The end of an era people – the end of an era.
Perhaps not quite as dramatic as Brexit, but did you know the Colefax showroon in Mayfair is abandoning the divine Brook Street? The showroom is located in what could be described as a beautifully preserved Queen Anne building, with the most delightful ever-changing interiors ever seen. And a gorgeous inner courtyard, mature garden my friends, bang in the middle of Central London.
People always ask me how to train the ‘eye’ for fashion, colour or interiors. The answer is actually very simple, though not always accessible. Look at the very best. To understand fashion look at the clothes of top designers. For interiors, few can beat The Colefax showroom, packed with antiques and beautiful fabrics in delightfully put together room sets.
Places like the Colefax showroom, are getting rarer and rarer. The building is quite the gem- technically no alterations are allowed to the charming Queen Anne house, since it has ‘listed’ status. In reality, unscrupulous developers are fairly unstoppable, so heaven knows what may happen should it fall into the wrong hands and if the council is not vigilant.
We also live in a “listed‘ building and and own renovations, albeit more modest, have to abide by rules and regulations. So that I don’t go insane, vewing this as an opportunity to clear my wardrobe of rarely used items and create space and comfort.
Also up to my eyeballs, trying to decide on the lighting of the flat. This Not simply choosing suitable light fittings, but correct number of lights, strength, height and positioning. Lighting is often underrated, but it can make or break the interiors. Too bright and the ambiance is gone, dark and it can be creepy…Since this is about the wiring and electrics it has to be decided early on. Any tips?
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