Nina Campbell Gets her Groove on


Was I the only whose mouth was agog while looking at the pictures of Nina Campbell's latest residence in the April issue of Domino?


If All that Glitters is Gold, then Nina is 24 karat (which in this economy is one of the only things holding its value).


I have been a long-time fan of Campbell's decorating and her book The Art of Decoration is one I turn to again and again. As an alumna of Colefax and Fowler, she decorated her flat at the time (1996) in typical glorious English Country House style, with chintzes, glazed walls, lots of books and bric-a-brac - which have all been thrown over in her new digs for a more moderne, swanky look.

To have built such a prolific career obviously demands dedication and long hours - and most likely, she held back from all nighters at Studio 54 and Annabel's (the latter of which she decorated). But now, in her sixties, the English Doyenne of Decorating is wearing heart-shaped glasses and kicking up her heels ....proving that life only gets better with age. Brava, Nina!


Her sitting room in 2004.... already moving away from the cluttered C&F look...


in 1996...
An earlier arrangement


Her bedroom now...
In 1996....


And a bit earlier....

Photos #1, 2, 3, 7 by Bill Batten for Domino; #5, 6, 8, 9 from The Art of Decoration