As I’ve written before, my favorite design books are those that are written about one house:


Like John Stefanidis’ English country house in “Living By Design.”



Bunny Williams’ very popular “An Affair With A House” chronicles her country house and gardens and how they grew and evolved through the years.



John Saladino’s “Villa” is a real favorite – the story of the stone wreck that he turned into a gorgeous Santa Barbara vacation house, which he promptly put up for sale after working on it for years.




“The Private House” by Rose Tarlow – while not just about one house – it does spend considerable pages on the Los Angeles house she built.




“The Winter House” by Charlotte Moss is about her former house in Aspen, which was sold soon after the book came out.




And one of my old favorites – “The Shabby Chic Home” by Rachel Ashwell where she wrote about the extensive remodeling of her Malibu house – one of many she’s lived in over the years.




The newest addition to my list of favorite “one house” books is by Nicholas Haslam called “Folly de Grandeur – Romance and Revival in an English Country House.”  Even the title is so enchanting!    The internationally acclaimed interior designer released this book to celebrate his fabulous weekend house in the English countryside.    The book came out a few months ago but I waited to read it until I had a few days to enjoy it without interruption.   I finally found the time last weekend and like a good movie that you think about for days afterwards, this book is much the same.  It stays with you.  Reading it, you feel like you are a guest in the house, enjoying a warm summer eve at dusk, with a cocktail in your hands before dinner – listening to stories from your host while the birds chirp and the fountain gurgles.  It’s just that type of book.   Weekend Two and I’m still immersed in it. 



I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for a long time.  I still remember the story about the house in Traditional Home – over 10 years ago.   You probably do too.    Nicky has lived here for almost 40 years now, and before him, the owner was the legendary decorator John Fowler.    The house was a chapter in the 2007 Fowler biography by Martin Wood, which is a great addendum to Nicky’s own.  Simply called “the prettiest small house in the world” – Nicky’s devotion to his house is evident on each page.  And if you are a lover of the history of interior design – you will appreciate the faithfulness to Fowler’s original decorations, which in some rooms remain almost unchanged. 




The Hunting Lodge, as it is called, was bought by John Fowler in 1946 – for just 1,500 pounds.  Fowler used his inheritance from his mother to fund the endeavor.  The house was a total wreck – the bottom floors were used to house animals and Fowler shoveled out several inches of chicken manure just to start the renovations.   Over the years he added on to the original three rooms, first a kitchen, then another one, a barn became the library, and a shed out back was turned into a two story guest apartment.  He later added a foyer to help keep the chill out of the main rooms and he installed electricity and plumbing – both of which the house lacked when he bought it.  He designed the garden as a series of rooms in an homage to Dutch styled landscaping and he added two pagodas for al fresco meals – one in the sun and one in the shade.  Towards the end of his life he built a garden room, far from the main building, where he ended up spending much of time.  He remained at the Hunting Lodge until his death at 71 in 1977.

The house is 40 miles from London near Odiham in Hampshire.  Royalty once frolicked here – Queen Catherine of Aragon first met the Prince of Wales at the lodge, though she later married his brother King Henry VIII.  Back then, the Tudor building was just three rooms that still stand today and was used by royalty while out on the hunt.   Around 1720, the distinctive pink brick Jacobean Revival façade was added to the lodge.  At that time it became part of a series of follies that were on a large estate.  Through the ensuing centuries, the lodge became decrepit until Fowler bought it.   In his will he bequeathed the house to the National Trust – and without even going inside, Nicky signed up to rent it from the Trust.  He doesn’t actually own it.



The lodge stands approximately 4o miles from London making it an easy weekend commute for Nicky.



View of the estate in a old forest where the Tudor royal family hunted.



View of the original lodge, the library (former horse barn) and the new extension & dining room.  Fowler renovated two cottages making them into one for his friends the acting Redgraves.



The view of the façade – as seen through the gates that lead to the lake. 



Along the façade is the “garden” door that leads to the sitting room.  The front door is at the side of the house where the curved driveway is.



The view of the house reflected in the lake – with the sun shining on the pink brick façade.



And another view of the lake.  Across from the lake are two small cottages that were combined into one by Fowler for his friends the Redgraves.  



Along the façade is the brick terrace with statutes on each side.





The wood pavilion that Fowler added on to the house to be the new foyer.   The wood is made to look like stone blocks.  Sorry – bad photo!




The new addition built by Fowler acts as the foyer with a powder and cloak room.  Fowler added the dentil molding and the walls are painted to resemble molding.  This is an older picture, today the chair fabric has been changed.




This is one of the prettiest rooms in the house – I love the faux painted paneling.  The pelmet was designed by Fowler.   Many of the decorating choices in wall and window treatments by Fowler remain today.  The new chair fabric matches the curtains in the next room.




The view from the front door – with the cloak room and powder room doors.  The lanterns are actually electrified because of drafts.




Here is a photograph from John Fowler’s days.  He also used a similar French console,  and put round frames flanking the window.    The curtain rod looks the same as the one used today, except upside down.





The new entrance hall leads into the old hall.  This used to be used as a dining room before Nicky created a new one in the back extension.  Instead, now it’s used as place to sit by the fire when coming in from the cold.   Love the original tiles – which are waxed once a week.  Fowler designed the pelmets to follow the shape of the windows.  Nicky uses the same shape today.   In the corner is the skirted table which used to be for dining, now it holds books.  Notice the rustic original plank door!






A table which holds the framed plans for a palace for the Duke of Wellington that was never built.  His guest book rests here.




The old leather and brass fender.  The walls have faux molding in this room too.   Across from the fire is a sofa.   The rooms in the house are all very small – none is wider than 12 feet!




Past the Old Hall is the Sitting Room.  This looks out on the lawn that reaches down to the lake.   Outside the door is the terrace that is under the brick façade.




The Sitting Room, where Fowler cleaned out all the chicken mess, is used as the main lounging area.   Twin sofas flank the fireplace – they are slipcovered in a John Stefanidis print that is over 30 years old.  Nicky insists it looks just as good as new!  



The walls are from John Fowler’s time – they were created using bull’s blood – eek!  The color is pink-brown, or a perfect match to band-aids.  Nicky collected all the prints that match the walls and had them framed alike.  




Nicky loves Flokati rugs from Greece and he layers them over carpets.   They aren’t expensive so when they get soiled, he just replaces them.   I love the painting over the fireplace and I love the little cupboard door in the wall.




The view from the other side.   The room is a square – 12 x 12’.  More of the framed prints on this wall.  In the book Nicky describes every accessory and every memento in detail. 




It took Nicky many years to decide on fabrics for the front window.   Through the door is the Staircase Hall.




The cover of John Fowler’s biography shows the same sitting room – as decorated by him.  The walls are  the same pink.




And the view across from the sofa.





The staircase hall has the same old terra cotta tiles that are so fabulous.  The portrait is of Nicky’s mother, which sits atop the drinks trolley – or bar.  The room is used as a study and for the stairs and as a large telephone booth.  This is where the only land line phone is kept. 




An earlier photo showing a different skirted table.   Many of the chairs have Gothic motifs – even though the façade is not Gothic, but Jacobean.  Notice the pelmet with the red trim and how it follows the shape of the window.




Nicholas Halsam using the famous telephone!




The telephone just looks old – its actually a reproduction.




An older photograph showing the stair landing on the second floor.  Fowler installed an oversized Mauny wallpaper in the hall, staircase and second floor landing.   Eventually it became so old and fragile, that Nicky asked Mauny to remake the discontinued print just for him – which they did. 




The second floor landing – as it is today with the toy dog under the demi lune.



The stairs with the its lantern and frames.  Apparently the stairs are teeny-tiny, barely wide enough for one person to climb.  Fowler and Nicky both believe that an overscaled print in a small space makes the room look bigger.




Past the stairhall is the kitchen – which was the second one added on by Fowler.  The first one, behind the sitting room is now used as a pantry. 




The problem with the kitchen is that this is the only way to get from the front part of the house to the library and the new extension when the guest bedrooms and dining room is.  Therefore, dinner guests have to pass through the messy kitchen in order to reach the dinner party.    Nicky had pieces of wood made to cover the sinks so the kitchen wouldn’t look like such a mess to the dinner guests.    I spent a few hours looking at the floor plans trying to figure out a better way to move traffic through the house.   Call me Nicky!!!  




Past the kitchen is the back door hall where baskets line the walls.   This leads to the both the Flower Room and the Library, which leads to the new extension where the dining room and guest bedrooms are.





The utility room off the Flower Room.  Love the cabinet doors and that old sink!!



And the Flower Room – which at one time held the dining room table.  Today, there is a desk here instead – and this table was moved into the new dining room.  This is where the flowers are all arranged and put in vases.





The red library was once the horse stables.   The library connects the old hunting lodge with the newer back extension that Fowler created out of outbuildings into much needed guest quarters.   Through the door you can see into the new dining room which Nicky created in the extension.




The coffee table is made of two false books on top of a table.  As it is all over the house – the library is filled with books.




Nicky’s new dining room was recently created out of two smaller rooms in the  extension at the back of the lodge.  While the walls look like hand painted wallpaper – they are actually hand painted.   The table at the window was cut in half – the other half in is the Garden Room.  The chairs wear a new fabric – before they were covered in green checks which Nicky felt was too Swedish looking.    The lamp is incredible – it is metal flowers and Nicky says it’s impossible to move. 





The table which was once in the Flower Room.  Notice the large column and urn – Nicky designed the column.  And here is my main issue with the house – the carpet!!!   I don’t understand the carpet!!  Why not put wood down or seagrass instead or more of that wonderful terra cotta tile?  I hate to say this but there is carpet in the bathrooms too!   OK – this is a more English thing than an American thing, I know.  This is an older picture and the carpet has since been replaced with a flat weave grayish carpet – but still….



The walls were painted to look like paper – including seams and even “torn” areas.  Here you can see the “seam.”  Also you can see the new carpet here.   I do prefer the old check fabric, but I’m a sucker for checks.   The dining room is one of my favorites in the house  - I love the way the walls were painted.



And looking back through to the library.  Unfortunately, in the book, Nicky doesn’t show the rest of the new extension with its study and two guest bedrooms on the second floor. 




There are three bedrooms in the main house.  Two are tiny and one is the master bedroom.  Fowler actually slept in one of the tiny bedrooms instead of the main one.   The two smaller bedrooms share a bath.  Nicky says that when he has only one guest – he gives them both bedrooms – one to sleep in and one with the luggage to dress in.   Above is the tiny red bedroom with its striped walls.  Again, Nicky believes that bold, large patterns are better for small rooms and that they actually make a room feel bigger.  I am beginning to agree with this.



Here is a painting of the same room – as it was decorated under Fowler.  He used red stripes too.




The upstairs bathroom – showing the Mauny wallpaper off the hall.  You can see the green and white carpet that is in the bathrooms.  One thing that Nicky collects are frames.  He has framed prints on every wall in the lodge.  I love these round ones! 




An older picture of the master bedroom and dressing room.  The walls are as Fowler decorated them using a soft aqua wash with Mauny wallpaper stripes.  The carpet has been changed since this picture was taken, but I love it!






As the main bedroom looks today – with the curtains showing the red trim and the familiar shaped pelmets. 




In front of the house is a large lawn, which Nicky has mowed in a checkerboard pattern.  The lawn is surrounded by clipped hornbeam – which makes it seem like a room.  Past this area are flower beds.




Clipped box and flowers outside the Garden Room.





Past the front lawn and two pavilions is the Garden Room, which Fowler built in his later years.   Attached to this room is a conservatory which is used for dinner parties.



Another view of the Garden Room and gravel paths.





The fountain outside the Garden Room.






The Garden Room.   Nicky added a fireplace to this room which causes him to use it even more now.  Fowler also used this room a lot – almost forgetting about the hunting lodge.  I think I might live back here too!   The console shown here is the second piece of the one in the dining room that Nicky divided in half.  Notice the back legs are covered in the chintz on the sofa so the rustic legs will blend in.



The sofas and chairs are slipped in the chintz Georgina by Nicholas Herbert.  Underneath is hardwoods and a antique rug. 




The two sofas facing each other along with two different painted French caned chairs.  I love the plates in the shelves.




And looking towards the conservatory where dinner is served.  I am obsessed with this room!!  I think it’s gorgeous – the high ceiling with beams, the wonderful chintz slipcovers, the fireplace, the chest, the hardwood floors, the French doors, and the painted French caned chairs.   I can’t stop thinking about this room and wondering, do I want chintz again????   Thinking maybe I should slip two chairs in my family room with this chintz.  Totally obsessing!!   This room just hit me a way that few have.  Oh well…





Obsessing over the chintz in the Garden Room made me want to see more rooms Nicky designed using chintz.  I didn’t have to look hard – he obviously loves chintz.   This bedroom is gorgeous.   The chintz is so pretty – used everywhere in the room.  It’s a smaller print than the one in Nicky’s Garden Room.  I think I like the bigger print best.



This bedroom has a chintz on the walls that Nicky designed himself.




I love this bedroom - with the chintz Bowood that John Fowler designed after finding a relic of it at Bowood  House.   Remember Tory Burch used this same fabric in her gorgeous living room?   I love the furniture and the door and the curtains.  So pretty!!




In this bedroom in New Orleans, Nicky used a chintz by Georges La Manch.




And the other side of the beautiful bedroom in New Orleans.




On this landing he used the same Mauny print again – this time in a purple colorway.




This living room is gorgeous – notice the Picasso  (how can you miss it!!!)   Love the chintz at the windows.  It looks so fresh to me to have chintz at the windows. 



In this New Orleans living room he used a chintz with a blue background.  I prefer the white or cream backgrounds.  Those two chandeliers!!!  The wallpaper!!!



This room uses an 18th century Claremont chintz, Les Raisins. 



To die for!!!  Chintz slips on the chairs.



This small English country house reminds me of Nicky’s.  Chintz on the chairs.   I LOVE this room!!



The entry hall of the same house – again Nicky used the Mauny chintz.  Love the silk curtains with the blue lining. 



And even in the bathroom – a chintz with a yellow background!


Sooo, chintz?

Yes or no????

What do you think?


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  1. I was wondering whether you would do a post on the Nicky Haslam book. I have long been fascinated by this house and couldn't wait for the book to arrive. I read it in one sitting, most of it was familiar through photos I had seen over the years.

    I do love Chintz but in small doses - I especially love the Bowood fabric.

    I am eagerly awaiting arrival of Michael S Smith's new book which I understand is a book about one house.

  2. I swear if I get another design book....however, the Nicky Haslam's book is on my list. OMG, that garden room with the chintz sofas and wonderful console. I die! Yes, I still love chintz. I was obsessed back in the day when the kids were little, decorating with lovely florals. I think it is so romantic. Just got the Designer's At Home book. It's great. I may have to build a library too to house all the books. They're taking over!

  3. Fantastic post, Joni and so thorough. I remember the article from TH all those years ago- the house is stunning. I haven't bought any books for a while...but now I am tempted!

  4. Wow, wow, wow! You have again outdone yourself (and everyone else). What a spectacular and interesting post. I hope Nicky credits you for the bump in sales he is inevitably going to receive ;)

  5. I am stunned Joni, what an amazing property and the grounds. Every room is so very special.
    So excited to get Nicki's book! He is amazing in that he can make chintz look current and bright.

    Art by Karena

  6. I LOVE Chintz !!!!! I think you should go for it Joni !! Thank you for this post- I have been longing for old school English decorating for ages !!!

  7. I love chintz too! Still have a Schumacher chintz on a club chair from the 80's. I have been thinking to reupholster for several years but just new I would miss this classic. Great Post, loved the details.

  8. LOVE THIS POST! I looked at it earlier today. Then had to come back again tonight and slowly go through each page.
    thank you for all the work you put into this piece.
    I also felt something from the same room, you feel like you want to step into the room and sit awhile. It is probably from years of fine tuning until you feel the love of the owner.
    you were my first blog & I was hooked. my best maryann

  9. This is a lovely post. I have long been an admirer of Nicky Haslam and the book seems to bring together all his ideas. I adore the small dining rooms. The beauty of all his rooms is that they are totally livable. I have recently taken down the chintz curtains in my little regency house for a more modern look. Guess they'll be going back in the winter! Incidentally, I discovered yesterday Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published the year that my house in Dublin (Ireland) was built. It is exciting to think that people might have been sitting in my home reading it hot off the press! I'm thinking of having a regency themed 200th Birthday party for the house in November on the anniversary of our moving in there.

  10. I love chintz in small bits. Before our flood, I had a romantic cabbage rose chintz drapes in our bedroom. My daughter convinced me that the fabric made the room look too "old" with my Aubusson rug and antique furniture...So, I opted for plain linen with a Greek key trim. The room does look more current, but I miss my chintz. As I have analyzed the rooms I like best in this post--the bedroom in Bowood with the John Fowler/Tory Burch chintz, your obsession Garden room with the chintz sofas, and the bathroom which is pictured last in this post--I have concluded that I like plain walls with a touch of chintz to cozy-up an otherwise formal space. Joni, my heart always beats a bit faster when I note a new Cote de Texas post on my blog list. This post did not disappoint. If English country comes roaring back, we will know that you propelled a new trend! Cheerio!

  11. Perfect example, The Hunting Lodge, of the Poverty Cycle. Makes the home better with its rusticities.

    Did you notice the table he made from a fireplace mantle, cut to scale, in the book? Went straight to mine in the carriage house storage bin and decided, 'YES'. Can't wait to get it cut and placed inside.

    All the carpet made me feel the 'damp' of The Hunting Lodge. His use of plinths, urns, busts inside is amazing.

    The garden? Needs its own book.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  12. Thank you for this fabulous post on Nicky's book- which I adore!! You have increased my pleasure in multiples with the new photos. Can't thank you enough.
    I am a chintz girl through and through. If you like Nicky Haslam, then I suggest you have a look at Betsy Speert's work- gorgous colors and loads of wonderful cabbage roses. Her rooms are unfailingly pretty and beautiful!

    1. ...i too immediately thought of betsy...she is the best of the best...blessings laney

  13. I am ready for chintz to return. I've always always loved it. Keep promoting it Joni. Use some in your own house, convince your clients to us it--and it will (sooner or later) become a trend!

    This was a fabulous post. I want the book!

  14. Oh my goodness! I can't think of any place that would be more relaxing and enjoyable.

  15. Great post! I am surprised that you didn't mention the interesting fabric on the bench in front of the white sofa in the sitting room. It too is fabulous. Would you happen to know the name? Yes, I am ready for a little chintz. I can't determine whether chintz looks dated when used sparingly or better if you go all out and wrap a room in it. It has been so long since we have seen it used certainly to the extent seen in this post. It's really hard not to love.

  16. You are a pusher! They are going to find me one day, buried under a pile of interior and architectural design books that collapsed on top of me, like one of the Collyer brothers...

    Try these older gems:
    Small Castles and Pavillions of Europe by Jerome Zerbe ISBN 0007455283 and
    Les Pavillons of the Eighteenth Century by Cyril Connolly and Jerome Zerbe ISBN 0393012794

    I love the bulls-blood wall colour (British spelling) and think it quite appropriate for the framed drawings done in a medium known as "sanguine".

    I wonder if this is the new trend, write a book about your house, get published and then cash in onn the sale of he now widely known and coveted home? In truth though, Haslam's home has appeared in print for ages and I doubt he will ever give it up.

  17. I've become a collector of decorator books and this is my favorite so far. Check out his other book Sheer Elegance for more. He's also included in the new book Designers At Home by Ronda Carman; you can lose yourself in this book for hours!!!!

  18. Thanks so much for a gorgeous post. You've outdone yourself again. Wonderful way to start the day! That garden room with the chintz and fabulous rug! But actually the entire house is wonderful. Beautiful and comfortable at the same time.

  19. That English "feeling" just stirs my soul. Chintz accents, oh, my, yes. Luv the "crowns" over the doors, etc., etc., etc. franki

  20. Another great, related read is the biography of Nancy Lancaster and the homes she and Fowler decorated. Fewer photos, but fascinating details about the decoration of the homes, the business they started, their fascinating lives, etc.

    I like the Bowood chintz too, I am still really attracted to a very calm, limited color palette punctuated by changeable hits of color in flowers, candles, napkins, etc. I love pattern, including big old fashioned florals, as long as it is fairly neutral.

    Judy B

  21. Ack! Nope, chintz takes me right back to 1986. Definitely not ready to see those fashions. Thanks for showing small scale rooms. :)

  22. I'm an Anglophile, so I love the English Country look. As much as I like florals, though, I have to have them in limited doses - maybe a pair of chairs and some pillows. But there is something so romantic about a bedroom totally ensconced in one floral pattern. However, my favorite bedroom shown here is the one with the creamy white walls and the Bowood fabric headboard, bench, and chair/ottoman. Just calmer and more soothing. Love the tour of the wonderful Hunting Lodge. My favorite wallpaper is the Mauny done in the purple colourway. I'm ready to see floral prints make a comeback. At least put some on pillows on those white slips! I never really cared for geometrics in glaring colors, which seems to be all you see now except for suzani. I admit to preferring those large scale florals in a washed-out faded look like Bennison's and Ralph Lauren's (at least their older versions, not sure if they've changed up to vivid brights to be more 'modern'), even Cabbages and Roses and Shabby Chic, but these are usually on linen or linen/cotton and not technically chintz. I like my colors muted rather than bold. (I admire Kathryn Ireland, but couldn't live with those bright hot colors, and the same goes for the more boho look - like it, but not for me.)

  23. As an American, I spent some time in my 20s living and working in the English countryside, just north of Haslam's lodge, and was a guest in many homes with rooms decorated like these. At the time, I found them too old-fashioned for my taste, but now I love their warmth and timelessness.

    The carpet? I never understood the wall-to-wall carpet throughout the English homes I visited, especially given their love of dogs and the rainy weather they endured. But the chintz, lovely chandeliers, artwork, and the smaller, segregated rooms (vs. our open floor plans)... all promote a feeling of familiarity and lived-in coziness.

    1. BloominanglophileMay 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      I also was fortunate to live in England for a time. Those houses can be pretty drafty! The constant rain and cool weather surely accounts for the wall-to wall carpeting. Anything to help keep the houses cozy. There was even a drapery track for covering our front door. Still had drafts from the front door mail slot and all the wood-framed single-paned windows! I wore my fleece jacket inside all the time. Regardless, I would go back in a heartbeat!

  24. Chintz - depends on the house, where you are located, what the other furniture looks like. Part of the appeal in these pictures is the lack of matchy matchy. It does not look like someone hired someone else to puck out whatever the current shelter magazines showed. That is what's so missing in most of what we see in other people's houses that are "decorated", personality. If you have seen one you have seen them all. The only difference is color or arrangement otherwise it's like World War II housing developments, they all looked alike, mass produced, standardized. OK, I don't think having to travel through the kitchen for your guests to get to the dining room is so wonderful but we all know the food has to come from someplace so why not. Personality. Great stuff.

    Thanks so much for bringing yet another collection of really interesting pictures to us. You do good work!


    1. I totally agree with what you've written.

      Also, I can remember reading in one of the "English Country House" books I bought back in the 80s, that the vital ingredient of this "look" is the English countryside - you'll never be able to really achieve the look in a New York City apartment or a house in Florida, etc. Something's just off without that gorgeous view out the windows.

  25. You expend such effort and consideration on your blogs. This is another beaut of a post. Thank you. And HELL YES to chintz.

  26. Chintz is the mark of the aristocrat!

  27. Chintz? YES! I do miss seeing it and some of the most beautiful patterns available are very expensive, so perhaps only a pillow or two for me, lol. Oh but how I would love to find the perfect chintz pattern for my bedroom. I adore the fact that nothing is a perfect match in this post. Every room is lavished in its own way and looks cozy. This post makes me want to buy the book!

  28. Fabulous. I love the architecture and the interiors, but I really need the carpet in the garden room. To. Die. For.

  29. I agree Joni...there is something about a book written about one house...the intimacy of it...

  30. Joni, I have a request. Can you do a feature on the decor in Out of Africa and the British Colonial look? Actually, I *think* there might have been some chintz in that movie, too. ;)

    1. I second that request. That movie was in the same class as Something's Gotta Give as far as decorating.

  31. I love my books, too. I have tried to look at some decor magazines online and I just cannot get into it, you have to zoom in and out and look at everything in segments, its a complete hassle for me! Nothing can take the place of a book or a real magazine as far as I'm concerned. This book by Nicky Haslam looks wonderful - what a house! The photo of the sofa/pillows and fireplace - I could really curl up and read there!

  32. A great post! I am a confessed anglophile. I love chintz. And I love this post!

  33. I'm not really a fan of the chintz, at least not for myself. My room as a girl in the 80s was chintz to the max and I had my fill of it for a lifetime. Sorry, Mom.

    I did love this post though, chintz and all. One of the things I really admire about English country decor is how they live with things they love vs. overly trendy rooms. I'm not above adding a modern piece or two to my rooms by any means or updating older finishes, but not at the expense of good, basic design and common sense. Thanks, Joni.

  34. English country style is one of my favourite decors... it's unique... the English somehow pull all these different ingredients together to create the cosiest and warmest of environments... Chintz is having a is pattern it would seem...

    NH has enormous style and his home shows that perfectly...
    Wonderful post joni... xv

  35. I really like that English feeling and the crown over the door. xo
    - Vinnie

  36. My favourite spot would have to be the Sitting Room and its magnificent view of the garden. Agree with you regarding traffic flow through the kitchen being somewhat awkward however it being 'the heart of the home' for many, one could consider it appropriate when welcoming guests. ☺

    Do love Chintz myself but only in small doses but as florals were very obvious on the Spring Fashion runways this year and is forecasted to continue; I feel you may be seeing more use of it in Interior Decor.

    Thank you for the tour Joni, enjoyed it immensely. -Brenda-

  37. A few years ago Sande Chase did a lovely post on Nicky Haslam and his gift wrapping talents. It can be found here.

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  39. Joni,

    You mentioned two of my all time favorite decorating books-An Affair With a House and Winter House. Now check out Soiree by Danielle Rollins. It is mainly a book about entertaining, but you get to see the inside and the outside of her Atlanta home called Boxwood. Lovely!

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  41. Your caption under the image of the entry hall as it was when John Fowler lived at the Hunting Lodge states that the pelmet is upside down. It was properly positioned under John Fowler's own hand. Nicky Halsam has reversed it and it no longer makes any architectural sense. Worst decorator who ever lived. A complete and utter fraud. The Hunting Lodge which was once the quintessence of understated charm is now packed to the gills with false touches. Yet the fans lap it up like fresh cream. Appalling.

  42. I agree with the pelmet. As if John Fowler every would have hung it "upside down"!! It looks so silly now!

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