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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slide show images courtesy of Kelly Wearstler Inc.
Art Deco powder room chair from Nina Campbell’s furniture collection.
Photo courtesy of NinaCampbell.com
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.