Below is the gorgeous Georgian styled mantle of one of my hostesses in London. Our lives cross in very funny ways, she taught grade one to my three youngest, back in the old county. After a recent break of 4 years of not seeing each other we carried on in conversations like it was yesterday....such a treat!
She has a very patient husband who very calmly put up with us rearranging the furniture one afternoon. Can you imagine coming home from work and finding your house guests have completely changed your front hall, living room and even made suggestions for the dining room? (It maybe a while before we are invited to stay anywhere again.) 98% of the furnishings and curtains belong with the apartment so there are real design limitations. My hosts have good decorative items and art from their travels which help lighten the very traditional English furnishings. One fabulous treat of the apartment is two working fireplaces.
The most enchanting space? The roof top garden at sunset!