I've had orange on the brain lately. Not a vibrant, clear shade of orange. Something a little more like chestnut.
I think that if you took some of that brown and mixed it with Hermès orange, you might get the color I'm taken with.
Maybe it's close to the warm, rich tones of the Amber Room minus the gilt.
Rita Hayworth was known for her auburn hair, but the color I'm taken with is lighter and has more orange.
The shade is close to the paneling in the dining room of Radburne Hall, decorated by John Fowler.
Or maybe a bit like the walls in Nancy Lancaster's Gothic Bedroom at Haseley Court.
So why have I been thinking of this color so much lately? I blame it squarely on him:
Alfred "Alfie" Boles, the new arrival to my household. The actual shade that I'm taken with? Blenheim.
(Image of Radburne Hall dining room: John Fowler: Prince of Decorators. Lancaster bedroom from Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style)