Photo courtesy of NH Interiors
A dramatic library of an English country house with black walls, gold trim and red details
An elegant sitting room in a Barbados retreat
A purple tinged living room in a country house
A charming bedroom in the Cote d'Azur with painted furniture
Photo courtesy of NH Interiors
A library with graphic black and white doors and upholstered walls
A beautiful watercolor of a living room showcases his skill with a paint brush
What is inspiring you now?
The most inspiring thing now is the new breed of super-yacht...lighter materials, less bulk, with wonderful new anchorages like Montenegro and Croatia opening up
What are your favorite color combinations?
Almost any colour and lots of plaster whites
What is your favorite city to shop for inspiration?
New Orleans has an array of the 18C French traditional plus raw, creole island things, colourful and humourous from Mexico across the Gulf , primitive marvels from further South
If you could work with any company on a product collection, what would it be?
NASA. I'd like to have the first product range in the Galaxy
What is your favorite room in the house to design?
Any room that I can cram masses of books into
Do you think floral prints/chintz are dead?
Not a bit. Never were, never will be. But they must be used boldly and massively. Nothing duller than' a touch of floral'
What did you learn early on about design that you use every day?
Think about wall-space for furniture; architects these days like too many openings. Also consider your corners; your don't want any dank lacunae
What is the hardest part of working with the client?
Making them realise the amount of thought and time and sheer slog that goes into presenting them with a perfect finished project.
What is the most outlandish request a client has made?
An adjustable mirror set into a bed canopy seemed outrageous let alone outlandish years ago, but its quite common now. I helped an L A decorator years ago whose client wanted things like live giraffes tethered in the living rooms.
What are your trade secrets in London,where do you love to shop and go to get inspired?
Christopher Hodsall's cornucopia of treasures at the Gas Works in Chelsea, though its really not a secret. Luckily its hard to find. The Library of the Zoological Society in Regent's Park is endlessly inspirational. Reflection in water can inspire, too.
What is happening stylistically in London right now?
Simon Hammerstein's ‘The Box’ in Soho is set to be the new hotspot, and of course Guy Pelly's club, ‘Public’ for the very young. The fabled hotel group is opening the 'W' in Leicester Square on St Valentines Day. Tissus d'Helene in Chelsea Harbour has a good line of young designers fabrics. The sexiest of shoe designers, Alberto Moretti, will be selling the sexiest of shoes for boys and girls at Arfango in Walton Street SW3. As to restaurants, the best are the Wolseley in Piccadilly, and Clarke's in Kensington Church St. These are Lucian Freud's regulars, and what's good enough for the great man is good enough for you and me!