Last month I had the pleasure of visiting British colour experts, Farrow & Ball. I along with other British and international bloggers was invited by Amara to join them in Dorset for a day of splendid inspiration. We met bright and early at London Waterloo station before making our journey to Bournemouth. Our little mini bus stopped outside Deans Court, where we were given an exceptional tour of a fabulous grade I listed property which has been with the current owners family for over 500 years. Upon entering Deans Court, we were treated by the Farrow & Ball team and joined the other international bloggers over a chit chat with tea and delicious Dorset apple cake. We were then presented with a talk from Charlotte about Farrow & Ball’s latest wallpaper collection which you can see here!
During the talk we learnt all about the history of Farrow and Ball and the new collection. Arcade is a wonderfully glamorous take on the art deco movement, portraying a soft, romantic take on the classic curved motif. The beautifully tactile scallop design gently dances across the length of the paper, creating an inherently sophisticated feel. The Gable is quite unique and playful, featuring a rural scene of ploughed fields and farmyard animals. It perfectly captures the innocence of simpler times. Gable definitely captivates the imagination. In contrast to the other two designs, Enigma, named after the encoding machine deciphered by Alan Turing, is a beguiling and bold example of geometric design. The design encompasses a series of interlocking rectangles, which invigorates and enthrals. The new collection is made in the same way as all Farrow and Ball artisanal wallpapers, the new designs are traditionally block printed using real paint and I actually had the experience of seeing the wallpaper being made at the headquarters in Dorset! Each design is also available in seven colour ways ranging from delicate neutrals and muted pastels, to bolder tones with metallic accents. After the inspirational talk we were given a tour of the fabulous Deans Court by the current owner Sir William. Each room had its own special story and was bought to life with a Farrow and Ball paint renovation.
We then went to the lovely Squash Court for lunch and I had a good catchup with the other bloggers. After lunch we got creative at the Farrow and Ball headquarters after our magical tour of the factories. I got to see how the paint and wallpaper is made and made my own lampshade, which was pretty cool. I then headed back to London from Bournemouth with the Amara team with my lampshade and goody bag.