This week I have been photographing our Japanese Style guest bedroom at Stocksfield Hall. Tomorrow I dismantle the room and put the furnishings into storage or Ebay. I am always a little sad when the decoration changes but am cheered when I see the new room taking shape.
These were some of the original plans for the room.
Below each drawing I will show the realisation.
The stencils used on walls and floors were from both our Japanese Collection and from Modern Design at The Stencil Library. The bed, screen and tables were built by my friend Geoff, a craftsman joiner. Accessories came from our own shop, from the M&S Lifestore and from Kelly Hoppen.
I've bought many of Kelly Hoppen's books, we have the same publisher and I find her and the books inspirational. Kelly showed a room that was hung with ivory fabric banners around the walls. I wanted something similar as a background to show our Japanese crest stencils. I painted banner shapes on the wall instead of sewing them. I'm glad that I did as the result was preferable for my purposes.
This is how they looked before the background pattern was stencilled between them.The crests on the walls are stencilled with copper leaf.
My husband Chips designed this room around my ideas, I can not remember when it was, 2001 perhaps. I do recall that Moby's album Play was the soundtrack to the stencil work. Chips made detailed drawings so my colleague Sabina Rose and I knew exactly what was needed to create the room. Sabina and I were getting tired when we stencilled the iris kimono, we were a little freer with our paint, colours and general approach than we intended to be and the garment was all the better for it. The iris stencil is an enlarged version of one of our Art Nouveau style designs. I love the colours on this kimono and it remains a favourite piece. If I sell it I hope it will go to someone who loves it too.
The kimono beside it is stencilled with Dutch Metal gold leaf, Chips designed them, Sabina sewed them and we all had a hand in stencilling the fabric.
There is too much detail in the room to put in one post so I will make an album of photographs on our Stencil Library Facebook page to show more of it. Sayonara Japanese bedroom.