Monday, June 30, 2014

High Society

In the late nineteenth century painters, poets and philosophers gathered around tables in the coffee houses of Budapest creating the Café Society of which the city is understandably famous. Lively conversations of patronage, politics and Plato took place over slim cigarettes and strong espressos with the whiff of smoke and revolution in the air.

Now in twenty-first century Budapest, the 'Paris of the East' and 'Pearl of the Danube' is witnessing a new revival. As its buildings become stripped of decades of grime, revealing the Art Nouveau splendour beneath, as the fashion houses of Europe find new homes on the City's grand boulevards, and as the concert halls, Opera House, galleries, museums, theatres and Art cinemas offer a culture rich enough to attract the most discerning of international audiences, so the 'Champagne Society' is alive and buzzing in Budapest.

pure white orchids fill a central table in the drawing room of Richard Adams

a tablescape, one of many, arranged by Richard Adams in his apartment 

'Triumph of Church over Fury, Discord and Hate' [Rubens] serves as a mural 

the entrance hall to Richard Adams' apartment styled with white orchids

And nowhere is this more in evidence than at a fabulous party given recently in the devastatingly stylish drawing room of our friend and internationally renowned interior decorator, Richard Adams. Housed in a magnificent turn of the century building, with direct views to the Danube and iconic Liberation Statue, Richard's apartment breathes glamour and good taste from every room.

seen here is Richard Adams' distinct style of combining the antique with the contemporary

Richard Adams' impeccable eye for colour combinations is much in evidence throughout 

on the occasion of a party, the baby grand piano provides music from the 1920s and 1930s

Throughout the apartment the classical and modern sit comfortably side by side. Furniture, fabrics and objets d'arts from a range of styles and eras are mixed and matched with effortless elegance. And just like the rooms he decorates, Richard is immaculately dressed, perfectly tailored and beautifully scented. Here is a cosmopolitan aesthete who is master of his art.

as always immaculately turned out, Richard Adams caught off guard in his drawing room

a sumptuously rich upholstered sofa fronts the 'Rubens' mural in the drawing room

A twentieth century Rietveld chair is placed with a French eighteenth century lacquered, ormolu mounted bureau plat upon which a framed cast of family and friends is displayed. Gilt bronze candleholders, shaped as monkeys, are positioned playfully with Carrara marble lamps, fashioned as obelisks, mounted on the backs of gilded turtles. A chinoiserie cormandel marble topped commode acts as a drinks table from which, on party nights, copious quantities of champagne are generously poured.

family and friends are assembled together to view in a collection of framed photographs 
an eighteenth century lacquered, ormolu mounted bureau plat displays photographs

Everywhere, looking glasses disorientate divinely, manipulating space and form to deceive and delight at every turn. Sumptuous sofas, plumped with cushions and leopard print throws, beckon one to sink into them. Armchairs open their arms invitingly wide to view the gallery worthy Martin C. Herbst sphere, sculpture by Amerigo Tot or the striking mural of Rubens 'Triumph of Church over Fury and Hate'. All around there is beauty and refinement, splendour without ostentation, impeccable taste, perfect proportion and a spare but undeniable voluptuousness.

a sphere by Martin C. Herbst is but one of many art works  adding interest and decoration

a contemporary side table serves as an example of Richard Adams' wide and catholic taste

The 'Champagne Society' gathers here. For this is a place where one can dress to kill, where one can be guaranteed the liveliest of conversation and where, on occasion, one's behaviour can be just that little bit naughty!

party time - a tantalising glimpse of the 'Champagne Society' at play

as the sun sets over the Danube, for Richard Adams the night is yet young


186 comments:

  1. Mr Adams seems to have effected the Budapest renaissance single-handedly. I would like to hear more about the naughtiness, please. Next post? In a plain, brown wrapper?

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    1. Well, Tom, Richard most certainly must be considered lead violin, so to speak, but on occasion we should like to think of ourselves as second fiddle [largely where he leads us on!!].

      As for the naughtiness, link will be provided to our undercover blog!!

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  2. well I adore the combination of old and new, modern and traditional! I am a huge fan of the lively discussion and champagne and would find a little nook to curl up in with you!

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    1. Whilst we believe that there is a definite art, which Richard most certainly has, to placing antique items together in the same room as contemporary ones, where it is done well, then it 'works', as here, to enormous effect.

      We too, Wendy, rather go for champagne, any time, any place!!

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  3. I like how you discretely show those at the gathering. Ha. the combo of the green and blue is luscious, nothing better than well made furniture to sink into, and I like that orb, haunting.

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    1. The most recent party we attended, Linda, was totally brilliant in every respect. However, we thought it a little impolitic to have photographed the guests. The Martin C. Herbst piece is exceedingly fine with a face that changes when viewed from a different direction.

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  4. It's very beautiful. Combining contemporary with antiques can work but not always. In this case it works exceptionally well. I am so pleased to know roughly from where the photo of Buda was taken.

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    1. Yes, we feel that the combination of old and new in Richard's apartment is an exceptionally happy marriage, Andrew.

      Of course, since your visit, you will know the approximate location of the apartment which looks directly out to the Danube, as shown in the final image, and also across to the Liberation Statue.

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  5. Dearest Jane and Lance
    I have palpitations as I slide down the page and see the colours, textures and scale used by Richard. The art alone would certainly have me dizzy. I say with respect Mr Ralph Lauren please take the second row. I know when I return later today, I shall be scrutinizing each item.
    I can also dream of the parties and guests and know there would not be a dull moment.
    Thank you for sharing this event of events.
    Helen xx

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    1. Dearest Helen,

      Richard does indeed have an unerring eye for colour and texture and, as you point out, for scale too, something which eludes so very many designers. He also recognizes where and when an item of furniture, a painting or an arrangement of objets d'arts will look exactly right.

      His parties are legendary! He certainly raises the bar in Budapest!

      Do so trust that all is well with you and we are longing to know about the new Irish property. xxx

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  6. What a delightfully stylish and elegant place to party, Jane and Lance. Richard Adams taste has much to be admired; for me the white orchids and leopard against that beautiful blue win the day set before the wonderful Rubens mural. Gorgeous!

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    1. Richard, as you may imagine, Patricia, gives the most wonderful parties where everything is done with great style and with enormous generosity. The white orchids always look simply out of this world.

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  7. That pea green sofa with the satin cushions and the modern glass cube coffee tables is to die for. If I had a glorious fin de siècle apartment with acres of space it's exactly what I'd like. A dear friend of mine said she knew her husband to be's family were posh (when she met them aged 21), because you could walk around the back of their sofa. x

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    1. One of the things, or so we believe, which sets Richard apart, Bernice, is the way in which he uses colour so successfully, often drawing from a palette which others of us might hesitate to employ.

      We love the comment of your friend at a young age when referring to what became her husband's family.

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  8. Dearest Jane and Lance,

    “Champagne Society”, the name alone conjures imagery of vanguard stylishness and the photographs exhibited here attest to this. Mr. Adams has created a most glorious setting in which such a society must feel magnetically drawn toward. The interiors are stunningly dramatic and restful, beautiful and practical restrained yet playful. Mr. Adams is truly a master of his art and possessor of an intuitive sense of design.

    And I am most assured that Mr. Adams uses the same intuitiveness when organizing his guest list for gatherings intimate or grandiose by his inclusion of the “Couple Hattatt” owing to their effervescent nature, and where would “Champagne Society” be without its sparkle.

    Wishing you both a wonderful day and a most glorious week. – gary

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    1. Darling Gary,

      Richard is, believe us, the doyen of style and is, as a result, much sought after by discerning clients not only in Europe but much further afield as well. His apartment, to which he recently moved [some time back we posted on his previous one], is beautifully appointed in every respect and his unerring eye for detail is to be found wherever one looks. This you so obviously recognize, and would love.

      The 'Couple Hattatt' are delighted to be included on his guest list; certainly life would be much, much duller without his extravagantly wonderful parties or intimate dinners.

      And you too, Gary, have an enjoyable week.

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  9. Such a stunning home that incorporates some of my favorite design elements! The city does seem to be in a glorious time. I do wonder why London isn't more like this. You are great ambassadors for the city!

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    1. Budapest is definitely enjoying a revival, Naomi, perhaps even a return to its former days of glory. Indeed, sometimes we think that it does in fact have the edge on London - smaller and therefore more personal.

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  10. Thanks for the peek. The orchids are something else. He really does know how to "throw" it all together.

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    1. Yes, put simply, Richard can indeed 'throw it all together'. What is more, it always, unfailingly, 'works'.

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  11. I really miss Budapest, and sooner or later I will come to discover this special and must be a wonderful city !
    saluti

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    1. You must indeed arrange to visit, Massimo, for you would find so many subjects of interest to photograph. It really is a fascinating country, and not so far from Italy.

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  12. Richard Adams , has a most interesting varied taste for the Antique with the modern. Simply magnificent.
    Champagne club! Oh! how that sounds so intriguing!. You must all have wonderful times there at Richard's elegant apartment, sipping champs.
    Indeed, it sounds like Budapest is entering a new revival.
    Dear Jane and Lance.. What a delightful post.
    Life is to be lived and enjoyed.. You both have such an interesting life.
    Always a joy to read your post.
    sending best wishes.
    val

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    1. We do so agree, Valerie. Richard is the most generous of hosts and one who has the capacity to make everyone feel very special. His parties, as you may imagine, are the greatest of fun and there is never a shortage of champagne!

      Yes, life is indeed to be lived and enjoyed to the full. In that respect we are so fortunate but do trust, that in so doing, we are mindful of those for whom it is not always the case.

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  13. Dear Jane and Lance,

    Among the beautifully placed furniture, my eyes were drawn to those contemporary tables. The are fabulous! I assume that they did not come from Ikea.

    How wonderful to be invited to such a party. Hopefully, the champagne did not affect your morning after. Even if it did, your memory of such an evening was worth it.

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    1. In this instance, where the contemporary tables are concerned, you have our assurance, Arleen, that they did not come from Ikea!!!! They are indeed most stylish and we ourselves could readily 'place' them.

      Richard's parties are always hugely enjoyable and do, we have to admit, take some getting over!

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  14. Dear Jane and Lance - the saying goes that 'blue and green should never be seen' but Richard Adams use of the two colours pleases and delights the eye.
    Personally I have always enjoyed an eclectic mix of different styles and periods, much preferring it to the one look fits all.

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    1. Rules are, as we know, Rosemary, there to be broken. Richard does so with such aplomb. In this instance those off beat shades of blue and green are, to our eyes, a perfect match.

      We too shy away from the totally coordinated look. So very 'Bovis' new homes, as one of our mothers was apt to remark!

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  15. The proportions of that apartment are superb....and I covet that sphere....but fear that my feet could not endure the shoes necessary for a champagne gathering....

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    1. Like many Budapest apartments of the same period, Richard's rooms have exceptionally high ceilings. This permitted him to carry out his brilliantly conceived plan to raise the floor level of the drawing room in order to maximise both the view and the light.

      Helen, had you been there, which would have been wonderful, no-one, least of all Richard, would have minded your removing your shoes!

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  16. Such a rare gift to be able to combine the old and the new so beautifully. I adore the silky green divan and the blue slipper chair next to it. The mural is brilliant.

    Budapest sounds like the perfect city.

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    1. A recurring motif of all the rooms Richard has decorated is, Jen, the way in which he will place extremely contemporary pieces alongside the antique to great effect.

      Budapest becomes livelier by the minute!!

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  17. it's very beautiful here. i love how the old and new come together. it's wonderful to see. that grand piano is lovely and so is the green seater. such a great color.

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    1. The baby grand piano is a fairly recent addition to Richard's drawing room, Jane, and at the last, recent party a pianist played the liveliest of tunes from the 1920s and 1930s so, in a way, we were all transported back in time.

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  18. Darlings Jane and Lance,
    Now this is a room I would expect to find Grace Kelly if not Frank and Bing. You did introduce me to the fascinating Mr. Adams (that surname always seems to be coupled with interesting people) a while back and this gorgeous room adds more colour and texture to the man who arranged it so well. The room itself would likely be the most interesting character in any scene you could imagine there. In this case, more is more.

    While the prospect of attending a party hosted by the charming Mr. Adams seems irresistibly alluring, I think an even more enchanting evening would have us all out on a night of Hattattian Revelry with Mr. Adams unencumbered by seeing to his guests. Let the £3 champagne flow freely and the splendors of Budapest send our spirits soaring.

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    1. Darling G,

      Had she still been alive, then we have no doubt at all that Grace Kelly, and many others like her, would have found their way into Richard's drawing room. Such is his charisma and beguiling charm.

      Yes, indeed, you were 'introduced' to Richard a while back, but in his previous apartment. His move to these splendid rooms on the Danube, combined with his most recent party, seemed an opportune moment to reveal a little more of our very dear, American born, British friend who, we know, you will simply adore.

      And why should we not combine together to throw the party of a lifetime? All that we require to know is the date upon which you will be landing on our shores [something of a foolish expression in landlocked Hungary but we trust our meaning is clear!!].

      In the meantime we grow old and infirm awaiting news of, if not the reality, of 'The Lion's Den'!!

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    2. Dear Hattatts, last week dear GSL promised me that today (Monday) we would finally see a post on his blog...alas, there is as yet, no sign of it. I fear we shall all have turned to dust before he delivers on his promise. He says he is having technical problems, but really, it's just a blog post not the Hadron Collider. Come on GSL, let's have some fun! Claire

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    3. Dear Claire,

      You are so right! Promises, promises, promises. And all the time we thought we were dealing with a man of the up most integrity, a man to be trusted on every count, someone from whom we would buy a second hand motor car, who we would allow into the house to mend the washing machine, whose advice on all matters sartorial and [most likely] financial we should follow to the letter. Can he have any understanding of our deep disappointment? Does 'The Lion's Den' even exist in embryo? These are the questions we are all asking!! Let us join forces to hammer on every Chicago door to demand justice!!

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    4. My Darlings Jane and Lance and delightfully persistent Claire,
      My deepest apologies for my tardiness in launching The Lion's Den. The only thing I lack is technical expertise to hopefully give it even a small measure of Adamsesque visual grandeur as everything else I can handle. A proper setting is rather important wouldn't you agree J & L???...a big difference between Budapest and Bangladesh and I'd like TLD to be more like the former than the latter and if there must be delays until I can get the right look then I'll endure your quite justified scolding's and hope to make amends later.

      Now darling Claire, funny that you mention the Hadron Collider as I've got quite a surprise for those boys over at CERN. They only think they're discovered the God Particle...I'll be showing them how wrong they are!!!

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    5. Our Darling G,

      Of course, all is forgiven. Once more we have succumbed to your offensive, once more we are putty in your hands, once more we are beguiled by your charm and, as doubtless you intend, we are seduced yet again by your frankness and flattery. What is another month's delay? Let another season come and go for we know, no are certain, that the day that TLD erupts with a mighty roar into our inbox the wait will not have been in vain. Think you not so, Claire?!!

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    6. Dear Hattatts, you are both blessed with gracious and forgiving natures. Alas, I am not. Dear GSL has been quite the tease for such a long time that I have run out of patience. I think he might want to consider changing the name of his elusive blog from The Lion's Den to The Pussycat's Parlour. I shall now have a very stiff Gin & Tonic to help me cope with yet another false dawn (wipes tears of disappointment with gin-soaked lace hanky) Claire

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    7. Dear Claire,

      Are we not bidden to forgive one another, to turn the other cheek, not to cast the first stone [or something of that ilk]? But, that said, we can barely contain our disappointment as each hope raised is dashed firmly to the ground. No, Claire, even 'The Pussycat's Parlour' is suggestive of some bite, a force we no longer believe to be there. Much better 'The Musing of a Mouse' or 'The Whimper of a Whelk'. But for now, let us cast care aside and join you in drowning our sorrows in several G & Ts!!

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    8. Touche' Claire, now dry those tears you poor girl as TLD will soon provide much of what's missing in your life...for the rest, I'm sure you'll be making arrangements to join me at the soon to be reopened The Red Lion in Chicago a gathering place for the literati as we are now patiently waiting on bureaucratic red tape to go through the proper channels. Mid-July is what we were last told and that does have some bearing on TLD. I'll have a Gin & Tonic waiting on you...

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    9. Very well done J & L!!! Of all your great gifts, the one I most long to bask in is your rapier wit. Under Queensbury rules, I am now receiving the 10 count from the referee...

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    10. We cannot, of course, speak for Claire but we are somewhat envious that she possibly is nearer enough to Chicago, if not actually there, to join in the celebrations which will mark the reopening of The Red Lion later this summer. Now that is something we should not wish, were we to be invited and were it possible to wish ourselves across the Atlantic, for anything. As it is we shall have to content ourselves with scrutinising every single report of which, we are sure, there will be many.

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    11. Thank you, darling G.Sometimes though we are in danger of cutting ourselves, maybe even our own throats!!

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  19. Hello Jane and Lance, Mr. Adams' remarkable apartment well illustrates the fact that design does not belong in a vacuum. In this case, it is an extension of all that is going on in surrounding Budapest, and further takes its place by becoming the setting for occasions that give the city its tone.

    I like all the quirky touches that never distract from comfort, and moreover cannot imagine this apartment in Cleveland or in Taipei.
    --Jim

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    1. This is, Jim, so very perceptive of you [but why should it be otherwise?] for in so many ways Richard's apartment symbolises the new Budapest which is emerging from the years of drab Communism with both style and flair. And long may it be such.

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  20. I have room in my house for any furniture that Mr Adams would like to release into the wild. Indeed, I have a perfect space for the tables in the 5th photo down... I am sure Mr Adams wouldn't miss them if you just popped them in your trunk and brought them to Britain.
    Many thanks,
    Sxxx

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    1. We shall, be assured, instantly pass on the message to Richard but do think it only fair to point out that we should, to use a dreadful expression, have 'first pickings' of whatever is cast out into the wild which, sadly, we suspect will not be much!!

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  21. Oh wow - what a fantastic place - both Budapest itself, and the apartment you describe. Champagne and naughtiness - what more could anyone want. Ah well, back to real life.....

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    1. Budapest is wonderful, Stephanie. After fourteen years we have yet to tire or to be disappointed in it. And the champagne is still affordable!!

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  22. Oh how I envy your lifestyle. In my younger days I was a Pan Am flight attendant and I flew all over the world. Then on my days off I flew all over the world. My travels have slowed down for now but I feel the bug coming back. I have never been to Budapest and it is certainly at the top of my list of destinations. The fact that you can converse enough to be well fed, and I understand that the food is quite good, is impressive. Champagne Society. How lovely. And I am coveting that Martin C. Herbst orb. Thank you so. Uch for the little glimpse into your world.

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    1. How wonderful, Connie, to have seen the world courtesy of Pan Am, itself a legend in the world of aviation. Indeed, Richard has tales to tell [all good ones] of flying with that particular airline - such luxury in the First Class compartment.

      If the chance presents itself, then we cannot recommend too highly a visit to Budapest. It is the most magical and mysterious of cities.

      The Martin C. Herbst sphere is amazing. We rather covet it as well!

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  23. So MUCH. Silly autocorrect.

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  24. Dear Jane and Lance,

    Richard Adams certainly does create a sumptuous atmosphere, and I admire his combinations of colors and styles. I can see by these photographs that there is a surprise to delight the eye at every turn!

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    1. You too have a very keen eye and creative mind where interior decoration and design are concerned, Mark, and so we can readily imagine that much of Richard's apartment would appeal to you greatly.

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  25. Jane and Lance, Thank you for sharing the amazing talents and private apartment of this talented designer. I adore the collection of personal photos on display. Here, so many designers here have stepped away from this. You always bring the most interesting people and places to us. Have a wonderful week. Bonnie

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    1. Richard does, as you say, Bonnie, have enormous talent and as a designer he is much sought after. This, his present apartment, is to be featured in a new publication shortly, something to be looked out for. We do agree that the display of so many framed photographs placed together is most effective.

      We both very much hope that you are enjoying the summer and that your week will go well.

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  26. I can't believe you get to visit places like this in person. I've only seen rooms this lavish in historical mansions charging admission. You know so many interesting people and you see so much, you have an enviable life. I would hire you, actually. You'd be fascinating to have around. :)

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    1. Well, Jennifer, we were there, and often are!! Richard is a very good friend and we have many fun times with him, possibly because the three of us together realise that nothing in life should really be taken too seriously and tomorrow is always another day.

      And now you flatter us with such a generous compliment. Thank you so much.

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  27. This is simply a very elegant and sophisticated environment, what an evening it must be, to be surrounded by elegant and beautiful creatures in it and of course party!
    Best wishes.

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    1. Richard's apartment, overlooking the Danube as it does, is the perfect venue for a party on a warm, summer's night. And so it proved to be!

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  28. Jane and Lance your champagne society looks like the epitome of fine taste. It always impresses me when I see such bold juxtapositions in furnishings. These images look like they could have leapt off the pages of Veranda or Architectural Digest!

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    1. You are more than generous with your comment, Leslie, and we are sure that Richard would be delighted to read your words. Happily champagne is still very reasonably priced here in Hungary. Long may that be the situation!!

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  29. What good fortune to have access to Richard's inner sanctum. His parties sound like glittering events. His home is perfect and real eye candy! Lovely Budapest!

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    1. Richard's parties do, Sanda, go down in the annals of history. But that said, he is equally generous and entertaining in the company of only a few friends. We are so pleased that you like his apartment.

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  30. How incredibly glamorous! You two really do get to attend the best parties - and deservedly so. That mural is stunning and the way he has furnished the apartment is both elegant and beautiful. Claire

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    1. We are, Claire, most fortunate to have Richard as a friend and to attend any one of his parties is indeed to live the high life. How you would, in your so, so spirited way, love it all.

      And yes, the mural makes the most amazing and bold statement in the drawing room. So very effective, and unusual.

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  31. The older I get the more I have grown to love opulence and extravagance...it's just so beautiful and to have lived like that? Very nice. Thanks for the visit to Pura Vida..hope your summer is going well!

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    1. Certainly it is always very pleasant, and a privilege, to enjoy some of life's luxuries and Richard is always the most generous of hosts and great fun too.

      Yes, thank you, we are having a lovely summer and are blessed with near perfect weather.

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  32. n the late nineteenth century painters, poets and philosophers gathered around tables in the coffee houses of Budapest creating the Café Society of which the city is understandably famous. Lively conversations of patronage, politics and Plato took place over slim cigarettes and strong espressos with the whiff of smoke and revolution in the air."

    Wowwee! What an intro, you need to write novels! I love this.
    Richard's style is just so wonderful with that (lime?) green silk sofa and the mid century pieces and the glorious paintings.

    Love how everyone feels free to wear their highest heels and gowns at his place, there is nothing like the click of heels on old floors with the fizz of freshly poured champagne...

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    1. This is so very complimentary of you, Jody. Flattery will, of course, get you everywhere. Yes, we agree, Richard's style is unique and whatever he takes on the outcome is always the same - perfect.

      And the same may be said for his parties.

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    2. Hi Hattatts, this is my favourite style - here in the US people talk about wanting to achieve "eclectic" but he really has it down, seems to be instinctual too.

      Funnily enough many of the houses I see in the US are all French country or all Tudor or all mid century or all Design With Reach iconic pieces - having that three dimensional look is very tricky to achieve.

      Hope you are well - any holidays over there? the big 4th coming up here in the US

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    3. Certainly Richard has a very instinctive way when it comes to interior decoration and design and is always, as you will have gathered, true to himself.

      Have a very happy and enjoyable 4th. July. Sadly nothing similar here in Europe.

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  33. Oh wow, Jane and Lance. The apartment looks absolutely beautiful! I can remember you did a post on it before, but it looks quite different now. I like the mix of antique and design. Your friend certainly has style!

    What a fabulous party it must have been: handsome men, beautifully dresses ladies and a view of the Danube....a bit like a dream!

    Happy week! Have a good time in Brighton!

    Madelief x

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    1. We did indeed write a post on Richard's previous apartment, Madelief, and so you remember correctly. But this is a different address, new to him and, unlike his former home, this has direct views onto the Danube. Over the past few months he has been involved with its complete restoration and the latest party was, to some extent, a celebration of the completion of all the work. But already he is eyeing up another project - a possible future post!!

      We are much looking forward to our time in Brighton as indeed you must be to your own holiday. We shall all have tales to tell!! xxx

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    2. I too thought the name was familiar, and it's very worthy. I like everything about it that you show.

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    3. This is most generous of you. We shall pass it on to Richard.

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  34. Now this apartment is beyond stunning! Every single detail is exquisite and tells a story! And that mural in the drawing room took my breath away! It is always outstanding to learn when places are going through revivals! It reminds us and reconnects us with the beauty of the past! Wonderful post and thank you so much for coming by my blog! I look forward to following along with you both! Nicole

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    1. We do so agree with you, Nicole. Richard has impeccable taste in all things and a flair for arranging even the smallest item to great effect. The mural is magnificent, covering as it does an entire wall.

      We so like the thought that renovations remind us of and reconnect us with the past. In that way history determines our present.

      Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to comment and for becoming our latest Follower. Both are very much appreciated.

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  35. Richard Adams' interior reflects, and complements the seeming decadence of the city of Budapest!

    Do you both ever sometimes miss your previous gardening life in Herefordshire? :)

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    1. We do assure you that Budapest is not totally decadent!! Rather it is a city with a very rich cultural life with a particular emphasis, or certainly where we are concerned, on classical music.

      Strangely, and you will probably find this hard to believe, we do not miss our Herefordshire life, apart from our friends, at all. Twenty-five years of weeding the borders is more than enough!!

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  36. I'd be scared to sit down ( does anyone ever sit down at these soirées).

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    1. Actually, we always think that it is rather bad form to sit down on these occasions. One remains standing, crippled!!

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  37. How totally enchanting - an apartment full of art and beauty. It sounds like you had a most perfect evening. I trust you were not too 'naughty'.

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    1. The apartment is, as you rightly say, 'enchanting'. Richard is a very seductive host and so it is never that easy not to be a little bit naughty. But never too much so!!

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  38. Oh dear me.

    Oh dear me, Lance and Jane, how deliciously camp it all is.
    I recognise the impeccable taste in your own apartments - I am looking forward to more delightful scenes depicted in these pages.
    But, sadly, my taste is not aesthetically elevated enough to appreciate Richard Adams’ version.

    I very much like the carefully posed ‘caught off guard’ moment.

    Oh my dears, can you hear me giggle? Very rude of me, I know.

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    1. The best thing about all of this is that you have enjoyed the post, found something of interest and been entertained.

      For ourselves, we greatly admire Richard's decorating skills and the transformation which he has effected in what was, previously, a completely run down, near derelict apartment is totally amazing requiring both vision and technical knowledge and expertise.

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  39. So wonderful to read this post about the "revival" of a city I fell in love with when we visited two years ago and it seems your friend Richard is leading the charge, and quite wonderfully at that. What a lovely time and place.

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    1. Budapest is, as you are aware, Amelia, rapidly changing, casting off its drab past and reinventing itself in very positive ways. Richard's considerable contribution to this process, in many more ways than one, is something for which the city should be grateful.

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  40. Such a beautifully decorated apartment, certainly the perfect tableau for an elegant soiree. Beautiful surroundings do inspire the most memorable gatherings, don't they?

    Mr Adams has wisely included some feline inspired cushions.

    Meanwhile, I see the Lion's Den continues to be just a chimera. It seems that I may well be on to my ninth life before its debut.

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    1. Richard's apartment is the perfect setting for a party and he, in turn, is the ideal host ensuring that everyone has the most magical of times.

      The cushions in the apartment are lovely; we should wish to take them home with us!!

      As for 'The Lion's Den', the crowd is now clamouring at the gate and soon will want more than cake!!

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  41. Cor blimey, that's a right royal load of dusting but I'd give it a go! As I would to put on my high heels to enjoy some moderately priced champers in such an exquisite environment, (you had me at the white orchids!) with such stylish company.
    I adore a little peep into your life, and must fess up to always arriving a day late as I love the bonus of reading all the comments and your replies.

    I am sure you are a blog leader not only in terms of your content but also your comments, I see none better out there in the blogosphere - Bravo!
    Here's to the next party, thanks for having us all on the guest list!
    Wren x

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    1. Worry not about the dusting!! A quick flit round with a good feather duster and Bob's your uncle, as they say!!

      The orchids were, and are, truly lovely and look so right in the setting of Richard's apartment. On the night of the most recent party he had them massed on the central table underneath the chandelier and surrounded by dozens of night lights. The overall effect was stunning.

      You are so kind with what you write here about the blog. We do very much enjoy communicating with those who are kind enough, such as yourself, to follow us.


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  42. This is a very sincere question. I quite like the look of Biedermeier mixed with Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Fauvism and Vienna Secession. But what happens if we add in Art Deco, Bauhaus, Russian Brutal etc etc. Should there be any limit to the designer's vision?

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    1. Actually, Hels, we should for ourselves aspire to the 'anything goes' school of thought providing that we like it and have somewhere for it to go. But then our own apartment is completely eclectic, rather like our lives, and we are not professional interior decorators. Your question is of interest; we shall pose it to Richard.

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  43. What a fabulous apartment! The mural takes my breath away.

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    1. The mural is, Terry, most effective and whilst taking up an entire wall is in no way overpowering.

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  44. What a beautiful, luscious space. So fin-de-some-sort-of-siecle! Austro-Hungarian at its best.

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    1. Richard has transformed what was, previously, a very ugly space. To do so involved the tearing down and rebuilding of walls and the complete refashioning of the apartment.

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  45. So nice to meet you both! Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a friend. I am now your newest follower! I'm glad you enjoyed my trade bead photos and story. That apartment of your friend is so inspirational! I am currently reading "English Decoration" by Ben Pentreath so I'm attuned to home decor photos. I have a similar ink well - a Pairpoint with air bubbles. I look forward to getting to know you via your blog. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. We are delighted to have you as our newest Follower, Teresa, as we are to have 'discovered' you.

      Richard's apartment is, as you say, inspirational. He has enormous flair and talent and has a superb eye for detail. We greatly admire Ben Pentreath who is, with all of his ideas, very, very English.

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  46. The colours are great, the styling is... well, stylish, but my overall impression is "too many THINGS". I am not very fond of many THINGS, I need my empty surfaces and clear lines and open spaces because my mind is already so crammed full of "stuff".
    Surely you forgot to mention cakes and other delights in your description of the Café Society!
    Very nice shoes on the lady in red, but I am a bit puzzled at the sight of what looks like a dressing gown and slippers. Was it a fancy dress party?

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    1. It is interesting what you say here, Meike, about too many things. In this instance we should not agree with you, but then our own apartment you would most likely consider cluttered, and would wish very much that many of Richard's objets d'arts were in fact our own.

      No, it was not a fancy dress party - just some very expensive designer clothes.

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  47. Not everyone can mix traditional and contemporary successfully - Mr. Adams certainly knows what he is doing. The green sofa and blue stools are a triumph. Nice to know that the Budapest café society is alive and well.

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    1. We do so agree with you, Elaine, about the difficulties of mixing the traditional and contemporary together to achieve a unified whole. Richard is a past master at this and always, in whatever setting, appears to achieve it effortlessly. Both the green and the blue work so very well together, as you say, and one might have imagined otherwise.

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  48. So lovely with all those items about the home. The colours go well together in that situation.
    I am still trying to get used to people living in apartments :)

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    1. The colours do indeed 'work' wonderfully well and are very striking together.

      After years of living in houses we are now thoroughly used to living in apartments and rather prefer it.

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  49. Thank you for this interesting post... the morning looks promising. I would go for a ship ride!

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  50. Long time, no see, dear Jane and Lance! I’m slowly back to blog-sphere and your lovely comment made me jump to this post. Richard Adams is impeccably stylish. He taught me that harmony was not made by similar things but with contrast and complementary. He has a skill to weave everything together into an intricate yet so refined web. Thank you for this post: I’m content to have a look at such an authentic way to decorate rooms. Have happy days ahead.

    Yoko

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    1. We are so delighted to note your return, dear Yoko, and your lily post has totally enthralled us. What a magnificent sight.

      Your comment here about harmony, related to Richard's apartment, is most interesting and something with which we should entirely agree. He is most certainly a very talented interior decorator and one who is never content until everything is exactly as he originally conceived.

      Enjoy these days.

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  51. The Reubens mural!!! oh my goodness! so spectacular! what a stunning apartment and exquisitely furnished too, I adore 'the champagne society' and cafe society is still at play and being naughty too, it's all so evocative and romantic, I like to think the atmosphere is absorbed into all of the furniture and surroundings (if so, imagine the stories!) x x x

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    1. We do have to agree with you, Sandra, about the Rubens' mural which fills an entire wall to great effect. We fear that our pictures do not really do it justice.

      Richard's parties are always the talk of the town and, be assured, the champagne flows very freely. In addition he serves the most delicious canapés and the evenings usually end with the most divine chocolates purchased from Fortnum and Mason!

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  52. What an amazing apartment! It sounds like you had such a great time!

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  53. Dear Jane and Lance: Thank you for this photo tour of the absolutely amazing apartment. I am ga-ga over the Herbst piece and thank you for making his work now known to me!

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    1. Carol, the Martin C. Herbst piece really is spectacular. Do look out for more of his work which can be seen on line. He is actually based in Vienna.

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  54. Hello Jane and Lance and thank you for this wonderful glimpse into a world and a way of life so very different from my own. Like Meike, I feel there are probably too many objects for my own taste, but they are so varied and beautiful it would be hard to decide which to remove. :-) Richard has an unerring eye for mixing old and new and it would take me days, not merely hours to appreciate all that he has achieved in his new apartment.

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    1. One of the great joys in life for us, as we are confident that it must be for you too, Perpetua, is that, in our connections with others, we do not all like the same things nor do we all have identical taste. Were that to be so, then the world would, in many respects, be rather dull

      What of course one admires so often, and Richard's apartment is a case in point, is the creative mind, the talent and the unerring professionalism which lie behind what one sees. We love his apartment, and yet it is very different from our own.

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  55. I know envy is an ugly thing but I'm seriously coveting that Martin C. Herbst sphere above all else! x

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    1. The Martin C, Herbst sphere is, we agree, wonderful and looks so very good on its plinth where Richard has it. Envy may be ugly, but theft is worse and we could readily steal it [and much else besides]!!

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  56. I love seeing the new mixed with the old... before I started reading your blog, I was sure this was not something I wanted to engage in but as I have been following you, I have opened my mind to new and interesting ways of life... there is so much diversity and I wish to embrace it all now ♥

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    1. Launna, this is so sweet of you. And we totally agree with your view on the diversity of life. One does, or so we believe, have to remain open to new ideas and experiences, and if one is then who knows what good and exciting things may come one's way.

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  57. An amazing glimpse into a completely other world..you may remember the mess I am living in at the moment! Nothing could be more different - and how beautifully done it all is.
    We did have champagne for my birthday and have occasionally been known to be a tad naughty....but for the rest, well, thank you for sharing. And enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
    Axxx

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    1. But, Annie, we do know that when all your work is finished you will have created your own wonderful space. Of that we are sure. Richard's apartment is inspirational; we draw many ideas from it.

      Champagne is a very enjoyable way in which to celebrate an event - we will drink to that!! Take care. xxx

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  58. Hello, dear J and L!
    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful apartment! I will go back to look at each photo in more detail, but the overall effect is one of great sophistication, elegance, and an obvious love of beauty. I noticed the sphere immediately - stunning! You do have the most extraordinary friends - creative, artistic, elegant, talented, amazing - like calls to like, you know! xxx

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    1. Richard's apartment is simply glorious, Curtise, and decorated and arranged with enormous skill and an unerring sense of what will work with what, what will look right with what and, above all else, a very real understanding of proportion and scale.

      We are so very, very fortunate in our friends and value them enormously. People are, we believe, to be treasured. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  59. Upon entering a new space, any space, I am always drawn to the architectural details that define it, and Richard's beautiful home is no exception! The high ceilings, the ornate mouldings, the tall, sculpted doors, these are the things that caught my eye. No doubt, the design is gorgeous, and perfectly suited for grand entertaining, which of course, is evident from your lovely photos. Thanks for the tour of this amazing space.

    Poppy

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    1. Richard has in his apartment, Poppy, brought out to great effect all of the architectural details which typify so much of Budapest built around the turn of the last century. The height of the ceilings enabled him to raise the floor level in the drawing room to take advantage of the river view - a brilliantly conceived idea - and the space itself was created by putting two smaller rooms together.

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  60. Hello Jane and Lance! This is my first visit to your amazing blog and I am very happy to experience this lovely 'champagne' society! How beautiful your friend's home is - I think I could very easily dream wonderful dreams of visiting such a lovely place. This is such a different world than my humble little cottage in the mountains of Washington State and a delight for the senses. Thank you for your sweet visit. I am intrigued....a new follower. xo Karen

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    1. We are delighted to welcome you, Karen, and are pleased that you have found the post of interest. Some while back we wrote on Richard's previous apartment and so were, as you may imagine, very keen to post on this, his new home, with its spectacular views over the River Danube.

      Whatever, we are certain that you own cottage is as lovely in its own way and that it gives you great pleasure.

      Thank you so much for becoming a Follower and we are so pleased to have 'discovered' you.

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  61. Why Budapest?
    (just curious - haven't been there, maybe I need to rectify that)

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    1. And why not? Perhaps you should come and see for yourself.

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  62. Jane...as always I love to visit and read about a whole new world when I read your posts. You write with such enthusiasm and delight in the world around you...it's inspiring! I so enjoyed seeing Richard's beautiful home and I have to pass this link on to my daughter who is in her first few years of receiving her degree in Interior Design...I know she will be fascinated!!

    Thank you so much for your visits! It pleases me that you enjoy reading about my "adventures"!!

    Jane xx

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    1. One of the great joys of the Blogosphere, or so we think, Jane, is that it gives one the opportunity to experience so much outside of one's own environment whilst remaining at home.

      We do hope that your daughter, particularly with her interest in Interior Design, will find the post of interest. Richard is very well known in his field, has some exceptional clients and his work is greatly admired.

      We both very much enjoy 'Blondie's Journal' which is always a pleasure and of interest to read.

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  63. What a gorgeous flat! With your champagne gatherings you seem to be living in a sumptuous past, a more elegant time. You make me want to visit Budapest.

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    1. Richard's flat is stunning, Sarah. Our pictures do not do it justice at all.

      Budapest is a city which we believe you would find utterly fascinating.

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  64. Oh what a treat Jane and Lance, to get such a heavenly glimpse into your dear friend's divine apartment. I just love it all, the sphere is amazing, the blue and green with a splash of leopardskin, to die for. I hope you had great fun. with much love, Linda xx

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    1. We know that you would adore Richard's apartment, Linda, and it would, of course, make a wonderful setting for your superb flower arrangements and decorations. Together you would have such fun.

      Yes, we covet all of the leopard skin - so terribly stylish.

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    2. Dear Jane and Lance, when I scrolled down through the photo's of Richard's apartment again, it is such an inspiring place. He must wake up every day rejuvenated!
      Thank you, thank you, for your lovely comments on my blog. I would love to be delivering flowers to your beautiful apartment, what larks! Lots and lots of love to you both, Linda xx

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    3. Dearest Linda,

      How really sweet of you to have 'come back'!!

      Richard, we do know, is so very, very happy in his apartment and loves the situation directly onto the Danube, as do we!!

      One day we shall most certainly meet and virtual flowers can become a reality! xxx

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  65. My dearest Jane and Lance,

    First of all, I absolutely adore the new pictures of you at The Várfok Gallery. It's oh-so-stylish! I have been meaning to say this ever since I saw your new pictures.

    How privileged are we to be invited to the fabulous house of Mr Richard Adams! His eyes for the details and his aesthetics in combining various textures and colours is extraordinary. His world surely must be a colourist's world where, if one is admitted, one would feel like a butterfly with wings to gather the ripe pigments in the garden of enchanted purples, gold, greens and blues.

    Now, back to reality, I must go back and tidy up the dust gathering on my study table before the dust slips from the finite to the infinite. But then you probably know what Quentin Crisp once said about the dust?

    Hope you are having the best possible week.

    With warmest wishes, ASD x

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    1. Dearest ASD,

      You are so very kind to say about the pictures. But then you are very kind.

      We are so pleased that you too like Richard's apartment. As an interior decorator and designer he displays enormous talent. What appeals to us in particular is, as you so pertinently point out, his ability to combine colours and textures to such effect and in ways which are for the most part beyond one's imagination. But to that must be added his very firm grasp of the principles upon which his subject is based, his exacting standards and his total professionalism within his field of work.

      If we were not so fortunate as to have Tímea daily flitting around with a feather duster in one hand and a mop in the other, then we do believe our whole approach to housekeeping would, long ago, have descended into the realms of Quentin Crisp.

      And may your week bring you much joy.

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  66. Hello Jane and Lance,

    Indeed, my illustrious friends, you can now relax. Yes, fashionably late, I have arrived. I shall leave a mercifully short response so that you may, if you so wish, leave a nice, short response to my response.

    Upon gandering on thine exquisite photos and the wonders of it all, I felt like I was there. If you look closely, I shall be the fine gentleman with the out of style moustache.

    Seriously, riveting and fascinating, as per usual.

    I bid thee a fond goodnight from England. I'm taking care of England while you are not here.

    Gary

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    1. You would, had you been there, Gary, have added your own very distinctive style to the party and would, we know, have been made most welcome.

      For now we are happy to know that England is in good hands.

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  67. What beautiful surroundings. Love the color with the mix of the old and the contemporary. Lovely! How fortunate to be included in this society gathering. The Danube always reminds me of a favorite piece I played when I was girl and learning to play the piano.

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    1. Richard does indeed excel, Marilyn, in both his use of colour and the way in which he mixes pieces from different periods to such good effect.

      Here in his apartment he can play 'The Blue Danube' whilst looking at it!!

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  68. That is stunning. As many have mentioned, Richard has great taste and a real talent for combining the antique with the contemporary. I am captivated by the sphere.. do the eyes follow you around the room?

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    1. The Martin C. Herbst sphere, Jessica, is quite extraordinary, as is much of his work, in the way that it takes on a completely different dimension when viewed from another angle.

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  69. Such beautiful photography! An amazing place to visit ... I like to scan the pictures for little details ... just stunning

    Thanks for popping over to Thriftwood, and for your lovely comments, you're alway welcome! xxx

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      We always very much enjoy your posts.

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  70. Sumptuous decorating! Like a palace with a cutting edge contemporary flair.
    Richard's talents must be in high demand with European society.

    Thanks for your post, so enjoyed it.

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    1. 'Cutting edge' so aptly describes Richard's work, Sally. Indeed, he is much in demand in Europe, the Middle East and as far afield as the sub Continent.

      We are delighted that you have enjoyed this post.

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  71. What a marvelous home, exquisite in every way. A visual feast, thank you for sharing this with us. I love seeing beautiful interiors and this was a real treat.

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    1. We are so pleased that you like Richard's apartment, Adrienne, particularly as we know how beautifully and carefully styled your own house and garden are.

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  72. Well, I just made an appointment with a decorator yesterday..Richard is a bit out of my league...but it is delightful to have a glimpse into such an opulent lifestyle!

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    1. But in so many ways, of course, one's ideas come from other people and it is often fun to adapt them to one's own particular situation. Richard, we are certain, would be the first to acknowledge this.

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  73. Dear Jane and Lance,

    You describe Budapest and your friend and his style so well, i can actually see it all, just reading your words.
    I cannot wait to visit Budapest now even more so than before. It looks and sounds absolutely amazing.

    I hope you are both well and enjoying the hot weather.

    Red

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    1. This is so very generous of you, Red.

      We know that you will find Budapest to be an absolutely fascinating city with much to intrigue and enjoy. We do have a note of the dates of your visit and must certainly arrange to meet. Meanwhile these summer days are perfectly lovely.

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  74. I have just had a lovely couple of hours exploring Europe with you two. I can't wait for the next episode xxx

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      Have a really happy weekend.

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  75. Just having a glimpse at the photos is wonderful - love the juxtaposition of contemporary and classical. It must have been a fabulous evening.

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  76. Dear Jane and Lance,

    Such a fabulous apartment and love all the attention to detail from the pretty white orchids to the gorgeous sofas and chairs. Would be a great soiree to go to, sipping champagne.
    Thanks for showing us.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. We really do believe, Carolyn, that it is Richard's attention to detail that ensures the success of all of his decorating schemes, something which is much in evidence in his own apartment here in Budapest.

      And, yes, the champagne is often flowing freely!!

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  77. Think most has been already said. WOW. Thanks for sharing. Diane

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  78. That’s quite a place. The green sofa was startling, but seemed to suit the setting. That globe!!

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    1. Richard's apartment is indeed quite a place. He is very bold with his choice of colours but has a wonderful eye for what works.

      The Martin C Herbst sphere is truly amazing, much more so in real life. The eyes seem to follow you wherever you go!

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  79. Dear Jane and Lance: What an extraordinarily elegant apartment. Your friend Richard Adams is to be applauded for creating such a highly stylized and yet relaxing home. (Not easy to do.) I love all the attention to detail and the color choices. I must especially love that sofa (or couch or whatnot?) in the entrance hallway. So unique. I am also very fond of chartreuse green and I love the combination of old and new - in my view, the only way to decorate.

    A truly sophisticated setting for a party. I hope you all had fun.

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    1. Yes, Yvette, Richard's apartment oozes effortless elegance. His many years of decorating experience show in the confident way in which he uses colour, the old and the new. He really can combine things together which cost a small fortune or hardly cost anything at all. A wonderfully creative eye!

      The sofa in the hall is a great piece. The very high back and leopard print cushions really do add drama as soon as you enter the apartment. One instantly knows that one is in for a treat!

      The party was enormous fun. A most eclectic guest list and liberal quantities of champagne guarantee never a dull moment.

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  80. His apartment is elegant and charming, and I like the touches of blue he adds, with cushions, stools, etc. And champagne in abundance, sounds like a great gathering.

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  81. What an exceptional apartment. Not only a showcase for stunning modern pieces and beautiful antiques but amazing lighting too.
    I visited Budapest many years ago (I too was a flight attendant) and found it to be a charming city.

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    1. The lighting is indeed very carefully planned, Fiona. Although we did not show the kitchen, the lighting effects there are quite amazing, making much of what is in reality a small space.

      Budapest is charming with much to offer at all levels. Perhaps you will visit again one day?

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  82. Good Afternoon Jane and Lance, Your friend, Richard's apartment is breathtaking.... I can honestly say, I have never seen such a beautiful living space. There is so much to see and admire. I enjoyed viewing each photograph and I adore the white orchids which are displayed in the entrance hall.
    Thank you for such a lovely treat. I hope you had lots of fun and managed to enjoy copious amounts of champagne.
    Best Wishes to you both.
    Daphne

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    1. We did, thank you, manage to consume copious quantities of champagne and, Daphne, we have to confess that we have done this on many occasions at Richard's apartment and at various bars, restaurants and cafés with him throughout Budapest!

      Richard's apartment is indeed breathtaking, the view alone is simply wonderful and he has cleverly maximised the effect by raising the floor level. He is undaunted and fearless when it comes to achieving a desired look. We should never have the courage.

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  83. Dear Jane and Lance,
    Apologies for the lateness of this comment - I have been busy getting settled in New York and starting school - but I must say, thank for posting this little peek of 'Champagne Society' in Budapest. Mr. Adams' apartment is stunning!!! His mix of antique and modern styles is masterful!

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    1. Louise, thank you so much for your comment. Lateness to the party does not matter, we are pleased to see our guests arriving at any hour!

      We are delighted that you like Richard's apartment. It is indeed the way he controls and combines styles of many periods into a sophisticated and satisfactory whole that is his true talent. He has a zest for life like no other person we know and we love him for it!

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  84. Stunning. I’d like to wander around that flat like our Rachel, with my hands behind my back and just STUDY it all. My heart delighted in that pea green sofa. I also love the photographs. I think a home is soulless without them. And I love the layers. I always say that my design style is ‘collage’. Just pile it on and I’m happy. A swath of pretty hankerchiefs, a couple of mismatched antique tea cups and cookies on a cake plate found at a thrift store and I have a party! I could live forever in Mr. Adams’ lovely flat. As long as he agreed to a pile of books beside the most comfortable chair!

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    1. Richard's apartment, and its situation overlooking the Danube, is remarkable, Kim, and he has designed it and furnished it with such flair and imagination. Previously it was in unspeakable condition.

      Your own style, which you describe so imaginatively, as a 'collage', is exactly the kind of thing to which we warm instantly. We really do love eclecticism and abhor everything bought to match!!

      We always so enjoy being at Richard's and he really is the greatest of company.

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