As Faux as It Goes: Advice from British Decorator Nicky Haslam

March 13, 2015 8:27 PM

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As Faux as It Goes: Advice from British Decorator Nicky Haslam

“WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE A COWBOY?” asked designer Nicky Haslam over breakfast, his silk tie neatly clasped in place with a tiepin, as he explained how he ended up owning a ranch in Black Canyon City, Ariz., in 1967. Given that Mr. Haslam has designed rooms for rockers Rod Stewart and Bryan Ferry, worked in the art department at Vogue under Diana Vreeland, photographed the Beatles on their first trip to the U.S. and shared a lover with Italian fashion designer Elsa Shiaparelli, the fact that he became a cowboy might be the least extraordinary aspect of his remarkable life.

Born into British privilege—his mother’s godmother was Queen Victoria—Mr. Haslam, 75, designs rooms that carry themselves with a regal air, whether it’s an interior that features hand-painted wallpaper recreated from a pattern he found in a secluded German castle, or a room whose paneling simulates ...

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