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Posted on 09.02.2017
Deco on our doorstep – 2LG visit Eltham Palace
It’s not everyday you get to stroll around an architectural gem with some of your favourite people, followed by a killer roast lunch all within 15 mins of your front door.
So many of our friends in the design world have told us about Eltham Palace, but it’s always harder somehow to take time out and see the beauty right under your nose. When we finally took a moment away from work to stroll around this English Heritage property in south east london, we felt like we were back in Milan on a pilgrimage to one of our biggest design inspirations, Villa Necchi. (we’ve told you before to watch ‘I Am Love’ starring Tilda Swinton – do it immediately if you haven’t already and you will know what we mean).
The central entrance hall is a killer circular extravaganza that's so deco-cool it feels like Tom Ford might film his next masterpiece there.
As at Villa Necchi, the deco vibes are strong inside Eltham Palace.
But beyond the entrance hall, dining room and bedrooms, it is a smorgasboard of architectural periods all in one place:
Edwardian vibes in the garden room.
Bomb-shelter basement realness complete with fake curtains…
The stunningly crafted wine bottle dome.
The Tudor Great Hall that is oh so Henry VIII.
An LA Hacienda lounge that is ready for the Batchelor to walk in.
Cushions on an angle...wait, WHAT?! Never put cushions on an angle. Never! like seriously, NEVER...not even if you are in a Palace...Ok.
But other than that it is a veritable feast of interior inspiration.
If you, like us, are deco happy, you will die for the pink and monochrome dining room of delight. With it’s Egyptian motifs, graphic borders, wooden panelling and deep pile rugs.
It’s a big fat yes from us Eltham Palace and who knew you were in our neighbourhood.