Joanna Plant: A Natural Interior Designer

I always like to know people’s roots, their childhood world, it grows wth us into adulthood and shapes our interior-identity. I like my English interiors injected with a wasp twist, buzzed into sharper vibrancy, a legacy of our glamorous American … Continue reading

Focus

Instagram has taught us how to manipulate light and mood so that spaces and lifestyles are permanently  edited into insta-interiors, I am permanently re-framing my visual life into its  little square boxes.  But sometimes photos are so ubiquitous, they fail … Continue reading

Elsie de Wolfe: Making of a Legend

You may not have heard of her, but you have seen her work, it resides in every fashionable interior’s combination of antique and modern, each trompe l’oeil tease and striped pavilion. It’s reflected in every mirrored wall and all those … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin Gets Personal: Lecture 4

Decorators should never insist on throwing out everything the client has. Even when they are far from perfect, loved possessions add personality. In his final lecture Baldwin emphasises the importance of ‘the personal touch’: because it’s the personal that breathes … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin: Lecture 3

The Elements of Decoration – Baldwin takes us through each element of the decor itself from furniture, to colour and lighting. He starts out, as he always does by making the obvious necessary: you do need that room plan and … Continue reading

Magic Carpet Decor

How do you start decorating? Most people collect some tear sheets, look at colour charts, possibly think about storage. Most people end up with a variation on a theme of current decorating trends: You know – open plan something, Farrow and … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin: The Bones of a Room – Lecture 2.

You dont keep a stellar client list happy without an ability to hold your ground (or in Baldwin’s case carpet) with great charm. He notes, The important thing was to keep our relationship a pleasure from beginning to end. Commercial work, … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin: Lecture Me One More Time

Billy Baldwin was THE decorator because his style forged a vision of crisp, uncontrived glamour which defined the modern American aesthetic, for this we all owe him a debt of design gratitude. He  designed from the very humanist principle: “No … Continue reading

Let’s Go-Rococo

Rococo, rolls off the tongue. Ro-co-co … ooh, how I love it. I am going look at its style, features and the all important: ‘rococo now’. Mainstream-Rococo conjures up Fragonard’s infamous painting of ‘the swing’, the cuckold husband sending his … Continue reading

Plus ca Change: Make an Entrance

Billy Baldwin’s  stair hall in 1949: Pink walls, white wood work, black floor paint and striking, graphic rugs in black and white.  The banisters final curve,  in gloss pink I think – don’t you? plays with the console table’s curves … Continue reading