Today's post on Habitually Chic has a photo of the room above but in a more recent incarnation. This photo from Living in Vogue, 1984, is of the saloon as decorated by the then tenant Charles Beresford-Clark. Seeing the modern version sent me to my pile of yet unwritten about favorite rooms and here this was, right there in the pile.
Yellow was a theme color of the 80s and I am pleased to see how after 24 years this room holds up in style and decor. Beresford-Clark's intent apparently was to let the architecture speak for itself so he used the warmest of yellows to set off the fine ceiling and chimney piece, Suffolk rush matting on the floor, and unbleached calico (muslin) for the very grand 18th century style festoons and curtains. The central pouf, though that is too small a word for such a large object, is in fact a divan (boxspring) covered in ticking. The chintz, Colefax and Fowler's Old Rose with Fancy, I think, adds a note a note of soft country-side pattern in what is really a superb example of what John Fowler himself called " humble elegance."