While still being influenced by the Maine-Brandywine-Pennsylvania design as seen in all my earlier posts, about seven years later, I began to feel a new pull in my design aesthetic, and it was toward the warm, cozy, book-lined, pots-of-tea British rooms. Rooms which smacked of yesterday's Miss Marple, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Out of Africa, and of today's Downton Abbey. Rooms redolent with chintz fabric, toile wallpaper, and bowls of delphiniums. Add a fireplace and a dog to any of these rooms, and who could resist. Not me.
|Ghost and Mrs Muir from Hooked on Houses|
Perhaps another "must" for English rooms is a handsome Englishman.
Now that you have the idea, let's view a home from a designer who worked for the Colefax and Fowler design firm. A book of the same name, Colefax and Fowler, written by Chester Jones, was published in 1989 and contains pictures of Stanley Falconer's restored Gloucestershire home called Tughill. Don't you love how English homes have names - just like they are part of the family? And any town ending in "shire" has to be charming. Falconer's Tughill certainly charmed me.
Another English home, with a similar feel as the one above, appeared in a magazine of which I do not have the title. I tore out the pages and never noted the source. My apologies to the source. Roger Jones, just as Stanley Falconer did, works for Colfax and Fowler. He puts me in mind of Darryl Carter because he was an attorney first, but then "he walked into the London showrooms of Colefax and Fowler's textile and decorating firm to buy himself a neat black lacquered desk, and walked out--a little dazed-- as the new manager of the firm's antique department." Here is his home.
So, the elements of English style consist of what? Houses with names, chintz fabrics, Oriental rugs, fireplaces, blue transfer ware, soft furniture, antiques, toile wallpaper, gardens, old stone houses in "shire" towns. Did I forget anything? Are you sorry we left the earlier phase, dear readers? Do you miss Pennsylvania? Do you like the English phase? Let me know. Till next time - with more coziness.