Having lived many years in Richmond, Southwest London, I was lucky enough to have a myriad of stunning buildings on my doorstep, one of them being the ever intriguing Jacobean Ham House on the river opposite Twickenham. I revisited the house the other day just as the Season was turning from late Summer to hints of Autumn and somehow the hues in the interior, as well as in the gardens, echoed this for me.
Rusts and burnt sienna colours were in the bricks…
soft green greys in the lavender
the blue-purples of the damsons in the Kitchen Garden
As we went inside we passed the trompe l’oeils on either side of the entrance which now look like faded memory
As I went around the rooms, the colours that had sung at me outside were evident in the fabrics and silk wallpapers in the darkened rooms. some have been restored – like this one. Glorious…
I loved the warm gold details in the panelling
I especially loved the picture lights
detail of silk wall hanging
Greys setting off golds and rich reds…Drama!
One of my favourite rooms is the Green Closet with the finest collection of miniatures
you can see them all in detail on the National Trust’s website. I love the green silk backdrop. It wouldn’t be the same if it was just painted white would it?
The flock wallpaper in the Duke’s Closet really caught my eye. What a colour! very now!
why I love darkened dining rooms… the table covered in white linen looks very inviting.
a detail of the leather wallpaper
the view of the front from the window
Evidence of how inspired I was by these Autumnal colours can be seen in this rug made from recycled wool that I bought in the National Trust shop outside.
Autumn bring it on!