Laura. Home Ideas. October 07th , 2017.
He always has some new scheme on the go which has to be mulled over. His latest triumph is the dining room which received a fairly premeditated treatment. The starting point was four 18th‐century French chairs bought from Robert Morrison Antiques which prompted the faux limed oak dado paneling. The theme gradually expanded: walls were upholstered in Ascraft‘s ’Ashley’ beige check and hung with a collection of 18th–century pastels and oils.
He has invariably been attracted to the 18th century and, in particular, French furniture from this period. “Over the years I have begun to feel cozier living with the French style of furniture. I feel the look is more timeless. French pieces seem to be more organic, their lines are more natural.“
He is one of those people who take in the world through eye and ear. It matters as much to him how a picture is framed as what it is. He can talk at length about the technique of dipping fabric in tea for a desirable faded background. He will go to great length to choose the right fringe for a chair, one that is not too fat, nor too him; and he simply "cannot live" with overhead lighting.
Keith, you imagine, can walk inside a room and be drawn to the one feature not quite correct. however, he always works with a collaborator. “No matter how well one understands oneself, or one‘s tastes are attuned. In order to achieve the best result, one should certainly not attempt anything without the advice of a competent interior designer.“
Working with someone else enables one to inspire the other. A designer has a greater visualizing ability which the client may not have and can also cast an objective eye over proceedings. For instance, in Keith’s home, interior designer Mark Higgins limited colors in the living area to yellows, caramels, and creams ― a scheme. Keith thought, in his mind′s eye, to be slightly dull, but which evolved with great effect.
His apartment is quite grand also yet informal or cut‐back⁏ and everywhere there is both an obvious historical air also a sense of fantasy. It is this sense of fantasy which, when introduced into a room with a sure ′eye′. Lifts it above the ordinary, above being just a setting for collections or an arrangement of colors or just another example of endless good taste.
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