Mr. Irvine loves gold-framed convex Regency mirrors, anything with a key pattern, miniature furniture, Oushak rugs “that look like they’re on their last week” and needlepointed mottos on pillows.
He frowned at a wooden bench upholstered in gold lamé. “That’s waterproof gold lamé, not really my thing,” he said. “That was a job that ended in tears.” He added that the client “sent a whole truckload of stuff back, saying, ‘I don’t want it and I’m not paying for it.’ ”
“There used to be ladies and gentlemen,” he said. “Now they have no manners and too much money.”
Sunday, October 26, 2008
"Chippy made me do it"
Penelope Green profiled decorator Keith Irvine for the Times last week (link courtesy of Nico):