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As the Leaves Fall

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” – Oscar Wilde

Nature is an unlimited source of inspiration. Autumn is here and we can see how the colours are changing as the mauves, browns, soft yellows and deep reds surround us. The autumn prepares us for the winter; it is kind enough to leave us with memories of the summer as it gets colder. It is a soft transition and the warm, rich colours are one of our favourite palettes to use in our interiors.

Room 303 at Knightsbridge Hotel is a colourful oasis. The scheme was inspired by a wonderful blanket I bought from Designers Guild. This soft woollen piece is emblazoned with flowers that tumble from top to bottom. The blanket was just wide enough to cover the front of the scalloped headboard, so we completed each edge with a parquet wool by Moon. We love incorporating found fabrics into our schemes, giving each space an entirely unique feel and creating its own story.

The entire scheme is alive with colour, set against a smart grey linen walling which allows these rich autumnal hues to sing.

We paired the headboard with a fantastic fresh printed linen by Jim Thompson called ‘Poppy Field’ on the curtains, in orange and pink flowers with a slight pop of green. When you draw the curtains, you will notice the pattern is a little irregular, which we love.

For autumnal inspiration, look no further than The Soho Hotel. My ‘Mud Print’ wallpaper for Christopher Farr Cloth adorns the walls in a warm golden colourway. The hanging grapes remind us of the wine harvest slowly coming to a close. These mustard tones create a comforting sanctuary to escape the cold London evenings.

In The Soho Hotel‘s Terrace Suite, the hand-embroidered headboard is embellished with cut-out autumn leaves. It reminds us of crisp leaves under foot, the sound we always associate with autumn. We upholstered the sofa in my ‘Bookend’ fabric in the natural colourway, which works perfectly in this scheme.

This bedroom at Number Sixteen is a calming retreat in yellow and brown autumn tones. We used Schumacher’s ‘Katsugi’ fabric on the headboard, which contrasts beautifully with William Yeoward’s ‘Polka Dots’ on the cushions, creating a more contemporary feel.

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