If Mottisfont's walls could talk

Mottisfont house, Hampshire, on a sunny day

Recent restoration at Mottisfont uncovered wallpaper dating from the 1930s, when it was the home of society hostess Maud Russell.

Russell's sense of style transformed the house, making it a fashionable retreat for the artists and philosophers who were regularly invited to stay.
 
The wallpaper in the maid’s room has an intriguing origin. Popular in its day, it was inspired by the arrival of scientific bacterial imagery. It’s just one of many features of Mottisfont that survive from Russell’s time.