Respected author and designer Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill's newest book inspires us to incorporate timetested design principles into modern living. Featuring beautiful historic homes from the UK as well as the US, this book celebrates grand rooms, their architectural features and their interior design, including furniture, textiles, tabletop, and decoration. Lavish new photography, as well as archival photos (approx. 25% of book) from Country Life magazine and the VaA, illustrate HSC's highly knowledgeable and fascinating texts showing life behind the scenes in some of the UK and US's most beautiful houses. Sidebars address social history, with anecdotes and a look at how cultural mores, etiquette, fashions, and foods have evolved over time. The photos are complemented by sketches of room layouts and furniture and accessories; as well as copies of guest lists, menus, and activities. The book is divided into the following chapters addressing the original use of the room, how the room has changed over the centuries, and how it is used now. Introduction: general synopsis of architectural styles and periods from 1600 to present; Halls: where it all began; Living Rooms: from the general to the particular and back again, from formal reception rooms to the modernday comfortable family room; Library: from gentleman's retreat to home office or den; Dining Room: once a status symbol but rarely used today, from formal dining room to open-plan living; Kitchen: from servants' area to multi-function family space, the large eat-in kitchen; Bedroom: a private space; Bathroom: the newcomer to the house; Ballrooms and Orangeries: redundant rooms turned to modern use (game or media rooms, home theatres, garden rooms); Pavillions and Summer Houses: out buildings and seasonal homes, places to have fun.Featuring beautiful historic homes from the UK as well as the US, this book celebrates grand rooms, their architectural features and their interior design, including furniture, textiles, tabletop, and decoration.
|Title||:||The Life of the House|
|Publisher||:||Rizzoli International Publications - 2012|