The Way Home

It’s a great title and it’s Jeffrey Bilhuber’s, the subtitle reads ‘Reflections on American beauty’. This side of the Atlantic Ben Pentreath’s offers up ‘English Decoration’, subtitle ‘Timeless Inspiration for the Contemporary Home’, which rather belies the personal tone of … Continue reading

Curiouser and Curiouser

Well I was on line, as you are … and this article caught my eye; Curiouser & curiouser Discarded curios are finding a new narrative context in fashionable interiors. Mark C O’Flaherty explores the growing trend for pop architectural salvage… I … 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

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