Step inside Alice's home in Somerset to discover her eclectic, maximalist approach to decorating.
With a qunitessentially British aesthetic mixing florals, prints and graphics - discover an eccentric and bohemian world like no other - a literal portal to her brand.
The Grade II listed house dates back to the 18th century and is nestled within the rolling hills of Somerset where I grew up.
When I viewed the house with my father twelve years ago it was love at first sight. I had never seen a house like it before - it was like something out of a fairytale.
Driving in the drive the facade is imposing with it's huge columns and portico. The outside sets the scene for what lies within... everything about the house is unexpected. The grand proportions, inverted wedding cake architecture, hidden corridors, coffered ceilings, ornate plaster roses and domed ceilings of varying scales throughout - it's otherworldly, Alice in Wonderland-esque...
The Sitting Room
This is a room I use a lot especially when I have a house full of friends and family. People gravitate towards it in the winter when the fire is lit and the candles are burning and in the summer months when the french doors are open to the terrace and my amazing view.
I wanted the sofas to be upholstered in the Mimi velvet - when I saw the swatch of this ombre leopard velvet in one of the first design meetings I knew I wanted to use it for large scale upholstery.
I use leopard as a neutral in my ready-to-wear collections and when layering fabrics in a room - it's part of the Temperley DNA - so it was the perfect starting point for this room.
The Euphoria velvet, with chinoiserie inspired scenes of monkeys and pagolas was originally a handpainted print from my Winter 2019 collection - the inspiration for that season was 1930's Shanghai - which at the time was known as the 'Paris of the East'. We added the brush fringe in kohl to the edge of the curtain to maximise on detail.
The walls are painted in Kelp from Colourmans paint - which works perfectly with the overall palette of the room.
The coffee table and fender are upholstered in the plain Freida velvet from the collection in a vintage rose that brings a feminine hue to the otherwise heady, art deco mood.
The Dining Room
I have a huge dining table which was originally in Wells Cathedral -I found it at Glastonbury Reclamation. It's perfect for entertaining a big crowd for long lunches or decadent dinners. My friend Frederick Wimsett painted the chinoiserie inspired mural on the wall so we kept the turkish blue colour.
The enormous French windows were the ideal place for the Lavinia embroidery curtains as the colour sits so well with the walls and it is one of my favourite designs inspired by a 1920's shawl I inherited from my great grandfather's girlfriend. It had been sitting in a box for 70 years and has become the basis for many bestselling Temperley dresses.
The Piano Room
This is the library on the first floor, the room is circular with original wood panelling and a domed ceiling with an oculus. It's one of my favourite places to spend time in - especially in the evening at sunset - the light is magical.
We upholstered my vintage sofas in the Fantasia velvet – the colour palette works perfectly with the rich, tobacco walls and I love the masculine proportions as they sit so well within the imposing space of this room.
With thanks to Colourman Paints