Vale was chosen to design this conservatory so the owner could relax and appreciate the views of their garden. The extension fits perfectly within the boundary wall and gives purpose to an unused corner. This design also features wood cladding which complements the main house and gives it a ‘New England’ look.
Internally something very special indeed was created to give this room a unique personality of its own; a hand painted misty landscape by Alasdair Peebles. The wall painting was inspired by 18th Century paintings depicting scenes from ‘idealised landscapes’. It was painted using distemper, ‘en Grisaille’ (literally, ‘in shades of grey’). This monochrome palette was popularised in the early 19th Century by the exquisitely subtle, block-printed Panoramic wallpapers produced in France by Dufour, Zuber and others.
Alasdair states that although this kind of pictorial decoration was typically reserved for the grander rooms of country houses, he feels these panels work well in smaller spaces, adding an atmosphere of stillness and softness.
Alasdair Peebles has worked on restoration projects for the National Trust, as well as designing and executing new, bespoke schemes for leading Interior Designers and private clients throughout the UK and internationally. He specialises in painting decorative schemes including paint finishes, hand painted wallpapers and murals.
His work draws inspiration from the rich tradition of decorative and applied art that survives in historic interiors, particularly the ‘Chinoiserie’ and ‘Panoramic’ papers of the 18th and early 19th Centuries.
Alasdair has worked at Blenheim Palace, Broadlands, Attingham Park, Felbrigg Hall, Ombersley Court, The Reform Club, The Oxford and Cambridge Club…
Here are some examples of Alasdair’s fabulous work: