27 Jan 2009

English Country House Style

The good ship Colefax & Fowler and all that sailed on her (well some of the most well known and departed anyway)

Along with Sybil Colefax, John Fowler was one of the founding fathers

Nancy Lancaster bought the company from Lady Colefax and along with John Fowler re-fined English country house style (ironically an she was an American)

Nancy Lancaster's - Yellow Room at Colefax & Fowler's Brooke Street Showroom (its still there)

Roger Banks-Pye - a more recent legend, prematurely passed away in 1996

Roger famously tea stained this Jane Churchill print to give it age and character

'Whatever you do in your decorating philosophy, be brave....never wish you hadn't taken your vision right to the end. Make a bold statement.'
Roger Banks-Pye, Colefax and Fowler Interior Inspirations

Some of the prints that made C&F famous


Chantilly Chintz

Fuchsia Wallpaper - I have 12 rolls of this just waiting for a house of my own to put it in!

Thanks to the following books:
John Fowler - Prince of Decorators by Martin Wood
Nancy Lancaster - English Country House Style by Martin Wood
Inspirational Interiors: Colefax & Fowler by Roger Banks-Pye

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Blogger Room design studio said...

Oh Wow what a lovely collection of patterns on these fabrics!! Gotta put my hand on those books!!

28 January 2009 at 00:45  
Blogger Ms Unreliable said...

Holy mackerel those interiors are amazing, the first and second one in particular! Drool! I'm really starting to loathe my boring white apartment :D

28 January 2009 at 02:22  
Blogger Millie said...

C&F rule!! That last pic, well hello gorgeous!
Millie ^_^
PS My word verification was 'poncy' - how unkind & how untrue!

28 January 2009 at 16:10  
Blogger Tara said...


I am an interior designer, too, and am hoping to use the C&F Fuchsia wallpaper, in the colorway pictured, for one of my clients. Sadly, I just called about it, and learned that is discontinued. :( Is there any chance you might be willing to part with the stock you have, that is if you haven't gotten your own house and used it yet? We need ten rolls, but could take your twelve if you are so inclined. I realize this post is over a year and a half old, but trying all options at this point! Please let me know! Thank you, and your reply would be very much appreciated.



16 October 2010 at 06:08  

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