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I used to work at Sotheby's and I was in charge of the Islamic department and every time there was a sale most people would give their objects to the porters to display. Not me, I used to lock a room for three days to actually do my own display. I really started with the antiques, knowing antique textiles and then coming into interior design. So it gave me a sort of form of freedom that I could do whatever I wanted. You know this is the very first room I ever did and I found this marvelous painter called Alex Davidson and this is really how it started. So what he created is amazing.
This is this really textured wall that he hand stenciled and hand painted but there is this amazing texture about it and there are certain colors that change with light. You know at night they come out and you need a room that you can actually come and let go at night after a hard day's work and this is exactly what I do sitting in this green chair. This factory is absolutely rubbish, it's just plaster and this is how you make homes rather than museums because you know home is about things that you like for different reasons and not everything has to be something fantastic and this is a very good example of that.
This is my yellow room and I always tell to my clients you know if you live in London must create your own sunny room because the Sun doesn't shine very often so you might as well just pretend the sunny. The whole point of this room was that I wanted it to somehow still reflect me and who I am and the way I sort of like mixing things together. This gave me a good occasion to be able to mix let's say this 17th century tapestry with things which are much later in date like this mirror together with these wall brackets.
I personally think that dining rooms nowadays are sort of almost an obsolete room but if you're lucky enough to be able to have a dining room it's actually rather nice because it's so lovely entertaining people and I am very lucky here because when I entertain especially at night is more or less a candlelit room and most people love it.
So I decided it's got to be very different to the other two rooms so we came up with this hand-painted and stamped lever on the walls which I do for a lot of clients and the marvelous thing about this lever is that especially at night it becomes alive is almost slightly three-dimensional so it catches the light in different ways and it's a really luxurious texture that one can give to the walls. Even this chandelier I decided not to wire it up and have leave it as candlelit because it makes such a difference and again the reflection on the ceiling can be magical.
This is my bedroom I decided to opt for a sort of much lighter softer and calmer look. But even then I had to bring in a bit of texture so if you really look closely the walls have got two different fabrics. When I come back from work I go usually to my red room and then I come here quite often. I bought this big painting at a charity and I wasn't thinking about it I just bought it and then there was panic as to where I was gonna fit it and in the end it fitted quite nicely here and it went with the Kansky which is sort of a miracle.
I usually do slightly believe in miracles because they sort of always happen at the end you know things that you're not expecting to go together they sort of quite often do and I rather like that. you.