Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On My Love of Quatrefoil

My love affair with quatrefoil is hardly new for those of you who've been following this blog for a while as the motif has frequently popped up in my mood boards for the new house. Like greek key, I find it hard to resist just about any product that includes even just a hint of the motif. While the roots of the symbol are ancient, and the motif is frequently found in both Gothic and Moorish architecture from the Middle Ages, the quatrefoil is enjoying a renewed popularity in recent years.

And while my love of quatrefoil probably doesn't extend to the full-on obsession that would be required to compell someone to cover every square inch of a room in the motif (as in the old domino photo above), I do think a little bit of quatrefoil goes a long way to bringing sophistication and style to your home (or your jewelry box!).

Source list:

1. Quatrefoil Tole Tray from Ballard Designs ($69). Trays make any mess look organized and "decorated". I'd use this one to corral all my remotes (I think I have 4 for one TV!).

2. Reims knob from Anthropologie ($14). I love the inlaid mother-of-pearl and the gilt finish. Very Kelly Wearstler.

3. Maharam Quatrefoil pillow from Velocity Art & Design ($150). A classic mod pattern is a modernist's take on the ancient motif.

4. 'Tini table IV from Oomph ($495). This accent table comes in 16 great colors -- my favorites are dorian gray (shown) and blue peacock.

5. Alexandra Chair from Hickory Chair. Designed by Suzanne Kasler, this chair is destined to become a classic. I'd love one or two of these for my master bedroom.

6. Quatrefoil Table Lamp from Circa Lighting. Also designed by Suzanne Kasler, this quatrefoil table lamp comes in gilded and aged iron and in a floor lamp model. And don't miss her new quatrefoil wall sconce -- it's seriously breathtaking and a steal at under $300.

7. Signature Clover chandelier earrings from Stella & Dot ($49). A pair of earrings go with just about any outfit and any occasion, but I love chandelier earrings with a casual look, so I'd dress these down with boyfriend jeans and a great sweater.

8. Quatrefoil headboard from Ballard Designs (starting at $449). I'd love to see this upholstered in a clean, neutral linen for a lovely Belgium look.

9. Quatrefoil key pendant from Tiffany's ($1000). Alas, I didn't get this for Christmas, but it's still on my wish list (ahem, Dave!).

10. CAS Pollux wall mirror from CSN.com ($329). I love how the quatrefoil is inset into the circle and that the frame is gilt. Mark my words: brass and gold are making a comeback!

11. Fabrics: Bocce (in Godiva) from Calico Corners ($42.99/yd.) and Anna's Drawing Room Pressed Flowers (in Gold) from Fabric.com ($10.49/yd.). Two great, albeit different, fabric options at reasonable prices. I'd use the bocce print for larger projects like curtains or a great slipper chair and the wilder, more bohemian print for some seriously bold pillows.

12. World Notes (in purple) from Albertine Press ($15/set of 6). These would make the task of sending "thank you" notes pleasurable. The set also comes in green or gray.

20 comments:

Kristy said...

Love the blog! I'm curious, did you ever order those custimized pillows from inmod.com?

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Oh, fun post! Love the lamp, I'm in the market for a pair for my master, broke one in my current pair. Too bad a single one wouldn't look good with my still intact lamp. All the options are just beautiful, it is a shape that is classic but with a touch of whimsy. Janell

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I too love quatrefoil! Janell is having a stella and dot give a way on her blog. I commented that I love the clover bangle and cuff bracelets. The chandelier earrings are fab too!

Christy said...

Love it too! And your finds are awesome, as usual. Ahem - Dave! Get thyself to Tiffany's pronto! hehe! I love that bold fabric at the bottom too - how fun and colorful! Fantastic post!

Quatrefoil Design said...

Clearly I share your love - I named my little company 'Quatrefoil Design' back in 2007, as it has long been one of my favorite shapes.

(Also known as Things That Inspire)

Kitty said...

The blue chair would be gorgeous in my bedroom... I love words that begin with "Q."

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Quatrafoil adoration. I love the pattern too and all your finds are great ones. You are good Averill!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Good collection of a great motif! I was just looking at Bocce on CC's website, but the colorways were more subdued than I was thinking... I could handle one of those Tiffany key pendants for Valentine's, though! ;)

Style Redux 2 said...

My personal favorite is the Basil Flush Mount by Circa Lighting. Also adore the Alexandra Chair.

SogniSorrisi said...

I agree! I love both quatrefoil and Greek key.

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Oooh, I'm in love with the Ballard tray!!! I may have to start dropping hints to the hubby about that one. :)

annechovie said...

Count me in on the Quatrefoil Fan Group, Averill! Love the motif on everything.

Sarah said...

Please do not think less of me, but I had no idea that this was what that pattern was called! I liked it, I just didn't know the technical term. ***ducking down and hiding*** Thanks, Averill, great finds:)

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Before I saw the images I was wondering if you had seen the tray from Ballard Designs-and there it was. Isn't that fabulous?

red ticking said...

so fun... matteo has a great duvet cover in this pattern.. just love this.. x pam

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

Awesome board! Great finds! I love this pattern.

Southern Aspirations said...

Fabulous finds. I've been eyeing that Ballard designs tray for some time... the lamp is just gorgeous as well!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Ok, I think I need to have those earrings!

*Chic Provence* said...

I have always loved the quatrefoil motif too..great post!

xx

Kit

Anonymous said...

I've always loved quatrefoils too, I lust after the Alhambra jewelry collection from Van Cleef Arpels! So expensive though. On the affordable side, Echelon has a new duvet cover pattern with the quatrefoil design: http://www.echelonhome.com/product/group/164/Quatrefoil.html

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