Archive : October 2010

25 Oct 2010
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

How ’bout these tarts!


Nicky and I wolfed them down recently but not before pausing to admire their swirling stripes.  I’m a bit of a stripe-a-holic, personally and I’ve been swapping stripe inspirations with my colleague Lucy recently…

Stripes - Source Unknown

Here are just a few, including Pearl Lam’s madcap kitchen in groovy bands of red and white.

Red Pearl Lam Kitchen - the NY Times

If you haven’t stumbled across Pearl yet,  she is known as the ‘Auntie Mame of Shanghai’. I rather long to be the Auntie!

NH Design Foyer

Here at NH Design we’ve done our fair share of stripes too. What do you think?

NH Design Bedroom

22 Oct 2010
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Came across this photograph of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in a 1969 Vogue.

Clough William-Ellis

He is the architect of that fabled Welsh village Portmeirion which musician Jools Holland covets, and he was also the architect for all the additions to my parents home Great Hundridge Manor as mentioned in my autobiography ‘Redeeming Features’.

I wish I had been old enough to have known him, and to see for myself how chicly dressed he was with his white ‘slip’ waistcoat and spotted handkerchief.

And that pipe!

21 Oct 2010
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Paul Anstee from the TelegraphAn almost forgotten decorator, Paul Anstee died at the end of August.

I knew him when he had a shop in Pimlico with Adrienne Allen, the ex-wife of actor Raymond  Massey, and his clientele were very much stage and movie stars. Dainty good taste for the likes of Vivien Leigh and none the worst for that.

Rest in peace, Paul.

19 Oct 2010
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

I’m getting really stuck on this fashion vs interiors conversation…not surprising since I’ve been saying for years I want us to be the first designers to start our own fashion line. Oh so little time!
Christopher Kane Runway: Spring/Summer 2010 - London Fashion Week
So having adored this summer’s Christopher Kane gingham collections, when I stumbled across this Diana Phipps interior this week it got me thinking.
Diana Phipps bathroom

Now, at the risk of alienating ALL my clients…I do think there is something to this bathroom. While the 70’s room looks extremely dated..I’m dead keen on the gingham ceiling. Diana laminated the tub in gingham plastic (yikes), but I’m not a great fan of clawfoot tubs at the best of times.

Ceilings though…yes yes yes.

18 Oct 2010
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Craig Brown‘s imagined diary entries for the Daily Mail always gives me a good giggle. I thought I’d share his imagined diary entry for me with you:

October 25, 2003 Nicholas Haslam

Interior designer

Bertie, the NH Design office pooch

Pugs are common, and so are labradors, King Charles spaniels, terriers and dalmatians.

When I last met Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, she mischievously whispered to me that she thought corgis were awfully common. She giggled uproariously when I promised not to pass it on. I thought it best not to mention that giggling uproariously was common.

When she died, a quarter of a million people marched past her body. It’s terribly common to allow a quarter of a million to march past your body. Chairman Mao did the same, which proves my point.

And also:

November 17, 1989 Nicholas Haslam

The Book Of Common Prayer. The title says it all.

Craig, sorry to burst your bubble, but I attach a photo of Bertie, our office Pug. The rest of the dogs on your list? Frightfully common, I’m afraid!

Read the full article, and have yourself a good giggle too, here.