Nicholas Haslam is one of the world's finest interior designers, sought by rock stars, royalty and the aristocracy alike. His interiors have chutzpah and a touch of opulence that seduce the moment you catch a glimpse. Haslam style makes rooms look glamorous and sexy, yet livable, practical and, above all, flattering to their owner and their surroundings. He makes great use of the completely unexpected and is known for effects such as stunning mosaic gilt-effect walls, linen carpets, silver-papered ceilings, slashed leather curtains and Picasso-inspired fabric footstools. The mix of deeply serious, grand and impressive with glamour, charm and, most of all, wit is the Haslam trademark. "Sheer Opulence", illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photography by David Montgomery, reveals Haslam's decorating secrets and instinctive approach to both classic and contemporary interiors in a visual diary with Haslam's own watercolour plans accompanying the stunning photographs of rooms around the world. "Sheer Opulence" shows you how to aspire to this look and bring glamour and style to everyday living.
Nicholas Haslam has been an interior decorator since 1971. Educated at Eton, where he decorated his study with fake leopard-skin walls and a carpet of artificial grass, he moved to New York in his twenties to work as Art Director of US Vogue, then lived on a ranch in Arizona and latterly in Los Angeles. Now based in London, he designs town and country interiors all over England, Europe, and the US for private clients including British royalty, celebrities, and rock stars. His clients include Bryan Ferry and Ringo Starr, as well as Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. He works from his design studio just off Sloane Square in London. Nicholas Haslam writes on style, travel, and social affairs for Vogue, The World of Interiors, House & Garden, Tatler and The Spectator. His autobiography Redeeming Features is published by Random House this November.