Wood House

The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness.

– PG Wodehouse

 Never-ending staircases and wood panelled walls are my favourite thing this week. So homely, so chalet chic and with the warmth of nestling in-doors in winter. All very easily translated into the modern household.

Photographs courtesy of Elle Decoration, House & Garden, The World of Interiors

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Dark Matters

I dream of decorating a large drawing room with walls covered in midnight blue Cole & Son velvet wallpaper, Velázquez and Francis Bacon paintings adorning the walls and great big comfy sofas centering the room. Side tables littered in books and lamps and a couple of dogs resting on the thick real red/light-blue/green carpets thrown in layers on the wooden floors. Heavy draped curtains and splashes of colour to break with the dark of the blue velvet wallpapering.

Happy New Year.

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Noveau York Bohemian Chic

Wes Anderson’s universe is one that continues to fascinate me. From the decor in The Royal Tenenbaums to the stylish short Hotel Chevalier – his world oozes that swish style of rich boho (via Academia) New York. Think Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp, think art world fabulocity, the people who quietly moves and shakes, Edie S meets Little Edie B – going in for a 2010 overhaul. There is no one like him (although The Brothers Bloom director, Rian Johnson, has given him a recent run for his money).

Interior wise, my favourite Wes Anderson moment is Hotel Chevalier, the 2007 short film introducing The Darjeeling Limited. Set in a hotel suite in Paris, Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman play out the end of an affair in the span of 13 well-groomed, and striking yellow, minutes.

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Blighty Re-distributed

Hamish Bowles’ (Vogue European Editor at large and one of the world’s best dressed men – of course he has one spiffing flat!) Paris apartment has been featured in World of Interiors and since re-blogged on several sites – for reasons we can all agree on; his sense of style and space is sexy, modern and oh, so English.

Photos courtesy World of Interiors.

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High Drama

The American designer, Kelly Wearstler, is not afraid of using colour, texture and over-sized decorative items in her work. I admire her for that, although her general approach is not my style – I find her designs a little too cluttery/bulky and dated. Having said that her interiors are fantastical and deeply interesting. Her rooms are like film sets  – you almost envisage yourself in ‘The Player’ (read: 80’s/90’s) walking into one of her houses.

Even though she isn’t entirely my cup of tea, she is a creative force with vision – her work has an unfailing sense of drama and signature glamour. Here are some of my favourite Kelly Wearstler moments.

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Slide show images courtesy of Kelly Wearstler Inc.

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Do you love it?

Art Deco powder room  chair from Nina Campbell’s furniture collection.

Photo courtesy of NinaCampbell.com

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Plants and Flowers

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

“Good design doesn’t need houseplants; if they aren’t a sympton of bad design, they’re definitely a Band-Aid for it.”

– Kelly Wearstler, Interior Designer.

 

I couldn’t agree more. Fresh flowers, however, are a must. Even on the tightest budget.

 

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