Colefax and Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration, Chester Jones.
This is one of those classic interior images. It might be a bit difficult to see on the screen, but there is a touch of yellow in the cloth. The sofa fabric is Colefax and Fowler and one of my favorites. Colefax and Fowler, and specifically, the late Roger Banks-Pye has put yellow, blue and white to great use.
The images, above and below, are Banks-Pye for Valentino. He carries the scheme from one room to the next by reversing the way he handles the blue and yellow. In the study, the “yellow” of the bookcases (here a burled wood) stand out against the blue of the walls. The connecting living room then flips; the wall color a smashing yellow with the blue in the upholstery and ceramics. Gilded frames and sisal rugs provide consistancy in both rooms, as well as a bit of high/low tension that typify Banks-Pye’s work.
Banks-Pye makes easy work of these three tall, but separate windows. This Colefax and Fowler toile is close to my heart because of its prominent sunflowers. Sunflowers are the Kansas state flower. If you ever have the opportunity to drive across the western part of the state in the summer you will be rewarded with field-upon-field of home-grown sunshine. There is wonder in those swaying stalks with their giant yellow flowers. I don’t think you could be in the presence of sunflowers and not feel your spirits rise just a bit.
Bill Eubanks chose this bright yellow because he thinks “vibrant yellow light in a room will give the appearance of light even if there isn’t actually a lot of natural light in the room.” Amen.
Barclay Butera, Inspired Styles.
Subtle and stately.
Elegant, but no less interesting.
The tiger carpet and pillows are a fantastic counterpart to the blue of the walls and upholstery in this bedroom. So fresh.
By the way, if none of this is helping your winter blues, you can always turn to chocolate. The cookies for the middle boy were a great success. The recipe comes to us from one of the number-one-son’s friends, so they are affectionately known as:
Alex’s Excellent Brownie Chip Cookies
1 package brownie mix
1/4 cup oil
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie pan. Mix ingredients. The batter will be a bit thick. Bake 8 -10 minutes.
If these don’t lift your spirits, nothing will.