No wait. Not Guys. It should be Chaps or Mates.
Yes– and Happy Boxing Day!!!
That’s in honor of y’all who celebrate the day after Christmas as BD.
And all is appropriate because right now, we’re going back to England!
We are Laurel? Yippeee!!!
Well, I am so enamored with Charlotte-Anne Fidler’s white on white decor, I can’t help myself.
For those who missed it or don’t remember (and you wouldn’t be expected to) Charlotte-Anne was featured in Sunday’s post. Hers is that giga-gorgeous living room with all of the white on white decor and the gorgeous tree.
Having quite a bit of time on my hands, I went through every one of her 1,828 stunning images and decided that I needed to deconstruct her lovely decorating.
It’s a fabulous look. Very English; not the English-everything-out-in-plain-sight-look, but the English slipcovered, relaxed, but more spartan country look.
Before I go on. I’m waiting for some photos to download and I just have to say something about well… the ads.
First of all, I realize completely that some of them totally suck and I apologize. And the placement is awkward as well. I’m not a fan of the big ad over the header. And I don’t know if y’all are even seeing it because it seems to download long after one has scrolled down.
But, they only went up on Friday at the end of the day. Like, could we have picked a more terrible time to do something big like this? However, please know that I’m going to work with them to make some improvements and avoid certain things like hideous kitchen shops that I definitely do not endorse! And more. Please just know that I am working on it.
Okay, back to Charlotte Anne Fidler’s gorgeous home and her wonderful white on white decor
Now, some would call this style “Shabby Chic.”
Please don’t. I am not fond of the term. Chic is grand and shabby is well… shabby; not to take anything away from the beautiful and talented Rachel Ashwell. The concept is bloody brilliant. I’m sure that she’s made a fortune. I used to enjoy walking into her shop some 30 years ago. Yes, THIRTY years ago when I lived in Manhattan.
But since then, the style seems to have gone off to something else. And the upholstered furniture was always way over-scale and sorry, but not very comfy. Okay. It was the 80s.
Charlotte’s furniture is in beautiful scale. It is human-sized furniture. We’ve talked about this many times.
And BTW, the photo above and the next few are from Beach Studios which rent out homes for photo shoots, films and the like. Their home is available, of course. Charlotte is a freelance creative director for numerous magazines around the world. She knows people.
Love the wonderful layers of white on white!
I found this chair.
Hold on please…
Look what I found! It’s the same chair! Yes, yes, I know… They look like they went through the French Revolutionary War. haha. These true diamonds in the rough are for sale and a steal.
Here’s what you do. If you buy them have them delivered straight to your upholsterer; one who understands that he has a rare gem and then he’ll do them up gorgeously with or without a slipcover and you can turn around and sell them for $5,000+ a piece. No joke. OR, you can keep them.
Yes, they moved the chair. But it does look awfully at home here!
This is the Fidler’s home in London from several years ago.
At first glance, I thought this was the same home. This girl knows what she loves. And I have to say that I love it too!
As a matter of fact, they purchased their country home for two reasons. The not-so-obvious one is to fit in those way-cool, but verrrrry tall antique cabinets. I reckon that the ceiling is at least 10 feet in the Wiltshire home.
The obvious reason…
OMG! The property!
Oh, just stop it!
That’s a painting, right?
As if all that isn’t enough, there are their three adorable Maine Coon kitties who obligingly spend hours posing, peeking out from wherever they happen to be, terrorizing the wild-life, lounging luxuriantly and helping with the cooking duties.
Charlotte-Anne’s beautiful instagram feed also features her two talented musician/ballerina daughters. Like really? Are we sisters? I wish!!!
I only found this one image of the fireplace wall which has the two gray antique cabinets flanking the fireplace. And yes. That is what REAL antique mirror looks like. I realize that it’s not for everyone, but I think that it’s pretty awesome!
I get dibs on this room!
In the antique gray cabinets live Charlotte-Anne’s beautiful glass collection.
So, let’s talk about this white on white decor thing.
It’s actually bloody difficult to pull-off.
And here’s why. I think that it’s human nature to want variety. So, our brains keep telling us – MORE. More pattern, color. Oh, it’s going to be so boring like this!
But as you can see it’s as boring as a perfect-as-is, white orchid.
And the color and variety IS there.
Just look out the windows.
It’s in the architecture
And in the wide variety of shades of white, beige, gray, along with the numerous textures. I read that Charlotte-Anne loves pattern and color when she visits her friends. But for herself, prefers the calming nature of her neutral palette. I fully understand that.
This is why I need at least two houses.
Tell us about the painted white floors, Laurel
Oh drat. I was afraid that you were going to ask me that! Well, sorry, but that’s a separate subject. But have to say that I do love the painted floors.
We’ve seen them done by the likes of Albert Hadley, William Mclure and Ben Pentreath. (kitchen). It’s a wonderful, clean, bright look. So, if you guys want to know more about that, I’ll do a post one day about painted floors.
In the meantime, please take a look at more of Charlotte-Anne Fidler’s instagram. It’s a lot of fun and she has an active, engaged following of devoted fans.
One last photo.
When they get sick and tired of looking at paradise, they head over to Bristol for more of the same but more watery. I know that I’m not supposed to do this, but can I have her life? I’m sure that there’s a movie about that somewhere. Two people somehow exchange lives and then realize that the other person’s life is a total hell-hole the likes they’ve never experienced.
I dunno. I seriously don’t see any evidence of hell-holedom here. ;]
Below is a widget filled with lots of beautiful furnishings that I could see going in a home like this. And a lot of the items are on sale now. You can click on the individual images if you’d like more info about the product.
Well, I hope that everyone had a beautiful Christmas. I know that a lot of you are off from work this week and if so, and you’re interested there are some totally awesome sales going on.
Pottery Barn is having a “mega sale” with up to 70% off but it ends tomorrow.
Williams Sonoma Home – 20% off your order including all of the new stuff with code: REFRESH
One Kings Lane is also offering up to 60% off – sitewide –
Oh man, I almost forgot!
Serena and Lily’s up to 70% off tent sale!
Thousands of gorgeous products. I am in the process of updating widgets on the Hot Sales Page, so please keep checking back if you’re interested in seeing what I’ve found that I think is extra special.
And Nordie’s is having a fabulous sale. Please check out this page for more info.
Everything should be up-to-date by Friday.