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I have a rather modest living room but I often cheekily refer to it as my gracious drawing room. It’s not too much of a stretch to say though really — the space is actually quite a pleasing room for hosting honored guests — an attractive place for drinks and treats before and/or after dinner which is, after all, what any gracious drawing room should be! Wherever you yourselves might formally entertain, I have no doubt that you’ll be inspired by Rizzoli’s rich new tome, The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration, by Jeremy Musson (former Architectural Editor of the super chic Country Life magazine among other things). Julian Fellowes (you’ll know him as the creator of Downton Abbey) aptly describes it as “…a ravishing study of more than thirty drawing rooms from many of our greatest houses, which shows us just what important chambers they have been and still are.” The book is a thoroughly enjoyable history lesson in English decorating from the 16th century to the present day, and many of these rooms were created by design legends like David Hicks, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, and David Mlinaric to name just a few.

The Yellow Room, Nancy Lancaster

The Yellow Room, Nancy Lancaster

The Temple

The Temple

The Grove, David Hicks

The Grove, David Hicks

Stanway House

Stanway House

Althorp

Althorp

Aynhoe Park

Aynhoe Park

Sure to be useful in planning and creating your own perfect drawing room, The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration is another must-have addition to any well appointed library!

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6 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Dear James Old Boy,

    What a delight to see a cleaned up version of the famous Butter Yellow drawing room –

    Of course, I loved the decadence of the Nancy Lancaster version- but the English love to take care of things- as you well know!

    Lord Dean of Derbyshire and Kent

  2. Karena says:

    James this book looks wonderful. Nancy’s Yellow Room is forever branded in my mind, also adore the last image, such unique lighting!

    xoxo
    Karena
    French Artist Frederique Chemin

  3. I have mixed feelings about the inclusion of The Yellow Room. I absolutely love the Nancy Lancaster version and it is a wonderful space that I try to revisit every time I’m in London so I don’t forget the dimensional aspects of the architecture. But it has been repainted with a near-miss of the original John Fowler glaze and the showroom furnishing (never as pulled together as shown here) is always a disappointment. All that aside, I’m a J Musson fan and want to buy the book.

  4. James Andrew says:

    Dear Dean,

    Yes I had the great pleasure of seeing this ravishing room in person – would have been lovely to see it as Nancy Lancaster decorated it.

    This book is really a wonderful celebration of the drawing room, it’s history and some of the most exquisite drawing rooms still in tact.

    Cheers

    JA

  5. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Karena,

    The yellow room – so very iconic!

    This drawing room at Aynhoe Park is certainly a more modernist take on the concept of a drawing room and shows the continued popularity of such rooms.

    Cheers and Many Thanks

    JA

  6. James Andrew says:

    Hello The Devoted Classicist ,

    Yes the Yellow Room is really only a vapor of what it once was- such an important room in the history of English Decoration.

    The book is a must – really rather fabulous!

    Cheers and All Best

    JA

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