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English Interiors Books

Add to your library with these highly recommended books on English Interior Design. I have long admired layered & storied English Interiors, these are my favourites and those on my wish list.

This collection has been carefully curated by interior decorator Vanya Wilkinson of Wilkinson Interiors.


Colefax & Fowler: The best in English Interior Decoration

The Colefax Bible, a great history of this famous English fabric house.

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Great English Interiors: David Mlinaric

Renowned English interior designer David Mlinaric offers a panoramic tour inside some of Britain’s finest houses, castles, & public buildings. Bridging 5 centuries, this lavishly illustrated book looks at houses such as Haddon Hall, Chastleton & Knole.

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Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style

Nancy Lancaster born in 1897 to a wealthy Virginian family, became one of the greatest influences on interior decoration & garden design in Great Britain & America in the second half of the 20th century. Creating what is known today as the ‘English Country House Style’.

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Ben Pentreath: English Houses

Ben Pentreath explores and appraises the unique spirit of the English House. The book is divided into three sections: London, Country, and Country House.

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Colefax & Fowler: Inspirational Interiors

Roger Banks-Pye was one of Colefax & Fowler’s most talented in house interior designers, explore his wonderful work.

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Henbury: An Extraordinary House

Built in the 1980’s its design is based on Andrea Palladio’s Villa Rotunda in Italy. Rising from ancient parkland this is a Palladian masterpiece of symmetry, elegance and simplicity.

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John Stefanidis: Stefanidis Designs

I had the great pleasure of working for Mr Stefanidis when I lived in London. He is a genius of classic interiors with an incredible flair for colour and pattern. Explore his projects in this wonderful book.

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John Fowler: Prince of Decorators

John Fowler was a master interior decorator who set fashions & changed tastes. The English country house style, which he developed with Sibyl Colefax and Nancy Lancaster, his partners in the firm of Colefax & Fowler. a hundred years after his birth, his influence is just as powerful.

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A Cottage in the Country: Inspirational Hideaways

Cottages of the National Trust. From rustic workers’ cottages to the inspirational homes of Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf, from the prettiest thatches to solid stone follies.

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Nina Campbell: Interior Decoration

Leading U.K designer Campbell imparts her design wisdom through a biography of her career and recent decorating projects, sharing tips and secrets of the trade.

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St Giles House: The Rebirth of an English Country House

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, invites the us into the house that his family home. His award-winning restoration is slowly bringing the house back to life. Look up the Instagram account for this property & follow their progress.

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Charleston: A Bloomsbury House & Garden

I had the great pleasure of visiting Charleston when I lived in London, such a magical experience. The Bloomsbury set used the house as their country base, many of the set were artists and the house became their canvas. Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Charleston Farmhouse is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style.

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Veere Grenney: A Point of View

Veere is a master of classic interiors, mixing grandeur & modesty side by side.

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The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life

The architecture & interiors of sixty two stunning English houses, in a range of architectural styles spanning seven centuries; from the medieval Stokesay Castle to the newly built, Lutyens-inspired Corfe Farm.

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India Hicks: A Slice of England

Hicks is both English & design royalty. This wonderful book covers her family homes & India’s new Oxfordshire home, America Farm; a stunning example of how she has reinterpreted English tradition.

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Ben Pentreath: English Decoration

The acclaimed architectural & interior designer Ben Pentreath presents a survey of the best of the English style. Included are Ben’s own homes.

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On the Fringe: A Life in Decorating

Imogen Taylor is another talent from Colefax, was for many years the trusted assistant of legendary designer John Fowler.

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The English Country House: James Peill

Like the fictional Downton Abbey, these real homes are still in the hands of descendants of the original owners. Stately, grand, and a testament to the generations who have cared for them.

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Nicholas Haslam: Folly de Grandeur

Nicholas Haslamโ€™s previous home “Folly de Grandeur” is a unique country house. Once home to John Fowler, Haslam restored and nurtured the house and garden.

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Geoffrey Bennison: Master Decorator

From Antiques dealer to Interior Designer, Geoffrey Bennison ranks among Englandโ€™s most influential designers. A master of layered, romantic interiors, his legacy lives on in the fabric house he founded.

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Perfect English Farmhouse: Ros Byam Shaw

Farmhouse is a word that conjures up fresh eggs and baby lambs, chunky wooden beams & stone floors, cream teas & harvest suppers; a place of welcome and plenty.
 
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Lisa Fine: Near & Far

Lisa Fine invites us into her homes in Dallas, New York, and Paris and then takes us along as she visits the places and people who have been her greatest sources of inspiration.

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Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance

This book celebrates the work of Robert Adam, the great 18th century architect who influenced generations. Included are Syon House and Harewood House.

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Romantics & Classics: Style in the English Country House

English country house style looms large in the collective imagination, inspiring fantasies of life in a centuries-old manor house, overlooking verdant hills dotted with sheep. This book allows us to enter some of the most exceptional of England’s historic houses that are lived in & decorated for today by their imaginative owners & designers.

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