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Cath Kidston

Inspirations

English Country Charm

At Home with Nicky

At Home with Nicky

The royal wedding may have come and gone but British charm lingers on.  From a gorgeous article celebrating “English country-house style” featuring Nicky Haslam’s 16th century hunting lodge to a new Jack Wills catalog we just received in the mail, we’re loving this look – especially since the spray roses are in full bloom!

Happ & Stahns - Floral Perfume

Happ & Stahns - Rosa Alba 1842

Conran - Summer Bloom Pillow

Conran - Summer Bloom Pillow

Cath Kidston - Provence Rose Bowls

Cath Kidston - Provence Rose Bowls

Liberty - Eloise Mini Suitcase

Liberty - Eloise Mini Suitcase

Jack Wills - Etchingham Makeup Bag

Jack Wills - Etchingham Makeup Bag

Photos via CasaSugar, The Bride’s Guide, Conran, Cath Kidston, Flowers Magazine and Jack Wills 

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Cath Kidston's Home in Lonny

Cath Kidston's Home in Lonny

Artistic

Pronunciation: \är-ˈtis-tik\

Showing imaginative skill in arrangement or execution

Photo from Lonny

Fabulous Finds, Inspirations, Personalities

Chintz Prints

Our dear friend, decorator Mario Buatta, called the other day looking for foxglove plants for clients in Texas and though we haven’t featured these plants in our collection in years, we were more than happy to oblige.  Given his love for classic English style and use of floral prints, Mario is the so-called “Prince of Chintz” (a nickname he received twenty-five years ago).

Mario Buatta - Living Room in New York

Mario Buatta - Living Room in New York

Mario Buatta - Bedroom in Houston

Mario Buatta - Bedroom in Houston

With its hand-drawn, exotic flowery patterns and beautiful colors, Indian chintz (from Hindi meaning sprinkled or sprayed) was introduced to the English by the British East India Company in the 1600’s.  The fabric’s soft texture and easy maintenance (compared to the wools and linens that were de rigueur in those days) made it an instant success and its popularity has never faded.

Lee Jofa - Smithfield Parnham

Lee Jofa - Smithfield Parnham

Some may think of chintz as fussy and old-fashioned, but we think that the new patterns being introduced by the likes of Celerie Kemble and Cath Kidston are fresh and fun.  Mario couldn’t agree more – “Every decade has had its chintz.  It’s like having a garden in your house year-round, and it’s cheaper!”

Hazelton House - Anne Dorothea Fabric

Hazelton House - Anne Dorothea Fabric

Celerie Kemble - Hot House Flowers

Celerie Kemble - Hot House Flowers

Photos from Architectural Digest, Lee Jofa, Hazelton House and Schumacher