A LESSON IN ART DECO INTERIORS AT ELTHAM PALACE
This past weekend Jason, Marls and I went along to South London's Eltham Palace. I'd seen images of the Palace here and there and knew it had an amazing Art Deco interior so wanted to go along because as you know I'm obsessed with Art Deco. Also I then saw the palace in a clip during The Crown (did you watch? OMG sooo good) and so knew I now HAD to go.
This is the palace from the outside... it originally was a medieval royal palace and was then revamped by new millionaire owners the Coulthards in the 30s. The interior is part 30s Art Deco cruise liner and part castle, which is really bizarre. You could literally feel like you're in a different locations depending on which part of the home you're currently standing in.
Maybe it's having a little bit of an identity crisis but the Deco rooms were amazing!
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As you arrive you enter the best room of the house, the domed entrance hall, designed by Swede Rolf Engströmer.
Look at this incredible marquetry!
Another pretty stunning room was the dining hall, created by Italian designer Peter Malacrida. You can see the Italian influences throughout! I love the way the curtains are framed and those doors are TO DIE FOR!
I'm now thinking about creating some Greek key panel sections in my new bedroom makeover.
These pictures look really yellow because the walls are completely covered in bird's eye maple veneer which my camera obviously did not like at all...
VIRGINIA COULTHARD'S BEDROOM
This really is fit for a millionairess right? Black onyx and gold, hello.
Look at the faucet! GAAAH NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!
These all reflect a cruise liner style, with lots of sweeping curves and luxury finishes.
I love this stepped fireplace and display area. Who would think of building anything in like that now? It's a shame that we've lost those more decorative features in modern design. Everyone is always thinking about the next person buying in the back of their minds and so don't want to do anything drastic!
Kind of loving this simple walk in wardrobe!
Loved this little spot. Really Edwardian and would be lovely in the summer with a book. Like I ever just sit down and read a book!
Loads of cool details throughout that were ripe for picking for the old reference bank.
Overall it's well worth a trip if you're into your Deco. There are a few really average rooms that don't offer much and there is a lot of confusion around its identity in areas, but this is what these old buildings are like nowadays. They've all been refreshed many times over the years by new owners so you can always expect to see a bit of a mish-mash but at Eltham Palace it's particularly obvious, I think because the Deco look is so clearly different.
If you want to see more Art Deco inspo then check out my Pinterest board below!
It costs £13.60 per adult to visit Eltham Palace and under 5's go free. Click here to find out more information about visiting.
Oh, I forgot to mention they also have a dress up area in the great hall... of course I indulged.