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Why is my eye always drawn to these colours together. I think it is just so smart to have the subtle black, navy combination with a luscious tan contrast bringing it all to life.
Tan has been big in Europe this winter but I love it anywhere, anytime. I was thrilled when I did my dark inky blue woollen armchairs in our sitting room to then find divine tan suede Mulberry cushions to contrast. These, apart from the timber furniture, were the only colour in the room as the walls are the same inky navy blue.
I also love the colour that the natural IL Bisonte leather bags and diaries go after using them lovingly…..tan !!
One of my favourite projects recently was a Polo Clubhouse/Bar Lounge where I did large tan leather armchairs and sofas with brass studded trim ….. and chocolate and cream tartan woollen cushions. It looked fabulous…..the building itself was spectacular….lots of dark timber rustic panelling, natural stone fireplaces and very large terracotta flagging.
I still miss the greatest source of woollen fabric ever ……. yes mainly shades of tan, coffee and caramel……Fabric Fantasy in Commonwealth Street, Sydney. Sadly now closed. It stocked bolts of Italian suiting fabric bought out from the mills at vastly reduced prices. I couldn’t stop buying it to cover furniture, make bedheads and valances and even tablecloths. The colours were a dream !!