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Dominique Vorillion

Sense of Place

MHI: Your style seems so particularly West Coast. Would you use different colors in a different environment?

MM: At heart, I really like these old-fashioned Nancy Lancaster rooms with layers of chintz and books everywhere with a gilded broken table. So yes, I would and do use different colors in a different environment. My library is paneled and all dark olive green. In fact, there is nothing really California or hip about my own current living room, so it is funny to me that I have this reputation.

But at the same time, I am glad because I have made an effort to express what is current for us here in California in a lot of my work. I am glad it shows, because as I said, inside I am in a chintz living room in Connecticut.

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