This week marks the official arrival of spring. With the longer evenings and sunny daffodils gracing our lawns, I couldn’t resist writing about our very own secret garden.
At Crosby Street Hotel in New York you will discover a lush green garden tucked away on a second floor terrace adjoining the Meadow Suite. It is a hidden grove, complete with trees and a lawn, an unexpected haven in the centre of downtown Manhattan.
There is something quite magical about lying in bed, head propped on the luxurious Colefax & Fowler ‘Cassius’ headboard, as you look out over a luscious meadow outlined by the iconic New York skyline.
On the bedroom walls we have used Robert Kime’s ‘Tynemouth Ticking Grey’. This tailored fabric works well with the floral curtains and headboard, creating a subtle romantic mood.
The bed cushions are from my latest collection for Fine Cell Work, called Rain Shadow. The design is inspired by the sun’s rays on falling leaves in the rain and the play of light in its reflection.
For the end of bed footstool I combined two vibrant leathers from Jerry Pair, called ‘Azure’ and ‘Poinsettia’ – a playful and bright combination which lifts the scheme.
The swirling paisley of the headboard is echoed on the walls of the adjoining living room. A painting by Juliette Losq hangs above the fireplace. The moody tones of the artwork are balanced by an intricately embroidered antique gown filled with a bouquet of flowers which brings a softness to the suite.
Our Willow Sofa is covered in my ‘Criss Cross’ fabric in an aqua colourway designed for Christopher Farr Cloth, creating a more tailored feel.
The devil really is in the detail in this scheme. We used a combination of fabrics on the Whitby Armchair, bringing together my ‘Criss Cross’ design with Soane’s ‘Celestial Square’, outlined by a braided trim. The result is a unique piece you probably won’t see anywhere else.
A wonderful artwork of oak leaves by Joe Tilson, an English pop art painter, sculptor and printmaker who turned 90 this year, sits above a dramatic mahogany table echoing the shady views outside.