With a last look at the holiday festivities, yes it's time to move on, but how could a lingering glance at Oliver Messel's Pelham Place, London Dining Room staged for a Christmas dinner be amiss?Photographed for Vogue in 1963, the room was described as "a creative melange of decorative furnishings." That's an understatement. Messel was not about understatement, and he had a penchant for swags of roses, & cascades & ropes-lots of both.
another 18th century stage set for a dance held by Lady Marriott
An up close look at Messel's Baroque Roses.
Messel's make shift decorations for a World War II dance in the ballroom of the Assembly House at Norwich (which served as a camouflage factory for the Eastern Command during the war)
(above & below)
Dated? Not at all, and compared to the tortured arrangements we see today-not to mention those sticks-and stones, Messel's garlands and swags of green are downright simplistic- and elegant.