Designs for living rooms

Formality and informality are also combined with assurance in the dining-room. This room is 1 and 2 The garden-level dining-room was originally the kitchen. Swapping the function of these rooms and adding a conservatory, 3, has given a freer flow of space. Terracotta pots are filled with herbs, cacti and flowering plants which have the informal character of a cottage garden. Recesses flanking the chimneybreast house a collection of cranberry-coloured glass, while the table-cloth, in Peony’ from Michael Szell, is a pretty foil for the Limoges plates and flamboyantly twisted candles from California. The oeil de boeuf zvindow was inserted in the conservatory to bring more light-a decorative solution to a practical problem. painted a soft, almost luminous terracotta, reminiscent of Tuscany, a gentle counterpoint to the deeper terracotta of the flowerpots. The use of flowerpots au naturel is an unexpected touch which helps to overcome the pretentiousness so often associated with dining-rooms. The use of simple grey-and-white ticking on the William IV chairs is another enlivening, original feature.

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