Friday, August 12, 2016
Where to Spend a Saturday Night
There was a time in my life when weekends were spent going out, catching up with friends, and having too much fun. Well, that time has come and gone, because as much as I still enjoy being out and about, I love nothing more than spending a quiet Friday or Saturday night at home. But the more time I spend at home, the more I understand how important it is for one's home to be inviting, comfortable, and, above all, cozy. Because if you're going to spend a Saturday night at home, you want your home to give you a warm embrace and not the cold shoulder.
One home that must have been supremely cozy on a Saturday night (or any night, for that matter) was the Mayfair apartment of the late decorator, Geoffrey Bennison. Seen here in photos from the April 1987 issue of House & Garden, the apartment was filled with all kinds of interesting furnishings, which was hardly surprising for a man who began his career as an antiques dealer. But look beyond the pictures and objects, and you'll see the pieces that really contributed to the home's cozy atmosphere: comfy upholstered sofas and chairs, generous curtains that kept the hustle and bustle at bay, glowing lamp light, loads of books, and a most impressive canopy bed. If that were my bed, I would have a difficult time getting out of it in the mornings.
Now tell me, wouldn't you rather spend a Saturday night at home in digs like these rather than the enduring the agony of a hip and trendy restaurant? I know that I certainly would.
All photos from House & Garden, April 1987, Christopher Simon Sykes photographer