Simple Interiors.

There needs to be balance with simple interiors, a balance not too utilitarian, but informal and above all calm.  Variation of textures, wall coverings, flooring, upholstery and soft furnishings all play an important part when creating this modern interior theme. Interiors with a country rustic simplicity do not need a country home to enjoy.  Painted wooden furniture, chairs with rush seats. Soft gentle wall colours, heavy linen curtains and minimal pattern, keep this feel softly relaxing.

Antiqued and faded cottons and linens, piles of cushions in ticking stripes and checks  help create charming vintage rooms. Imagine a drawing room c1940 in deepest Wiltshire,  Sir Cecil Beaton and his delightful entourage at Ashcombe House and then Reddish House in Broadchalke.

Society photographer and artist  Beaton bought Reddish House in 1947, transforming the interior.
Beaton added rooms and introduced many new fittings.  His later in life fling with Greta Garbo played out in this delightful house. The upper floor had been equipped for cock fighting in the 20thc,  Beaton used the cages as wardrobes for his oscar winning costumes from My Fair Lady, he remained at the house until his death in 1980 and is buried in the churchyard.

Following sellout shows on Whistler and Constable, Salisbury Museum,The Kings House, The Close, Salisbury are  presenting  an innovative biographical view of legendary designer, photographer and artist, Sir Cecil Beaton, through his two Wiltshire homes. Simultaneously a retreat, an inspiration and a stage for impressive entertaining, they also fuelled his passion for gardening and delight in village life. Against re-creations of some of his  more extravagant interiors, Beaton’s private life unfolds – the unique talent for self-promotion, desire for theatricality and his uncertain pursuit of love. This exhibition brings together original photographs, artworks and possessions from both houses with insightful local anecdotes, to present a fascinating picture of Beaton's extraordinary life. If you would like to walk in the Beaton landscape, please visit www.discoverchalkevalley.org.uk for suggested walks in the areas surrounding Ashcombe and Broad Chalke.
Reddish House, Broadchalke.


Entertaining friends and family, late into the night - setting the world to rights, gathered around wicker tables and chairs, one of life's great pleasures!. Blonde wooden furniture in simple lines, naked floorboards, sheer linen drapes floating in the breeze, retro tableware creates and uplifting feel of what went before and is still
so evocative about English Summer Evenings - weather permitting of course.








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