We finally jumped on the bandwagon yesterday and watched The Favourite, with the fabulous Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, and were swept away. It was completely different to normal costume dramas, but hilarious, outrageous and raw, an unexpected pleasure - even though the curtain arrangements were more Regency than, well, Queen Anne. It is almost entirely filmed in the King James Drawing Room at Hatfield House, in the refurbishment of which I was deeply involved some years ago: most of the tapestries and pictures were specially acquired for the room, and I spent weeks removing discoloured varnish and retouching the Bathsheba by Jan Massys (1509-1575) which can be seen in almost every scene, although most of the other paintings had been removed for filming (second image). The project was a huge inspiration for our own Purple Room, and in fact on Monday we bought the marvellous tapestry shown here depicting Apollo and Daphne from Ovid's Metamorphoses, woven in Aubusson around 1650. Production of such a tapestry took months, and consequently they were incredibly expensive, much more so then paintings, in general - but they had the added benefit of practicality, protecting against draught and moisture, and were even hung over doors. They are strangely cheap nowadays, especially considering they represent so much value for money, as one can cover a whole wall with a single tapestry. Gouda itself had a thriving tapestry industry during the period, housed in the many abandoned monasteries in the town, whose large rooms were perfect for the bulky weaving machines. The mythological lovers will soon be mostly covered with paintings, but for the moment we are still enjoying them in full splendour, complete with pierced hearts woven into the borders. #thefavourite #oliviacolman #historicinteriors #interiordecoration #interiordesign #design #decor #countryhouse #aubusson #gobelin #tapestry #ovid #metamorphoses #janmassys #17thcentury #baroque .