Classic Design Styles: Period Living for Today's Interiors - Henrietta Spencer-ChurchillLondon: Cico Books, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
2nd impression, first edition 2001. Contains: Colour photographs; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “As a child growing up in the Baroque splendour of Blenheim Palace, Henrietta Spencer-Churchill could not but be influenced by the architectural grandeur of period living. In Classic Design Styles, she considers 10 of the most enduring decorating styles, explaining and illustrating the distinguishing characteristics from both European and American periods from the medieval to the end of the nineteenth century. She shows how elements of these classic decorating styles can be adapted and used in the home today to produce her trademark understated grandeur. Classic Design Styles enables you to recreate period living in your own home.
The first section is a beautifully illustrated chronology of interiors style, with a guide to the history, nature, and most enduring aspects of each style, as well as photographs illustrating period features and schemes of the interiors of lived-in homes. The central core section deals with a house of each period, room-by-room, picking out its individual period style. Each section covers everything from full schemes for a large family house to its fine details, such as window treatments and the placing of cushions. Key features, and the defining characteristics of each period, from vaulted medieval ceilings to delicate Georgian metalwork, arc the focus of the text. The final section deals with the details of design, explaining how influences from the past are used to create a period feel, including working with heirlooms or individual antiques.”