I was putting together this post on yellows and golds, as my first in the “Decorating With Yellow” series and I was working out how to convince people that yellows really are worth exploring in decorating schemes. But I needed proof, concrete examples where throwing lots of yellows together really works.

On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I happened to bump into a really really old friend. By chancing upon him I found the proof I was looking for and was reminded how vital it is to cement ties with old pals. They have been around for a good few years. They know a lot. They have sound advice to offer. Yet they quietly sit back, watch you do all the work, all the while leading by example.

“How?” I hear you ask. “What a great friend!”, you declare. I know, I know. Well, let me introduce you.