OLOR is very important to her, but Joanna wanted her bedroom to provide a relaxing break from the rest of the
house. Jo Howell remembers this was the first room on which they collaborated. Working with a vintage Moroccan
wedding blanket, a French African Cameroon headdress, Ikat-dyed pillows, and the portrait of daughter Corrina Basta,
11, by Louisiana artist Edward Cappel, they developed an understated, yet luxurious bejeweled palette blending pearl,
platinum and gold tones. Jo took her cues from the room’s high ceilings with the placement of a four-poster bed, and a
mirrored Art Deco chest for the chinoiserie-inspired assembly of Asian-infused wall coverings, textiles and finishes.
It was in the master bedroom where the global theme began to simmer and soon Joanna and Jo were allowing the collection
of artifacts and antiques to drive the acquistion of new pieces.
“Joanna took the lead,” Jo says. “She has an eye for rich, lavish textiles inspired with everything global. She’s always picking
up beautiful damask fabric and bringing it to me, saying, ‘What can we do with this?’”