Wandering round Osterley Park, I longed for a return to the days of craftsmenship and detailing.  Every surface had been treated to some kind of gilding, painting, carving or adornment.  Fabulous rooms opened up, one after another.  Not necessarily over-the-top, but creative and expressive in a way that seems to have been lost.

This painted chair looks elegant against its painted backdrop – and yet doesn’t overpower.  I love the restrained colours – the pale eggshell background with burnt sienna designs.

I became fascinated with the panelling.  Some was painted and gilded with wonderful effect:

Doors were decorated with neoclassical references that just look amazing.

How contemporary these things could look in the right room today.  I can’t wait to try them out!

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