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Nicky Haslam's Folly de Grandeur: Romance and revival in an English country house [Hardcover]

Nicky Haslam , Simon Upton
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21 Mar 2013

From its humble origins as a Tudor hunting lodge to its present-day status as a protected historic building, Nicky Haslam’s delightful ‘Folly de Grandeur’ is a unique English country house that is one of the renowned decorator’s favourite places.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Part 1: A History of the House provides a timeline of the house together with an overview of the design aesthetics that characterize Haslam’s look. Part 2: The Essence of Style covers wall finishes, soft furnishings, the transition from room to room, furniture form, style and arrangement, classical elements, and creating tableaux with objets and photographs.
In Part 3: A House for All Seasons, you will find a year-round appreciation of this remarkable home, which was once owned by John Fowler, co-founder of Colefax & Fowler. By recounting events – from society gatherings to quiet country weekends – stories about the rooms, and details about the decoration and furnishings, Haslam reveals the personal touches that give the folly its unique sense of life, both indoors and out. Inviting us into his carefully preserved and lovingly decorated country home, he explains the intricacies and delights of carefully mismatched furniture collected over the years, a colour palette of subtle, warming tones that are quietly welcoming and effortlessly romantic, and a wonderful collection of art that is nothing short of inspirational. Finally, in Part 4: The Perfect Setting, Haslam shares unique garden design secrets and outdoor ‘rooms’ that complement his celebrated home.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (21 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417857
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 24.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book examines in lingering close-up the beguiling dream world he has created, faithful to what survived of Fowler's post-war schemes, embellished with his own bravura flourishes, a sophisticated Lilliputian elegance he dismisses airily as 'hodgepodge'. This celebration of a much-loved house includes titbits of decorating advice. For all its practical inspiration, however, this book is unabashedly escapist - and all the better for it.'

(Matthew Dennison Country Life)

'In one of England's most entrancing little buildings, King Henry's Hunting Lodge, we are treated here to a mere fraction of the Haslam decorating vision. Photographer Simon Upton has visited in all seasons, his sympathetic lens resting on this and that of note; Nicky's text and explanatory captions accompany, the touches of DIY included. The result is a compelling room-by-room tour.'

(Minn Hogg World of Interiors)

‘This is a pleasurable book about pleasure. The literary style is mellifluous and intelligent. For those not lucky enough to know this wonderfully engaging man, this book about his equally engaging house is the next best thing.’

(Stephen Bayley Spectator)

About the Author

NICKY HASLAM is one of the UK’s most celebrated interior designers. Since 1972 he has transformed homes and spaces for high-profile clientele including Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Charles Saatchi and Rupert Everett, as well as designed some of the ritziest parties, including events for the Prince of Wales. His decorating ethos of traditional comfort lends exquisite elegance to interiors, and all the hallmarks of his style are evident in his own country home.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romancing a Folly 30 Mar 2013
You will savor every word and image in this book as Nicky Haslam takes you on a remarkably personal tour of his folly of an home which he describes as "quite simply the prettiest small house in the world." Formerly the home of renowned designer John Fowler, Haslam fell in love with its "fairy-tale facade", as Fowler did shortly after the end of WWII. Haslam describes seeing the folly for the first time: "History does repeat itself. And so it was that, some thirty years later, I turned the last bend in the rough lane through these woods, came to a clearing by a lake, and, turning, saw this rose-pink, brick-gabled folly glinting in the evening sun."

Haslam recounts, "I like to think of him (Fowler) standing in the doorway as his celebrated clients like Debo Devonshire or the Pembrokes drew up to be greeted by his quizzical smile and promise of a nifty Blood Mary. One of his early assistants, Nina Campbell, told me recently that, even before he came to live here, John's nickname was 'Folly' Fowler...."

Situated on the hunting grounds of King Henry VII, the home has a rather magical past before Fowler. It was on these grounds that Catherine of Aragon first set her dark Spanish eyes on King Henry's son Arthur, Prince of Wales, to whom she was betrothed. You may sense a certain magic pervading the house, or maybe it's Haslam's unabashed affection for it. In its Tudor beginnings as a refuge from hunting, it was a humble three rooms. Around 1720-40 a fanciful Jacobean facade was affixed to the front, and it was expanded.

Describing his first walk-through after Fowler inhabited it, Haslam allows us to see it through his eyes: "There was no furniture inside the house the first time I saw it....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Imperfect 20 April 2013
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The reader is immediately drawn to the magic and mystique of what is quintessentially effortless English country charm. The house and garden in harmony. Speechless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicky Haslam's Folly de Grandeur 7 April 2013
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A fabulous book on a fabulous house....by a talented decorator and designer...well worth buying for the excellent inspiration and thoughtful gatherings of photography and comment
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5.0 out of 5 stars great house 12 July 2013
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have wanted this book for ever so long .........lived up to all my expectations. what a delight !!! lovely to possess
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A really lovely book, a photo documentary of a lovely English house, not a book full of perfectly styled interiors but a diary of a well loved home.

Listen up Mr Haslam if your reading, I am Eagerly awaiting volume II
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table book 6 Nov 2013
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Very inspirational, and pleasing to the eye. Nicky Haslam is of the old school, style and good taste are a prerequisite in his world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folly 2 May 2013
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As with anything Nicky touches the end result is one of pure genius and beauty . The simplicity which he has used in this , his private home is a far cry from the wonderful lavish and marvellous creations and designs he offers his international clients . Not only has he created a home which is quiet , warm and comfortable but a garden which reflects and supports the Folly which is Nicky's home . THe colours inside his home are equally cooling and " Country " and yet warm and cosy in the winter .

One can take many ideas from this gorgeous home and asstill dream of the marvel he has created .

Thank-you Nicky for allowing us to see inside and share your home .
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great gift! 9 Sep 2013
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I purchased this book as a gift - and intend to buy it for myself.
It is beautifully presented - both picture content and words. Very good value for money, and a book to treasure for many years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very well worth reading for lovers of John Fowler/Nicky Haslam
Published 16 days ago by wey
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating peek into a unique property.
As a great fan of John Fowler's interiors, I have always been fascinated by this property and this book and does not disappoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gaynor Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to wallow in!
Not many of us can aspire to such a home, but this book is a joy from start to finish with lots of ideas to adapt for our own little follies. D.
Published 5 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer bliss
Sheer bliss to fill one's own imagination with his style and wonderful eye. What a lucky (?) man to have such a place to spend time. I expected nothing less from the maestro.
Published 9 months ago by Lyn Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars folly not to buy
i did love it always been interested in this house because i have and will always be interested in john fowlers interiors i think nicky haslam has done a tremendous job carrying... Read more
Published 9 months ago by mrs susan mcguire
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone who loves interior design.
This is a beautiful book; truly inspiring and one to return to again and again - quirky and original with beautiful photographs.
Published 9 months ago by P Galloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicky Haslem Folly de Graundeur
I loved this book .i wish it gave more room dimensions though. it's very chatty and easy to read and gives achievable ideas which could be accomplished with help of auctions and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lesley Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful house
I grew up near the house and remember it from way back, so was thrilled to find How much Nicky enjoys living in it.
Published 12 months ago by Jane A Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful House
I am interested in this historic house and have seen it many times in other books relating to John Fowler.

Nicky Haslam is a funny old bird and quite extraordinary. Read more
Published 13 months ago by George Neil Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven!
This is the best interiors book that has been published for a very long time. That is because it is all about style, and not about fashion. Read more
Published 14 months ago by sapphire in diamonds
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