Again, with the Brits. I know, I know. But, hear me out. She is pretty fabulous in an extraordinary but very relaxed and unassuming kind of way. A recent project of Rose Uniacke's was featured in the December issue of Architectural Digest (read the full article here) and it sent me down a rabbit hole. I discovered that not only are her rooms fabulous, her personal style is even better, if that's even possible.
Rose (can I call her Rose?) was familiar to me for two reasons.
First, I remember visiting her store by the same name when I was visiting London's Pimlico Road Design District several years ago. OMG. I felt like a complete (read COMPLETE!!!) clod. You had to be buzzed in, as one does when shopping the antique stores on Pimlico Road. Sadly for me, I was unable to get the door to open on the first buzz. So, I had to push the buzzer again and this time I was ready for it and I tried super hard and fast. I couldn't get it to open!! Ugh! (Are you dying for me yet???). I waited for a minute, stifled my embarrassment, and pushed the buzzer again. This time, a fabulously handsome and young employee (designer??) leaned his head around an inner doorway and mouthed "Pull hard!" or did he say "Push Hard"??? Soooooooo, anywho, after several unsuccessful tries, the stylish young Brit politely came to my rescue - I say politely but it was clear he was exasperated with idiot who can't open the door. I was very sad at this moment that I wasn't some very impressive buyer or antiques dealer that would have made the effort worth the while. But it was just me, just "wanting to look around." Are you cringing? Also, it was deathly quiet in the store and I just wanted to die and leave.
But, I couldn't because the antiques and furnishings were breathtaking in a way that you just don't get to experience every day and I needed to absorb it all.
Second, I am familiar with Rose because of the breathtaking photos of her own home that were featured in Vogue this past Spring, read the article here, and the New York Times' T Magazine this summer, read the full article here.
All of this had me desperate for more.
What I figured out is that Rose, herself, is as gorgeous as the interiors she creates. But, even more than her beauty and the beauty of the interiors she creates, Rose's personal style is completely and totally lit. The older I get, the more I have come to love an unfussy and clean look that gives mild nod to, but is not dominated by, current trends, a style that is current yet timeless. Clean, neat, flattering, chic. And, I have found a new guru. It's Rose.
That is not to say that her interiors are not bomb-ass. They are beyond your imagination. "The effect is spare, sumptuous, and deeply seductive—an otherworldly environment in which contradictions thrive: austere and atmospheric; raw and luxurious; grand and intimate; rigorous and relaxed." In the February issue of Vogue, Chrissie Rucker, founder of the White Company, who just completed her second project with Rose, noted “[p]ared-down can be cold, but with Rose it isn’t. . . . She sometimes talks about her taste being slightly monastic, but it’s not like that for me. She can be quite beautiful and delicate, she mixes old and new, and she has such a great eye for antiques. There’s almost nothing she’s put in front of me that I haven’t liked.”
Do yourself a favor and watch the short film, left, of an interview with Rose about her home on Pimlico Road with her filmmaker husband, David Heyman (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Gravity). It's amazing. Rose says the decorating scheme is “monastery meets Venetian palazzo.” However, I think you will agree, it's a masterpiece. And you can get a sense of Rose's understated elegance from the interview.
Rose's resume is pretty extraordinary, although it is clear from everything I have read that she does not take to bragging or ostentation. The list includes a West Coast house furnished with a significant collection of twentieth-century furniture; an eighteenth-century London town house as the company HQ for perfumer Jo Malone; and Mount Stuart, the flamboyant Victorian Gothic Revival party palace owned by the Marquess of Bute. She joined two row houses in Battersea for Peter Morgan, screenwriter of The Crown, and has just finished a Holland Park mansion for David and Victoria Beckham, an estimated $6 million renovation over several years.
Anyway, I hope you end up being as inspired and captivated by Rose as I have.