Just Enough

Writing Room

I bought Martin Wood’s Nancy Lancaster – English Country House Style with a Barnes and Noble gift certificate Jim and Linda, John’s mom, gave me for my birthday. It has a lot of painted or printed illustrations (I often like these better than photos of interiors–I think the eye creating them sees the space better.).

This is an illustration of a closet at Ditchley Park that Lancaster turned into a writing room. The view from the window was of a lake and part of her garden. Cream and green everything, down to the tiny vases filled with flowers on the riser at the window, creates an uninterrupted connection with the out of doors for the lucky writer at the table.

The flowers and the wacky chair keep things from getting too serious.

3 Responses to “Just Enough”

  1. February 20, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Lovely…evokes a gracious, elegant, priviledged existence…nothing like my life will ever be!

  2. February 21, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Duane, your house is gracious and elegant already (and who needs privilege?). Though many rooms Nancy did were way beyond my budget, this one kind of seems attainable. Yeah the wallpaper is Chinese silk, but she probably only used one roll here. Rug is small, so not as expensive as a big one. That chair is probably second hand. I doubt I could pull off a coffered ceiling like that though.

  3. February 25, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Yeah, you’re right about attaining the look in a way that works for you. To me, half the fun is looking a picture of something that I like, then trying to identify what elements draw me to it. Then the challenge is to bring those elements into my own space in a way that incorporates the essence of the original concept but is my own unique interpretation — and fit my other needs (read affordable.)

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