Starting with a glorious riot of wallpaper this week. De Gournay handpainted papers are so pretty and this bright green can’t fail to lift the spirits. This was chosen by Matthew Williamson for his flagship London store (although I confess I don’t know if it’s still there as that was several years ago). I could happily sit for hours in a room wallpapered like this – especially as so many of us have’t been able to be outside much in recent months. Just gazing at it makes me feel better.
Talking of rooms I could sit in for hours, worrabout this fabulous bathroom complete with window seat, fireplace and armchair. It was styled by Marcia Morgan, @stylingalifelessordinary, and now I want a chair in my bathroom. And no I’m not having a conversation about practicalities today. I want beauty and inspiration so we’ll start with expensive handpainted paper and move onto velvet chairs in bathrooms and see if we don’t all feel a little better by the end of it. You can see more of this house in the current (July) issue of The English Home by the way. I’m an absolute magazine junkie and will definitely be picking up a copy of this.
Staying with the colour of the chair for a moment. I have written before about the importance of a disrupter colour and this is a good example. The soft red of the chair works in both the blue bathroom and the soft stone coloured sitting room belonging to Sarah Griggs, a photographer @peas.in.my.pod. Someone contacted me this week to say they were painting their kitchen in an olive green with an off-white and wondered if they should add another colour. I suggested a door painted in a deep orange or soft pink to zip it all up a bit and this chair does the same thing here bringing a punch of vibrancy.
A couple of weeks ago I showcased a house on the regular Househunter post that had a yellow painted window frame and here, for the current issue of House & Garden, is the kitchen window belonging to the queen of colour herself Joa Studholme, colour curator at Farrow & Ball, who told me about three years ago that yellow was coming and I was disbelieving. That’s how long it can take a trend to come through. Now I appreciate she has a stunning window to highlight but any window would do. It’s the joy and feel of sunshine it brings that’s the key. This is in the current issue of the magazine so do go and buy if you want to see more – I know I do (there’s currently a trial offer of three issues for £1).
So let’s finish with these glorious tiles from Mandarin Stone. Just as I will probably never paper a room in vibrant green floral paper, I am unlikely to create a yellow bathroom (although…. ) but both images provide me with sense of vital visual stimulation and open my heart to new ideas and possibilities. And who isn’t up for a bit of that at the moment?