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    Finding Inspiration in Robert Kime

    Having fun in London today looking at wallpaper and fabrics for our renovation project. So difficult to choose as there are lots of considerations, not just colour, texture and pattern. English Interior Style should appear as if it has come together, rather than been put together but that’s easier said than done. Love this impromptu photo taken by the very patient Mr ITES in Robert Kime interiors on the Pimlico Road. 

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    Bedside Manners

    One of the joys of visiting different historic houses and stately piles around the country is seeing how different owners or custodians style their interiors, exteriors and gardens. Our post today allows us to compare notes on just one small element of grand house style… Yes folks, it’s the turn of the BEDSIDE TABLE. Here are some nice examples of this small but essential piece of furniture all of which have been paired with a complimentary lamp. We…

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    Flowers from the garden

    Sunday is our planning day and the diaries are getting busy with visits, exhibitions and events that we can’t wait to share with you all. We’re also catching up with some other chores today so are keeping things simple with a post of flowers we picked from the garden this morning. We hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. Love from the girls at ITES! Personalised vase from Emma Bridgewater.

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    Interior Inspiration

    We’ve been working on a house renovation project for some time now and have had to focus on all the necessary but less exciting tasks: roof repairs, rotten beams, new windows, new boiler etc. But FINALLY, this year, we can make a start on the INTERIORS! Although this house is not a grand pile, we still love to take inspiration from the wonderful stately homes and country houses we have visited. For example: we adore the pink fabric…

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    Weaving some magic

    We’re looking back to North Norfolk today to view this stunning room at Blickling Hall. It was created to accommodate the large tapestry which depicts Peter the Great defeating the Swedes at the Battle of Poltswa in 1709. We believe that the beautiful pink damask on the walls was created by Humphries Weaving who are based in Sudbury in Suffolk. The company specialises in custom Jacquard designs and we have featured their glorious textiles before. You can also…

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    Mystery interior

    Do you know where this pretty panelled room is situated? Whilst this photo is not publication-perfect, it shows the reality of photographing so many of the places we visit. The sensor on the table, is not attractive, but it plays a vital role in monitoring humidity levels in this historic building; Something I became very familiar with when I worked in a museum. The lights are actually just lamps placed on wall brackets, and we think they are…

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    A view with a room

    The month of January is named after Janus, the ancient Roman God of new beginnings, gates, transitions and doorways. So today we thought we would share a few of our favourite doorway views which lead through to special rooms. We love the way that this perspective frames the interior beyond giving a glimpse of what’s to come. Hope your year is off to a good start! Burghley House, Haddon Hall, Chillingham Castle, Blenheim, Montacute, Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall,…

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    Chase away the Monday Blues

    .. with our quick quiz, designed to test your knowledge of English interiors on a blue theme. How many of the locations of these historic interiors can you identify? They have all been featured on our Instagram page in the past.

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    The Great Dining Room: Chatsworth House

    Following yesterday’s post of Charles Cavendish’s portrait, by Sir Anthony van Dyck, we thought that we would share the painting in situ at Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire. We love the ruby red walls in this stunning setting. Red often appears to be the choice for dining room walls in many stately homes across the country, probably due to a theory that the colour increases the appetite. It also provides a delicious backdrop, particularly for the rich palettes of…