Trompe Voeil garlands
This deceptive garland adds a touch of humour to a stairwell and leads the eye upwards. The soft colours complement the golden stone.
Country fabrics are those that have an affinity with fresh air; that can recover from dogs and children; that give a casual formality to an al fresco feast; or that balloon in the breeze from an open window. Very rarely do they stray from the path of natural righteousness – the fabrics that work best in country settings are grown on plants or animals: wool or linen, sea-grass or cotton. Usually such fabrics wear well, acquiring character and dignity with the passage of time, and producing soft harmonies of colour as they settle into fondly-patched decrepitude.
Natural fabrics look good because they have definite personalities. Upholstery linen becomes bleached and worn by history – the sags and wrinkles of venerable loose covers add to their charm; fine cotton muslin curtains have a particular weight and movement that nothing in Terylene can match; sisal and seagrass rasp the feet, but have a doughty reliability that no man-made floor-covering approaches; traditional patchwork stitched on to a woollen blanket hangs and drapes quite differently from any present-day counterpart attached to synthetic batting.
Country fabrics tend to be unbowed by life -linens can be boiled to blinding whiteness, and cottons respond crisply to the traditional touch of starch.
Trompe Voeil Garlands Photo Gallery
Click on Photos for Next Trompe Voeil Garlands Gallery ImagesBoth linens and cottons can usually be unceremoniously washed and line-dried, bringing with them the evocative smell of fresh air – a whiff of pleasure that cannot be applied from a bottle.
Safe and sound An old English pie safe is the perfect display box for this enviable multiplicity of American patchwork quilts, their colours softened by time.