In a little departure from tradition this week we are going to look at five beautiful rooms, since experience tells me that many of you will be too busy enjoying the long weekend to look at blogs and add to that the stunning weather – in the UK at least – means that even fewer of you will be dropping in before tomorrow when we’re all back at work.
Also after last week’s slightly manic week involving a talk at Soho House for the book, a brief appearance on BBC Radio 4 You & Yours, the book launch party and working here round the edges, I have been also talking advantage of the long weekend to do quite a lot of sleeping and paint the kitchen. Well some of it. The Mad Husband has done the bulk of it. I have been mostly self-cast in the role of moral support. I’m extremely good at that part I might add and you can all see soon.
So a little selection of some of my favourite rooms starting with the sitting room of Fiona Cameron, of Around Houses, whose sitting room features my current favourite colour combination – chocolate brown with splashes of pink. Her walls are painted in Farrow & Ball London Clay which, and I can’t stress this enough, looks nothing like this on my computer so always buy a tester. The rug is from French Connection, who have a pretty fine collection.
More of that colour with my own sitting room, shown here before the chaise was re-upholstered in blush pink, which is painted in Fallen Plum by Cassandra Ellis, whose colours are gorgeous and deep. Here it is again with the new chaise, which was upholstered by Vintique Upholstery as you may remember.
And here, because this is her former flat and she’s a wonderful interior designer, who makes furniture as well as paint is the London flat of Cassandra Eliis, whose pink daybed inspired me to turn my chaise pale pink.
And here is the kitchen in that same apartment with its vintage black china cabinet, old table and cast iron radiators.
Next, because I clearly cannot count, is this rather wonderful bathroom showing off a new Little Greene wallpaper which I wanted to include for the deep purple/brown paint around the window and show how well it goes with the orange bath which could just as well be pale pink as we are sitting in that spectrum this week.
And finally, less chocolate or plum but still with the pale pink is another of my favourite houses by the interior designer Beth Dadswell, whose soft pink walls and zellige tiles appear regularly in the pinterest board that makes up my dream life.
And there you have it. Not 10 as usual nor five as promised but seven, although two are mine so perhaps that doesn’t count. Enjoy the sun, don’t burn and I’ll be back tomorrow.