Here’s What You Should Be Doing With That Mansion You Just Bought in Gladwyne
Style is not a matter of spending huge sums of money, Michael Flores-Vianna argues in "Haute Bohemians." It's a matter of choosing objects and items that reflect your personality.
You’ve seen them: fabulously opulent houses with ornate moldings, gold-plated faucets, curtains so thick you can use them to put out house fires, and furniture so plush small animals have suffocated in the cushions.
These houses. many believe, exemplify their owners’ good taste.
I hate to break this to you, but all this shows is that you have a lot of money you can spend.
If you want to show off your new luxurious digs in a more honest way, you might want to peruse some of the interiors displayed in interior photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna’s book “Haute Bohemians” (Vendome, 2017).
Flores-Vianna stopped by the Lucas Alexander Collection at Design Center Philadelphia recently to discuss both his photography and the design philosophy the friends he has made in a career of photographing elegant digs follow.
What are “haute bohemians,” you ask? (Okay, I asked him that question.) “These are the people who collect items not because of their monetary value, but because of how they make them feel,” says Flores-Vianna.
Flores-Vianna has met lots of these people on his travels around the world, and he shares lots of their interiors in this book. He also shared a few dozen of them with the audience at Lucas Alexander earlier this month. As you look at the photographs shared here, see if you can’t figure out what distinguishes high taste from high spending.
This doesn’t mean you should never buy fancy stuff to decorate your interior. But if you do, you should buy it because it fits well with your personality, not because it shows off the size of your wallet. And likewise, if you stumble across some found object that speaks to you, listen. It will probably look very good in your home.