On Friday, Country Life magazine (United Kingdom) reported that in 2018 we will see “the death of minimalism and an end to trend-chasing.” Hallelujah! Interiors editor Giles Kime elaborates, “The faintest hint of modishness will be a complete no-no, whether it’s a choice of paint colour, pattern or style of kitchen. No more chucking out the chintz on a whim, describing major decorating decisions as a ‘moment’ (Scandi/Mid Century/Industrial chic and so on) and no reaching for a paint chart on an annual basis. It won’t just be good for our finances, it’ll do wonders for our sanity.”
As you know, this month’s theme at The Glam Pad is “anti-trends” for 2018… classic interior design that stands the test of time. What is interesting is how many connections there have been back to English-based Colefax & Fowler. You may recall from last week’s post that Mario Buatta’s mentor was John Fowler himself, and we have Mr. Buatta (aka The Prince of Chintz) to thank for bringing English Country Style across the pond. When I think of timeless, classic design, Colefax & Fowler immediately comes to mind, and their classic chintzes are some of my very favorites. (I have previously reviewed Bowood and Fuchsia.) Since the quintessential English magazine Country Life has advised us not to ditch the chintz, today I am featuring a classic – Roses & Pansies by Colefax & Fowler. This timeless floral chintz was based on an English hand blocked design dated November 1845. Today it can be seen in beautiful homes from the English countryside to Park Avenue!
Do you have a favorite chintz? This is one of mine for sure! Roses & Pansies is available through Cowtan & Tout to the trade only. Please visit Country Life for more of their predictions on anti-trends for 2018. And if you don’t already own Colefax & Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration, I highly recommend adding it to your library!