Tuesday, July 13
Contemporary Indian Window for The Bull Hotel
At last, I've got some pictures to show you.
The window is in one of their newly refurbished rooms (they've just finished converting a few mews-type buildings that lead out on to their stunning courtyard festooned with greenery, flowers and bunting). The room is called Nandi (the name of the bull that the Indian goddess Shiva rides on - clever eh?) and has a contemporary Indian theme with the most amazing wallpapers. The one you see here is so convincingly three-dimensional, you really do have to go and touch it, just to check they haven't actually covered the walls in corrugated iron. On the opposite wall is a beautiful bold paisley print in dusty plum and gold.
The roll-top bath is on a small raised platform in the corner of the bedroom, and the window serves not only to give privacy to the bather, but also to cast the most dazzlingly decadent light across the room. There is a king-size bed and chaise longue in antique rattan, and honestly, it took all the strength I could muster not to just flop on the crisp white duvet and tell them, no you can't have your key back, I'm staying.
I am really delighted with the way the window complements the theme and colours of the room. The paisley border (which took a lot of experimenting with) works brilliantly - giving the window great texture and tying in nicely with the wallpaper opposite. Glass geeks may be interested to know that the olive green glass for the border is actually Spectrum Waterglass. I know - how thrilled was I to find they now make it in 2 new shades of olive green! I actually also put some silver stain on the border glass to "warm" up the olive, to make it more of a yellowy olive than a bluey one, with the added benefit of giving the glass a bit more "life" and subtle variations in tone and colour - Waterglass can look a bit ho-hum if used in large areas. On the other hand, if used with the grain to your advantage in small areas, the effect can be quite dynamic. For this window, I used plum Waterglass in the petal shapes, with the grain following the direction of the petals.