Its Halloween! And we’ve gone all Victorian Gothic at Country Homes. In our Trend feature p67-72 November issue, out now, we pay tribute to Mary Shelley, writer of Frankenstein, with these characterful, hybrid trays, depicting half man, half bird, off set by midnight blue walls and gothic roses.
We really do like this trend which is popular with artisan designers as well as the big high street retailers and you can have fun with it, whether its adding a small touch such as a single cushion or going the whole way with lush velvet upholstery and opulent wallpapers decorated with parlour dogs and peacocks, birds that epitomized the Victorian love of the exotic.
In the rest of the feature we concentrate on the Victorian quest for science, natural history and collecting global artifacts and exotic memorabilia and show how to incorporate Victorian staples such as collector’s cabinets and statues into a modern country interior.
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Oval Achille tray, £57.80, rectangular Bernardo tray, £112, both Joanna Wood.