I've had a few friends from here leave for Old London Town lately, so its been on my mind a bit. Perhaps that's why I've been buying more UK decorating magazines lately, or perhaps its because all the US ones keep folding? Either way, I was flipping through a copy of 'The World of Interiors' and stumbled upon the London townhouse of the New Zealand-born decorator Veere Grenney (ex director at Colefax & Fowler). I am smitten. It has so many elements that I love in a home - i.e. a great mix of furniture, fabrics and colours - and the building itself has such great bones. I love that he has been able to bring in so many different styles and periods and make such a harmonious atmosphere. Hope you enjoy!
A 1930's Jansen chandelier hangs above a Grenney designed table and a set of c.1790 Viennese dining chairs. "Temple" fabric, a Grenney designed homage to David Hicks, lines the walls.
Two Robsjohn-Gibbings armchairs in the living room flank a Regency period table. The mix of furniture and styles in this room is fabulous. Those drapes and the cabinet (left side image) mixed with a big ottoman, parsons style -ish coffee table, travertine fireplace and sisal carpets is sheer genius. It's modern, but its homey at the same time.
Everything in this home says to me - modern English at its best. I highly recommend you check out his website - there are some amazing photos of other projects that are also jaw dropping. Or, I could be tempted to do another post. I'm that smitten.
Images from 'The World of Interiors' UK edition, March 2008, photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg.