As I embark here I hope to bring a unique and inspiring point of view on design, culture, and life. It's hard to say exactly where I will go on these pages but living in a world so full of amazing and beautiful spaces, atmospheres, and experiences, I hope to bring a small fraction here and start a dialogue.
So today I begin with a very famous room that looks as good today as when it was designed in the late 1950s: the Yellow Room at Avery Row in London. A collaboration between John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster, it showcased both of their talents perfectly. In reading Colefax and Fowler: the Best in English Decoration, I realized how much Nancy Lancaster advanced John Fowler's aesthetic and this room is a perfect example. While Fowler was responsible for the paint treatments including the swagged husks above the cornice and the incredible curtains, the basic concept including the composition and color scheme was that of Nancy Lancaster.
Beyond the confident and marvelously executed paint, curtains, and floor plan, the room had a wonderful balance between formality and comfort - a trademark of the firm's work. What I love is the warmth and depth of the space, which blended many shades of yellow to create a nuanced effect that keeps one's eye moving and interested. I've studied this room time and time again but I always notice something I hadn't before, making this room one of my favorites.
Image from Colefax and Fowler: the Best in English Decoration by Chester Jones