I have not shown you any of Rachel's rooms for a while and they are a treasure trove of visual treats. Until recently this was Rachel's bedroom and her dressing room was half of the size. Her vintage fashion collection is now getting so huge that she has had to swap premises with her clothes.
Vintage hats are stacked on shelves or hung on walls
The stencilled pattern is MD51 Zig Zag from The Stencil Library.
This room is very popular with visitors on our house tours. The young enjoy the retro vibe of the fashions that Rachel displays as art. The older ones recall their mothers wearing similar clothes and older still remember wearing it themselves. The overspill of Rachel's collection is sold in our stencil shop.
Rachel's use of transparent chairs allow the view to continue through the furniture.
The walls are decorated with stencils in a style reminiscent of Florence Broadhurst. Her wallpaper designs appealed to Rachel and she knew that the desired effect could be obtained by using stencils and colouring them the way that Ms Broadhurst may have done.
I want a flamingo in my room!
Rachel has exploded three different patterns on the walls at this end of the room. Zig Zag, Spider Chrysanthemum and Bamboo. The patterns are diverse but all carry at least one of the same colours as their neighbour.
At the opposite end we a see zebra rug and a damask stencilled wall. Much of the decorated wall is obscured by Rachel's mood board of inspirational fashion, colour and photography. This is the stencil pattern behind it. It is one of many damask stencil patterns from The Stencil Library.
and here is another.
The spider chrysanthemum stencil uses the same colour as the damask one. Rachel told me it was hellish trying to stencil black onto the purple background as there is little light in the room and she was mostly stencilling at night. The pattern goes right over the ceiling.
A tiny but functional sewing machine is ready for action along with parcels of fabric neatly tied with ribbon.
Flower motifs are abundant as seen on the lampshade...
...and the drawer pulls.
Vintage jewelry sits on the dresser...
and on the trunks...
...and cases sit on trunks.
Seen enough? There is more ...but another time perhaps. Close the door behind you.
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