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A Fabulous London Flat

Fabric designer Richard Smith energized his London flat with his own fabrics and faux finishes

Written by Candace Ord Manroe


Richard bought six inexpensive chairs, then covered them in a favorite fabric from his collection, using a staple gun and scrap material left over at the mill while the fabric was still being painted ("a process that takes forever"). He gave the chair legs a faux tortoiseshell finish. 


Solid oak folding doors used to separate the kitchen from the living area assume the look of an old hand-tooled Spanish leather screen. Richard stenciled a pattern from an 18th-century English silk onto the doors, then added nailhead trim.