Farrow & Ball

Every three years the paint company Farrow & Ball introduces a fresh batch of colors to choose from. And as in the past, color consultant Joa Studhome with creative ally Charlotte Cosby, continue to finalize paints by  “…hand-mixing sample pots in Joa’s kitchen. It’s still a very hands-on process.”

paintcolors016-opt ‘Salon Drab’

Decorating Tips From Nicky Haslam


  • FRAMES AND PICTURES  “I frame anything that appeals- postcards, letters, maps. ” Haslam also buys inexpensive engravings and ” frame them up ‘grand’ in rubbed gilt.”
  •  GROUPS OF OBJECTS  “I realize that I have a lot of things in vaguely one color, or theme, and they look happier together in a group. Vary height and proportion for maximum visual impact. I like possessions that smile back at me.”
  •  TEXTURE  Haslam will layer a flokati rug over a hair-cord carpet. “They are cheap,” he points out.
  •  FINAL TOUCHES  “Cushions, tablescloths, curtains, and tie-backs that look deliberately ‘wrong’ or oversize give an instant jolt of character.”

( House & Garden, Special Edition, 2016)

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Family Life- Decorating

Moving is one of the top ten most stressful things a person can do, but decorating a new place can relieve the stress…at least it does for me. It’s been over fifteen years since I’ve done a whole house and I’m having fun shopping for fabrics, paint colors and antiques.


Right now the dining room is at the top of the my list. This room will serve multiple functions- dining, library and a bed for overnight guests. Our first project was to design and build shelves for the loads of unpacked boxes of books. We left the back exposed and used cleats to showcase the house’s planking.

(Photo- Martha Browne)