Our next Workshop/ Retreat is planned for May 19th - 24th and June 9th - 14th . This year we want to focus on Slow Decorating. A chance to take the time to be discerning with your own Style. …
Located in the Gers, Armagnac country, South West of France, Lexis houses three buildings on the property. Nothing in the house follows a straight line as the origin of this house dates back to three hundred years and all of the furniture is antique or bespoke. There is one permanent guest on the property; Whitty the cat, who regards herself as being the proprietor of all three dwellings and has the right to every bed. You, naturally have the right to shut her out!
This house is a decorator's delight. Filled with original and unique pieces, it generates a feeling of a time when life was slower and we had more time to linger. Mixing the practical with a collection of sensitively curated furnishings this is more of a home than a holiday house.
Playing with fabrics and Wallpaper is part of our Workshops . Nowadays there are a huge variety of beautiful examples on the market. While this is an exciting occupation, it can become a mind boggling experience that could end up with bad choices, complicated schemes and simply too much variety. The best way to work this is to use a favourite painting or an object that inspires, have a respect for the integrity of the building you are working with, choose designs and fabrics that compliment the textures in the edifice. Allow space for everything to breath but remember we are not striving for perfection. The beauty is in the collective result of your personal vision.
Nature gives us an expansive palette for decorating our homes. Nature left to herself will always show us harmony in the way she uses her brush. In Northern Europe she paints with gentle Earthy hues. In Southern Europe she uses a drier brush with smoky colours. Then, as we travel East the colours becomes stronger, the cool blues get more primary, until we reach The East where oranges, reds and Indigos wrap us in a whirl of textile and spices and colour virtually invades our being. Then on to the tropics where primary shades are shrill but quietened by the shelter of vivid green jungles and rainforests. Here she rests her palette under the shade of Banana leaves until renewed, she ventures into the wide deserts of Australia where the blacks, brown and ochres camouflage the bodies of the people and the creatures from the heat of a savage sun.