A few weeks ago I was invited by my friend Elizabeth Blitzer to come to London to meet color guru David Oliver, proprietor of Paper and Paint Library. The occasion was Simon Upton’s photo shoot of David and Veere Grenney’s home for an upcoming issue of Veranda.
David and Veere have long been among my favorite talents. Christened the “Rock Star of Color” by the New York Times, the Australian native is equal parts talent and charm.
David has an amazing understanding of color and a wonderful library of vintage books filled with samples of wallpaper and paint colors from the early 1900s, that we were fortunate enough to browse. Each book, complete with rubbed binding and wear from repeated use, are little gems.
A lover of color, patterns and texture, David makes the process of selecting paint colors sound exceedingly simple and exciting. His paints are now available in the US through Stark Paint, under the label “Colours by David Oliver.” David also penned "Paint and Paper: In Decoration," a gorgeous book with stunning, colourful interiors. It is easy to see why he is the choice of such clients as Chelsea Clinton and Tony Blair.
Thank you to David, Simon and Dara Caponigro for allowing me to snap a few behind the scenes shots of the photo shoot.
What is your favorite luxury in life?
A box of sharpened lead pencils or a blue fountain pen.
How would you describe your personal style?
Natural, loyal, confident, passionate.
What is your most prized possession?
My eyesight. 20/20 vision I’m highly visual.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Spring and watching my garden grow—unleashing it’s inner blonde and being summerlicious.
What is the one thing in life you cannot live without?
What inspires your creativity and designs?
People, art, cinema, travel, graphics in everyday objects.
Who are your style icons?
Queen Elizabeth II - Jewelry
Robert Taylor - Architect
Billy Baldwin - Interior designer
Helmut Newton - Photographer
Pedro Almodovar - Film Director
Isabella Rossellini - Actress
Guru Danger - Showgirl
Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
The Prince of Wales
What books are currently on your bedside table?
Prince Felix Youssoupoff—Lost Splendour
Caroline Moorehead—Dancing to the Precipice
Matt Albiani—Lifeguards on Duty
5th July 2010 The Royal Opera House Programme—Simon Boccanegra
Past or present who has most influenced your direction in life?
Veere Grenney and my children Edward and Cosmo Oliver.
Interior Photos and Profile by Ronda Carman