Return to Garsington

The October 2013 issue of  The World of Interiors features a fantastic article and photographs about OTT's Garsington. Behind The Scene. Written by Catherine Ingrams-who lived at Garsington as a child wrote the piece and the beautifully evocative photography of Christopher Simon Skyes transports us right back to what could easily have been an Ottoline day there.

Ingrams's father- Leonard- created an impromptu opera house at Garsington-also the Ingrams family home. Today the house has been restored to a private family home.

The stage entrance-from the side door to the stone Loggia
Ottoline commissioned Philip Tilden to design the Loggia on the East side of the house

Inside, this sunlit Hall,
 in OTTOLINE's Day painted a 'dark peacock-blue green'

 Once called The Red Room (by Ott) 
after its Venetian Red paint, now The Oak Room

Group Portrait from Ottoline's Scrapbook taken in the Red Room

Conscious of the history of Garsington the author's mother, Rosalind, selected furniture, wallpapers, and paints over her thirty year stewardship that adhered to the home's heyday-but reflected her taste and her vision of Home for her children.

A Stairway at Garsington photographed by Sykes echoes the tripping of Ottoline's elegant well heeled foot on the Stair-her touch on the banister-and the rustle of skirt on the tread as she ascended to rooms above.

If you love Ottoline & Garsington & can find a copy of the October issue it's well worth the effort. There are many additional photographs and a lovely story by Ingrams about the house during her lifetime.

Another view...

The Pond At Garsington- another view of Ottoline's beloved Garsington-as seen by her once love-and later a frequent guest at GARSINGTON-painter, Mark Gertler.

 T.S. Eliot, Mark Gertler and Lady Ottoline Morell

Gertler's Still Life with Self Portrait


as seen by Ottoline's once love-and later friend and frequent guest at GARSINGTON-painter, Mark Gertler.

Ottoline's pearls

 "she bought for me a row of pearls at the sale of the French crown jewels; she liked to feel that I should wear a row of pearls that had been round the neck of Marie Antoinette." -Lady Ottoline Morrell

Jennifer Schlesinger  Object diaspora #21, 2009

Jennifer Schlesinger, Object Diaspora #13, 2009 

when I saw these photographs I immediately thought of Ottoline & her world-and her pearls. 

more of Schlesinger's photographs at 1st dibs here

Garsington in Bloom

Garsington Manor,Ottoline's home in Oxfordshire, England
photographed by Martin Beek

ott ART

 delightful friend, reader, blogger of  Art Fashion Creation has been thinking about OTT- and that- much to our great pleasure- I Now have OTT ART.
 With a touch of whimsy-much like Ottoline's fashion sense, the portrait of Ottoline is missing her hat's plummage.

Like any peacock, the Lady must have her decoration
at the moment I am feeling rather flighty-as in gossamer butterfly wings.
It is Summer after all.

the possibilities are limitless-& for Autumn I'm thinking leaves, of course, but maybe just maybe- a small ground squirrel & an acorn or 2.

modern ott poolside at Garsington

photograph by Erik Madigan Heck for vogue INDIA

possible views for a shoot

Ottoline  &  Cecil,  1933

Gorey signs of Ott


 my little dog-a heart beat at my feet-Edith Wharton