A Design A-Ha Moment

How could I be so foolish? How could I be so thick?

I have long been smitten by this room Emilio Terry designed for the Raymond Guests' Paris residence, not least of all because of the incongruity of the graphic carpet among the gilded old world opulence.

While in Los Angeles for the antiques show, Mr. EEE and I visited the Getty Villa in Malibu which replicates the Villa dei Papyri at Herculaneum in its prime 2000 years ago. Boom! Here in the Outer Peristyle Gardens was this mosaic...

which must have been the inspiration behind Terry's rug, no?

Click here to read more about the Guests' apartment courtesy of the incomparable Aesthete.

Top photo from Nouvelles réussites de la décoration française, 1960-1966