Archive : May 2012

9 May 2012
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

I finally make it to Fenton  House, a really charming 17th century Hampsted merchant house.  One of John Fowlers last works for the National Trust.   Many Fowler moments, archetypal and otherwise but my personal highlight are these sitting room curtains.

‘So charming!’ I exclaimed, to which the very grand room steward replied ‘…well IIIIII think they’re dreadful and all those little frilly bits keep falling off….’

Grrrrrrrrrr.

Well, Fowler’s ‘ladies panty’ curtains are not for everyone but I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world that he punched holes in the ruffled edges for a sort of homemade broderie anglaise effect.  Times were hard, budgets were tight but Fowler always found ways and means with charm and whit to boot.

Rather an au courant approach don’t you think?

3 May 2012
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Spring has hit early…and my penchant for stripes is in overdrive…worse than usual.

It’s cropping up in spades already…with a bit of restraint on the runway…

and of course all I can think about is how I can get MORE into my life…

and that’s STILL not enough, and I’m thinking about those charming houses in Costa Nova Portugal….I want an entirely stripped house!

And then I receive a mailer in the post from Loch Gallery and their Barry McCarthy exhibition featuring this painting of a lighthouse and I think ‘BINGO’! That’s the one…two massive red stripes.  Wouldn’t it just be divine…

Our fabric…NH Design’s ‘After All’ in Pomogranate Red.

Launching next week at Legends of La Cienega’ in Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Co Inc in Los Angeles next week!! More details to follow.

1 May 2012
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Let’s get the party started.  Should you find yourself in Toronto needing a taxi…do call Beck Taxi…and ask for this driver!!  The one with the built in disco ball!! Justin Bieber’s got nothing on him with his chromed Fisker Karma.