Sometimes things all come together at once in a way that might at first seem mysterious but probably isn’t and in my case it was yesterday’s massive (I mean massive) spillage of a jug of turmeric milk all over my white floorboards that led to this post.
And as I was mopping and swearing and wiping and swearing and bleaching and swearing (and if you follow me on instagram and you are reading this early in the morning you can see the whole sorry saga on my stories) it occurred to me that this colour is everywhere at the moment and that despite protesting my dislike of yellow) I actually rather like this shade of orange/gold so I thought I would explore it further with you today. And if you’re wondering about the turmeric the answer is neat bleach. Clearly only for a floor not a sofa, but having tried 47 different things I thought I would tell you what worked in the end. And yes, that’s the end of that health kick.
Anyway, yellow began creeping up earlier this year at a talk on colour by Joa Studholme of Farrow and Ball. “Yellow is coming for us.” she pronounced, boldly announcing that Hay was one of the colours for 2017/18 (you can read that post here). Now this is a woman who knows what she is talking about. Still, I shuddered and ignored her. Then, gradually, as these things in interiors must always happen, I started to notice a flash of gold fabric here and a dash of what was being called Turmeric there.
And I began, despite myself, to rather fall in love with this colour. Of course in some forms it’s a classic – grey and yellow is very 1950s. Personally, I prefer charcoal and gold but it’s a combination that always works. And, in a bold form, gold and blush pink is stunning. And what about with navy and dark green? This colour goes with so much it’s practically a neutral.
Then my mother rang. “I have decided to redecorate. I’m going modern,” she announced. In hindsight I should have seen this coming. She discovered Annie Sloan paint last year and little by little all her brown furniture (which I love) is being painted in various shades of grey. I know – does this make it my fault?
Now my mother has had a gorgeous little Edwardian sofa in her house(s) ever since I was about 10 years old. It came from my Great Grandmother’s house where it lived in the kitchen, covered in blankets and was used as a dog bed. When she died (at the age of 98) my mother went to help clear the house.
The sofa, which was dilapidated, sagging and covered in dog hairs was about to be heaved onto a skip. “I’ll have that,” said my mother, who had just started an upholstery course and thought she could use it for practice. And so it became our sofa, upholstered in a pink and white stripe with tiny flowers.
Twenty years ago she had it professionally done in the colour you see at the top of this post. And now that she has gone modern, it has come to live with us. And it’s, er, a sort of turmeric. And having spent the last 20 years eyeing it up with thoughts of recovering it to change the colour I now find I love it just as it is in my sitting room.
Of course when you look for it it’s called everything from turmeric to mustard via camel, yolk and gold. But it’s all a variation on a theme.
So I decided to show you some more gorgeous homewares in this colour. Meanwhile I’m thinking of redoing the chaise longue in a bold print of turmeric and blush pink. I’m looking at The House of Hackney…
One more thing before I go: I will be at the Natuzzi store in Hampstead on Sunday morning (1 October) with the 2 Lovely Gays for an Italian brunch and to show people round the store. If you’re around do come along. And I have to tell you that I wasn’t sure Natuzzi was a natural fit for me, but when I went to visit the store the other day I was impressed. They have changed direction over the last few years and there is some gorgeous stuff in there. It’s not all leather but there are some cushions that are tobacco leather (shall we say turmeric?!) mixed with navy blue tweed that are lovely. Not to mention lots of velvet and great lighting. If you think you might be able to drop by for a coffee and a bit of brunch as well as a 15 per cent discount and a goodie bag then drop a line to [email protected] and tell them you’ll be there. I will be there, with Russell and Jordan, between 11am and 2pm and it would be great to meet some of you. It’s five minutes from Finchley Road tube station and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.