There are a lot of spots in our rental that need dolling up. We’ve been here just six months, still partly living out of freight boxes, the kids prioritized over any kind of order - all that! So I’m going to have some fun over the next while doing these vignettes.
This side of our living space was blank and dull. It really needed something to ground it, and attract the eye over that way. The right chair is a warm note, an invitation to sit. Sounds simple, but it’s amazing how often they do nothing of the kind.
I found this lonesome old chair pinned to the wall of a local antique dealer’s, and I’ve actually been dying to have a piece in my house using my Dash in ginger & stone on blush ground, so that was the easy part.
For the wall I wanted to really go for it. It’s my house so I can right?! I’m planning to bring out a range of wallpaper next year, but for now it’s sticking on the apron and hand-painting the wall. I worked up the pattern on paper first, using a more stately blue from Farrow & Ball, Stone Blue:
But in the end I went rogue and was VERY happy with the results! This vivid blue - also from Farrow & Ball, they call it St Giles Blue - cheers up that whole side of the room no end.
The fab linen dog bed is a collab between myself and the amazing Mr Dog NYC. You can pick one up here.
The paintings are my own - I especially like the feet, which I painted 20 years ago in my old place in Chinatown. Spot the Chinese slippers!
The glam came in the shape of this Palm Tree light from Graham and Greene. Just the right amount of kitsch to keep it from getting too serious.
My thanks to Payne Upholstery for the gorgeous work on the chair, especially the lovely rust-colored trim. The first of many I hope.
AND FOR NEXT MONTH… Boring old chair #2… xxx