Sunday, 14 December 2014

Move over Bunny bc there's a Churchill auction next

Wasn't there a lot of publicity about the recent Bunny Williams auction?
It had all the ingredients for a juicy story with history and provenance and a time in history that went with the person and yet we all tried to hold on to through her artifacts.

Well London does provenance and history just that tad deeper 
if I may say...

There is an auction coming up this week at Sotheby's which is the objects that were in the Holland Park home of the late last surviving child of Winston Churchill.

The sign below is what was written next to this desk recreated 
as it was in Holland Park.

As luck would have it there was a lecture and talk by people who recounted personal stories of the family.  The crowd was full of people who seemed to either know her or met her and there was great conversations I overheard while viewing the objects.

It was unusual in that they recreated areas of her homes.

But if I were related to her this arrangement would have made me too emotional that I would have ripped up the contract 
and stopped the sale.
The curators set up areas of her home exactly as it was in real life.



This is an example of recreating her home.

 
But as in the Bunny Mellon auction, 
the guide prices were way too low.
That table above will doubtfully go for the estimate at £600 - 900.

How could a part dinner service be £250 that was part of not only the Churchill legacy but also linked to Blenheim Palace? For those who may not be aware, Winston Churchill was the second son and narrowly missed out on being the Duke of Marlborough.


Furthermore he had an American mother and his maternal grandfather was Leonard Jerome who 
was a one time editor of the New York Times.




Sorry for the terrible pictures but don't worry because I will post a link to the print catalogue link where you can get a better look.

But this is a great historical souvenir that 
I think surely a government institution would and should bid for rather than a private individual. 


The section I admired the most was the paintings done 
by Winston Churchill.


I knew he painted but I didn't realize just how talented he was!

I wasn't really paying attention to these paintings as 
I thought they were perhaps Scottish impressionists but each painting I admired was done by him!


You really must browse the catalog for the paintings alone.


Here is the link to the print catalog and if it doesn't work then please go to the Sotheby's website and go from there.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Ines in the latest French Vogue Dec/Jan 2015

No posts for a few weeks and then like buses three in one week!

I just had to share with you pictures of Ines de la Fressange in the latest edition of French Vogue that I downloaded last night.


She is such a zeitgeist figure that like the days of the supermodel all you need is the first name.


I refer to her as the posher French version of Jackie O.
She is from a patrician background but has a streamlined style and despite her privilege she has had to endure public grief with personal affairs being national news in France.


So it seems natural but almost a bit tardy that this edition of 
French Vogue was almost dedicating most of the issue to her.


As you can see, it wasn't just a retrospective 
to her illustrious career but looking the way she does 
she still rightfully earns her place in the pages.


Most civilians could be photo-shopped and injected with 
the best collagen around and still not look like this.




In fact, she almost looks better now than some of 
her old pics in her modelling portfolio.


There was a lovely collage of her personal photos from various stages in her life.








There was also a pictoral reference to her Chanel days that ended up in a rift as Karl didn't approve of her being the
Marianne of France which he considered rather common.



I love a woman who dared go against the Kaiser.


She also has friends that imparts her with further glamour and cultural wattage by lunching with 
Princess Caroline and Victoire de Castellane.




But all is well again and this was a nice gesture to show she has no feelings towards Karl by donning a classic Chanel jacket.






Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Headboard Decisions

Apart from the finishing off of walls, tiling and sealing stones, 
I am in the middle of trying to decorate.  One of the latest matters occupying my brain is my headboard.

This is the headboard we have at present.
It is a simple ivory fabric.
Mr CSW doesn't like busy details and 
I am not a hugely bothered either way.

I am tempted to keep it the way it is because the fabric matches the blinds and it is a very clean and streamlined look.  But as simple as it is I think it is too "generic interior designer decorating for resale" look.  Taupe is okay but sometimes it just makes me roll my eyes.

The wall color is as I like to call it -  
no surprise because what Londoner doesn't use
 Farrow and Ball Elephant's Breath.

I do like it, I do.
So does Mr CSW but...

 I waiver between - 
how soothing to 
get off the polite decorating wall and
do something decisive goshdarnit.

So these are my other three options.
I love this fabric. It's called Equateur Imprime by Hermes home fabrics.  
Some of you might recognize it as a scarf print.

 I have had it lying around waiting for the perfect conduit to really showcase the color and design.
I am thinking of making a scarf or shawl out of this which would be ironic because I did make a cushion out of a scarf last year which you can read about here.

But a designer told me that to use this fabric as a headboard might not be the best use as the oils from the pillows overtime will discolor the white and that would be most upsetting.
My husband also loves this and he told me to just hang it up as a tapestry as he doesn't want to see it cut.  I actually agree with him which is why I wonder if I will ever find a use for this.

The second choice is this fabric 
I was originally going to make cushions out of.
This is also a print that was a Hermes scarf and is called Circuit 24.



I did the calculations and figured it was cheaper to buy the fabric and get someone to make it rather than buy the cushions outright. 
Plus you get the flexibility of choosing your exact size.
I don't mind it but Mr CSW thinks there is a clash of tones and he thinks we should just make cushions as planned.

My third choice is the Jardin Bleu by Manuel Canovas.
It was a hard call between this colorway and the blue 
but the flexibility of this won out in the end.

I just picked this out today intending to use it to cover my dining chairs but I draped it over the headboard to try.


Mr CSW likes it but once again he says it is a shame to cut it and we should hang it!
At this rate we won't need to paint or wallpaper walls with all the fabric draped around the house...


I still don't know what to do and I may just leave as is 
which seems to be the theme around the house!