Although Agnes loves the resonance of old buildings – she also has a romantic eighteenth-century Provencal house in the Luberon she has no intention of being bound by a purely historical approach to decoration; her interiors have nothing of the period-piece about them and she consciously avoids any museum-like atmosphere by constantly changing things. Some places one can do quickly, whilst others take more time. Although I found this present home just two years ago and created the interiors quite rapidly, I am already making changes, bringing new things in or editing out those I no longer want to keep,’ she says. In fact, her attitude to possessions is brisk and no-nonsense: I am not a collector,’ she explains, I am a decorator and ultimately I suppose everything is for sale. At this moment, someone wants my bed; it’s very beautiful, simple and metal-framed, and suits the room perfectly. I don’t know whether to sell it to them, or to make a copy perhaps.’ LEFT Comar delights in unlikely juxtapositions: a seventeenth-century plan offortijications and a modem wrought-iron sconce coexist happily. RIGHTA superb old faience stove is the centre-piece of the low-key scheme of the whitepanelled dining-room.
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