Decorating rooms

Matching the look: 1 Nineteenth-century Chinese clothes rack, elm, £750, at Orient Expressions. French linen and lace petticoat, £600, at Guinevere Antiques. Fitted dressing gown, silk, £450, and mauve Chinese embroidered-silk hanging, £950, at The Gallery of Antique Costume and Textiles. 2 Purple (50RB09156), 3 Blue (87BB07202); both vinyl matt emulsion, £12.99 for 2.5 litres, from the ‘Colour Palette’ range by Dulux. 5 Mid-nineteenth-century Chinese porcelain vase, £2,450 pair, at Guinevere Antiques. Nineteenth-century Chinese tea table, elm, £550 pair, at Orient Expressions. Mid-nineteenth-century Chinese four-fold screen, lacquered wood, 179 x 168cm, £2,900, at Guinevere Antiques. Antique Chinese gold-embroidered silk ‘rank banner’, £285, at The Gallery of Antique Costume and Textiles. 8 Qing dynasty chair, yellow elm, £1,875 for a set of four, Decorating rooms at Orient Expressions. ‘Dragon’ cushion, silkvelvet, £65, at Orient Expressions. ‘Bowmore’ (AB814) wallpaper, 52cm wide, £29 a 10-metre roll, at Alexander Beauchamp. For stockist details, floors, which may look like marble, were again faked: MDF boards were dipped into an oil solution and finished with a coat of polyurethane varnish. Finding materials is among a designers more enjoyable tasks. Silks for upholstery and curtains were sourced from Brick Lane to Southall, at an average of ‘4 metre, and saris from Rainbow Textiles in Southall were hung alongside Gorings antique embroidered silk wall hangings. The set decorator hired a number of pieces of furniture from Oriental antiques shop, Orient Expressions, and borrowed period china from Wedgwood and Royal Crown Derby. Firms such as Alexander Beauchamp and Watts supplied wallpapers in designs of the period.

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