Winter Garden at Henri Samuel's country house Montfort l'Amaury as illustrated by Jeremiah Goodman
As you may know, I am busy at work on my next book which I couldn't be more excited about. It is on the decorating master Henri Samuel whose career spanned most of the 20th century and whose clients included the Rothschilds, fashion designer Valentino, Jayne Wrightsman, the royal chateau de Versailles, and… you get the idea.
After coming across this photograph of the designer with Ingrid Bergman at his country house, I thought perhaps the actress was also his client. My new theory is that Bergman consulted Samuel while researching her role in the 1961 film Goodbye Again, in which Bergman plays a decorator in a love triangle with Yves Montand and Anthony Perkins. Read more about the film on The Peak of Chic (whose post sparked this hypothesis). I haven't found further confirmation in the Bergman archives at Wesleyan but I haven't given up.
Can't you imagine the dishy stories Samuel might have shared with Bergman that weekend in these rooms?
Credit: Last two photos from the Architectural Digest book International Interiors