Small living rooms ideas

During the restoration of Givemy, the home of Claude Monet from about 1883, a porcelain dinner service made in Limoges was found tucked away in the attic. Its colours were an exact match for the colours in the dining-room of the house, a bold yellow and a brilliant pale blue. This combination could only have been the result of Monets inspiration and palette. R. Haviland and C. Parlon were given the task of recreating the service. After many trials, Monet was declared satisfactory by the Monet Museum, and each piece now bears the stamp ofMonefs workshop. From Thomas Goode, 19 South Audley Street, Wl: 12″ charger, £50.00; soup plate, £40.00; vegetable dish, £200. (Detail of Monet Painting At The Edge of a Wood byJ.S. Sargent, courtesy of the Tate Gallery, London.) Undercover agents As more and more swimming-pools come in from the cold, the interior design of the surroundings is becoming vastly more imaginative. Big expanses of wall space invite rich and creative treatments from artists and designers, with the result that pool rooms become used as much for entertaining as for unseasonal swimming. Clare Alley reports Timbered retreat A large, converted mid-eighteenth-centurv threshing barn in the heart of Buckinghamshire conceals this attractive indoor entertainment area. Approached via the guest wing of a Georgian farmhouse, the eighty-two-foot-long barn forms part of a three-sided courtyard encompassing a central clock tower and outdoor swimming-pool.

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