Anyway, sorry about that, I got a bit carried away with my description of the blossoming of my love for the Cath K style. The article in Vogue has been published to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Cath K brand and there is an interesting background story on her life prior to the start of the "Cath K brand" in 1993. She apparently lived an idyllic childhood in Hampshire, the "typically English country setting", awash with ponies, rabbits and "a rambling house full of rosy wallpaper". She left boarding school at 18 and is described as having a "cut-glass" accent. She is also described as being "constantly smiley and warm".
The article gives us an insight into Cath's life and more importantly, her new home which she moved into eighteen months ago (in Chiswick). It was apparently an unmodernised "Restoration" property and Cath and her husband had often walked past it with Stanley and dreamed wistfully of living there. Lucky Cath, one day 8 years later, they managed to buy it.
I was struck by the fact that the interior is a lot more modern than I had expected. They have one of those lovely glass walled kitchen extensions on the back that I have always wanted. You can see some of Cath's fabrics about; the kitchen table in the modern glass extension is covered with stripey oilcloth and set for tea with cake stands bearing fairy cakes and lots of her pretty coloured glass tumblers.
The living room has bright red walls.
Apparently, it also has a Daffy Duck print over the fireplace and jars of Quality Street (they wouldn't last long in the HenHouse) so that people feel comfortable and relaxed and because Cath wants things to be "both practical and fun". Overall, it looks a lot more polished and less (thrifted) than her homes in Vintage Style, but I say that only on the basis of the few pics in this mag. I don't want to offend Cath!
Cath does state in the interview that it was her intention to have a "minimalist" house and indeed, Vogue describes the house as remarkably uncluttered given Cath spends so much time at car boot sales! Cath recalls how despite her intentions, on the day they moved in, she went out to buy some milk and came back with an antique quilt. There's why you just have to love Cath, because she does all those little things of which we fellow vintage-thrift-oholics are guilty!
The main bedroom looks gorgeous and the fabric in here is apparently vintage French. I spy the red star Roberts' radio on the window sill.
Her step-daughter's bedroom also looks lovely (only a very small picture of part of it). Cath's Paris Rose wallpaper is in there and you can see all the cushions on the bed reflected in a lovely white-painted overmantle (adorned with fairy lights).
The dining room which also functions as an "office and library" has bold rose-patterned curtains (they look vintage), a Chinese paper lampshade and white stools surrounding a white circular table, the top of each stool covered with a different colour of velvet.
There is a shot of the garden which is where Stanley is!
Hope you enjoyed your virtual visit to Cath's house. I've obviously pawed the mag far too much already and one page has fallen out!