Introducing the first room that reveals our new home: the living room! It’s a true blend of warmth and drawing room from the old house; Cozy because we used it all the time and the drawing room because it was such a great space to entertain… We couldn’t do much during 2020!
The room has an original Victorian fireplace which is lovely. It has an Italian marble stove called Nero Portoro with peach-gold cutouts in it. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first…My color scheme was darker than my previous drawing room (drawn in “Brick” by Edward Bulmer) and I went with “Sang De Boeuf” which is a much darker and richer terracotta color. When color was combined with the warmth of a dark wood floor (Ebony Oak Aged Parquet from Natural Wood Floor Company), marble came to life and now I adore it. It’s a real lesson in renewal – don’t rush to pull things off because over time, things may completely change your mind.
The mirror over the mantelpiece is a Georgian and was a piece I brought with us from the old house. I repositioned a Georgian card table that was upstairs, to one side of the fireplace, topped by two large green glass lamps that I had bought from a friend in Los Angeles, who was moving about the house. There are two graphics above the card table and I love the cozy angle the lamps and picture lights create together. Here’s a real insider tip: do the room electrical (including the picture lights) first. The right lighting really helps bring everything together.
I always knew I wanted my little office desk here because it’s my favorite thing in the house. It fits perfectly in a small corner across from the stove. I found it in a small antiques shop in Petworth and couldn’t love it more. Red Pooky lamp with Fermoie cover (fabric by Red Marden). I have a hand-painted Petra Palumbo glass bowl, a paper notebook, along with some old photos of Mom and Dad, and cherished penguin classics in the upper cabinet. The captain’s chair is an antique from The Desk Shop in Dorking, and was re-upholstered in a coral brown fabric by Sybil Colefax & John Fowler.
OKA sofas (too comfy) and Suzani’s throw on the back of the larger sofa from Etsy. I added more color with the pillows. The bright rectangle is a caravan. The ruffled beige gingham cutout is by Found and Curated, and the green velvet pillows are OKA. very comfortable.
The ottoman (you might remember from our old cozy) is from the Bespoke Footstool Company and upholstered in Ticking Stripe by Penny Morrison in Ginger, with an Etsy rug underneath. On it are my dear green drawer from The Lacquer, some design books (you can shop a few below) and a gorgeous marble ashtray from Talea Studio. The design of the sofas, ottoman and rug is almost the same as our old comfy design…a tried and tested fit.
One of my favorite things about this drawing room are the curtains. The prettiest floor-to-ceiling windows are at one end of the room so I wanted to make the most of that light while still being able to pull the curtains on a winter evening. The fabric is Johnstons of Elgin Astral Herringbone in Linseed – a warm, neutral textured room flooring – and 100% pure new wool. Heavy and super soft, it falls really beautifully when drawn. I’ve upholstered them with a peplum hem on top for a little more feminine feel and more volume. I am very happy with them (you can learn about Johnstons Mill here). The texture of the ruffles is reflected in this Alice Palmer’s scrunchie pendant light – the perfect finishing touch.
Once I chose the warm “Sang De Boeuf” paint, the rest of the colors came together naturally so the room is a true mix of dark green and terracotta brown. You all know how much I love the clay pot! Welcoming and warm with a real log fire. Happy winter.