It recently occurred to me that, whilst it may appear that I’ve spent the last 40-odd years decorating houses, what I
have actually been doing is solving problems and translating concepts and dreams into reality. No two houses,
projects or sets of curtains are the same and so over the years I have researched and experimented exhaustively to
achieve the desired effects. The result is a broad ranging and encyclopaedic knowledge!
I hope that you find this series of short articles, drawn from just some of my experience, both helpful and
With the very first signs of Spring appearing and the days getting longer, our thoughts turn to English summer. This seems the perfect opportunity to showcase some of our favourite floral chintzes from Colefax & Fowler.
Teal is very much the colour of the season. A favourite to add glamour to a room when used to upholster small armchairs and cocktail chairs, teal velvet has been raised to another level with Osborne & Little’s two-tone Galatea velvet where large waves of colour are created with the technique of spray dyeing the velvet.
Our brief was to turn a very formal drawing room in a grand country house into a comfortable, contemporary family sitting room. We designed and made a huge sectional sofa as the dominant piece of furntiure, upholstered in a neutral wool and then used very bright velvets and patterns on the generous scatter cushions. The walls were painted with Farrow & Ball Mouse's Back and a slightly lighter, but similar, shade was used for the practical wool carpet.
The owner of this georgian house wanted a light, airy scheme for their fomal drawing room. The walls are hung with a collection of fine watercolours and so it was important that these were shown off rather than over-shadowed by the use of strong colours.
We built the scheme around a pretty turquoise colour from the owner's antique chinese rug. We used this colour to paint the walls and had a very skilled decorative painter add trompe l'oeil panels to provide interest and texture. The turquoise colour was then picked up in the Colefax & Fowler curtain and upholstery fabrics.