Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Brympton Library

    I thought I'd show you how the refurbishment of the state rooms are going. The original oak panelling from 1680 is really shown at it's best in the Library.
 Gainsborough silk weaving company in Suffolk were chosen for their expertise in weaving archive silk fabrics. Brympton d'Evercy shares their fabric maker with the Queen who also selects fabrics by Gainsborough. They were heavily involved in the reconstruction of fabrics at Windsor castle after the fire.
We agreed on a vibrant mix of red and gold to compliment the stained oak panels.
Swags and tails were decided on for maximum impact, as you can see the tails were as tall as me.
It took two of us to make them over 4 days with another day to fit them. Using the floor of the green drawing room next door we hand sewed for England! 
The curtains were soon immortalized by featuring in The Turn Of The Screw an updated version of Henry James's novel which was filmed at Brympton House by and shown on B.B.C.