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Nicky Haslam

Indian summer for the busiest week in the London design year

Nicky Haslam

September 28 2011
Nicky Haslam

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The morning was spent with the great interiors photographer Simon Upton at the Hunting Lodge, my home in Hampshire, shooting images for my new book. The Hunting Lodge is glorious at this time of year, with the changes in colour and a new freshness to the morning air. I find as many excuses as possible to come home to this peaceful place and recharge the balance.

After a couple of hours it’s going so well I can leave Simon snapping and head back up to London. It is perhaps one of the busiest weeks for a decorator, and much of the day is spent between Decorex at the Royal Hospital Gardens and Focus in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. It’s quite a week for British design as well, and there’s never a dull moment. I have to give a blog tour at Decorex, and manage to mention the blog that I and my colleague Colette van den Thillart write on the NH Design website; then I return briefly to the office to write a quick one on the forthcoming sale of Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner’s items coming under the hammer at Bonhams on Wednesday.

I step outside the office, into the Indian summer we are having in London – one minute torrential downpours, the next blazing summer sun, hardly a mad dog in sight; but I expect to see one or two at the private view of the aforementioned on Bond Street. I spot Lady Glenconner, Georgie Channon, Suzannah and Nicky Johnson among the exotic and eclectic items once housed in Mustique. I remember Colin coming into my previous showroom in Pimlico and thumbing through reference and fabric books for furniture ideas for Mustique; always with a very idiosyncratic eye accompanied by tartaric humour. With his beautiful wife Anne, they made Mustique a must-see destination. Sadly, I never did go while he was living there.

His sale at Bonhams exemplifies his strange exotic taste, his love of the ephemeral and the romantic. Afterwards, I head over to the Focus party at Chelsea Harbour; then, cocktailed out, it’s time to head home. Another busy day ahead tomorrow, as it’s my birthday...

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