Autumn is without a doubt my favourite time of year. When the entire world seems to alight with fiery reds and golds, the sunsets draw in earlier, and there’s a crisp chill in the air, it fills me with both nostalgia for the summer and excitement for the warm hygge of winter.
This year my mum came to visit Düsseldorf in October and although the weather was unseasonably warm, the rest of Autumn was in full swing, making it a beautiful time of year to visit Benrath Schloss, a hunting palace dipped in candy-floss pink and frosted with plenty of baroque mouldings. Just outside of Düsseldorf, its grounds are filled with wild flowers, smooth lawns and a meticulously well-kept kitchen garden.
I’ve been to Benrath Schloss once before, with a chair in tow, and you can see our pictures from that visit here.
When I wasn’t entertaining my lovely mum, I was at home working with a lovely Designer’s Guild Terracotta velvet, covering another 1950’s cocktail chair I scavenged off eBay.
The colour is rich and earthy, neither red nor brown so as to be tastefully eye catching but not flamboyant. I paired this with a printed cotton- a red and orange-toned coral print, so as to provide an up-beat contrast to the almost austere velvet.
The result is below and I am head over heels in love with it. I took it to this year’s Düsseldorf Design Classic where it basically stole the show and I left feeling very smug.
Although it more practical to order fabric online, I tend to prefer the experience of actually shopping for fabric in person. There is something so sensuous about wondering through isles of fabric, sampling their textures, pairing colours, marvelling at the details, for me it is a perfect Saturday morning activity.
The photos below were mostly taken on one particularly shiny Saturday when I was on my way to buy fabric for a 1950’s Day Bed I had recently acquired. Düsseldorf is wildly photogenic come rain or shine, but those crystal clear blue skies still take my breath away (I am from England -which should explain my blue sky withdrawal.)
Another piece I have been working on is this Terracotta Velvet Bench. Perfect for the end of a bed, or for a hallway where you can perch to put on your shoes, it has 22 hand-tufted buttons and the softest, silkiest velvet.
Autumn is now almost over and next on the list is Christmas, scented candles, Nigella’s Italian Christmas on the TV, and plenty of velvety cushions.
See you there!