Guest Picks: British Invasion
With the second season of Downton Abbey sweeping the airwaves, the demand for all things British is soaring. While few of us will ever live in an English Manor House or Scottish Hunting Lodge, that doesn't mean we can't steal some of their eclectic decorating styles.
— Emma from The Marion House Book
— Emma from The Marion House Book
William IV Caned Slipper Chair circa 1830-1835
This William IV Caned Slipper Chair circa 1830-1835 made from burl walnut and a caned seat and back would be a statement chair in any room. How lovely would it look in a predominantly white bedroom?
Fringed Merino Toss Pillow - $50
A soft merino wool throw cushion in a classic Scottish tartan will add a touch of British charm to your favorite reading chair or bedroom. I love the fringe detail running along the edge.
Addison Greyhound Statue
An English country house isn't complete without a few dogs at your feet. This silver-plated resin greyhound will give you the look without all the care and mess.
Farrow & Ball Peony BP 2316 Wallpaper - $285
A bold floral wallpaper, like this Peony pattern from Farrow & Ball, will add a touch of tradition to your home. Try it in a dining room with a painted chair rail or covering all the walls in a small powder room.
98-Inch Kensington Leather Sofa - $3,895
A tufted sofa in soft, supple brown leather recalls gentleman's clubs and wood-paneled libraries. I love the classic look of this chesterfield and its generous proportions.
Motor Robe with Leather Carrier - $88
Use this soft plaid throw at the end of a bed or over a couch to add a touch of Scottish comfort to your home.
Restoration Hardware - $439
Switching out your current curtains for these vintage velvet drapes will immediately add an air of luxury and glamour to your home. They are reminiscent of the velvet riding hats and coats worn by equestrians.
White Stag Head Large - GBP 55
Stag horns are a common sight at sporting estates in Scotland and England. This white resin version is a kinder, gentler way to add that hunting touch.
Lion Ring Brass Door Knocker - GBP 35
Don't forget your front door! This brass lion door knocker sets the scene from the moment visitors enter your home.
Small Umbrella Stand
No British home is complete without an umbrella stand in the front hall. This one from Stickley will hold both rain gear and walking sticks.
A couple of pairs of Hunter Wellington Boots lined up at the front door will show your enthusiasm for mucking about on the Moors and Highlands.
Various Door Handles - GBP 45
Switch out your contemporary knobs for these antique brass doorknobs. I love the swirling beehive version made up of concentric rings.
Pair of English Regency Candlestick Lamps
A pair of English candlestick lamps like these with sea creatures twisted around the base would set off a console table or sideboard nicely. The rich red shades add a touch of regency.
A vintage rug that stands up to muddy Wellington boots and dogs is a must. The patina this rug will develop through constant use will just keep making it better and better.
Pair of Antique English Regency Bamboo Tables w Hunt Scene Paintings w Dogs - $1,175
This pair of Antique English Regency Bamboo tables with hunting scenes would add a whimsical touch to your living room. Plus, they would be useful for TV dinners in front of reruns of Downton Abbey!
Antique Coatrack - $1,995
This horned coat rack would be a conversation piece in your entryway, and it would be a lovely place to hang your Barbour jacket.
Carlton Cast Iron Bath
You'll find one of these cast iron bathtubs with a continuous rolled rim in most English manor house bathrooms. I like this version in navy blue with the decorative silver feet.
Tinware Ceramics - $10
These ceramic bowls and plates are aged to mimic the look of vintage tin enamelware, making them practical and safe to use. They would look great in an English country kitchen.
Country by Jasper Conran - $37.80
Jasper Conran's book Country, with it's stunning images of the English countryside, will provide endless inspiration for your British Manor House style.