by Lynn Byrne
Anyone who takes a serious interest in design has heard of Colefax & Fowler and can recollect their charming look: chintz, botanical prints, nuanced layers and plenty of real life plants and flowers. Out in the English countryside it oozes romance and serenity.
But today, it is rare to see a home done by the firm in publication. Colefax & Fowler clients tend to place a high value on privacy.
In fact, while all design afficiandos know the firm’s founders Sibyl Colefax, John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster, even today’s current managing director Wendy Nicholls keeps a very low profile. She has been at it for 40 years, yet you may have never heard of her.