The real challenge lay in the detail and, in just two years, the Newberrys have restored to the rectory an air of faded English style, while injecting a freshness and crispness into each scheme. Gillys passion for antique textiles is omnipresent. Downstairs it manifests itself in the breakfast room where Chinese Pheasant on oatmeal-coloured linen lines the walls. In the drawing room, a bold rose chintz on the sofas echoes the views of the garden beyond.
Upstairs is a veritable feast of fabrics on a green and pink theme. They not only deck the windows, Furniture liquidators but line all the walls, too. Fabric insulates, says Geoffrey.
In summer it keeps the heat out and in winter the warmth in. In addition, Gilly says, There is a certain depth and texture, which you dont get with paper, that I love. Gillys favourite fabric, Pondicherry, adapted from a hand-blocked and hand-painted, eighteenth-century, Indian original, lines the spare-room walls, and a coordinating stripe hangs at the windows and adorns the bed.