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Georgian Style and Design for Contemporary Living [Hardcover]

Henrietta Spencer-Churchill
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16 Oct 2008
Henrietta Spencer-Churchill brings the practical comfort of 21st century living to the elegant and timeless classical proportions of 18th century design. This inspiring and invaluable book showcases Henrietta Spencer-Churchill's recent projects. Whether working with authentic Georgian interiors, apartments or newly-built homes, Lady Henrietta brings her perfectionist talent to the task of marrying comfort and practicality to the spirit of 18th century elegance and timeless classical proportions. The book is lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs from the author s latest portfolio of work, and contains insights into how the design process works at a practical level. With chapters looking at each room in the home individually, from the dining room to the home office and media room, discover Henrietta s secrets for achieving the ultimate blend of classic style and the needs of a modern home. This is the classic design book for 21st century living.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906525196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906525194
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 24 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Evoking the regal comfort of Colonial Williamsburg or Jefferson's Monticello...Henrietta Spencer-Churchill explores how an update of Georgian style can be adapted for contemporary living..." "New York Living ""Henrietta Spencer-Churchill examines design principles and aesthetic preferences of the Georgian era and makes an incontrovertible case for their applicability today." "Veranda "“Complete with interesting history about the evolution of Georgian philosophy and a design breakdown of stunning homes, "Georgian Style and Desig"n is a wonderfully informative and illustrative read.” "Romantic Homes Magazine" “Whether your project is large, small, original or new-build, this book and its beautiful photography will provide inspiration and practical tips.” "IDFX Magazine"

About the Author

Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is the daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and spent her childhood surrounded by the exquisite architecture of Blenheim Palace. She lives in London and Woodstock, and runs the highly successful interiors company Woodstock Designs. She is the author of eight books, including Classic Interior Design (ISBN 9781903116630), Classic Design Styles (ISBN 9781903116258) and Blenheim and the Churchill Family (ISBN 9781904991144), all available from CICO Books.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book is chock full of photos of original Georgian interiors and new-build interiors decorated by Henrietta. On first glance, it looks really good and there is a fair bit to inspire and some lovely interiors to drool over. However, all are very grand and there is little to inspire on a more normal home which leaves it a bit one-sided. It's a bit like looking around a National Trust Country house to see how to decorate a terraced house of the same period.

The thing that really got me though was that the text is all about how she designed this and that and what the constraints were and what the clients wanted. If you want to buy an advert/resume for Henrietta, that's fine, but if you want a book with information on how Georgians would have decorated their rooms and what they would or would not have, it is very lacking. There are occasional gems of info, like the proportions of swags to curtains, but simple decorating basics, like what colours they would have used, the fact that Georgians would NEVER have had stripped pine in their homes etc are completely missing.

Also, some of her decor in the new build American stuff is just hideous! It's almost worth getting the book just for the laugh at seeing the oversized terrible, oh so terrible, family portrait in one of the houses (family standing serenly together on a grand, fictional staircase with swags of fabric at the edge and mother with head tipped to one side...words cannot describe how OMG naff it is). That house itself is just awful as well, as it tries to mix Georgian style with modern build techniques and open plan. As a result, it just all comes out really wrong.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Source book of useful ideas? 26 July 2010
By Nicola
Have to say I was a little disappointed in this book for the price. The cover image is the best image. I thought many of the properties were a bit too grand to be a useful source-book for decorating ideas in smaller period properties and the photography and fabrics looked rather dated to be contemporary, or classic of the period and the production or repro was inconsistent as quite a few of the pictures had an odd colour cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Ideas 30 Jan 2009
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This book is filled with stunning ideas for how to create and live in Georgian style today. The book is filled with fabulous pictures giving lots of inspirational ideas about how to decorate, and furnish homes for that Georgian look.

I'm currently refurbishing a Georgian style building and I am constantly flicking through this book to give me ideas for everything from staircases to wallpaper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 20 July 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend 10 May 2011
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There were many books on Georgian Style and this seemed to be the best one. It was a gift for my father, and he loved it.
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