocatively white…this may require a more thoughtful and less visceral response. The Chinese understood this in the high value they came to place on white jade objects, and Blanc de Chine porcelains.
Antique Blanc de Chine Quan Yin
Blanc de Chine Foo Dogs
For me, when artists such as Kevin Box create these colorless objects, they are deepening their art.
Joan Winters, another artist I really like, uses Lucite and wood to create minimalistic, ethereal sculptures. Thoughtful and strict in her art, Joan weaves the sensuality of the human spirit into her undulating forms.
2010 exhibit of Joan’s work at Dubhe Carreño Gallery
They would be far less if they were colorful…it is their ascetic nature that shocks in counterpoint to their shadowy sexuality.
Another of Joan’s beautiful pieces…
and an interesting close up that reminds me of the swirls of the Aurora Borealis.
We’re lucky enough to have these two interesting pieces are in our office.
This piece, made of swirls of Lucite and silver bird’s eye maple, glows against deep charcoal grey Venetian plaster walls."White ... is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.... God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white." -Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I have a client who only uses white flowers in her gardens and in her house. The effect is stunning and very sophisticated. For myself, I prefer flowers so vibrant that they clang together…. intense pink combined with hot orange for example. But in a way, I understand her preference for a snowy whiteness in all her floral elements…
Daniel Ost’s beautiful interpretation of ethereal white flowers. There is such beauty in an absence of color.