Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, 2004.
While this is not our house, it could be.
The Edwardian sofa, covered in a neutral camel twill for the fair, has long since been recovered in an olive striéd linen velvet for our living room.
The large deep buttoned Victorian chairs covered in an ikat printed linen, now sit in our living room.
The Thonet sofa, now sits in our kitchen.
The framed early Victorian penguin-skin blanket, now hangs in our hall.
Detail of a Georgian oak bookcase from a house attached to a shipping company on Guernsey Island. Destined for the ground floor as it weighs an absolute ton, even empty, and does not separate into sections. Which was a complete surprise as it was purchased over the telephone.
Detail of living room winter carpet, a 1930s Samarkand. Which turned out to be essential, as the Belgian printed floor-cloth which is the perfect foil for the ikat covered Victorian chairs turned out not to be colourfast.
Part of being a decorator who also deals in antiques is doing only what one believes in. That means, being willing to live with one's choices that others neglect to choose. Not unlike Rose Cumming and her ugly room. That is what Miss Cumming called her living room which was filled with things rejected by her clients. It is never ending. Not unlike living on the set from Sanford and Son. Only with better junk, one hopes.
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