English House Style from Archives of Country Life by Dr John Goodall
English House Style traces the evolution of sixteen seminal interior styles found in British country homes, from the Middle Ages to the present, which have helped lay the foundations for what have become touchstones at the fingertips of every decorator, designer, and architect working today. The evolution of each style from its first appearance centuries ago to the present day, is presented through lavish photography culled from the very deep and rich archive of Country Life. Every one of these influential styles has been a source of inspiration to countless decorators through time. Many of the most important homes, primarily in England but also in Scotland and Wales, are featured Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Strawberry Hill, Haddon Hall along with lesser known gems Wardington Manor, Marchmont House, and Lindesfarne Castle. Historian John Goodall s lively, accessible, and informative text describes the telling characteristics of each style, traces the development of each over time in the hands of different designers, and examines all through his historical lens to establish context. The most influential interior designers through the centurieswill be examined and placed in the design lexicon. As indispensable as it is beautiful and inspirational, this book is a rich resource and visual guide of quintessential British country house style for decorators, architects, designers, tourists, residents, and armchair travelers who fantasize about revitalizing their own castle on the hill.