Light and Shade x

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Time is running away.  I have May to make decisions, June to order..we’re away in July..work starts in August.  It’s really not long. I’m sort of there on most things..but I know that what I want to do is a dance with the dark side – the really dark side –  which in view of the popularity of scandi design is like holding hands with the devil..but if I stand back it’s more a collective reaction to inspiration from my past that’s already firmly stood the test of time..

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One of my most favourite interiors ever is Henry Higgins house in Wimpole Street from the film My Fair Lady with it’s opulent multi-layered mash of texture and colour..there’s a welcoming warmth far removed from the clinical hotel look we’ve come to view as the norm. The William Morris wallpaper is spectacular as is the sense of history and quality.

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(The Cecil Beaton costumes weren’t bad either..I still want this blouse..and my wedding dress was based on Audrey Hepburn’s dress to the ball)

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The other interior that holds it’s place to this day is the house in Practical Magic..

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All dark and brooding woodwork..

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With stunning cabinetry..

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A kitchen to die for..

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And a heavenly conservatory to boot…

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It’s not the colours – it’s the good/bad design thing that’s oppressive about our modern interiors..the time has come just to claim the space. I think a trip to Leighton House where the above picture came from is needed to further that connection with Victorian opulence and underline the fact it’s not about being different – there’s very little that’s truly new – it’s about going with what you feels is right..rather than what’s expected.

Laters, Kate x

15 comments

    • Maison Bentley Style

      It’s getting there..it’s so bizarre bits now like where to stop..paint a banister black..but then do you have to paint the whole staircase??..still a bit of a mind f*ck! xxx

  1. Anonymous

    With your own personal sense of style, Kate, I have no doubt your results will be stunning! Comfy as well… and yes, I too want Audrey’s blouse! 🙂 Mother Hen

  2. fabrickated

    I have always loved those Spitalfields houses with their wood paneling, dark colours and shut shutters. And if you have ever been to see a barrister in their ancient chambers. And the William Morris house Standen with its luscious colour schemes. Do let us know what you decide.

  3. vintageattitude

    Have a look at Brave Boutique….run by Fiona Ellis who ran a model agency for 25 years. She was featured in a programme on BBC2 on Sunday so you can find it on i player Modern Times…..it’s very on the dark side!!!….see what you think. Can’t wait to see your results xx

  4. reeanna lynn

    I LOVE the inspiration–especially the My Fair Lady theme with Victorian influence. A wonderful era for home decor I think! So excited to see the results 🙂