I'm so thrilled to see my own picture of my country living room in Country Life magazine. I spend a lot of time looking at old black and white pictures taken for it a century ago, in Christopher Hussey's English Houses books, or my old Adam books by Arthur Bolton, that the idea of seeing my own photo of my own room in its hallowed pages is especially exciting. The room doesn't quite compare to the grandeur and beauty of those old ones, but it is in colour.
I'm afraid that I spend so much time posting silly pictures of my chickens, Mughal swords and the rest on Instagram that I never get around to updating this site. I have finally put pictures of my last London flat, with its view of the Michelin Man, up in Interiors, however, if anyone's interested...
Alternative Flooring asked me to make two designs to add to their 'Quirky' range of broadloom wool carpet. My Chainmail and Daisy don't look so very quirky to me, but then perhaps I'm just used to that sort of thing. Quirkiness is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. What's great about Alternative is the simplicity of having the whole range online where you can order samples, get a quote and find a retailer. Not really quirky at all. Just really convenient.
I just had the nicest card from the lovely Sue Crewe, who has been editor of House & Garden since I began designing interiors in London in 1992. She says of the feature on my old London flat, which appears on the cover, above: 'It's not often that our features are written, photographed, submitted and designed by the same person - not to mention painted, sculpted, sprayed and glued'. I have an admission to make, however. I did none of the spraying. I did carve a rather odd object to go on the wall over my sofa, but I had it sprayed at my local sprayshop. The rest is true, though. Nothing like being a jack-of-all-trades.
NEW FABRIC COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE. Printed in England on Belgian linen. The samplebook with all 36 colourways is priced at £38.50 inc VAT, email us to order. The fabrics will be distributed from Autumn 2014 by GPJ Baker in the UK & Europe, and by LeeJofa in the USA.
I’ve been involved with fabrics my whole life, from a childhood wrapped in David Hicks prints to helping Allegra Hicks make her first collections. More recently I’ve made collections of David Hicks by Ashley Hicks textiles with LeeJofa/GPJ Baker. Over the last year I’ve drawn ten new designs, ranging from historical things like 1480’s Italian velvets redrawn like naïve woodcuts, to my own improvised scribbles. I've called them Textures, because that’s what they give to a room.