28 June 2009

Charles Edwards – English Country Style

 

image A friend’s kitchen, styled by House Beautiful for a cover story, designed by Carol Glasser and Katrin Cargill.   The Charles Edwards light fixture steals the show.

 

The first I ever heard of Charles Edwards from England was when my friend redecorated her house and installed a fixture of his in her kitchen.  It actually “made” the kitchen – the design, so simple, yet stunning – is a pendant made of tole with a nickel (yes!) interior.  The color? A soft blue-green.   Wow.    Edwards makes the most fabulous light fixtures based on classic English and French designs.  His fixtures are the exact kind of light fixtures you would find in an English country manor house, or an English townhouse pretending to be a country manor house.   I know I say all the time how much I love French design, and I do, I really do.  But, I am sucker for the cluttered English style of design found in their villages, hidden on picturesque back lanes.  These great country houses are filled with treasures passed down from generation to generation: sofas with tattered slipcovers, books piled on bigger piles of books, paintings covering every inch of wall space, chintz fabrics, wall to wall seagrass, Chinese export porcelains in blue and white, busts of long passed ancestors, red and white ticking, chinoiserie, tapestries, and on and on.    I’ve written about this conflict before – a few times at least – between wanting a cluttered house versus an uncluttered house with English design versus French design (though really that should probably be Belgian design) – someone help me!!!!!

Charles Edwards’ English country house was featured in the now long-gone House and Garden in 2005 and the story ended up stored away in my clippings file.   But,  I never really put it together that the house that I so loved in House and Garden was owned by the man that made this fabulous light fixture for my friend’s house, until tonight - while I was doing research on Robert Kime.  Got that?   Good, because I’m not exactly sure how it all comes together myself.

 

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The same kitchen, unstyled, and snapped by Katrin Cargill for her web site.  There is no way that House Beautiful would ever  leave paper towels and pots of dip out on the counters during a photo shoot.  I am guessing that Cargill, who lives in London, as opposed to Glasser, sourced the English-made fixture for the Houston house.

 

 

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Fabric Designer Robert Kime’s furnishings go on sale at Christie’s next month.  While searching for my clippings of Kime’s country house, I happened upon Charles Edwards’ country house which has a very similar feel to Kime’s house seen above.

 

Ever since Emily Evans Eerdmans wrote on her blog about the upcoming Robert Kime sale at Christie’s, I have been obsessing over the English Country Manor look.    Obsessing.  I can’t help it.   Add to that, visiting The Bennison House – Houston’s version of the English Country Manor Look – further fueled my obsessing.    It seems like everywhere I turned this week, I am bumping into great English design.    Looking for clippings of Robert Kime’s country house, I stumbled upon the long forgotten story about Edwards’ house instead.   Which led me to his web site, which led to these beautiful pictures below.     Edwards, whose partner is the antique dealer, Julia Boston, uses his country estate as a sort of living showroom for an ever changing array of his fixtures.   It’s hard to pick a favorite lantern or pendant from the pictures, but I definitely tried.  You may be more lucky than I was!   Enjoy!

 

 

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The Edwards estate is called Tile Barn after their old barn that once had a tiled roof.  Edwards put two cottages together to form one, then attached it to a large barn with a long passageway.   The cottage had been empty for 50 years following a suicide.   It took Edwards one day to decide he wanted to buy the property after seeing it.  In England, things move slow in country real estate – the actual purchase took over a year before he was able to move in and start reconstruction!

 

 

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The cottage (made up of two smaller cottages) is the two story house on the left.  In front of the cottage a long passageway was built to connect it to the barn on the right.  The kitchen is between the two structures.  At the very left is where the front door is that leads to the entry hall/formal dining room.  In the foreground is the lake formed by the quarry left behind where tiles for the barn’s roof were made in the 1830s. 

 

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Edwards home is comprised of a barn and a cottage which are linked by a long passageway built to connect the two structures.  The front door in the cottage leads into a large entryway which doubles as the dining room. 

 

 

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The front door, on the right, opens to the entry hall – here shown with a new lantern from the collection.   The house is just 3,800 though it appears much larger Edwards says.   He collected 13 old mahogany wood doors to use throughout.   The floors are large stone flags. 

 

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And, looking from the other side of the entry hall towards the long passageway that leads to the barn/sitting room/kitchen.

 

 

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Through the beautiful glass-paned door, the long passageway has an arched ceiling.  In the middle of the passageway is the stairway that leads up to the bedrooms.   A row of reproduction alabaster fixtures lights the passageway in this picture.    The kitchen and sitting room are at the end of this long passageway that was built to combine the cottage and the barn.  The passageway is actually built onto the front facade of the cottage. 

 

 

 

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In the middle of the passageway are the stairs that lead to the bedrooms.  Against the windows is a collection of antique lamps.  The floors here are the same flags that were placed throughout the house for continuity.   The walls are not stone, but were scored to look like it.    Octagonal ball fixtures are hanging from the ceiling in this picture. 

 

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Reaching the end of the passageway, up the steps, through the glass door and through another mahogany door is the sitting room/kitchen.  The Ball D Lantern is shown hanging here.

 

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The large barn with its 26’ ceiling was turned into the sitting room which connects to the kitchen.    Edwards collected curtains over the years and hung them throughout the house to soften the stucco walls.  The Large Hexagonal Pineapple lantern hangs over the middle of the room, while the Globe Lantern hangs over the fireplace seating area.  The convex mirror is sold by Edwards, also.     I’d move in this room tomorrow!  This is so typically English – with the collection of upholstered pieces, antique chairs, and dark wood furniture collected over the years without any real design plan.  It’s so cozy and warm and makes you just want to flop down on the sofa and put your feet up.   I also love how the green lantern plays off the reds and blues in the room – wonderful!

 

 

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  There are several different versions of the great room on the web site.  Here, the rug is smaller than the picture above  and the furniture arrangement is different – as are the mirrors and paintings.  It’s fun to decide which version you like best.   I really like this one a lot.  Notice the large doors on the right that lead outside.   The Jumbo Hexagonal Treaty Port Lantern hangs here – painted green, again. 

 

 

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In this version – the Hanging Pentagonal Lantern was added over the fireplace and you can see the two sofas here.  The three different tickings are from Ian Mankin, a well known fabric house in England.    Books are everywhere – typical of an English country house. 

 

 

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This lantern - the Wooden Hanging Regency – is so beautiful!

 

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Facing the other way, you can see through to the kitchen.   Against the back wall is a large “cartoon.”  Cartoons are the paintings from which tapestries were made.  Edwards’ wife Julia Boston specializes in cartoons.   In The Bennison House – several of the paintings were actually cartoons.  The fixture here is the Jumbo Hanging Treaty Port Lantern in red.   I really love this lantern.  And I love the oval painting hanging over the door on the right.   Typical English Country House style is to hang paintings anywhere and everywhere.       

 

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Here is a close up of the dreamy and romantic cartoon.   The sofa is an antique Knole that Edwards inherited from his mother who was also an antiques dealer.   An original Knole is quite rare and extremely valuable.  This one even appears to still wear its original velvet fabric!    Hanging above is the Large Wooden Hanging Regency lantern. 

 

 

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Next to the Knole sofa is the door that leads to the kitchen.  The Edwards say they actually live in this room.   Hanging is the Large Clover Lantern with the Drum shade in tole and nickel.  

 

 

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Looking the other way – towards the kitchen cabinetry.   Hanging above is another tole fixture, this time in green.

 

 

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The kitchen with the unusual Rise & Fall Round Eydon Light.  The flag floors are continued in this part of the barn. 

 

 

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Leaving the barn and heading back out the beautiful wood paned door, down the passageway that leads to the entry hall/cottage.

 

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Up the staircase, hanging here is one of my favorite lanterns – the Hanging Tapering Genghis Lantern.  Through another of the 13 mahogany doors is one of the three bedrooms. 

 

 

 

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And at the other end of the landing is another bedroom.  Hanging here is a new fixture – the Large Hanging Castellated Lantern with its matching canopy.  Through the window – you can see the large barn that houses the sitting room and kitchen.  

 

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 Another view – notice the crystal finials on the stairway – Edwards sells these too.   In this picture you can really see the barn with its large doors.   

 

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Even the utility doors – which match the front door – are charming.  The drive is loose pebbles. These doors are found behind the cottage. 

 

 image An outdoor eating area was created from an old cow barn!  Charming!   Pictured here are Edwards and Boston.

 

 

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If you are in London, be sure to visit the store on King’s Road.

 

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Inside, you will find some serious eye candy!

To visit Charles Edwards’ web site go here, which leads to Boston’s web site also.   AND a hint of things coming- I’ll be having a big give away – featuring lighting fixtures - next week to coincide with Cote de Texas’ two year anniversary.  Be sure to come back and enter!!!!

77 comments:

  1. Joni,
    Another great post - enjoyed it very much. Always good to see how the other half live. Even though this is english decor at its best 20 years from now this will not have dated. Classic white, linen, flagstones and beautiful pine furniture to die for. I could drown myself in all these books, couldn't you.
    Thank you.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  2. Joni,
    Another great post - enjoyed it very much. Always good to see how the other half live. Even though this is english decor at its best 20 years from now this will not have dated. Classic white, linen, flagstones and beautiful pine furniture to die for. I could drown myself in all these books, couldn't you.
    Thank you.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  3. Thank you for the wonderful tour through this house, Joni. I loved every picture but I am totally in love with those marvellous lanterns.
    What an extraordinary house this "cottage" is. I have seen quite a lot of English homes due to my dear partner who is from London but this one is exceptional.
    Greetings from Munich, Petra

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  4. I particularly love the bones of that great cottage! And those tole fixtures are smashing!

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  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you. LOVED it.

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  6. Joni, wonderful! The upstairs larten is gorgeous!! I loved the ones outside on the utility doors. Amazing! Love the loose peebles... so charming. Have a great day!

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  7. Joni! What a fab, fab post! As a loyal reader from England, it's so brilliant to see one of our gorgeous houses featured here. More Please!!!!

    What's so funny is that I never realised until reading your blog that there is a 'English' style of interior decorating/design - but there SO is! I always thought there was an 'American' style, which I put into to 3 categories -
    (1) gorgeous Maine/New England/Long Island pared -down simplicity
    (2) Jackie Bouvier Kennedy's style of layering & opulence with French influences
    (3) that awful 'Tuscan' style that has never been near Tuscany - you know the one, I think!

    Now I realise that I long for a minimalist house but will not/can not have one... & that I hang pictures 'anywhere & everywhere', as well as using furniture that has been in my family for 3 or 4 generations... driveways HAVE to be gravel - there is no class if they are anything but gravel, etc etc...

    thank you for making me realise it!

    Lizzie, England x

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  8. A nice tour Joni,
    I understand your being torn, I myself have a love of the French & English way...surely the two can be infused together, I think it is what seperates ones distictive style. I find myself integrating the two and it seems to harmoniously blend together.
    njoyed this one!
    L

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  9. wow, that kitchen makes my heart flutter! it's beautiful.

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  10. Gorgeous elegant and so very livable home! This is the comfortable and charming English style -- welcoming to all! Classic and timeless -- can you tell that this would be my dream place? LOL!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  11. No argument from me. The lighting fixtures are absolutely amazing!

    Though once a cottage and barn, it can make one's heart go pitter-patter-pit. A twenty-six foot ceiling! (I wud love to know how it is heated.)

    I have always had a vision of owning a home with a gravel-stone laneway, however in our climate it is just not practical. (Sigh)

    Thank you again for another wonderful tour Joni. -Brenda-

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  12. Love the Barn room and the Treaty Port Lantern, but I am liking the fixtures with Drum Shades more and more. Thanks Joni, I enjoy your Sunday morning post.

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  13. it was the collection of copper pots in the kitchen that set my heart a-flurry.

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  14. OMG! Absolutely EXQUISITE!!! That round Eydon light fixture hanging over that breakfast table made my heart skip a beat....it looked so fresh and wonderful in that setting. But then I loved ALL the lanterns. I could sit with a magnifying glass and look at all the details in every picture. Talk about eye candy....
    Thanks, Joni, for another "world-rocking" post!

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  15. Thanks again for another amazing post with all of the juicy details. I learn so much from your posts both from a visual design point of view, and also from a cultural/social reference perspective.

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  16. I am in love with the Hanging Treaty Port Lantern in red...OMG, that room with the cartoon and the antlers and oil painting over the door...it's pure eye candy. The lantern done in red was icing on the cake. Thanks for a great post as usual!!!

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  17. BTW...this was better than the Sunday Paper. Thanks for posting on this Sunday morning.

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  18. My morning coffee always is so much more enjoyable when I tune in to one of your new posts Joni!! This was a wonderful tour... love all the lighting fixtures, and that antique Knole piece...do die for!!! Lovely....

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  19. Joni,

    The curved back sofa is identical in look to one done by Mark Hampton for his sister's house shown in a long ago House Beautiful. The desk in the great room is almost identical to one I inherited - believe it to be Edwardian English. Cartoon is actually an preparatory drawing for a painting, a fresco or really any work of art. Often the image could be transferred by a series of pin dots with inking done to create the outline for the finished work. Enjoyed the post very much.

    Suzanne

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  20. Oh my, Joni. You know how you can be perfectly satisfied with what you already have but then you see something new and want to go home and BURN your own lamp/kitchen/ WHOLE HOUSE?!! These fixtures put my salvaged-from-a-Bakersfield-church lantern to shame! And I don't even want to talk about your friend's kitchen...
    Beautiful post. As usual :)

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  21. Oh, Joni!!! That kitchen in the first few pics is just beautiful. LOVE the marble and the pendant fixture over the island....and the "barn!" WOW!!! So much eye candy.....Thanks!

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  22. Such a gorgeous place. All the rooms furnishing and accessories are such great eye candy. Interesting how all the fixtures change the look and feel of the rooms. Great post. Hugs, Marty

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  23. What a wonderful post.. what wonderful "eye" candy to feast our eyes upon... I love the way each fixture changes the feel of the rooms. The barrel ceiling was simply amazing... great post..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  24. *NOW YOU JUST "STOP IT", JONI~~~ RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!!

    Geeeez, girlfriend, I do NOT like the word "envy"~~~ and MOST CERTAINLY don't like FEELING it! But wow~~~ how can one NOT feel it here??? THIS all soooo SPEAKS to my heart, & brings back some very special, wonderful memories of still-dear friends to this day!

    We've been blessed w/ some very "SPECIAL" friendships in our 18 years of living in Europe~~~ and maintain them still. Two couples of friends are "royalty", literally (& out of respect for their privacy will remain nameless here). Going into either of their centuries-old castles was always suuuuch an incredible, delicious joy, as are they as PEOPLE, & the others who were also guests for the day or evening... and dining? Well, it just couldn't GET any better, and more warm, wonderful and interesting than that!!!

    While I know (now!) that it's not normally "done", upon the first evening at their castle, when meeting the "first" couple, I just HAD to comment on a MAGNIFICENT, H*U*GE tapestry covering the entire H*U*G*E wall in one of the more formal receiving rooms, where we had cocktails before dinner (It was IMPOSSIBLE NOT to comment on it's incredible beauty and OBVIOUS age!). The Princess, who talks just a bit like Julia Child & is the most WONDERFUL, DELIGHTFUL and CHARMING woman ever, lightly flung her arm into the air w/ a ladylike casualness and said "Ohhh, THAAAAAT old thing?!?!"...... She then told me "the rest of the story".~~~ seems the family had "hidden" it, alon with many ORTHER special family things, during the war, & it didn't "resurface" for mannny years afterward. When I remember them, I think of how CUTE she was when she so light-heartedly stated that!!!

    Anyhooo, this TRULY was, for me, one of your most FABULOUS blogs EVER!!!!! Thanks soooooo much, not only for all your research & sharing, but also reminding me it's time to drop both couples a "Hello" note~~~ Sometmes an E-mail just doesn't "cut it" for me~~~ I like the old fashioned way of communicating!~~~

    Love & once again, MANY THANKS for a beautiful way to start Sunday, and the night of a small dinner party here! It's going to be a GOOOOD SUNDAY!

    XO, Linda in AZ *

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  25. Those lamps! Thanks for the introduction Joni!

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  26. This house is da bomb...it's perfect...not trying to be anything other than what it actually is.To me, the English Country house is the perfect home, able to handle several generations comfortably at one time, complete with dogs, cats, and other animals.It isn't cluttered at all...it is spectacular!I want those light fixtures- all of them! Among everything else in that house.

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  27. Oh Joni, you are singing my song.
    My absolute favourite look. Ever. And Charles Edwards is such a great store.

    This is a fabulous collection of examples of English design. I adored it.

    Those lanterns!!!!!

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  28. Nobody makes more beautiful lighting than Charles Edwards. I have never seen these images of his own home. What a treat!
    I have forwarded your post on to my clients. We are in the middle of selecting lighting for their English inspired home. We are thinking about using a variety of chandeliers and lanterns similar to the ones you have shown.
    Perfect timing!

    xo
    Brooke

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  29. I was just saying yesterday how I think people overlook how important the lighting is in a home. My daughter is building and the amount the builder set for lighting was insane...she did the best she could and I told her she could upgrade later, but it really is sad...however, I have to be honest, in the first photo of your friends kitchen, I did not like the light fixture, could be the fact that it was blue...hahaha I printed the next photo and cut out the light fixture then held it over the blue light and liked that one so much better...yes, I am that crazy. hahaha I loved the the kitchen and the post and all the other lights were so beautiful. The house is to die for. I always look forward to each and everyone of your post. Thanks

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  30. How come that every time I read your blog I think about moving and redecorating...fortunately I can express myself in other people's houses and dream about living here and there! The only thing in common with this beautiful house is the same china (on the table in the entry hall) which came with me from Europe.

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  31. Thank you Joni for this lovely post! I,too love the cottage shabbiness of English design. Something about it is so comforting and pastoral...could be the sheep bleating in the background.:) Love your friends' kitchen!

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  32. Pardon my drooling .. .
    but, that old Knole with the well
    worn velvet just gave me a dropped jaw which I'm finding difficult to retract!

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  33. My gosh, Joni, how do you do that....you are like a genie, one wonder after another coming out of your blog lamp.....
    In your case rather a lantern!!!
    Anyway, I am in awe, since I always had the same dilemma as which style I adore more: French country or English...in my case it's like this: French I admire from a distance, English is what I am drawn to more myself and in the end it's a great jumble of all and then some to make me happy.
    Which I call eclectic in loss of a better description.
    Your posts make me happy!
    This house is absolutly wonderful, just the constant change would probably drive me crazy...

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  34. i know you hear this all the time... but your posts are simply amazing. so informative and lovely...this was so great...i could just scoop it all up.... have a wonderful day.... i always love reading.... x pam

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  35. I am completely addicted to your blog. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  36. how do you put these research posts together..you amaze me..you reallly should be an editor for a design book publisher or a magazine editor..

    so thanks for the great post..AGAIN! i love picture number three near the top...make me feel warm inside..love it!

    Holly

    Holly Mathis
    www.hollymathisinteriors.com

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  37. I was wondering why there were so many incredible lights in this house, then I figured it out when I saw the picture of his shop. Really great lighting! Love all the lanterns used. This house is incredible!

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  38. The appeal of country style, whether French, English, Belgium, Italian, Spanish, etc. is the simplicity. It is always unpretentious, and never looks staged.

    When one tries to recreate a certain style, the risk is in trying too hard, and making it look like it was produced from a "formula" and looks like a theme rather than an interpretation of a style. It gets beyond ridiculous when it becomes "cute" and the person decorating it does not know how to successfully mix patterns and fabrics.

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  39. Your friend's kitchen is beautiful- staged or not.
    This house is gorgeous. It is so warm and inviting, and doesn't feel the least bit "decorated." It just feels like it has evolved into this very special home.
    When I started decorating and selling antiques English was HUGE. And while I did at one point find myself moving away from it (mainly just the use of so many "smalls") I still have many English furniture pieces and decorative items. I like what the above comment says about country style being a mix and never looking staged-- I think that is so true.
    Great post, really enjoyed it.

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  40. I'm drooling...the fixtures are so magnificent. I think we should take a little "girls" trip to jolly old England (my birthplace ) and visit Charles' store!
    Blessings...

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  41. Oh, Joni... these fixtures are fabulous! I love them SO much! And the whole article. I'm so glad you featured this. I adore English Country House design, and this is wonderful.

    And Happy Second Anniversary on your blog! That giveaway sounds fabulous. I definitely will be back to enter...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  42. Lovely! Thanks!

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  43. Zowie Maui Im nuts for the Tole shade chandeliers esp the black one. Now I get to go to his website & see how hard I'd have to shake the money tree to finish off the dining room with it.
    Great post as always Joni!!!

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  44. Joni- Take a look at Perfect English by Ros Byam Shaw. If you want to close the loop on your connections- There are photos in this book of a home featuring tons of Bennison fabrics because, if I recall correctly, one of the owners works there. Oh- and the english version of seagrass- rush matting.

    Liz in Upstate NY

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  45. So much beauty! You are so right about the lighting. When I saw the first one, I thought this is no problem, that one is my fav. Even after I saw the second fixture over the table I still thought the first one was my favorite. Then the third picture, I fell in love with the same chandelier that was in the 2nd picture (I'm not sure if the covers were frosted in the 2nd picture, or if they just didn't show up as well, but with the clear covers in the 3rd picture, I fell in love with that chandelier too. It was the same story all the way through the post. Each chandelier was as pretty or prettier than the last! I loved the tour of this charming home. laurie

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  46. I discovered you while visiting "The Lisa Porter Collection"
    I adore the English Country House...and as always it is a treat to see a wonderful home in Houston.
    Can't wait to see your next post!!

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  47. So many gorgeous lights here, but the green one is definitely a favourite! Oh to have this much choice for the houses we design! Tracey xx

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  48. What an amazing tour! I love all things English Country and this house takes the very best of that style and makes it comfortable and accessible! Thanks for all of the yummy eye-candy today!

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  49. I'm English and it is all a little "cluttered" and a little traditional for my tastes (and I do have to chuckle over a 3,800 sq ft "cottage" as that's more like three cottages put together, not two, as a general rule) but I still appreciate the absolute beauty of this home, and have to agree, those must be the most lovely light fixtures ever! EVER!

    I don't buy decorating mags anymore, or rarely (was once addicted) but I alway did love actually reading them, not just looking at the pictures. Your blog is the best decorating read! I appreciate all the work you put in to it.

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  50. We are English too and that is a beautiful building.
    I especially love the large high ceilinged room with large windows; a nice contrast to the cottage proportioned rooms.
    I also love buildings which are an amalgam of many buildings of varying previous use.
    Our house is similar in that it was converted from a C17th Dovecote, pig sties and wash house - which used to belong to a house which was demolished in 1791 for no apparent reason - with a large extension on the back.
    We are also a new English lighting design company who insist on the finest quality materials, workmanship and detailing.
    Charles Edwards lighting designs are fantastic, ours are similar but with just a little something different....
    Without seeming too cheeky to mention it here and steal the anyone's thunder, I hope you will visit out site at www.lazuliltd.com
    We would love to hear what anyone thinks of our designs; we love feedback as we really wnat to design and deliver what people want!

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  51. I've never heard of Charles Edwards although I do love the English country look -- having fallen for it on our first trip to England when we stayed at bed and breakfasts and then learned to love it more through nancy Lancaster and Sister.

    An English country home feels warm and not stuffy. You (or your dogs) can sit anywhere and put your feet anywhere and nothing has to be "matchy Matchy"!

    That's the feel I want Linderhof to exude.
    Martha

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  52. The most gorgeous home, I could be very comfortable in these surroundings. I have never seen so many fabulous lanterns and don't they just finish the rooms beautifully?

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  53. Amazing homes...and amazing pictures......
    Hugs :-)

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  54. LOVE the fixtures. The kitchen is my favorite, right out of my dreams. All it needs is a big, white washed stone fireplace and a hook to hang my soup pot. Oh, and an Aga!

    I have to say, I'm not a big fan of the faux stone. Maybe it's because that's what I do and I know it's faux, but the stone always looks very theatrical to me. I would have used reclaimed brick myself, maybe with a wash on it.

    All together gorgeous house and another gorgeous post from the best blogger out there! Thank you!

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  55. Joni,
    I mentioned you today in my top 10 favourites!
    xo
    Maria

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  56. I was so happy to see this post as I have been looking at CE lanterns for weeks - ever since you did your post on the antique lanterns you bought for your home. It was a treat to tour the home and look at more English Country decor. Thank you for another beautiful post.

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  57. Wow...what a great post! Beautiful, comfortable rooms that look really livable! And the lighting is just totally amazing! Love this post, Joni!
    Susan

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  58. Great post Joni! To-die-for lighting, timelessly beautiful.
    The Jumbo Treaty Port lantern in the nickel and red is the stuff of dreams -- literally, as a basic brass version with no custom color finishes, UL listed wiring or canopy runs about £6400, and that's before the tedium involved in shipping and handling.
    Oh well, guess a trip to London is in order!

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  59. What a great post! Those images are just lovely!!

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  60. What a great post! Those images are just lovely!!

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  61. GORGEOUS! You're right, it's hard to decide which I like better, French or English design. They both have their appealing aspects. I would move into this house in a second! It's grand, but still so warm. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  62. Joni-
    I also adore the English style---- and sometimes picture myself in my kitchen, next to a warm Aga stove, with a cup o' Early Grey and a springer spaniel sleeping on my Wellies.

    I"m intrigued with balancing elements of the extremely formal with the casual/comfortable vibe. It's a cool juxtaposition. Great post!

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  63. If the exchange rate were more favorable, I would get to see these things in person again!

    Anyway, the images are beautiful - I am a from-the-cradle English manor girl, though I am very broad-minded and continental and therefore, also interested in Houstonian French-inspired chic. Hence my regular noseing around Cote de Texas!

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  64. Those lighting fixtures are AMAZING. This is a GREAT post, illustrating the importance of lighting fixtures in a room. Doesn't this post make recessed lighting look like the most horrible idea in the world?

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  65. Wicked great post Joni - what amazing rooms and fixtures. I spent the weekend looking at about 5000 fixtures on the web and lighting stores as I am searching a couple for our house. So this post was like candy for me!

    I have been thinking about a drum shade over my dining table but was wondering if I should go more traditional (like my decor) and use a candle-chandelier instead. So it was nice to see a few drum shades over dining tables. I am so conflicted about the look as I initially HATED it, but now finds it adds a slightly clean and modern note to an otherwise traditional room.

    Great job you!

    xo Terri

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  67. what a great big beauty of a post.

    i would just love the barn to live in!!

    xx

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  68. sigh. This makes me want to go back to England. Right now. Gorgeous. When I go back, I'll be sure to find the store.
    xo Lidy

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  69. Wow, these images are beautiful. Those laterns in the hallways are to die for. I love the first pictures of the kitchen too, it's gorgeous!

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  70. A+ post, loved the crystal balls on the stairs, bookcase at the top of the stairs...the garage doors...more than fab...
    Cool lighting, love all the Lanterns, amazing...
    Regards, Carol Ann x

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  71. Wow, thanks for taking me through the tour of the house. I loved it. It was so great to see every room and all of the little details. Sometimes, when people show a few pictures, I'm always itching to see what's around the corner. Thanks for showing that!

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