Editor’s note: My outfit today is a dress from Doncaster and Chanel shoes.
Happy Friday! October has roared in like a lion so far! I actually have so much to do that my head is spinning a bit. Time for lists...they always make me feel in control. I stayed in Fort Worth all week so I could work on plans. I get lost in my work when I am doing plans.... the rooms start to talk to me when I am planning the furniture and hours can pass without me realizing it. I am drawing the expanded kitchen for my commercial job today and making it more caterer friendly with more space. Luckily I have done so much work in this building over the past 14 years that I know how they use their spaces. One of my biggest challenges in their project is to do something with the pecan colored, wood paneled walls that my client hates. The doors that are consistent in the entire building are the same color. I have not hired a faux finisher in years... I have done more wallpaper.. but I think that might be the best solution. Challenges always make you grow no matter what your profession is!
This weekend I will be working on Christmas cards and watching football. I am feeling lucky about my TCU Frogs, LSU Tigers, and the Cowboys. Sometimes a hard loss makes you come out swinging the next week! Every opponent is one not to take lightly.... but this is the last weekend before LSU’s schedule really heats up against the big boys!!!!
The article we are covering today comes from the new Architectural Digest and it is infused with color....which is one of my loves! The Victorian home in London’s Battersea neighborhood belongs to the daughter of the founder of de Gournay wallpaper . Hannah Cecil Gurney and her husband Eddie Harden returned the home to it’s former glory....of course with de Gournay wallpaper all over the house. What a dream!!!!! I would be thrilled with one room of this hand-painted incredible paper. Her son’s first word was “turtle” because of the turtles happily swimming with the fish around his room. This home is magical....I could examine every detail for hours. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend. Fall is coming to Texas...the temperature is dropping on Monday. It wont be time for a fire yet....but Lacie Rue will be able to run errands with me for the first time since May. Oh happy day!!!
First of all....what a precious boy George is!!!!!! Grinning with his dog Gyda on his bed. A boy with his dog is classic! This whimsical scene of sea creatures swimming around the room is beyond fabulous for a child’s imagination.
Gurney said this wallpaper scares clients off because of the color. She said she would show how great a room can be with chocolate walls. The design is “evocative of the Coromandel screens in Coco Chanel’s apartment .” How cool is that!!!!! All of the rooms in the house except one were designed around the chosen wallpaper. I love that she pulled the coral in the paper as a highlight in the room. Her husband Eddie manages Nanhoran which is a Welsh estate where his family’s has lived for 700 years (that feels like a Downton Abby story!!) When furnishing their home pulled furniture from both family homes. “I like thinking that my house is a collection of rejected stuff that I managed to resuscitate in some way.” I LOVE that!!!!!!
Adorable moment with mother and child. Of course the metallic wallpaper behind is not too shabby!!!! Gorgeous!
This is the den....which they refer to as the “snug.” What a great name for a room where you do snuggle up! This room features fabric from de Gournay instead of wallpaper. This hand embroidered fabric was designed by Alessandra Branca. The red paint accenting the room has always been a dream of Gurney. I love how the antique sofa is wall to wall.....most would thing this is too big. I think it makes the room even cozier.
Eddie Harden is a cook.... so the kitchen was opened up so that he could visit with people while he acted as chef. The wallpaper is an embroidered silk......I would venture to say he does not fry anything!!!!!! I adore the magenta painted cabinets bringing out that color in the wallpaper. I am not usually fond of colored cabinets.... but I love it in this setting. I have done some green cabinets in the last 2 years in a Butler’s pantry that turned out to be marvelous.
Oh..my..goodness. What a master bath!!!!!! The flamingo design is printed on Sterling silver gilded paper. Wow oh wow!!! The terrazzo floors perfectly accent the paper—-which is the star of the show!!! The fireplace that they obviously don’t use as a fireplace offers a glamorous feel to the room.
The pale pink counter that looks to be a marble is so lovely. The flamingos are dancing around the room. Love it!
The elephant chairs are absolutely perfection in this African inspired room.
This wallpaper was inspired by Hyde Park and the Carlyle hotel’s Bemelmans Bar. The article says that George wants to role play with the animals skipping rope, playing soccer , and pushing ice cream while he has his bath. What a magical room for a child!!!
This bed is an antique that was cut down for a child’s size. I love the red and blues that accent the African scene paper. This is one home that I would adore to see in person. Maybe someday.........
Happy weekend everyone!
“Inside Hannah Cecil Gurney's Pattern-Filled London Home” article featured in Architectural Digest October 2019 Issue
Photography by Douglas Friedman
Our beloved shop dogs. They make work so much more delightful just by their presence.
For dinner last night I had bacon wrapped filet with left over couscous and green beans. (I am all about having leftovers!!!)
This is not the normal song that you would think I like. But I always want to do a little dance to this song!