The lead picture for a feature by Harper's Bazaar Australia a couple of years ago. Find the article here. You get a real sense of her gracefulness and quiet beauty in this picture. Uniacke clearly had some say so in the styling and selections for this feature, because so many of the looks we see again on Rose later on the red carpet and otherwise. This necklace of her is clearly a favorite and I can see why. It does seem to work with so much of what she wears.
This. This is the image that reached out and grabbed me. I just love everything about her look here. I love the dress, the clean lines, the figure-flattering cut, the fact that it is somehow sexy but yet she is completely covered in fabric. And, I totally love that she is wearing sandals. I LOVE this!!
Okay. Are you breathing? It took me a second, too. It's just so amazing and perfect and yet it comes from a very understated and welcoming place. Uniacke has an unmatched eye for antiques and knows how to pair them to perfection. The cream linen slip-covers on the club chairs lend themselves to an air of casualness, as does the ottoman with a piece of fabric thrown over it, as if to suggest it's a temporary accomodation, and the sofa, that seems as if it might be covered in muslin, just waiting to be upholstered, right? But, then the lamps, and the tables, and artifacts, and the lush and varied green velvets and muted Fortuny pillows???? All so extraordinary and placed with precision. My mind is literally about to explode with admiration and desire. I love it and I want it. Do yourself a favor and watch the short video of her home. And, when you are done, can we talk about the yellow silk drapery in her office????

Once dubbed the ‘Queen of Serene’, Rose just knows how to do it, doesn't she? Again, with the drapery. It's so sparse and yet it seems so cosy. The result of her alchemy is simple, elegant spaces that appear effortless and transcend fashion trends.
Here, the article notes Rose is wearing her own Jil Sander dress. And, this is where I knew that she was everything I thought she was. This dress is from Raf Simons's last collection with Jil Sander. I knew it!! I suspected at least, even if I couldn't exactly remember, that it had to be from Jil Sander's Raf Simons years. And, when I checked (Spring 2012), my suspicions were correct. It seems obvious now. Okay and let's talk about the yellow silk drapery. Amazing. And, then, there's the architecture. Mind. Blown. 
I just love this look. The cut of the gown is so flattering for all figures and then, she's got a slammin' bod so it's even better. And, the color. You know that this is not the dress you would reach for first off the rack. But, it's perfection. It works so well with her complexion and her hair. And, I love how sparsely she accessories. She has kind of taken a Céline meets The Row vibe to another level.
The library of a modern Victorian home featured in last month's Architectural Digest. The printed damask and the cut velvet on the sofa are not ever two things that I would think would work on a grand scale and yet this room hits the perfect pitch. I think it must be the otherwise very sleek and modern options she has employed to achieve this perfect balance. And then there is that bold Victorian table that I would have passed right by thinking it was far to literally Victorian to work. Fab!
It's crisp. It's clean.  And, yet, it's Victorian. Is that possible??
Here's the Lanvin dress from the Harper's Bazaar Australia feature. I am just so crazy for this, from the rough hem to the deep V to the same old necklace that really looks chic everytime she wears it. I think these are the same earrings from the brown dress look. Girl knows what she likes and doesn't have anything to prove. It's crazy good.
Honestly, who would conceive of a palm tree in the middle of a courtyard in Belgravia? And, yet, it's so good. (Clearly, it's a conservatory but functions as a center garden. But, even so . . . )
This ensemble is perfection, IMHO. I could wear this everyday all Fall through the Spring. Maybe it's the slim jeans and the sandals combo. I am looking forward to trying to emulate this look.
Rose and I clearly share a love of Navy for everyday. I used to always only wear black when I worked in an office. Now, my wardrobe is slowly evolving into all navy. Toally vibing on Rose.

Inspired by . . . Rose Uniacke

Again, with the Brits. I know, I know. But, hear me out. She is pretty fabulous in an extraordinary but very relaxed and unassuming kind of way. A recent project of Rose Uniacke's was featured in the December issue of Architectural Digest (read the full article here) and it sent me down a rabbit hole. I discovered that not only are her rooms fabulous, her personal style is even better, if that's even possible.

Rose (can I call her Rose?) was familiar to me for two reasons.

First, I remember visiting her store by the same name when I was visiting London's Pimlico Road Design District several years ago. OMG. I felt like a complete (read COMPLETE!!!) clod. You had to be buzzed in, as one does when shopping the antique stores on Pimlico Road. Sadly for me, I was unable to get the door to open on the first buzz. So, I had to push the buzzer again and this time I was ready for it and I tried super hard and fast. I couldn't get it to open!! Ugh! (Are you dying for me yet???). I waited for a minute, stifled my embarrassment, and pushed the buzzer again. This time, a fabulously handsome and young employee (designer??) leaned his head around an inner doorway and mouthed "Pull hard!" or did he say "Push Hard"??? Soooooooo, anywho, after several unsuccessful tries, the stylish young Brit politely came to my rescue - I say politely but it was clear he was exasperated with idiot who can't open the door. I was very sad at this moment that I wasn't some very impressive buyer or antiques dealer that would have made the effort worth the while. But it was just me, just "wanting to look around." Are you cringing? Also, it was deathly quiet in the store and I just wanted to die and leave.

But, I couldn't because the antiques and furnishings were breathtaking in a way that you just don't get to experience every day and I needed to absorb it all.

Second, I am familiar with Rose because of the breathtaking photos of her own home that were featured in Vogue this past Spring, read the article here, and the New York Times' T Magazine this summer, read the full article here.

All of this had me desperate for more. 

What I figured out is that Rose, herself, is as gorgeous as the interiors she creates. But, even more than her beauty and the beauty of the interiors she creates, Rose's personal style is completely and totally lit. The older I get, the more I have come to love an unfussy and clean look that gives mild nod to, but is not dominated by, current trends, a style that is current yet timeless. Clean, neat, flattering, chic. And, I have found a new guru. It's Rose. 

That is not to say that her interiors are not bomb-ass. They are beyond your imagination. "The effect is spare, sumptuous, and deeply seductive—an otherworldly environment in which contradictions thrive: austere and atmospheric; raw and luxurious; grand and intimate; rigorous and relaxed." In the February issue of Vogue, Chrissie Rucker, founder of the White Company, who just completed her second project with Rose, noted “[p]ared-down can be cold, but with Rose it isn’t. . . . She sometimes talks about her taste being slightly monastic, but it’s not like that for me. She can be quite beautiful and delicate, she mixes old and new, and she has such a great eye for antiques. There’s almost nothing she’s put in front of me that I haven’t liked.”

Do yourself a favor and watch the short film, left, of an interview with Rose about her home on Pimlico Road with her filmmaker husband, David Heyman (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Gravity). It's amazing. Rose says the decorating scheme is “monastery meets Venetian palazzo.” However, I think you will agree, it's a masterpiece. And you can get a sense of Rose's understated elegance from the interview.

Rose's resume is pretty extraordinary, although it is clear from everything I have read that she does not take to bragging or ostentation. The list includes a West Coast house furnished with a significant collection of twentieth-century furniture; an eighteenth-century London town house as the company HQ for perfumer Jo Malone; and Mount Stuart, the flamboyant Victorian Gothic Revival party palace owned by the Marquess of Bute. She joined two row houses in Battersea for Peter Morgan, screenwriter of The Crown, and has just finished a Holland Park mansion for David and Victoria Beckham, an estimated $6 million renovation over several years. 

Anyway, I hope you end up being as inspired and captivated by Rose as I have.

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