Photo: Simon Brown
Barbara King: Your room has a softness that makes me think 'peaceful sleep.'
Nina Campbell: It is quite calming with all these gentle pink and blue flowers around me, a magical garden. I've just redone the walls in this chintz, a fabric I designed a few years ago.
What was the impulse?
Everybody is talking about chintz again, and I thought, Why not envelop myself in a pretty floral? You need to have a bedroom that cocoons you, that's your moment of sanity, of rest. And for me, it's frightfully important to have a crisp, beautiful bed to climb into after an exhausting day. I like to feel as if I've fallen onto a cloud.
Is the cloud always white?
No, sometimes the bed linens are gray, like the satin headboard, and sometimes pale blue. Every time I change them, the room changes.
Do the dogs climb in?
They sleep on the bed, I'm afraid. But I use antique white tablecloths with drawn threads as blanket covers. They wash easily, and they're rather attractive.
You've made your bathroom worthy of being a visible part of the room.
I wanted to be able to leave the doors open, because my bedroom is small. I had the basin set into a 1930s French mirrored console. It's really as if I've got a sideboard in there — lovely to look at, and so is the 1920s Venetian mirror. The tub and loo are hidden from sight. I wouldn't want to look at those.
I imagine you taking long, hot baths in there.
I always sink into a deliciously scented bath before bed. I toss in a handful of Santa Maria Novella's pomegranate bath salts, and the whole bedroom fills with the fragrance.
What else makes your bedroom desirable?
All the artworks are very personal to me in some way. They have meanings, stories: the watercolor of my godmother by Cecil Beaton, the painting from India of Mother Teresa talking to little monkeys — trying to teach them to be good, I think. They matter to me. I find that very comforting, like being surrounded by old friends.
Make the Bed:
Custom duvet cover and pink-bordered pillow shams: .
Hudson sconce: .
Penrose chintz by Nina Campbell on walls and chair: .
Millais chair by Nina Campbell: .
Nina Home by Nina Campbell collection: .
Produced by Ellie Somerville McNevin