Post Comment Love 27-29 September

Hello there and welcome to this week’s #PoCoLo a friendly linky where you can link any post published in the last week. Both Morgan and I know you’ll find some great posts to read, and maybe some new-to-you blogs too, so do pop over and visit some of the posts linked and share some of that love.

It’s been the kind of week where it’s been almost impossible to stay dry hasn’t it? Thankfully though I’ve only got wet once, and have been carrying my umbrella around religiously. Or stayed inside!

MOH has been at home all week, and as the week’s gone on has been up for a few jobs. With mixed success, and by success I mean he might have done some of them, others he’s not got around to, just yet. There’s still time of course, so I’m still hopeful.

Did you know I’m an optimist. That optimism has been thwarted somewhat by the weather, and so many autumn leaves that are everywhere you look. They’re pretty, but I just wish they’d stayed away just a little longer.

an autumn leaf

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Brideshead visited and restored

Yes I know it should be revisited, but as it’s my first visit I can hardly revisit can I? Though I will admit when we booked our trip to Yorkshire last year Castle Howard was high on my ‘to visit’ list, which may just have been swayed by the TV series which aired in the early 80s. MOH though, was of course, completely unaware of this.

In fact the walled garden was fantastic and by far exceeded my expectations of a walled garden, I’d like to a post, but it seems I’ve not shared them yet. Clearly I’ve been keeping them for myself (and the other hundreds of thousands of people who visit each year!)

But once we were in the house, I was on Brideshead watch. So I was pleased with the Brideshead Restored exhibition.

mirrored panelling and an ornate fireplace

The rooms from this exhibition were completely destroyed by fire in 1940, five years before Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited novel. While the original series was filmed at Castle Howard, it also hosted the cinema version released in 2008. The burnt out shells of the rooms still remained when Miramax were looking for locations, and the producers quickly realised there was an opportunity to turn these rooms into film sets.

Just the pattina and pure gorgeousness at Castle Howard

In 2007 the area was cleared for carpenters, set builders and painters to transform it into a dramatic painted interior. The murals have been “convincingly distressed” to look as if they have been part of the fictional Brideshead Castle for many years.

A bit of a picture on the wall

This room was used for two scenes in the film - dinner on the first evening when Charles Ryder stays with the Marchmain family, and Lord Marchmain’s deathbed scene if you must know. I don’t think I’m breaking any secrets by saying in both cases some licence was taken by the film makers.

ruched fabric on the ceiling at Castle Howard

The view from the windows also featured strongly in the film, and when it’s this good, why wouldn’t it?

Views through the arched windows and the uncharacteristically blue skies and scorching heat

And I couldn’t end this post without a glimpse at the Brideshead cast reunion. Sigh.

a peak at the cast from Brideshead Revisited together again

I’ve a feeling I’ll be dipping into the book for a top up of some teenage memories. Let’s just call it the Downton effect…

Style at the Sipping Room

Now the weather is starting to turn, autumn’s really on its way isn’t it? I’m sharing some interiors inspiration from The Sipping Room, a bar in London’s Docklands. It’s full of fur, either cushions or throws, and is just the snuggly kind of decor that feels right for now, and for before we put the heating on. You haven’t broken yet, have you?

The bar was the venue, or rather the base, for the launch of Heston’s Everdure range in the UK. The launch took place outside, as it’s hard to launch a barbecue range indoors isn’t it? The day was sunny, but that was deceiving and I’m pretty sure at one point we were quite tempted to head inside. But the food, and oh the food, that was outside, and who was going to turn down food cooked by Heston’s team? Exactly.

A high bar stool and cosy cushion

I’ve already shared the loos from there, like you do. Or rather, like I do. And they did quite possibly have the prettiest geometry… The bar’s interiors though was quite different and much darker, full of wood, texture and pops of colour. And it worked.

cosy furs and cushions for extra comfiness

There were spaces for dining and socialising, and in each space there was lighting and comforting throws, or cushions.

circular booths create cosy spaces
a wooden bar, open shelves and bar stools with clever lighting

The bar, as you’d expect had its own design treatment with clever lighting and inviting high stools, which you couldn’t help but just perch on while your drinks arrived. I’m sure the space has a buzzy and vibey feel on usual days, but being there for a private event meant I got to take photos I wouldn’t usually get to take, and it was great.

women are made to be loved

There was one similarity with the loos, and that’s the quotes. This one, so true, hey?

Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Oscar Wilde.