VEERE GRENNEY

there are days when the blog seems like a lot of work and then there are days when it is a pure joy. today is a joyous and happy day. i’m honored to be able to showcase london based decorator veere grenney in next issue of MDS Interviews.

when i started the blog my intention was to just talk about all my favorite people, places and things, and to share what inspires me. i never thought i’d get to know, or even better, have dialogue with people i have admired for so long from afar. veere is one of these talented people that have inspired me and because of the blog, here we are!

Veere’s former london town house that has been featured in the world of interiors and veranda is one of my all time favorite homes, as is his country house, the temple, most recently seen in and on the cover of veranda- i can’t wait to see his new home in morocco. there is a simplicity, restraint, elegance and beauty to his work and his interiors that is quite remarkable- something very special! might i add, i also love upholstered walls!

this is a very happy, joyous and special day! what an honor and a pleasure to interview one of my great inspirations, interior decorator veere grenney. thanks to the blog- here we are! enjoy!

MDS- How would you define your style?

 VG- contemporary classicism with one eye on the past and one on the future. To put it simply, you should always be able to smell the street.

London Townhouse

Claridge’s Drawing Room

 

MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

VG- I grew up in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. The influences were obviously living in a suburban environment by the sea. Neither of these show in my work at present but the glorious thing about suburbs is you begin to understand houses and how they work and, most importantly, how environments really relate to where the houses are; e.g., in Long Island, New York (a very similar environment to my childhood). It is a different kind of environment to that of very urban London.

Photo of an Auckland home

Photo of an Auckland home

 

 

MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

VG- I’d be a postman on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand because I love walking, I love being by the sea and I love reading other people’s postcards!

Mailboxes

 

 

MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

VG- On a daily basis, my beautiful Lurcher, Rio (a cross-breed of greyhound/ sighthound/whippet/Bedlington), who loves to lie on mink blankets and, as always, walk in the English countryside.

Rio

Dedham Vale, England

 

 

MDS- What is your favorite room in your house?

VG- The salon of my country house, The Temple, facing east over the water and west over Constable countryside, and in perfect harmony with nature, incorporating the principles of Palladian architecture – simple, grand, country, luxurious and altogether composed and relaxed. It is my ultimate refuge.

The Temple, Drawing Room

The Temple, Drawing Room

The Temple, Drawing Room as seen in Veranda

The Temple, Drawing Room as seen in Veranda 

 

MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

VG- Indian miniatures, Islamic pictures, Islamic calligraphy that are all going to adorn my new house in Morocco.

Veere’s Islamic Paintings 

 

 

MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many                  !”

VG- Books

The library in one of Veere’s former homes

 

 

MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house, who’s would it be and why?

VG- It would be a Regency Villa for the supreme architect Sir John Soane – a lovely modest, architecturally perfect villa on the banks of the Thames in Twickenham in about 1805.

Villa of JMW Turner– Twickenham, England

 

MDS- What do you want to be known for?

VG- Integrity, honesty and turning up on time.

Cartier Roadster

 

 

MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

VG- Upholstered walls, highly polished wooden floors, fresh flowers, real log fires, ‘Pyramide’ Georg Jensen cutlery and French 18th Century guilt candlesticks.

Upholstered Walls

‘Pyramide’ Georg Jensen Cutlery

French Ormolu Candlesticks

Veere’s Former home on Chelsea Embankment, London

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  1. Hi Mark,

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog but it’s become my favorite- So much insPiration delivered in your down to earth style!

    Thank you,
    Peggy

  2. mARK,

    tHANK YOU, i ENJOY AND lEARN FROM YOUR bLOG & LOOK FORWARD TO READING & SEEING GREAT PICTURES EACH dAY…… tHANKS AGAIN, al

  3. I love the cool approach he takes to honoring the past…it’s classic without stuffiness. Adore the pyramid pattern…i find it really challenging to find a pattern that i love.

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