I stayed with my sister Irene whose renovations to her new flat I wrote about in February. If you missed it, here is the original post: London Calling, and here are some 'before' and 'after' photos.
The kitchen before:
And after - designed by Plain English with the Long House door style and painted Farrow and Ball All White.
The gingham shade fabric is from Chelsea Textiles.
The cushion for the built-in bench is due any day. Covered in a sage ticking stripe from Romo it will coordinate with the Chelsea Textiles pillows we bought during the winter sale at their London shop.
The Oka Stola table and Camargue chairs.
The lantern was found at Patrick Jefferson, an antiques dealer on Ebury street in Belgravia.
The living room before:
The sofa under the television is from Pottery Barn, a few years old, but revamped with a new slipcover I brought over in my suitcase. Irene has a PhD in Art History and the shelves were built to accomodate her extensive collection of books. The walls are painted Paris Grey from Zoffany paints (which may or may not yet be available in the states) and the wall behind the bookshelves is painted Farrow and Ball Eating Room Red.
The curtain fabric is a Threads linen we selected last winter at the Chelsea Harbour Design Center with braid by George Spencer Designs .
Travelling with me was my older daughter, Sophie. (The younger one, Serena, was on a trip to Paris with her French class.)
One of our outings was to Chiswick House which is a stunning neo-Palladian villa completed in 1729.
Designed and built by the 3rd Earl of Burlington, the villa was inspired by his 'grand tours' of Italy.
By the 1770's Chiswick had passed to the 5th Duke of Devonshire whose wife, Georgiana, was a leader of fashion and a political activist. She referred to her home at Chiswick House as ‘my earthly paradise' and the gardens are just that.
The property features a conservatory which houses what is believed to be the oldest collection of camellias in England. Completed in 1813, it was at the time the longest ever built (302ft.)
The semi-circular Italian garden was designed by Lewis Kennedy and laid out in 1812.
Nestled throughout the grounds are several significant statues and garden elements. The Doric column in the rose garden.
A gateway designed by Inigo Jones in 1612, acquired by the 3rd Earl and moved to the property in 1738 when the house where it originallly stood was being demolished.
I'll leave you with a photo of my adorable little sister whose 36th birthday we celebrated the night before we left. Almost more impressive to me than her PhD is the way she zips around London in her Mini.